Bada Bean brews up Ch­ester’s cof­fee cul­ture

Sunday Star - - BUSINESS - By KRIS­TIAN JAIME [email protected]­pub.com

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.

PHO­TOS BY KRIS­TIAN JAIME

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.

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