The Origin Story of Dean's Beans: Doing Business as an Expression of Progressive Values

This blog was originally posted by Dean in April of 1998! Yet, much of it still rings true today, 22 years later. It is a rich account of the origin of Dean's Beans, and a deeper understanding into what drives Dean as a pioneering social entrepreneur. Read on!

Puddles of Chocolate

It's that time of year again, Java Drops and Chocolate Discs are arriving in globs to woeful recipients. So...we are no longer going to be shipping our melty chocolate due to summer weather. 

Keeping Young Farmers on the Land

One of the biggest problems for our farmers around the world is how to keep young farmers interested and engaged? Wit...

Pride in our Women Partners, this International Women's Day

We're using this International Women's Day as a chance to reflect on how proud and humbled we are by the great women coffee farmers and great women managers in the coffee world. You can see me here with Merling, GM from Prodecoop, and can see by my hair color that we have been partners and friends for quite some time!

We were just named a "Best For The World 2019" B Corps!

The B Corporation Best For The World 2019 list is out, and we are PROUD to be among the top 10% of all B Corps in the...

The Real Impact of Fair Trade

When you wake up and smell the coffee, you'll have to admit that the world coffee market stinks. Coffee prices are the lowest in recorded history, and growers are receiving far less than it costs to produce their crop.  The commitments we make to the farmer through fair prices and access to credit are an essential to keeping the farm communities on the land, feeding their families, and providing us with great coffee.

2019 UPDATE! Launching Community-Based Kids Literacy in Nicaragua

Creating a revolving book reading and loan program to increase children's literacy is a great example of direct, peop...

The Simple Act of Meaningful Change

I'm sharing a really great article here - please read! It's from my favorite daily dose of coffee news, the very aptl...

Our Commitment to 360° Fair Trade

Fair Trade (not to be confused with free trade!) is incredibly important to us. If you've followed our journey at all...

Dark to Light: A Syrian Child's Journey

We are excited to share with you information about an upcoming exhibit and fundraiser for our good and long-time frie...

Meet Your (Coffee) Maker - Coffeelands Cafe

In todays, "Meet Your (Coffee) Makers!" series, we traveled to Clinton, MA to Coffeelands Café. We spent the morni...

Cupping Colombian Coffee

If you missed it on our Facebook page, here is a great video of Dean cupping the most recent lot from the Associacion...
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