Bean Brigade!

Traveling the country, one sip at a time…

Archive for the tag “Family-friendliness”

Coffee people who care

Lets start with an exciting announcement! We have hit 1000 views!! We are so pleased and proud of that accomplishment. Thank you guys! !! Were so glad to have you along for the journey, glad your enjoying our blog! 
Today we are talking about coffee beanary in the Patrick Henry Mall, Newport News. “Coffee people who care” is what their businesses cards says and in our experience thats true. This location is owned by a sweet couple. You can tell they enjoy what they do and care about their customers. They have many regulars that work at the mall and we have noticed they know them by name, by drink, and even beyond that. The drink selection is great. The drinks are consistantly very good, you can count on that. Momma beans favorite is the iced fudge ripple which is incredible!! Poppa beans favorite is the Irish truffle, so good! The place is small, cozy. They sell a lot of unique cups and mugs. They also sell their own beans and even little samples to try before buying a whole pound which is great. This mall does have a nice, new, kids play area, sorry I dont have pictures. All in all, great coffee shop. Bean score…

Customer service 4/5

Uniqueness 2/5

Atmosphere 2/5

Taste 5/5

Price 3/5

image

image

image

image

image

Thanks for stopping by.

Bean brigade now has a facebook, check it out, give us a like. 🙂

You can even follow us on Twitter
@bean_brigade

See ya tomorrow bean lovers!!!

Beary good coffee

Today we went to the BEST coffee shop! Actually, it is our first ever PERFECT SCORE!!!

Sleepy bear coffee, as soon as we heard the name we knew we had come across a winner! This is truly a hidden gem that absolutely everyone needs to check out, especially every parent!!! It is a family owned business.  We had the pleasure of meeting the owners daughter today. The whole family works together at this business. Everyone is so sweet and welcoming. They went above and beyond to make our experience wonderful in every way, shape and form. They have over 50 scrumptious drink flavors. Feeling healthy? They have fresh smoothies and soothing herbals tea as well. Momma bean choose an iced latte with peanut butter and banana,  it is definitely my new favorite, the best drink I’ve ever had. Poppa bean had a hazelnut coffee and he said it was the best he ever had too! As you know he is very picky.  It is very reasonably priced.  Which I will go into more later about what they offer the kids! This place is simply perfect in every way. We couldn’t think of a complaint if we had to.

As we entered we were greeted by these friendly bears outside. Big hit with the kids!

Timage

image

Pick your treat, then pick your room. There is the main room with a nice big flat screen TV and comfy couches, nice big windows, and a beautiful fireplace. Even enjoy conversation with the very sweet and knowledgeable barista.

image

image

image

image

image

They have a great little selection of local,  jams, honey, etc. Your kids will enjoy finding these stuffed animals throughout the place.

image

This is the Forest Room. It’s a nice, quiet, private room open for meetings, groups, or any gathering you would like. There is a nice big flat screen TV in this room for your entertainment as well.

image

Sorry the picture below is blurry but this is another great find as you wander through, there is a few stuffed toys and even a little dollhouse inside the log.

image

image

Prepare to be amazed!!!! This is BEAR TOWN! This kids paradise is only $3 for your whole family to play all day!!!!!!!!

I told you this place was amazing.  This play place has THE best toy selection we’ve ever seen! Our kids had a total blast! They have one of everything! So sit back,  relax, read a book, or meet with friends while the kids have a great time playing with all the great stuff!

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

The first ever PERFECT SCORE as promised…

Customer service 5/5

Taste 5/5

Uniqueness 5/5

Atmosphere 5/5

Price 5/5

Talk about a sleepy bear! This little bear, or bean one we should say was totally wiped out after the best day of fun at Sleepy Bear coffee shop!

image

I’m telling you, even if you don’t live all that close.  It is worth your drive.  Kids play all day for only 3 bucks!!! You can not beat that, trust us, we’ve been everywhere! Even if you don’t have kids, everything is separate so there is quiet, peaceful places for adults to enjoy a delicious treat of any kind. This is the perfect place for meetings, dates, birthday parties, play groups, parents, kids, babies, everyone! Come check it out. You can thank us later. 🙂

Please tell them bean brigade sent you!!!

We are so proud to be featured on their website.

http://www.mysleepybearcoffee.com/

We will see ya there soon!!

9555  C Kings Charter Drive

Ashland, VA

23005

 

WE ARE GLAD YOUR HERE!

Bean Brigade now has a facebook, please, be so kind as to like us on facebook, we’ve got all kinds of cool stuff going on there…

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bean-Brigade/166726723504017

You can even follow us on Twitter…

@bean_brigade

See ya next time. 🙂

Pretentious bean

Borjo coffeehouse

Along our journey we run into a lot of things. Some coffee shops exceed our expections and come up with such unique drinks and fun atmospheres, we are constantly on our toes. Then, of course some places are a huge disappoint and you honestly wonder how they even stay in business. Most places fall somewhere in between. As was the case with Borjo.

Pretentious is the best word, sums up this place perfectly. The decor, the crowd, the staff. The place was fancy, which I do appreciate and enjoy, it seemed a little over the top for a coffeehouse and sometimes places are so fancy that you dont even feel welcome, esp with kids. But it was a cool, pretty, different atmosphere. Momma bean loves blown glass so the special glass lights earned extra points from me. think it would be great to study or for a date.

The staff was rude. Even made a stupid joke at our expense, totally embarrassed us. Everyone in there had a dirty look on their face. The drink selection sucked. What we got tasted bad. You can count on honest reviews from us, not everyplace is good. They did have a nice little area with books and a fireplace which was cool. They also had beer. What we did get was some cute pictures, so enjoy, after your bean score…

Customer service 1/5

Taste 1/5

Atmosphere 4/5

Price 3/5

Uniqueness 3/5

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

Coffee for a cause

Sorry beans, we havent been posting due to momma beans health. Momma bean is suffering from heat exsaustion and dehydration and that means, NO COFFEE!!!! Gasp!!! It truly is as dreadful as it sounds. But, shes on the mend. Thank you so much loyal and faithful followers. Also welcome new followers, fellow bloggers who have subscribed to our blog lately. We look foward to catching up and getting to know your stories and families through your blogs as well.

Today we ventured out for the first time, and we stayed close to home. We went to a great little place in Williamsburg called, “The Coffeehouse.”

5251-6 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, VA

We happen to know a little backround on this place through things weve heard and seen through the community. We know its a family run business, which is so valueable these days. The family is kind hearted, they do and give a lot to the local church, this is a great place who cares about giving back.

So, what about the coffee??

Well, I must say, momma bean has had hundreds of iced mochas in many different states and this one is absolutely the best! They roast their own beans, in store, which we always love! They sell a yummy variety of fresh blends. They also have a nice food menu. All in all, its a wonderful place, a hidden treasure you should check out next time your in the area. Dont forget to tell them bean brigade sent ya. Until next time, enjoy your sip, wherever you sip. Onto the bean score…

Taste 5/5

Customer service 4/5

Uniqueness 2/5

Price 4/5

Atmosphere 2/5

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

I wouldn’t leave ya without your baby bean fix…although it was raining, bean 1 was asleep in the car, so only momma and bean 2 ran in quickly so, no coffeeshop pictures but heres some randoms…

image

Bean 2 is just as obsessed with coffee cups as his momma!

image

Babies first popsicle!

image

Bean 2 lookin cool, has to be wearing camo 24/7! He even sleeps in camo. Hopefully its a phase that soon passes. 🙂

See ya tomorrow!!!

Yuppie bean

Mudhouse coffee. Ill keep this short and sweet, well short and honest i should say. Bunch of snobs. No body friendly. Coffee cups are tiny. Nice outdoor seating area. Atmosphere is very unique. Cool dark colors. Super crowded. Locals only feel. Not family friendly. Dont even have chocolate milk.

BUT… momma bean says mudhouse is the home of the best coffee drink shes has ever had. The monkey. Banana, coconut, chocolate, espresso, blended up, topped with whip cream. To die for! Everyone must try.

213 W. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA

image

Bean score…

Atmosphere 3/5

Taste 5/5

Uniqueness 4/5

Price 2/5

Customer service 2/5

image

image

image

Im in love with Charlottesville so of course thats where i choose to spend my mothers day! (We celebrated today since tomorrow we will be spending the day with poppa beans mom and grandmas.)

image

image

image

image

image

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!!!! Cherish your children, enjoy your day. 🙂

Post Navigation