From its command post atop the mountains of Ethiopia, the wily coffee plant has cast its enthralling aroma of mind control over the entire world. Join the caffeinated collective with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of food and drink at The Bean, in Kensington Market.
The Bean banishes imposter beans with its selection of in-house, single-origin roasts, all fair-trade certified and roasted daily. Bow at the aromatic altar of the citrus-tinged Ethiopia Yirgacheffe bean, unleash a carnival in your mouth with the smooth Brazil Bahia Blue, or prove your mathematics professor wrong with the Indonesia Sumatra roast. The mild, almost-chocolate taste of the Mexico Oaxaca roast leads taste buds up the slopes of the Sierra Mazateca without fear of a mountain-goat mugging, and the full-bodied citrus-kissed essence of the Guatemala La Soledad and the green-apple, vanilla, and tangerine tones of the Tanzania Peaberry descend gracefully on the tongue like minor aristocracy on the aerial silks. The Bean offers several coffee or espresso concoctions on its menu, as well as an assortment of loose-leaf teas, con leches, tea lattes, Italian sodas, and hot chocolates ($1.50–$4.75 for beverages). Wash down the drink with breakfast bites straight from Toronto’s breakfast orchards—items include bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and fruit salad—or mark your midday with a grilled roast beef on ciabatta, a Tex Mex samosa, a scone, or any of the food items ($2–$5) boasted by The Bean.
The Bean is a big booster of the community’s businesses and artists, using local ingredients whenever possible and hosting a gallery space featuring some of Toronto’s fingerpainters, Jello sculptors, and ink slingers. The Bean also hosts live music throughout the month, as well as numerous fundraisers and philanthropic events. Get your Groupon and visit The Bean for java joy.
Martiniboys.com had this to say about The Bean:
- The Bean trades in small batches, micro-roasting, and single-origin beans. The Bean's key focus is on roasting daily in batches of only one pound at a time, which allows them the flexibility to seek out rare and coveted beans and feature them one month at a time. Fausto acts as the personal roastmaster, constantly researching and sourcing beans himself, which considering his full-time job (general manager of infamous Gay Village nightclub, Goodhandy's), is both impressive and surprising. – Richard Trapunski, Martiniboys.com
The Bean has more than 175 Facebook fans, several of whom have left glowing recommendations:
- The service the Bean provides gives the feeling that you have never left your home! Friendly, socialable serivce [sic], with and environment that screams creativity and warmth. The art work on the walls demostrates that they support their local community artists. The art work has always been eye catching. – Kyle S
- I was out and about with my husband and stumbled upon this quant new coffee spot a few weeks ago. Mark The Bean down as one of your new fav spot's for the down town College & Spadina area. We were in a bit of a rush but the atmosphere was so lovely we decided to stay and enjoy our coffee and treats. – Tara C
- They roast and grind their coffee beans right before your eyes. They brew and serve fresh coffee from various regions around the world. The staff members are very friendly and the environment is very very clean. – Judy S