February 19, 2010
47 Harvey Road
I always love going to jumping bean because they have fun decor in the back room where you get your coffee/food items, and the coffee is always fresh. I don’t find it strong enough, but I like coffee you can stand a spoon in. Also, their front room is kind of bland in comparison to the back room.
The servers are always friendly, and decently informed :) A little bit more knowledge, brighter colours, and some music would make them perfect.
Never been to the Harvey Road location, but there is a little Jumping Bean cafe in the QEII, and I just have to say, it’s some of the worst coffee I’ve ever paid for. Hopefully the stuff on Harvey Rd is better.
Severs are always very friendly and knowledgeable upon my arrival. They don’t seem to mind when I come in with my laptop to do some work, and it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. It also makes me more compelled to by a second coffee, a yummy treat, or a full lunch just to show my appreciation.
There is always room for improvement, however. I find that their “vegan biscuits” at the front counter, although very tasty, are much overpriced. Also, the combination of rocky tables and awkward chairs have made me spill my coffee and/or water on SEVERAL occasions, leading to soggy pants, notepads, and a dash for the staff (who always help me sop of my mess with a smile!).
Keep up the great work!
I’ve been to both the QEII location and the Harvey road location, and I must say, the Harvey road one far surpasses the QEII, but that’s unsurprising given that the Harvey road location actually pulls their espresso by hand, rather than by pushing a button.
I’ve had a couple of their sandwiches, and I find the ones I’ve had good, I just wish the rest didn’t have mayo! I enjoy the baked good I’ve had as well, although I agree on the point about the vegan biscuits — they’re a bit pricey.
In the QEII, it’s staffed by the contracted food services at MUN. Up until recently it was Chartwells, which butchers anything it comes across. I had to teach them how to foam soy milk, as the first time I asked for a dry soy cappuccino, I received the reply of “Soy milk don’t foam enough for a cappuccino.” Ten minutes later, I left with what I had ordered, and it was decent (although I also had to tell them not to let the espresso sit.)
The score I’ve given is a bit of a mash between the two locations. Harvey road I would give a four out of five, as there are a few things that could do with improvement. for the QEII, I wouldn’t give it more than two stars.
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