Bada Bean brews up Chester’s coffee culture
CHESTER — Julia Belair, the general manager of the newly opened Bada Bean Coffee Shop, is well aware there is more than just big-box coffee chains and wants the public to know that, too.
Located at 800 Abruzzi Drive and open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, the new coffeehouse boasts a menu complete with expresso and coffee favorites, lunch items and baked goods for a quick nosh, like authentic New York bagels and pastries made in-house.
“We opened on Sept. 17, and it was busy and it was great,” Belair said. “People are still learning about us, and it’s very much about word of mouth. Most of the people that come here tell us they’ve been waiting for a coffee shop on the island for years.”
Belair said she would not be surprised by a vibrant coffee culture sprouting on Kent Island and she welcomes the opportunity to indulge the public’s demand for something outside the generic brands that have become commonplace.
Bada Bean also serves products from Open Seas Coffee Roasters of Stevensville to continue to foster relationships with local vendors.
“They’re a great company that makes great coffee,” Belair said. “It’s been a big adventure, and between Annapolis and Easton, here we are. We started a lunch menu in October, and we have a number of different pastries.”
In the future, she aspires for more locations, potentially statewide.
The contemporary décor mixes elements of a trendy, meticulously appointed minimalist loft with cozy touches like a fireplace and the cool color palate of the Eastern Shore.
Thus far, the steady traffic of customers has been a welcome sight and is a sign that good coffee and exceptional people can be a winning formula for Bada Bean Coffee Shop.
For more information and a complete menu, visit www.badabeanki.com or call 410-604-2232.
Barista Rylee Logan of Chester prepares orders at Bada Bean Coffee Shop.
Bada Bean Coffee Shop is open with a wide variety of items on the menu.