Ethical Bean Coffee

At the end of the day, our goal is to make the best coffee you can imagine. Then again, that’s our goal at the start of the day too.

Company Overview

Ethical Bean Coffee is a Vancouver coffee roaster roasting only the highest quality fairtrade certified organic coffee beans. Our coffee is available in grocery stores across Canada & USA. Ethical Bean Coffee also provides fresh roasted office coffee to businesses and organizations in Vancouver as well as food service for lower mainland cafés and restaurants.

Consumers demand complete transparency in what they purchase. In response each bag of our Ethical Bean Coffee has a QR code that can be scanned using the Ethical Bean iPhone App, free from the iTunes App store (or scanned using a smartphone QR code scanner). Once scanned consumers can learn about our farmers, discover cupping notes and roast profiles, view organic and Fairtrade Certificates, and Google Map each bag of beans down to the exact co-op it was grown in. Following your coffee’s journey from crop to cup has never been so easy.

No scanner? No problem. Just simply input your lot number into our handy web interface available at

Fair Trade. Organic. Community-minded. Environmentally-aware.

Four concepts we don't take lightly at Ethical Bean. In fact, they serve as the pillars to absolutely everything we aim to do. And what we aim to do – simply put – is make the best fair trade certified organic, environmentally happy coffee on the planet. Sure, it's got to be downright delicious, but if the process itself isn't just, well then, we just don't do it.

Fair Trade Certification
At Ethical Bean, we’ve built our business on a foundation of fairness because we believe that it’s the right thing to do. In fact, it’s the only way to grow a sustainable business.
Here’s why:
Fairtrade Certified coffee is produced and traded through an alternative system to the conventional global coffee market. Producers are assured a minimum price that is based on the costs of production, not the volatile market price. There is also a Fairtrade premium, which allots additional money to the coffee cooperatives to invest back into their community as they see fit.

As participants in the Fairtrade program, coffee farms and their organizations must follow Fairtrade regulations to ensure that they are operating in a just and sustainable manner. Producers from small family farms must organize themselves into a collective organization or cooperative. These cooperatives are democratically run and producers must follow labour, environmental, and quality standards. Forced labour is prohibited, as is child labour.

Coffee Partners
At Ethical Bean, it only makes sense that we have a strong connection to our coffee-growing partners. They are, after all, the backbone of our offering: Delicious coffee. To that end, creating a dialogue between our growers and our drinkers has always been an integral part of our business.

This dialogue has taken many forms as the company has evolved. In the beginning, it was a matter of highlighting the coffee co-op in the name of the coffee itself, so that our consumers could at once identify with the region and its people. Over time, as technology progressed, so too has our ability to strengthen this grower/drinker connection. In fact, our new iPhone app delivers photos, maps, and an astounding variety of information about every cup of Ethical Bean coffee, and the farmers who produced it.

But we don’t stop there. Through our work with Child Aid each year, we send 100 Guatemalan kids – who otherwise wouldn’t get an education – to school. Supporting Project Somos has led to the purchase of land for the development of a Children’s Village that we will continue to help develop.

By using only Fairtrade Certified coffee beans and promoting educational and kids’ programs within Guatemala, we’re able to make a difference in our coffee growers’ lives.

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