Foglifter Coffee to bring the beans back where Main Street’s Bean Around the World had been

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The countdown is on to the launch of Foglifter Coffee Roasters in the location that was once home to a beloved Bean Around the World on Vancouver’s Main St.

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The Bean on Main & 20th, as it was known, closed up after 16 years in July 2017. Now comes word the Vancouver Island-based roastery, Foglifter, that was launched by the Bean’s operators, will go into the redeveloped building at the site.

Foglifter is a family-run coffee roasting company located on Shawnigan Lake in the Cowichan Valley. Their roasts are available online through subscription and for individual orders, as well as being brewed at select cafes.

We won’t be smelling those freshly-brewed cups of coffee at Main and 20th just yet–the property is aiming to open in October 2019, so we are looking at about a year to go.

Landa Global Properties is redeveloping the site into a four-storey 42-unit boutique condo building, with retail space adjacent to Foglifter’s forthcoming ground-level digs.

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The Nicolettis (Photo courtesy Foglifter Coffee Roasters)

“Our aim was always to return to the corner and we were pleased with Landa’s commitment from the beginning to seeing that through,” says Foglifter’s Amanda Nicoletti, who co-owns the coffee biz with her husband, Wayne. “It’s really exciting.”

“You’re going to recognize the space but know it’s a new era. We want to continue to appeal to people of all stripes,” adds Nicoletti. “The Bean was always a place you could duck into to conduct the business of life, whatever that happened to be for you. We can’t wait to play host to this amazingly eclectic community of Vancouverites once more.”

The plans currently brewing for Foglifter on Main Street include a pastry program, light bites like sandwiches, cold brew and kombucha on tap, and a tea program.

Foglifter will be located at 3598 Main Street in Vancouver

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where ahe earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com