All of Dean's Beans fine whole bean specialty coffees are certified organic, fair trade and kosher and are roasted in small batches at our beanery in Orange, MA. We know that the planting, care, harvesting and processing of the beans is done in conformity with international standards for the health of the farmer and their environment, as well as the high quality of the bean. The vast use of pesticides in coffee production has serious impact on the ecology of the coffee-growing world and the health of farm communities. Our commitment to only purchase shade grown coffees supports healthy environments for coffee growers and protects critical migratory bird habitat. It is important to us that the quality of our coffees includes respect for the quality of life of our southern partners in the coffee world. And that respect translates into superb tasting coffee for your pleasure.
Here is what they have to say about themselves: "Each player in our cycle of production and distribution, from the farmer to the consumer, participates in socially just and environmentally responsible trade. We hope that all other coffee companies will follow our lead. We only purchase beans from small farmer cooperatives, largely made up of indigenous peoples working hard to maintain their culture and lifestyles in a hostile world (Dean has a long history as a lawyer and activist in indigenous rights, one of the reasons he founded the company). We do not buy beans from large estates and farms. We've been there, and have seen the conditions of chronic poverty and malnutrition within which many of these farms produce those other coffees. Look in your kitchen - do you know where your beans come from?"