Schell: Bean Scene rolls on

Now, with two young daughters, Deb Synnot and John Anderson have grown their business into a family of coffee houses.

Deb Synnot and John Anderson, Kelowna’s coffee power couple, moved here 10 years ago from the coast and their former lives (she as a nurse and he in waterworks construction).

They bought the Bean Scene Downtown where their love affair with brewing the bean began.

Now, with two young daughters, Amelia and Esme, they have grown into a family of coffee houses. John and Deb are focusing on the roaster and wholesale side of the business at the Bean Scene Landmark location while their expanded, extended family of owners operate their own coffee houses.

Currently there is one downtown at 274 Bernard Ave., one in Landmark Tower 2 (1708 Dolphin Ave.) and the HQ Bean Scene Landmark (100-1615 Dickson Ave.) where the roaster, bakery and retail are all housed.

Welcome new owners of Bean Scene Coffee House number 4, located in the Capri Mall: Amy and Al Lang.

Amy and Al have always been involved in the food industry. Amy has been working in the kitchen as a baker for the past couple of years at Bean Scene HQ.

When recently presented with the opportunity to own their own shop at Capri Mall, they jumped on it. Formerly home to KVR Coffee (signage has not been replaced yet), they are located just three doors down from Winners, facing Gordon Drive.

Like a family, Amy and Al explain the incredible support and hands-on training provided by Deb and John who ensure that their new coffee house owners are comfortable in their new roles. It is a unique culture and a strong brand that focuses on building a strong team.

Besides fabulous coffee, this Bean Scene Coffee House (like the rest of the shops) offers delicious food delivered from HQ’s kitchen/bakery. Their offerings are made with locally sourced, in seasonal ingredients (whenever possible) and they choose to use “only real and pronounceable ingredients” like real butter.

There are no hydrogenated fats used.

The menu includes the usual cafe sweet treats but also has light lunch options like panini sandwiches and delicious healthy alternatives like the Buddha Bowl. Great options to take back to the office for lunch. They even use sustainable packaging.

On a recent visit, ‘roaster extraordinaire’ John gave me a tour of the coffee roaster and explained his unique “wet scrubber” attachment. The benefit of this addition to the coffee roaster is that it eliminates 1.2 million BTUs per hour of natural gas consumption from the roasting process.

It was constructed from a recycled fuel oil tank and also eliminates the risk of fire in the smokestack. It was John’s invention and another ‘green’ feather in the Bean Scene brand’s cap.

Don’t forget, you can purchase beans for home as well. The Espresso Graf is my favourite and can be used in your coffee maker for brewing regular coffee. Visit their website at

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