Art Raffle in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières

We’ve featured a few articles on this page about our good friend Andy Dennis and his outstanding work for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).  It’s a cause that is very close to our hearts.  MSF is an international medical humanitarian organisation providing aid in nearly 80 countries. It operates free of any political, military, or religious agendas, bringing impartial assistance to those most in need.  Although MSF is continually operating in difficult situations to fight the effects of disease and violence, most recently it has been in the media due to the important fight against the ebola virus.

The Bean & Bud team with 'My Favourite Record Store' by Pete McKee

The Bean & Bud team with ‘My Favourite Record Store’ by Pete McKee

Now you have the opportunity to do something that will make a real difference by supporting MSF and at the same time having a unique chance of winning one of 10 limited edition prints donated by artists from the worlds of art and music, including Pete McKee, Goldie and Peter Doherty among others.  You can view the works at Redhouse Originals Gallery in Harrogate, or at redhouseoriginals.com.  Tickets are priced at £10 each and are available from Bean & Bud, from Redhouse Originals in person or online.  The draw will be made at 6pm on Monday 23 March at Bean & Bud over a little glass of something!

Andy says: “At the end of 2014 I worked for four weeks in the Ebola Management Centre in Kailahun, Sierra Leone. There were many tragedies in this time but also many beautiful successes. I have looked into the eyes of frightened and sick people and I know that without Médecins Sans Frontières many of them would have suffered and died alone. I am proud to work for an organisation that says that this is not acceptable and steps up to be counted where and when they are most needed.”

All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Médecins Sans Frontières.

Win a Work of Art, Help a Great Cause!

Jimi Hendrix "Grren Jacket" London 1967/2009

Jimi Hendrix Green Jacket, Gered Mankowitz

We are really excited to be working with Redhouse Originals and Andy Dennis (walka2b) to bring you an unbelievable opportunity to own a fantastic work of art and to help a genuinely good cause.  Influential artists Gered Mankowitz, Goldie, Horace Panter (The Specials), Pete McKee, Dudley Edwards, Peter Doherty, David Rusbatch, Ian Skelly (The Coral), The Studio of Ezra and Pete Smith (Live Aid) have contributed limited edition prints to be raffled in order to support Médecins Sans Frontières.  The pieces will be exhibited at Redhouse Originals in Harrogate from 23 February – 23 March 2015 and can be viewed on their website. Tickets are priced at £10.00 and are available in Bean & Bud, at Redhouse Gallery in person or online.  The draw for the lucky winners will be held at Bean & Bud at 6pm on Monday 23 March over a glass of prosecco.

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Our Favourite Record Shop, Pete McKee

The project was inspired by our good friend Andy Dennis, who has just returned from Sierra Leone where he was working with MSF to help the fight against Ebola. MSF is an international medical humanitarian organisation providing aid in nearly 80 countries. It operates free of any political, military, or religious agendas, bringing impartial assistance to those most in need.

Andy says: “At the end of 2014 I worked for four weeks in the Ebola Management Centre in Kailahun, Sierra Leone. There were many tragedies in this time but also many beautiful successes. I have looked into the eyes of frightened and sick people and I know that without Médecins Sans Frontières many of them would have suffered and died alone. I am proud to work for an organisation that says that this is not acceptable and steps up to be counted where and when they are most needed.”

All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Médecins Sans Frontières.

Thank You!

_GMF3610_DxOWe had a fantastic time at our 5th birthday party last night.  A full story will follow in a day or two, but we just wanted to say a quick thank you to all our wonderful regular customers, colleagues, friends and family who attended, and for the many generous cards and gifts.  Thanks to Lenka, Danny and Johnny for pulling shots and pints all evening.  Special thanks to Norse for providing delicious canapés, BAD Company of Knaresborough for specially crafted coffee beer and New Generation Wines for prosecco.  Not forgetting the spectacular Six Harmonies Lion Dance Crew.  Watch this space for full story and photos, but in the meantime sincere, proud and humble thanks again.

Bean & Bud is 5: Let’s Celebrate!

Just over 5 years ago, Hayden and I set off from our London home in a large removal van full of all our worldly goods, including a picnic cooler full of goldfish, to set up a new life and our own business in Harrogate, in what had previously been a video hire shop.

On 13 January 2010, after a few weeks of painting, decorating, and waiting for our chairs to be delivered through deep snowdrifts on the motorway, Bean & Bud opened its doors for the first time.  On our first day of trading we probably had 5 or 6 customers brave it through the elements!  Five years on, Bean & Bud is a thriving business.  We have survived triple-dip recession and lived to tell the tale, have appeared in the Guardian online as well as local press, and have won national awards.  More importantly, we have built up a great customer base made up of great regulars as well as people seeking us out from far and wide to try out our great coffee.

IMAG0572We will be holding a small celebration at the shop on Saturday 24 January from 6pm, with some specially crafted beer by BAD Co., bubbles,  fancy nibbles by Norse and one or two surprises.  It would be great to see you there.  If you can’t make it, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over our 5 years.  If you do plan to come it would be great if you could let us know on info@beanandbud.co.uk, so we have some idea of numbers.

Here’s to the next 5 years!

Best Filter Coffee 2014

2014-11-15-10.47.50-1.jpgBrian’s Coffee Spot is a well-known and well-respected blog in the coffee world.  Yesterday Brian announced the results of his annual awards (20 in all).  We were pretty thrilled to be awarded Best Filter Coffee of 2014.  We have really been building up our filter coffee offering, it’s becoming more and more popular with customers.  We offer a separate coffee option for our brewed coffees, roasted a little lighter and usually from a different varietal or origin which works better for brewed coffee.  Why not try one for a change next time you’re at Bean & Bud.

You can read more about the awards at http://www.brian-coffee-spot.com/