Caffe Beano – A timeless institution for coffee drinking Calgarians
Caffe Beano's coffee knows no age
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The best reason to stop by Caffe Beano is the coffee - consistently fresh, smooth, and beautifully made.
I have been going to Caffe Beano for a really long time, and mostly because I welcome a really good coffee in my day.
In my 20s I would walk down 17th to Beano on Sunday mornings, armed with a University assignment, if I didn’t have plans to meet friends. In my 30’s I would stop in on my way home from my job in the Beltline, welcoming the opportunity to observe the end of a work day and make plans for the rest of the day.
And now, I come here with my family. I pull out the crayons and paper I keep in my purse for just this time. While my husband and I sip our cappuccinos, flipping through the paper as we fondly remember the days when we had time to read it cover to cover, our two kids entertain themselves. Usually quietly; they know by now that this is generally a place for grownups that requires a different code of conduct than they are used to, which I happen to think is good for them too.
My second favourite thing about Beano is that it is a proper café. Like those ones in Europe: places that are a hub for the community, places where people of all ages and walks of life come to sit together.
Caffe Beano is, in fact, the only place I have been going through all the stages of my adulthood. The people there have become familiar. While I don’t know what most of our Beano acquaintances do for work, or where they live, I have gotten to know more important things about them over the years, the quiet confidences that happen over shared beverages in welcoming spaces.