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August 25, 2010 at 9:49am

KEEPING UP WITH THE COFFEEHOUSES: The Greener Bean

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Neighborhood: Fircrest

Address/Phone: 1039 Regents Blvd., 253.564.7338

Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday

Noshing/Sipping: A few sandwiches, wraps and paninis, salads, assorted bakery items, box lunches. The breakfast sandwiches are tasty. All your favorite espresso drinks - as well as a few creative ones such as Mayan Mocha Mexican Monkey - are available with plenty of beverage options for the kiddies.

Standard Cup o' Joe: $1.86 bottomless

Bean Source: Better than fair-trade organic coffee from Dillanos Coffee Roasters in Sumner.

Crowd: Regulars including Fircrest Police, MILFs and teens zoned in on Sudoku

Soundtrack: James Blunt, Taylor Swift and ilk.

Bonus Points: Energy efficient operation and use of recycled materials, delivery service, free WiFi, conference room with dry erase board, and Friday night open mic 7-9 p.m.

The House:

Fans of the quiet coffeehouse will appreciate the homey serenity of The Greener Bean - provided, of course, that they manage to find the joint. Set back off of Regents Boulevard behind a building, the cafe sits in the middle of a strip mall. You might have to dodge jumping exercise students from Innovative Fitness a couple storefronts down.

A mix-match of tables and chairs are scattered about the largish room with couches back in the "library" section. Lighting and local art emit it a slight modern feel. And the sliding barn-like door to the conference room is cool. An energy efficient operation and use of recycled materials are a way of life at The Greener Bean.

The Greener Bean ain't fancy, but its comfortably lazy feel encourages strident leisure. 

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a dearth of beauty said on Aug. 25, 2010 at 12:48pm

why is it so ugly!? i seriously don't understand why the windows have to be so obscenely tacky. felt the same way about the amocat cafe. it's nice to have a few independent coffee shops but can the owners of these establishments please pick up a design magazine or get some taste?

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Ron Swarner said on Aug. 25, 2010 at 1:50pm

I agree. The Herban Cafe on Sixth Avenue approached marketing in a similar fashion. Sometimes I thought it looked like a kindergarten. Man, I miss their breakfast.

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Zach G. said on Aug. 27, 2010 at 12:10pm

Pros:
Quiet atmosphere (Good college hang-out place)
Food is great
Baked goods are delicious and fresh
Quality Indie Music (No Taylor Swift music that day...thankfully)

Cons:
15 min for a drink (But I have to admit that there were several people in front of me and just one barista)
Drink was sorta bland, but with enough sugar the drink became great...

Overall, a great hangout for the college kid(I'm talking to you TCC students) who needs to do his/her homework..

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