Erik worked as a journalist at the Vancouver Province newspaper for 18 years before he founded Bean Poet. He spent half that time as a sports editor and the other half overseeing the newsroom's digital channels. He spent all of it fuelled by coffee—except for a short-lived green tea phase in 2003 that he'd just as soon forget about. Erik once ordered an espresso in Italy and watched the barista toss his first three attempts down the sink before finally pulling one worth serving. The coffee was divine.