Our Story

Two families, one vision.


In 1994, Kim and Scott Morrison opened The New England Pasta Company in Avon, CT. Since then, it has grown into a specialty pasta shop and café, well known in the Farmington Valley and beyond for their handmade pasta, gourmet foods, seasonal and corporate catering menus, and friendly service. The Morrison daughters, Meg and Mollie, are part of their family business, working behind the counter and at the register, among other roles. This work experience has been an especially meaningful opportunity for Meg, who has Down syndrome.

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In looking to Meg’s future and that of others with disabilities, Kim and Scott have partnered with longtime friends, Noelle and Tim Alix, whose daughter Cate also has Down syndrome. Together, they have launched BeanZ & Co., an inclusive coffee café with the mission of providing employment opportunities for those with and without disabilities. Their vision is one of an inclusive community where everyone is welcome to work and to gather surrounded by great food, great coffee, and great people – a place where everyone belongs.

BeanZ & Co. serves breakfast, lunch, coffee, and bakery items at its eat-in café or for take-out, and is located inside the same building as The New England Pasta Company. Founded on the same high quality and caring principles of The New England Pasta Company, BeanZ & Co. is dedicated to providing customers with delicious, housemade food and coffee, and personal service. At BeanZ & Co., as at The New England Pasta Company, you’ll feel like family.