The Red Bean

In this episode of Around The Block in Annapolis we met up with Sue, owner of The Red Bean in downtown Annapolis. If you're a fan of coffee or ice cream you'll definitely want to check out this hidden gem!

Also, be sure to check out the full episode on our YouTube Channel or over on our Blog.

Did you always want to open The Red Bean in Annapolis?

So initially, I did write off In Annapolis, when I started to look, but then I ultimately came back because I just thought it was so cool. I thought, no body has ice cream like this. No one's ever even seen ice cream like this. I know In Annapolis loves their ice cream so much, and I knew it would definitely that In Annapolis would support.

What do you love most about having The Red Bean?

I just really love the sense of community. Being downtown and being a coffee shop, you know, it's a place where people can come and spend a couple bucks and hang out and I just really love it in here when every seat is full and people are just enjoying themselves. So just being able to give that experience to people who otherwise maybe don't get that, 'cause of social media and just they're busy with work. It's just nice to have a nice spot to come to where they can truly enjoy everything. So I love seeing that, and that definitely makes me get out of bed.

Talk to me about what you serve here at The Red Bean.

So everything's made to order. So we just have chocolate or vanilla, and then you get to pick whatever ingredients you want. So you have over 50 ingredients that you can pick from and you just tell us what you want in there, and then we blend it all up for you, custom. Of course, we do have suggestions on our menu board here of some just tried and true favorites that really work well together if you're not feeling starting from scratch. My favorite of all time is the cinnamon chilli dark chocolate.

What makes your coffee special?

Our coffee is awesome because we use local roaster, Open Seas Coffee, he's out of Stevensville. Our milk's locally sourced. All the syrups and sauces are homemade in house by me so you're not going to get that anywhere else. And we just have some interesting flavors and combinations. We have a peanut butter mocha. We've got honey lavender latte. So we just started with really good ingredients and then just trying to pull the best espresso we can.

Tell me more about Open Seas Coffee.

So our roaster Bryce at Open Seas works directly with farmers to basically, source. He sources sustainable coffee that's priced fairly for the farmers, so that long term these farmers can still be around and they can have a good life for the communities in which they come from which is pretty cool. Fair trade is really important to keep these long term, for the coffee industry and for the places and people that it's coming from.

What made you decide to open The Red Bean?

I just had this crazy idea on the way to work one day. I just thought where would I want to be driving to today. And I thought I would want to be going to my own coffee shop, and then I kind of thought that's pretty crazy. But I'd worked at a coffee shop and ice cream shop in college that had these machines, and I saw the concept worked, and from there I just started planning, saving money, and four years later, found this location and here I am.

So I think in life nowadays there's a lot of fast paced work social media, not a lot of relationships maybe happening as much as ever before in our society. So I think having a place where people can stop, take a breath, enjoy their family, enjoy their friends, have a good conversation over really good coffee really good ice cream, it's just very rewarding to watch. And I think it's just really enjoyable for them too.

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