The business opened several days ago and since that time has seen a
number of folks stopping in. Already, it is not uncommon to see
someone walking along the street carrying a By the Bean cup and
smell as they walk by the excellent, freshly brewed coffee.
On Friday morning, even before 7:30 a.m. folks were dropping in to
get a cup to go, and a few added a sweet treat to their check as
Inside the city’s newest coffee bar the décor is a unique mixture of
warehouse loft, modern eclectic and vintage. While one might not
imagine that would work, it does.
The walls are contemporary colors of orange and olive green. The
floors are dark hardwood and the furniture is also dark wood.
One of the most striking features in the room is a massive wall
hanging of antique wooden doors in typical old door colors, but
arranged on the wall in a geometric design.
Looking up, the duct and vent work of the building is exposed loft
style, but painted a flat color to blend in with the dark ceiling.
The façade of the customer service counter is done with old doors as
well. The counter is also low, so customers have the ability to see
their beverage being made.
Behind the bar the baristas have all the best in modern coffee
There is also a choice of seating. Wood tables and chairs at the
front, booths, and a coffee bar further back, and tall bar tables
with chairs in the very back. There is also outdoor seating for
those who want to enjoy the fresh air.
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Surprisingly, the beans at By the Bean do not come from ‘Beans &
Such’ next door. The beans come from Columbia Street Roasters, a
micro-roaster out of Champaign. Manager David Williams said the bar
does offer a flavor of the day that comes from next door, but that
The sweets available include decadent looking cupcakes and a variety
of cookies and brownies, all made by Susan Shaw. Shaw’s business was
formerly known as Central Illinois Catering out of Elkhart. Last
fall she relocated her business to Riverton and took on the name
Sweet Betty Jane’s Baked Goods and Catering.
The blackboard on the wall gives you a list of available options
that include coffee and espresso, latte’s hot or cold, frappes, and
for those who don’t want coffee there is a selection of teas and
And how is the coffee? While LDN only had time for one latte’, the
coffee flavor was dark, rich and satisfying. So if you love coffee,
or even if you don’t, you might enjoy stopping in today to welcome
the new business, have a coffee, tea or crème, and just enjoy the
[By NILA SMITH]