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Paul 'Poppa Bean' Foster

Meet Paul Foster aka Poppa Bean.

The Poppa Bean Coffee Roastery is the brainchild of Paul Foster (with the help of his always supportive wife Sarah).  Paul graduated from the University of Ottawa, his first office job brought him into direct contact with copious amounts of coffee. He noticed that his co-workers enjoyed similar consumption habits. Paul soon started a coffee club, supplying his own coffee and roasting it in a hot-air popcorn popper, which gave him both the beginning and name of Poppa Bean.

Paul’s parents' garage became his roasting workshop, using 5 poppers to meet the growing demand. Paul soon invested in a shiny red 5-pound roaster. The arrival of this roaster allowed Paul to dramatically increase his production and provide enough coffee to sell at the local farmers’ market.  With business growing year after year, Paul was able to expand to a 30-pound coffee roaster to meet the demand.  This big boy made big smoke. Although there was only one visit from the fire department, Paul decided to give the neighbours a break and he saved his pennies and purchased a house out in Vars on 6 acres with a large garage/workshop/coffee roastery.

Thanks to his loyal customers, Paul continues pursuing his dream: to create a roastery that welcomes people of all ages and share with them his love of coffee and people.