Petition: JJ Beans *should* have WiFi

Everybody who knows me well will know that I am a fan of JJ Beans House of Coffee. It’s a local chain of coffee shops

JJ Bean offers some of Vancouver’s finest coffee, freshly roasted in small batches every day. We have five retail stores in the Vancouver area, and we supply wholesale coffee to over three-hundred cafes and fine-dining restaurants in the lower mainland.

Our passion is great coffee. Our goal is to share that passion with everyone we touch. Come visit us and discover just how great coffee can be.[JJ Beans]

They have a location very close to my apartment, so I *love* meeting my former students, colleagues and friends there. It provides a comfortable atmosphere where you can chat, discuss career options (for my former students) or just simply edit a paper. There is ONE thing you can’t do there, though: surf the internet (thus, you can’t use Twitter or MSN or GTalk or write a blog post).

While having coffee at Bean Around the World with Rastin and Teresa we were complaining about the fact that JJ Beans doesn’t have Wi-Fi. Teresa has commented about this on her blog, and we all agreed that we should start a petition to have JJ Beans reconsider and offer Wi-Fi.


  • Because we like to geek out to good coffee. And JJ Beans has awesome coffee.
  • Because it would attract a whole new crowd, including the students who love multi-tasking and the geeks.
  • Because it would make my life SO easy.
  • [Add your own reason]

Since I’m not on Facebook, I can’t start a petition on it. But I’m more than happy to talk to the managers about it. I’ve had some great conversations (one of the most recent, with Jonathon Narvey) while having a coffee at JJ Beans, so what could be better than being able to geek out there with blogo-friends?

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Comments (4)

jnarveyMay 17th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

I agree with you 100 per cent. I’ve actually seen a lot of people already working in there with their laptops, so it’s not like JJ Beans needs to worry about the geeks taking over — we already have.

The problem is that when a business is already doing well (and the crowds at JJ Beans can attest to their success) there is little impetus to change. I’d be happy to start a Facebook group on this topic, but first I’m going to try just calling them and asking why the heck they don’t have the wifi. I will report on my findings ASAP. Cheers, Raul.

By the way, I think we’re on for coffee at JJ Beans next weekend, aren’t we? Just checking.

RaulMay 17th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

Hi Jonathon, yes we are :)

Tyler IngramAugust 22nd, 2008 at 11:52 am

So why do they not want WiFi (hotspot access)?

Travis (JJ Y-town employee)October 7th, 2009 at 8:35 am

The reason for it is we want to be a place for the people in the community to come talk and communicate with eachother. When everyone is checking their email and nobody is interacting it just feels wierd.

For example when I was in Seattle and went to one of the Stumptowns (amazing BTW) everyone had their headphones in and their laptops open. It felt really eerie in there.

We’re flattered that you would take the time to do this though but I think one of our most attractive features to some is that we’re one of the very few cafes left in Vancouver (North America even) that doesn’t have a sea of laptops.


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