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Scoop & Bean

Posted by Emily Thomas / Posted on July 16, 2009

Scoop & BeanScoop and Bean is the best concept for a café ever. I'm not saying this brand new Bathurst/Follis joint invented the coffee and ice cream combination (the Italians did?), but it's the first place I've seen that's named after it. Scoop and Bean sounds unbelievably enticing, especially on the morning of a busy day.
Scoop & BeanAlyssa had a busy day on Tuesday. If I was going to get her to Scoop and Bean, I had to get her there early - 9am. It's early for us (apologies to those with jobs) but it looks like the S&B crew has been up and at 'em for a while. They're busy with colourful chalkboard menus and patio furniture, enthusiastically putting final touches on their bright new place. It's their second day of business and so far so good - tons of kids were running around with ice cream cones last night, I hear. And this is ideal. "We cater to families," says Cesar Ramirez, one half of ownership. He and Joe Prajza are running upstairs and downstairs, back and forth. They're excited! They're tired. They are everything one is at the dawn of a new endeavour. They also have great staff. Alyssa and I are greeted with smiley faces. This leads me to believe that all these guys are either entirely used to (and entirely enjoy) being at work before 9am, or they've been partaking in some scoop and bean already this morning. It's encouraging. Alyssa and I get right to it.
Scoop & BeanThe breakfast selection goes beyond ice cream. S&B offers Montréal style bagels, cupcakes, brownies and cookies from Assaggio Catering, croissants from Pain Perdu and sandwiches from Santaguida (which is directly across the street). I want the straight up goods: two scoops and one coffee (bean). The ice cream is from The Kawartha Dairy Company, which is my favourite because it tastes like summer and cottages (they like Kawartha Dairy up north). I get mint chocolate chip and moose tracks because, well, that's what I always get from Kawartha. My friendly server, Fran, piles it up on an ice cream cone and with the first bite I can practically see Muskoka and the lake. My coffee is Reunion Island. Alyssa's approach is far more efficient. She has an affogato: vanilla ice cream with a shot of espresso on top. She's going to have a great day.
Scoop & BeanAlyssa spots a huge, comfy chair in the corner. "I want to sit in that," she says and takes a seat with her espresso treat while Joe fills me in on the biodegradable take-out gear and gluten free/vegan options. He and Cesar grew up in the area and spotted this building for lease when having dinner at Grapefruit Moon, their new neighbours. I love Bathurst these days. All the empty storefronts are filling up with sparkly new businesses.
Scoop & BeanOver in the comfy chair, Alyssa is finishing her breakfast, which by this point has melted into a delicious, creamy mess. She asks for another coffee and fills it with raw sugar. "This is fancy sugar," she says to herself. Turning to me, "Look how fancy this sugar is." She's sky high on caffeine (and fancy sugar) and her busy day is looking far less daunting. "It's Demerara!" she exclaims, launching into a history lesson about the sugar industry in Guyana. It's fascinating, but can't last long. She's got a lot to do and is out the door soon thereafter, leaving me to linger inside Scoop and Bean with free wifi and my own (much more moderate) caffeine/sugar high. It's going to be a great day.
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Photos by Alyssa Bistonath



Carlos / July 16, 2009 at 09:46 am
Yum looks so good! i'm gonna have to try it soon!
Awesome photos as usual!
I'm gonna need a lot of carbs and coffee for my 5 pin bowling training...
Kasia / July 16, 2009 at 11:37 am
Hi, OMG this place is so so cool. Their croissants are the best I swear. They make great cappuccions and seriously the staff is so so friendly! I'm going there for lunch next, cause I hear the soups are amazing:):) Good job guys!
Mark / July 16, 2009 at 01:06 pm
Am I dreaming or is that Tiger tail on the top left of the first picture?? I havn't been able to find that anywhere in TO.
Gonna have to go check it out this afternoon.
Colin / July 16, 2009 at 01:58 pm
Sounds great! If they're putting effort into biodegradable take-out gear, it's too bad their 'fancy sugar' comes in single-serve packs (perhaps these are just meant for takeout but made for a better photo than your standard generic sugar dispenser full of 'fancy sugar').
Lisa / July 16, 2009 at 03:39 pm
Oooh, gluten-free options? Tell me more@!
Penny / July 16, 2009 at 05:43 pm
reunion coffee??? That is great cause we need to support fair trade, and that bean smells amazing. this place sounds great!
aaa / July 16, 2009 at 05:47 pm
bad photos.
melissa / July 16, 2009 at 07:36 pm
The photos are only bad in that you can't actually taste the food from the photo. I went tonight, the espresso and vanilla ice cream was so good. The people were friendly and very nice art work on the walls. Wish them all the success in the world. A lot of kids came in while I was there and the staff was so patient with them. Really great people.
mike / July 16, 2009 at 11:20 pm

You've made some great posts over the past many months, but I am afraid the whole "Alyssa and I" has lost its cute and has officially worn out its welcome. For those of you who don't know what I'm on about, take a second to search the phrase "Alyssa and I". This isn't me being a jerk, Emily...I still love your posts. I'm just no longer getting why your ladyfriend is relevant.
Bosephus / July 17, 2009 at 09:27 pm
Is it just me, or is there a horse-like shape in that tub of Tiger Tail?
john replying to a comment from mike / July 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm
I personally enjoy Alyssa as a "character" in the reviews. She may be just the photographer, but I think her inclusion adds some colour to the reviews.
waitwhat / July 18, 2009 at 10:51 pm
whoever this alyssa person is, she doesn't need to be mentioned in a cafe review SIX times.
megan replying to a comment from mike / July 19, 2009 at 09:41 pm
@mike and waitwhat:

personally, I like the inclusion of a second opinion in reviews. I think it's one of those things where some like it, and some don't. So, if you don't like it then don't read it. But I do like it, so I appreciate the opportunity to read it.

So, I kind of don't think it's fair for you to ask a writer to change the way they're writing, a way that others like, because it's not the style *you* like.

It's great you have a preferred style, but I don't understand why it should trump the preferences of the writer and other readers.
Arby / July 22, 2009 at 12:49 am
A shot of the store front would be most welcome.
Larry / July 30, 2009 at 11:12 am
They are indeed super nice people and the coffee is very good. But it's not in the Annex, it's in Seaton Village.

The Annex ends on the other side of Bathurst (east) and has plenty of every kind of business, but Seaton Village, and especially this strip of Bathurst, could use more places like this!
Jasmin / July 31, 2009 at 01:11 am
What are the prices like at Scoop and Bean because I am looking to explore more of toronto's cafe and restaurant scene and this place sounds really cool
Dan / March 17, 2010 at 11:09 am
This place is very cool. I wanted to note just a quick update that they started selling crepes - and they are very good! I've had a few lunch crepes, and they both were delicious, and quite authentic. Next up, I'm looking forward to trying a desert one....
Jan / March 28, 2010 at 01:07 pm
The coffee is fantastic --- the vibe is friendly, a really relaxed neighborhood place. I tried their espresso served over ice cream and it was a perfect treat. Now that they are serving crepes I go there for lunch - yum
Mr. Seaton Village / November 30, 2010 at 04:39 pm
I go here for coffee and love it. Great owners and friendly staff. They have food and obviously if you like ice cream it's great. Not me, it makes me shit my pants. But the coffee and the croissants (as someone mentioned above) are awesome.
Alex / August 4, 2011 at 08:30 pm
We received a "Buy 1 Get 1 Free" coupon on our doorknob some time ago for Scoop & Bean, and we tried to use it today. The fellow at the counter told us: "I don't have the authority to accept that." Huh? Looks like a cool place, but I'm disappointed that they're handing out coupons to the neighbourhood and then not honouring them.
Han / September 11, 2011 at 08:53 pm
I've been to this place twice and loved it so much. Their crepe is the best!!! Mild coffee and icecream is very good too. I'll try to go here more often.
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