ShaBean Coffee Roastery

SHaBean Sign
About Us

We (Mary Whitney and husband John Barker) have been roasting coffee for years, keeping careful records. We used to purchase green beans wholesale from the Green Beanery in Toronto. Now our beans are purchased in burlap bags the way they are shipped from producers. We are clients of Canadian wholesalers/importers who sell quality green beans, some of them direct trade, Fair Trade Organic (FTO) and Rainforest Alliance (RFA).

Being a couple of seniors we struggle to "heft" the bags of green beans; but, the quality and prices are good and the service and information are helpful.

"SHaBean" our roastery name is an invented word/name. In the Americas many high end single source beans have after the name of the specialty coffee the upper case letters (SHB). SHB stands for Strictly Hard Bean. We used SHB to make the name "SHaBean."
One also often sees the the designation (SHG) after these specialty coffees and that stands for Strictly High Grown. But we have not invented a new word from SHG.

Mary Whitney and husband John Barker who does what he is told at least most of the time!

Mary and John with Artisan 9 Roaster
1950's coffee bag from Mary's Uncle Ralph Sweet's Store

Sweet's Coffee Bag

ShaBean Coffee Roastery Bag

Picking Coffee 1
Our Trip to
Guatemala Antigua

In February 2019 Mary & John visited Guatemala Antigua, an outstanding high end coffee growing area. The highlight of the trip was a visit to the coffee farm of Juan Carlos Rodriguez at San Miguel Escobar. Juan Carlos is a member of the De La Gente cooperative. Here are photos (courtesy Mary's cousin Pam)  of Mary picking coffee cherries, Mary, John and Juan Carlos between two rows of coffee plants, and John raking drying coffee beans on a patio near Juan Carlos' home.

Picking Coffee 2
PickingCoffee 4 Bean Drying 2

127 Haskins Point Road
Seeley's Bay, Ontario