Goodbye Beaner’s Coffee

Again my apologies for the lull in postings. I’ve just been super busy with some other projects, including planting a new tree in my front yard yesterday – Which resulted in me writing a “to-do” note to write a long photo post about Paulino Gardens, the most professional/knowledgeable nursery in Denver. This place is like walking into a small town farm in the heart of the city. The property has been around since 1915, and while now ensconced by freeways and warehouses its a gardener’s oasis in the city.

Anyway – as I’ve mentioned in past posts I’ve been fascinated by a West Michigan coffee chain named “Beaner’s.” Yes – there is, or was, actually a coffee shop called “Beaner’s.” Apparently when the original store was created it never registered to the founders that Beaner’s is not always used as a compliment when directed towards our Mexican friends. That said mis amigos mexicanos actually get a kick out of it when I tell them about the chain. Although I have no plans to ever bring my Beaner’s mug to work.

Imagine my surprise earlier this week when I saw that the “Beaners” sign had now become “Biggby’s Coffee.” (Good idea as they can keep the large “B” logo)

Turns out Beaner’s is looking to expand past it’s West Michigan confines, and along that line was advised that the name “Beaners” probably won’t fly so well in Santa Fe or San Diego. Or exist anywhere else west of the Mississippi without resulting in a few rocks through the window now and then.

I wonder if Latinos in Grand Rapids actually made an effort to avoid “Beaner’s?” Maybe my mug at home (thanks Mom,) and these photos from ’06 will be worth something on Ebay.


7 thoughts on “Goodbye Beaner’s Coffee”

  1. I would be interested in buying a coffee mug with “Beaners coffee” on it. If you have one available (or know of one” please let me know.
    Thanks!

  2. The beaner’s actually had a re brand quite some time ago so now it is called BiggBy Coffee.

    You can enjoy your coffee with your latin friends now anywhere in US.

    Long term plans for this franchise include taking on Starbucks!!!

  3. It’s a big joke up here in Michigan that if Beaners had to change their name, then Cracker Barrel should too lol
    What about “The Grumpy Gringo” restaurant?
    It seems people only get their knickers in a twist about racial slurs when they are made unintentionaly lol oh well. They still have an awesome Mocha Mocha:)
    And no, I never had heard the term “beaner” for a mexican person!

    Adios:)

    1. Is there a “Grumpy Gringo” or Gringo something restaurant in West Michigan? I recall reading that somewhere. There is one in Estes Park, but I’ve never visited. (yet)

      Thanks for the note. Yeah I was never offended by it, just thought it was odd. I still stop at Beaner’s / Biggby when I roll through town!

      Cheers.

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