Please Note: 

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, all order deliveries by Canada Post (across the service spectrum from Regular to Xpresspost options) are currently experiencing delays. Deliveries to St. John’s, Newfoundland, may be especially impacted. Canada Post hopes to have operations return to normal as soon as possible. Your patience is appreciated. 

When placing an order, sometimes questions arise over estimated delivery times. This post will clarify some of the terminology we use and our delivery timelines, as well as general information regarding our selection of shipping options.

Remember to select a shipping method for your order 

If you want your order delivered, you must select a shipping option during the online Checkout process. If no shipping option is selected, the order is automatically set aside for store pickup as the default. Our store pickup option, however, will no longer be available after March 29 as our store location at the corner of Bathurst and Bloor streets in Toronto is closing [please see here for further information: So Long and Farewell]. We expect to have pickup options available in April when our new operation facilities are underway. Stay tuned for updates.

After a shipping option has been selected, you will receive an email notification confirming your order has been placed and again when your order has shipped [or is ready for pickup when that option becomes available again].

Canada Post's "expedited" shipping option - expedited does not mean express

We use Canada Post's delivery terminology at our store, including Canada Post's use of the term "expedited". The Canada Post Expedited service does not cost more to select than Canada Post's "regular" shipping service but Expedited should not be mistaken for an "express" shipping service. Canada Post's Expedited service is an option that is only available to commercial customers, like ourselves, which we are able to extend to our clients. The Expedited option can afford faster delivery depending on the location but delivery times are much the same for both Canada Post's Expedited and Regular options for close distances.

To ensure fast delivery of an order, customers should select an Express or Priority shipping method.

Orders weighing 48 lbs or more

For orders of size, additional shipping costs may apply. Our online service providers base their calculations on a "regular" rate for packages instead of a "heavy" rate.

For example, Canada Post: Due to Canada Post weight restrictions that apply to our area of operation (M5S 1Y6), Canada Post will not ship packages it considers overweight (48 lb and above). As such, orders considered overweight must be divided into separate packages for shipment. This restriction is external to our company, and we are required to comply.

Shipping delivery estimates are just that: estimates

Our shipping service providers (Canada Post, Purolator, UPS, etc.) give us the estimated delivery times our various shipping options indicate at the time of order placement, based on the assumption that an order will be shipped out right away, or that day. This is misleading for items such as roasted beans which can take 1-2 days to prepare for shipping, depending on when the order was placed and the size of the order.

Our shipping service providers do not pick up orders on weekends. We work on weekends to prepare orders placed late in the day on Fridays or on either Saturday or Sunday, but these orders will not be collected for delivery until the following Monday.

Note: Order delivery estimates are calculated on the number of business days (Monday - Friday) in transit and do not include weekends.

Delivery standards

For an estimate of how long it takes for a package to ship to your delivery address from our location (our postal code is M5S 1Y6), refer to the various delivery standards provided by our shippers:

Canada Post - delivery standard

Purolator - delivery standard
UPS - delivery standard

The Next Day Toronto shipping option

The shipping option for Next day Toronto (and outskirts) will appear as a delivery option no matter where you are located. The parameters of what is and what is not included in the "outskirts" is not always clear. If your delivery address falls outside of the area covered, we will contact you with an alternative shipping method.

Glassware Shipping Insurance

Protect your purchase of glass products from any shipping damages for 5% of the product price. We will maintain our regular standard of careful packaging of glassware. If an item is damaged during the shipping process and you have shipping insurance coverage, we will replace the damaged part. Contact us at to add glassware shipping insurance to your order.

Check your delivery address

Double check your delivery address when placing an order. Once an order is in transit we are unable to stop your order or update your delivery information. Orders delivered to an incorrect address will be returned to us by the shipper. If an order needs to be reshipped because the delivery address was entered incorrectly, another shipping charge will be incurred for the cost of reshipment.

Third-party shippers / International orders 

We do not organize third-party shippers for international orders or large-volume orders. For overseas orders, we recommend you use an international shipper, such as DHL International, who would know the ins and outs of Customs clearance. To organize third-party shipment of an order, customers need to contact their shipper of choice to arrange pickup and delivery.

Note: For international orders, we require payment via a wire transfer to our bank in Canada. We are unable to accept other forms of payment for international orders. International customers must also take into consideration the risk that an order may not pass through Customs. 

Drop-shipped orders / Third-party suppliers - BUNN, Zojirushi

For items drop-shipped (shipped directly) from a third-party supplier/warehouse - in particular, our BUNN and Zojirushi equipment lines - the shipping calculation provided at the time of order placement may vary from the final freight cost of our supplier. This may result in an extra shipping cost or refund in shipping cost if the final freight differs from the cost estimate given initially by our website.

If a rush/express/priority shipping option has been selected for a drop-shipped order, the delivery timeline and availability of the product from our third-party supplier may vary from the initial expected delivery ETA at the time of order placement. We always endeavour to let you know this before we proceed to ask our third-party supplier for an ETA and final freight cost for an order.

For orders that include drop-shipped items from different third-party suppliers (e.g., our Bunn and Zojirushi lines), two separate shipping costs will be incurred. We will contact you with the final freight costs for each before we proceed with your order.

On Tuesday, July 26, American-Canadian self-taught journalist, author, activist, innovator and champion of livable cities, Jane Jacobs, headlined the discussion night at Green Beanery’s second Grounds for Thought event. Long-time colleagues Max Allen – a producer for the CBC Radio program, Ideas, and the co-founder and curator of the Textile Museum of Canada – held forth alongside Lawrence Solomon – who co-founded Energy Probe Research Foundation with Jane Jacobs in the late 1970s, the organization that owns Green Beanery.

As you might expect, there were descriptions that reflected the Jane Jacobs of popular legend: her newfangled thinking on the use of primary space, for example, was to be found in her own home, where there was no separation between the kitchen and living room. Although an open-plan layout is common today, at the time this was not the case. Jane had deliberately turned the main floor of her old house – built for a different era when servants were not permitted in certain parts of the home – into essentially a common area: a very modern idea that has since become a norm.

That glimpse of Jane in private is the Jane we have come to know in public as the revolutionary voice of mixed-use development and a relentless battler for "the good city," which she articulated as the aphorism: "Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings."

What is less known are Jane’s views on such issues as privatization – Jane was in favour of privatizing the TTC, Via Rail and Canada Post, all public entities reliable for their terrible service and high rates when Jane launched the consumer advocacy organization, Consumer Policy Institute, in the mid-1990s. Jane also believed in competition, respected property rights and was "allergic to expropriation," but was not, as some think, anti-development and anti-change: she simply had no desire for centrally planned solutions.

Illuminating Jane’s more surprising perspectives, Lawrence Solomon remembers Jane as principled, fearless and free of ideology. Her rigorous and wide-ranging intellect makes guessing "what would Jane say?" an impossibility even for those who knew her well. Jane sought specific solutions to specific problems, she was all about process.

Although he has wondered himself many times, "What would Jane say?", as Max Allen told the Grounds for Thought audience: "You never knew because she said so many things you had never thought of before."

For more on Jane’s lesser known perspectives, read Lawrence Solomon’s Grounds for Thought discussion notes here.

Max Allen is the author of Ideas that Matter: The Worlds of Jane Jacobs. He also produced the 1979 Massey Lectures featuring Jane Jacobs. [Pictured above at the Grounds for Thought Jane Jacobs night in sunglasses]

Lawrence Solomon was a colleague of Jane Jacobs at Energy Probe Research Foundation for almost two decades. [Pictured holding microphone]

Self-taught thinker: Jane Jacobs dropped out of Columbia University's School of General Studies after two years and never looked back. Unencumbered by planning orthodoxy, Jane formulated her views on urban living from the ground-up. How did she do it? She got out on the street, walked around, observed the "ballet of sidewalks" and what made a city good and workable for people by being a person living in and moving around the city.

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Interview with Green Beanery Cafe founder, Larry Solomon, on what makes his cafe stand out

By Michael Wacholtz for The Annex/

How would you describe Green Beanery Café?

Green Beanery is a coffee shop, roastery and equipment store that has the world’s largest selection of coffee beans. It’s also one of the funding sources for Probe International, with all of the profits from the café and coffee business going to support the activities of this charity.

What was the original impetus for the business?

I love coffee. I was reading an article in the Wall Street Journal in 2004 about home roasting of coffee and one of the roasters was rated tops in the reviews. I bought that for personal use, and my experience of roasting my own beans was incredible. I compare it to the difference between freshly squeezed orange juice and that stuff you get out of a can. One of the things I do in my association with Probe International is look for funding avenues. Over the years we’ve been successful in starting various businesses and I thought coffee might be a promising one. To begin, we ordered a sack of beans, like you would see Juan Valdez put on the back of his burro and we sold those over the internet. It sold quite quickly, and we grew from there. We expanded from selling beans, to roasters, and it just kept growing and growing. Initially we were doing everything out of our offices on Brunswick, but it was getting too big. You’d open a cabinet drawer and find bags of coffee beans, so it was necessary to ensure that file folders for our research staff were not being replaced by bags of coffee.

How did you find opening your current store?

Initially we were an entirely online enterprise. The café came later, and there were some bumps along the way in that process. For example, in trying to save some money, we tried to act as general contractors ourselves. That took some extra time, but the real challenges we found were dealing with the city bureaucracy. Everything required permissions from them, which affected every aspect of opening our small business and we didn’t expect the delays to be so extensive. But we eventually opened our doors and haven’t looked back.

And what do you get as feedback regarding the customer experience you have created at Green Beanery?

The ambiance is a highlight. People also love our array of coffee paraphernalia. They like our extensive variety of coffees, and that all the profits from the business go to help a Third World environment and development charity, Probe International.

Any interesting plans for the future?

We’re planning to have evenings at the café where speakers come in and discuss topics like international development, nuclear power, mass transit and the TTC, power rates, things of that nature that are local, national and international. The speakers’ perspectives won’t all dovetail with those of Probe International – we’ll often have competing perspectives, to let the audience understand both sides of an issue. The timeline for this to launch is sometime this spring.

No one gets to where they are by themselves. Any inspirational role models in business or life?

Jane Jacobs was a founder of our foundation, so she’s been an inspiration not only to me but also to the entire foundation. Margaret Laurence was another inspirational director and she was very feisty; she and Jane were quite the pair. Dai Qing, a Probe Fellow, and really the whole Chinese democracy movement have also been inspirational to our foundation as well.

Why the Annex for your business?

It’s near our office. We believe in the area and love it. The Annex is a great place to invest. We knew it wouldn’t go downhill over time.

Any favorite things about the Annex you want to share?

It’s just a terrific neighbourhood. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I’ve been here since 1982 both living and working here. I like all the shops, the architecture, the high density. It’s a great neighbourhood to walk.

Why do you think it's important for people to shop local?

I wouldn’t say it’s important to shop local – I see nothing wrong in patronizing shops in different neighbourhoods or different countries – but I do believe it’s important and wonderful that we actually are able to shop local. It means the Annex has the variety, the diversity of enterprises in our neighbourhood that makes it possible to shop locally. We need to maintain and keep that variety in the Annex.

If there were one thing that you could change about the Annex, to make it even better than it already is, what would it be?

I would de-regulate. I would not put all of these obstacles in front of business owners. The city’s tax regime and regulatory structure is making it difficult for the non-chain stores to survive. We need these small businesses and upstarts to have a vibrant city. We need to remove the roadblocks that prevent them from thriving.





Interview conducted by local REALTOR® Michael Wacholtz

One of the most frequent questions we field at our cafe-roastery on the southeast corner of Bathurst and Bloor is, "What's the WiFi account and password here?", inevitably followed by, "You don't have WiFi?" The expectation is that connectivity and coffeehouses go together and it comes as a shock, even an affront to learn that we're WiFi free. Why would we do that? Are we inhuman?

In fact, the decision to forego WiFi was one we pained over for quite some time and it wasn't an easy one to implement as we actually had outlets in-store available for customers to plug their devices into; so we ripped them out. That's how dedicated we were to our vision for Green Beanery — as a follow-on from the traditional coffeehouse, old-world style, sans internet; back in time to the hurly-burly of a human connection circa 1993, the possibility of dramatic eye contact, and the circus of emotions awareness of one another forces upon us, heightened and/or relieved by the magical elixir of coffee.

As far back as the 15th century and the establishment of the first coffeehouses in Mecca, our sense of self has deepened in the attentive presence of others. In the Mecca qahveh khanehs, coffee drinkers gathered to gossip, sing and dance; in the English coffeehouses of 1728, patrons would "talk of Business and News, read the Papers, and often look at one another".[1] Coffeehouses are said to have fueled the Enlightenment era[2] and they have served throughout their history as a forum for the exchange of news and views at times when political and social chaos imperiled community otherwise.

Whatever the backdrop, the sobering yet invigorating effects of caffeine in a confined space, outside of the home, have enabled us to further the human project of sociability. At times this has led to violence, and at other times to great works of art, but despite variable outcomes, there's no getting around it: even our modern technology will not save us from the fact of one another. And according to Harvard researchers, that's a good thing.

Beginning in 1938, Harvard researchers followed the lives of more than 700 men in Boston over the course of 78 years in an effort to understand the factors that would determine which of them would grow old and enjoy health and happiness or not. It turns out that the single most important indicator of long-term happiness and health — aside from not smoking and drinking too much — is the strength of a person's relationships. "The people who were most satisfied in relationships at 50 were the healthiest at 80," said Dr. Robert Waldinger, the current director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development.[3] How to obtain these life-sustaining humans? He recommends doing "something as simple as replacing screen time with people time". He did not mention coffee, so perhaps this study isn't all it could be.

Today, seated at Green Beanery to observe the novelty of no WiFi in action, I found myself immediately reaching for my cellphone. Darn it. No WiFi. A think piece I had the foresight to print out entitled, "Why Modern Relationships Are Falling Apart So Easily Today" could not hold my attention (they are falling apart because of societal malaises such as impatience and too many walls, aka computer screens).

No matter how I tried to distract myself, the drama of humanity kept calling me back; to the people walking past the enormous windows that look out onto one of the city's busiest intersections, to the conversations around me and a couple a short distance away in the corner, consoling one another, talking closely for what seemed like twenty minutes, mouth to ear.

And then they did something I haven't seen anyone in a coffeehouse attempt in years: they hugged — not a "hello" or a "goodbye" hug, nor was it a romantic cuddle, but a deeply felt embrace; the sort we give one another as comfort in times of stress. A movie-length embrace.

Without the escape of technology as a default from the physical present, I felt the urge to get in on that hug. I also felt connected to a larger sense of myself and the world around me. There really is so much to drink in besides the coffee, although that in itself was pretty good.

1. Memoirs and Observations in his Travels over England, Henri Misson, pp. 39-40
2. Did Coffee Fuel the Age of Enlightenment? Steven Johnson