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Who knew??

There is now a coffee shop right on Yorktown Beach! This is one of favorite little spots. Its not to far of a drive and its such a nice drive on the parkway!

Its like the most kid friendly beach in our opinion, not too crowded, not a crazy rowdy bunch either. Also they have it roped off so that you cant go too deep. Just watch for jellyfish!

The Green mountain coffee shop is super good! Its attached to a Ben and Jerrys. They have a wide vareity of every coffee drink you can imagine, even some blended up with ice cream, yum!! There can be a line out the door at times but it is worth the wait. The staff is friendly, quick, and efficient. There is plenty of seating inside and out. It is a fun place, the decor is bright and cheerful, pretty clouds painted on the wall. It is definitely pricey, we must warn you.

Bean score then, the moment you have all been waiting for, beach pictures!!!

Atmosphere 4/5

Price 1/5

Customer service 4/5

Uniqueness 3/5

Taste 4/5

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I’m sure you must have noticed by now that my son (bean 1) wears his gloves 24/7, yes, he even sleeps in them. Everyone has their quirks I suppose. It does get a little tricky at places like the beach. Haha!

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Bean 2 may need to start wearing gloves, haha. He doesn’t like the feeling of anything on his hands and feet. If he steps on a crumb he runs to me, “Momma, momma” sticks his foot up in the air and trusts that I will remove it immediately. So this made the sand at the beach was interesting for him too. These are the things that will be hilarious when they are all grown up and we think back and cherish even the silliest of memories.

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Our family of beans love coffee and love the beach, when you mix the two, its pure paradise!

See ya next time bean enthusiasts!

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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

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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. 🙂

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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

 

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Super bean

Crossroads is a wonderful coffee shop, with two locations in Richmond. They have great coffee and yummy food. They have a lot of vegan friendly options. Their vegan chocolate chip cookies are to die for! Its a cool place inside, colorful, lots of seating and lots of board games to play. They have a big outdoor seating patio area as well.

It was here that I was introduced to something truly life changing for coffee lovers. Drum roll please…

“Thai coffee” Have ya’ll heard of this??? Its black coffee AND espresso with sweetened condensed milk. It is just the right blend of everything. Such a good and different flavor. Not to sweet, not to bitter. Very, very powerful. It is definetly one of my new favorites!

Baby beans were asleep in the car, so momma bean just ran in for a drink and a few pictures.

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It was clearly very popular because it was crowded and they have two locations in Richmond.

We went to the 26 N. Morris street location by the way.

Bean score…

Atmosphere 3/5

Taste 5/5

Customer service 4/5

Uniqueness 3/5

Price 3/5

Your gonna love it here…

“Welcome to Ethereal cupcakes and coffee, your gonna love it here”  were the first words spoken to us as we walked in and we left with an amazing latte! It was a wonderful experience overall. We were informed that all the cupcake and coffee ingredients are organic which is something so special and rare to find.

The cupcakes are truly amazing. They have 10 flavors that change daily which includess one vegan and one glutten free cupcake a day. They have a variety of yummy coffee drinks, they even carry illy products, one of momma beans favorites. The staff is super friendly and cheerful. They have some neat events during the week like open mic nights. Its a must have for us every time we visit the Pennsylvania Town Center. Check it out sometime. You really will love it!

Bean score…

Taste 4/5

Uniqueness 4/5

Customer service 5/5

Price 3/5

Atmosphere 3/5

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Momma bean

Im totally in love with Charlottesville! This is momma bean speaking of course, poppa bean on the other hand, takes me to big cities on special occasions but is perfectly happy in the middle of nowhere with his closest neighbor being a bear. Something we both love, obviously is adventure and finding new coffeeshops. Everytime we go to Charlottesville we seem to find at least one new cafe. This time it was Cafe Cubano.

112 Main Street
Charlottesville, VA

They had a very impressive food menu and drink list. The breakfast was delicious. The coffee creations were unique, tasty, and there were plenty of them! The place was spacious, lots of seating indoor and out. I got a picture of a small part of the menu, wish i would have gotten more. Poppa bean had the nutty irishman which was hazelnut and irish cream. He is still raving about it. Momma bean had the carmello, it was as it sounds,  mocha and carmel, delicious! We really enjoyed this place and will definitely be back. It comes highly recommend by these beans.

Scores…

Customer service 3/5

Taste 4/5

Price 3/5

Uniqueness 4/4

Atmosphere 4/5

I want to say happy mothers day again! Check out Cafe Cubanos awesome moms drink…

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My boys made me this for mothers day, although not coffee related i had to share…

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I hope you all had as nice a day as I had! Thanks a lot for following us, cheers from our beans to yours.

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Uplifting bean

What a cool place! Lift coffee shop really does lift your mood. The atmosphere, the tranquil colors, the comfy pillow seating. It is a breath of fresh air. A very different coffee shop in a very good way. The staff was friendly. The coffee was nothing to rave about unfortunately. We would like to go back and try a flavored drink, because we both got non sweetened lattes. Overall good experience. We will definitely be back. Nothing special for the kiddos, but it would make a perfect place for a date or moms day out.

218 W. Broad st
Richmond, VA

Up, up, and away to the bean score…

Atmosphere 5/5

Uniqueness 4/5

Taste 2/5

Customer service 4/5

Price 3/5

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Jumping bean

Today we went to THE BEST coffee shop for parents! Its the most brilliant idea for a coffee shop. The cute name matches its cute and quirky style. Im talking about a lovely place called, “Cartwheels and coffee.” While the parents sit back and relax the kids can play on an assortment of toys. There is a kitchen, a stage with costumes, trains, basketball, ride on toys, a trampoline, rock wall and slide and more. The owner is the pastor of the church next door, the Byrd theatre. He is a very nice and genuine guy. The staff is always very friendly, bubbly, and quick with anything you need. There is a minimal fee for kids and you can play all day. All and all, its a wonderful place in a fun location on Cary st. So be sure to check it out if you are in the area. Lets cartwheel our way onto the scores…

(By the way this was the blog for 5/7 but my phone was acting up and it wouldnt post so this is yesterday’s blog, you can look foward to another one coming later today)

Atmosphere 5/5

Price 4/5

Customer service 4/5

Uniqueness 5/5

Taste 3/5

Cartwheels and coffee
2820 W. Cary Street
Richmond, VA

The infamous onesie as promised…

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“One day i will grow up a latte”
Told ya it was a great onesie!!!

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See ya tomorrow.

A lotta lattes

So on our last day in DC we experienced our very first coffee pub! It was awesome. The atmosphere was very neat. Big open space, colorful, lots of windows and window seats for a great view of the surrounding city. The walls were beautifully painted with art.They had a nice patio area, perfect for a pretty day. They had a toy box for the kiddos which we always love and a take one, leave one book section. They even feature jazz and open mic nights. The best part, by far, was the hillarious onsie we bought little baby bean 2 which i will feature tomorrow so check back. You dont want to miss this!

St Elmos Coffee Pub
2300 Mt Vernon ave
Alexandria, VA

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Whos ready for the Bean score!!?

Customer service 1/5

Price 3/5

Atmosphere 5/5

Uniqueness 5/5

Taste 3/5

And last but not least, a kiss to send us off. Farewell DC!

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Anniversary bean

It was 4 years ago today that we married, saying the vows, “I promise to always keep your coffee cup full.” Here we today, still going strong, madly in love, still fueled by caffeine.

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Tonight momma bean, aka blonde roast and poppa bean aka dark roast will go to one of the BEST COFFEE SHOPS IN THE WORLD! We will be in a very special location, you will never guess! All will be reveled later tonight with pictures and reviews so make sure to CHECK BACK!!!

Sorry bean 1and 2 fans, you wont find them in todays blog, they are with their wonderful nana, its anniversary date night!!

See ya soon.

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