by Marshall Ward
A truly great cup of coffee starts with the finest beans.
“Our brewed coffee is super popular because we use quality beans, and we have customers who will drive for hours just to get the beans or a cup of coffee,” says Mikayla Lomax, a barista at Full of Beans at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market.
Full of Beans, located in both the market’s white tent and main market building, offers beans roasted with state-of-the-art equipment in Toronto, where they also treat and filter their water to remove unwanted additives — all in service of getting the best possible taste.
“Our house blend supreme deluxe is a medium roast and it is really popular, and we have lots of people who love our vanilla hazelnut or caramel crunch,” says Lomax.
“We also have an amazing espresso machine, which was actually designed by Bugatti, so people come out of their way to get our Americanos, espressos, along with our specialty drinks and ice drinks, as we sell tons of coffee that we bought from local roasters.”
Full of Beans baristas like Lomax are passionate and committed to making the best cup of coffee while providing friendly customer service.
“I’ve been working here for six years, ever since my first year in high school, and it’s a lot of fun,” she says. “The market atmosphere is great, everyone is always happy to be here, we’re always busy, and we get to know all the vendors and everyone who works here, along with all of our amazing customers.”
There’s practically always a line at Full of Beans, but it moves quickly because most people are return customers who know great coffee when they find it.
“It’s evident how much visitors to the market love our coffee, as the number of customers we’d have on a Saturday — before pandemic restrictions — was insane,” Lomax said with a laugh.
“There would be three or four of us working behind the counter, bouncing off the walls and each other, and we’d have a long line-up of people waiting patiently. And even with the limited capacity of people who can come into the market tent, it still feels just as busy because it’s only me and someone else working, rather than a whole group of us.”
When a coffee business is hopping like that, you know it’s full of beautiful beans.