Jumping Bean Coffee

About: Coffee beans and shop. Local, ecologically and socially responsible coffee line and cafés. Low CO2 emission roasting process with fair trade and organic options.
Available At: Cafés: 47 Harvey Rd., 215 Water St., 37 Elizabeth Ave., 140 Water St. (entrance on Duckworth), 240 Waterford Bridge Rd., Queen Elizabeth II Library (Memorial Campus), Hatcher House (Memorial Campus), 200 Airport Blvd. Gander, Mile One Centre (kiosks), St. John’s International Airport (airside kiosk) Retail: Website, Sobeys, Loblaws, Costco, Walmart (coming soon), 100s of independent grocery stores across Canada
Tel: (709) 754-4538
Email: info@jumpingbean.ca

Jumping Bean Coffee Company was about community from the start. In 2005, engineer (and soon to be entrepreneur) Jeff LeDrew was roasting beans as a hobby, and donated some to a Rotary Club fundraiser. The coffee – Rotary Roast – was a hit, and thus, Jumping Bean began.

The following years brought lots of product expansion, company growth, innovation, and bold moves, but the community values stuck.

Jumping Bean’s three main roasts are Light House Roast (light), East Coast Roast (medium), and Deep Water Dark (dark). The Screech beans are another hit, and, for some, once they try the Tanzanian, they don’t want anything else. JB also sells specialty coffees made in small batches and organic and fair trade options.

Good coffee is the business, but coffee is often about community. Jumping Bean locations aim to be meeting places that blend cool themes and warm welcomes. Local art often hangs on their walls, and local musicians get gigs. The awesome decor is due in part to Canadian furniture and products, and reclaimed wood for tabletops, bars, and lap desks.

Jumping Bean works hard to create a good cup of coffee, and has lessened the pressure on the environment in doing so. Sustainability shows up in the process – engineer Jeff uses a process that creates 85% less CO2 emissions (a pound less CO2 for every pound of beans!). And they’re working on making the process more efficient, targeting close to zero carbon dioxide emissions. The thing about their single serve coffee pods is that they are 100% compostable.

And that’s the first ten years or so. Jumping Bean is looking west for franchisees and to expand across the Atlantic Provinces and Canada, but still be entrenched in the community.