It’s their passion.
Can you do what you love and love what you do? For David and Christy, owners of Bean Traders coffee shop, the answer is yes.
I’ve been a dedicated customer of Bean Traders at Homestead Market on Highway 54 near The Streets at Southpoint mall almost since it opened in 2000.
I’m not sure what you look for in a coffee shop, but I look for delicious coffee. Bean Traders coffee is head and shoulders above your average. That’s because David, after helping Christy put their kids to sleep, goes out for four more hours of work to roast his coffee beans four to six nights a week. End result? Fresh tasting coffee.
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But I look for more than that in a coffee shop. David has always called me by name, and he got that right from the start. He uses Ms. Reddy, and greets me with a smile, all while juggling numerous drinks, managing the store, and the myriad of other things in his mind. I’m from a long line of salesmen and there’s one phrase I’ve heard a lot, and found to be true. People buy from people they like. David told me once, “It doesn’t feel like work.” It’s their passion. It’s what they dreamed about from long ago when they met as baristas in Charlotte.
“A good barista knows his community.” David described this as a “hook-in” into the community. They can help folks new to the area find grocers, charities, music, or recommend a good gym. Even folks who move away often find their way back. Customer satisfaction, providing something that is affordable, and making special moments are all part of what makes Bean Traders different.
Some years ago on a warm spring day, my husband and I ordered our hot drinks and sat in the outdoor seating to enjoy them. Our cell phone rang and our doctor told us to come to the office right away because of a medical test result. We popped up and left our drinks there. It was a few months before we were able to go back. When we did, David was there and he remembered just like it had been yesterday, our hurried exit. He expressed his wishes that we were all OK and gave us our drinks for free. That kind of personal concern from a merchant doesn’t happen often.
There are plans for expansion in 2015 to include a big square bar with seating, a stage, waffles seven days a week (available now Sundays only). They provide story time for kids now, but this will be expanded, along with music, coffee education classes, and more. You can browse their website, beantraderscoffee.com, to learn more.
There’s something I have always found very endearing, and that’s the story of David and Christy’s elopement, but I’ll let you found out about that from them.
Isabel Reddy lives in Durham.