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Vancouverites will soon have access to interesting Indonesian food products. Sourced from Indonesia by Indonesians, Archipelago Marketplace curates and delivers a wide variety of unique, high quality products to North America, offering customers an authentic Indonesian experience and a taste of the culture. Their products will be available on Amazon as well as at the pop-up store in Gastown at the Indonesia Trade Promotion Centre at 310 West Cordova Street.

I had the opportunity for a sneak preview at the pop-up store. It carries products such as tempeh chips, cassava flour, vanilla sugar, various types of coffee, butterfly pea tea and ginger powder. They also have interesting products that I’ve never heard of, including curcumin powder and the Indonesian ginseng called Tongkat ali.

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We were approached to experience a new online coffee seller at GotMyBeans.com. The premise of the website is the freshness of the beans — “We ensure all beans delivered to our customers are freshly roasted, providing the unique aroma and flavour the Master Roaster intended. Our inventory is managed just-in-time, obtaining supply from our partners only to meet the immediate demand of our customers. No coffee sits on our shelves for more than five days. “ — as a coffee drinker, quality and freshness of beans do matter to me, so I was intrigued and agreed to give it a try.

The eCommerce website is pretty straightforward. You select the beans you want, put in an order and go. The nice thing is that it has a user review feature that allows you to read about what other fellow coffee drinkers think. I liked its clean design, too.

GotMyBeans.com Product Listing

GotMyBeans.com Product Listing

Upon placing the order, it is shipped when they receive the freshly roasted beans. Then it would be sent to you via Canada Post. I received the shipment within 1 week from ordering. You can smell the roasted coffee beans even through the packaging.

GotMyBeans.com Package

And as soon as you open the box, it’s as if you are circulated by a cloud of coffee beam scent. (more…)

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