Never bean here, so my sister asked if I was intersted in giving it a shot!!!!
FOOD: We both ordered the grilled chicken panini with cauliflower-cheese soup, she had water and I had the carmel frappe. The panini was okay, nothing to rave about(carmelized onions, red/green leaf lettuce and roasted red peppers), the cauliflower soup was a little disappointing. There was no chunks of cauliflower, instead it must have been blended in the soup itself, which was a little watery. The carmel frappe was good, not to sweet. May be next time I might try the something else(???).
SERVICE: Was good, they came to our table and was promt, friendly, no real complains here.
VALUE: We paid about $25 for grilled chicken panini combo and a frappe, could use price adjustment, other than that it's a decent value, for the cambie street area.
AMBIANCE: Not to bad, cultural music in the background, calm, and relaxing atomsphere. Don't expect any 'hellos' from the other patrons, simply because they're all snobby wi-fi loving, java junkies who won't even glance at you let alone smile.
Overall, may try itg out if I'm in the area next time around and hungry I guess.
Bean Around the World is a coffee shop for snobs; the type who know full-well what over-roasted trash Starbucks and other massive corporate chains produce.
With different varietal beans from all over the globe, small-batch roasted by professionals, any coffee you buy from them is about as good as it gets. I frequently buy my beans here to take home to make in my own grind/brew machine, and I have NEVER been disappointed. For those in the 'know' on coffee, this is the place to come.
Their food/ambience/service is about average for a coffee shop, though. Nothing terribly special is served, but it's tasty if you want to eat junk, and the service is never awful.
I gave the food a "5" based on the quality of the coffee.
My sister suggested lunch at this location - and I am glad I went. Had the bococinno (sp) pesto panini and cranberry/orange scone - both were great. But coffee was even better. Even better was the great jazz/big band music. What a great combo.
One complaint though - one of the washrooms was disgusting - gross!
Went by today for a coffee and some work on the laptop. When I found a sticky mess that needed to be cleaned up, they promptly gave me a crusty rag to clean the table myself. I had to wash up after using the rag and certainly didn't want to put anything on the table after it was (mostly) no longer sticky.
Decent coffee, lacking service. Essentially the same as I've found at other locations as well.
Busy neighbourhood coffee shop where the samples alone are bigger than a single tim horton's cookie. I made the mistake of grabbing a chocolate sour cherry scone and eating it in the car. I looked like a messy 3 yr old when i got to my destination but yum, was it good. Cookies here are supersized and completely addictive. The rest of the stuff...coffee, pastries, paninis are so-so but over-all, this place does a great job at the granola-ish bakery/cafe concept.
$4.00 minimum to get internet access and expensive for how mediocre the coffee is. I thought the service was terrible as well. I waited for my expensive overpriced coffee to brew, only to find out I had to spend another 1.75 to get the internet password. Once that was handled they were out of cream. I then had to find a staff member (who was in the back) to get me cream. Just too many annoyances for a simple pleasure such as coffee. Don't go to Bean around the world when there are so many other great cafes.
I've been to Bean Around the World with my friends during lunch, and i've come to the conclusion that there are better places out there.
I usually get the panini's, but the only great thing about them is the bread. Be aware, I got a pesto panini once, and tasted nothing but cheese, and I severly doubted there was any pesto in it.
Muffins are quite dry, but they're gigantic, so it kind of balances out.
The coffee is tasty, but there are better places out there.
It scared me how they had a dirty dish tray BESIDE the sugar, milk, ETC. station. Plus, they didn't have proper wooden stir sticks. It's not appetizing having to use a spoon from the "clean spoons" tray and not knowing if someone used/licked them and put them in the wrong tray.
The service is quite bad. Although, there's a nice guy who works there, but all the women are just unsociable. I always say thanks when they give me my order, but I get no "you're welcome." They have no emotion, and it seems like they're just counting down the minutes 'till their next break or when they're finished their shifts.
All in all, if you just want a quick caffiene jolt, go here.