For many years, Bean Around The World was my favorite coffee shop in Victoria. When I moved to a different neighborhood I stopped going for a while. Last week I decided it was time to head back to my old haunt and see if it was still up to snuff.
I am happy to report that not much has changed and heck, if it ain't broke... I ordered a panini and a latte and sat down admiring the cozy interior with its brick walls and dark wood. Interesting bric a brac adorns the walls. I like the Miles Davis album covers perched atop the coffee bar. Many coffee shops just aren't inviting but this one has ambiance in spades. Bean Around is just at the periphery of Chinatown. On a sunny day take a seat at an outdoor table and watch the neighborhood hustle bustle while you sip your java.
If you are feeling peckish but you are a bit broke this coffee shop will have you covered. A cup of homemade soup is only $2.45. I go rangy for the plain grilled cheese panini which fills me up just enough and satisfies my nursery school craving for homey comfort. At only $4.80 it satisfies my pocket book too. You can also get the same panini with pesto or artichoke and sun dried tomato pesto for a more grown up version of grilled cheese. The tuna Diablo, a panini with tuna, molten cheese and hot peppers, tempted me. Sandwiches range in price from $4.80 to around $6.50. It is rare to be able to get lunch for under $10 these days. This is an exceptional bargain. On my last visit they also offered chicken stew and vegan chili.
The coffee is exemplary here. Coffee beans are roasted in house for a rich brew that is never bitter. I love that my latte comes in a European style bowl. The milk/espresso ratio is just right. Try their famous Black Dragon espresso blend.
For those of you who like to languish in coffee shops or those who just want to restore themselves with caffeine or a quick bite this is the perfect spot! The friendly counter staff will take care of your needs. Bean Around the World is perfect for a light bite or a good hit of caffeine anytime! http://beanvictoria.com/