Fair Trade. Organic. Community-minded. Environmentally-aware. These are the pillars behind Ethical Bean Coffee and what helps it stand apart from all of the others. Not to mention the fact that it is downright delicious.
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As co-founders of Ethical Bean, Lloyd Bernhardt and Kim Schachte are committed to social responsibility, global awareness, and environmental accountability. Their passion is to marry that commitment to sourcing and roasting delicious coffee.
Lloyd is no stranger to the Vancouver business scene. In 1988, he founded Motion Works, one of BC’s first Apple Macintosh software development companies. He also worked for Apple Computers in California. For his achievements, Lloyd received numerous accolades and a spot on Business in Vancouver’s coveted “Top 40 under 40” list.
Kim is an award-winning graphic designer who has both owned and operated her own design studio and worked as a senior designer at one of Vancouver’s most respected branding and design agencies.
In 1999, the two took a trip that changed their lives. Their journey to Guatemala to adopt their daughter sparked a passion for the culture of the country and inspired a desire to better the lives of the farmers and families living and working in the coffee industry. The couple returned to Vancouver and, in 2003, launched Ethical Bean Coffee.
What began as a small operation with one employee has since grown to operate out of a 10,000 square foot facility in East Vancouver, employing 26 people. And while they have expanded, both Lloyd and Kim have stayed true to their original commitment to make their coffee both just, and better. This applies not only to their product but also to the workplace and the community.
Made from the world’s best Fair Trade Certified Organic Beans that are then Artisan roasted in Vancouver, Canada, you can make your brew as mild or as robust as the day demands thanks to their 8 different varieties that are all available in both whole bean and ground. With the beans’ names hinting at their amazing tastes, including Lush, Exotic, and Rocket Fuel, to name a few, you can’t help but crave a cup once you get your hands on a bag.
Besides creating amazing varieties of coffee, Ethical Bean makes full transparency an important aspect of their business as well. Not only do they hire a third-party verification company, but they take it one step further with their new iPhone app: allowing you to follow your coffee’s journey from farm to shelf, view farmer interviews, learn secrets of the trade, and even locate the field your coffee was grown in. As this exciting technology unfolds and evolves, they also plan to expand into versions that will give both consumers and growers the ability to communicate with one another through videos and interviews.
Ethical Bean Coffee knows that producing a great cup of coffee is a countless amount of decisions, large and small. From what to buy, how much to buy, which lot gets the nod, and just where the best coffee comes from are all important factors. With the team working endlessly to pick the best seasonally-sensitive coffee from around the globe, they roast it and immediately pack it into their specialized bags – to insure that you will encounter the freshest beans from the moment you open the bag, drink in that sweet aroma, and then, have another cup.
Furthermore, they take their roasting process very seriously in order to execute a cup that is full of clarity, vivid flavors, and just the right amount of umph – no matter where your palate takes you that day. In fact, they start out with green coffee (something I didn’t know was “a thing”), and check every batch for consistency, making sure that it delivers a clean sweet cup that will fit the profile and purpose it’s destined them for every time.
*When I was pregnant with my first, I completely stayed away from coffee entirely. This was fine because I could pretty much nap whenever I wanted (since I worked from home and didn’t have another child to chase around). However, with two, this was a much different story. Granted, I did stick with decaf 95% of the time, just the scent of my morning brew helped to jostle me awake and into my day more effectively.
As most Medical Professionals say, I believe that 200mg or less of caffeine a day is completely safe for both pregnant and nursing moms, which is about 2 ½ cups of home-brewed coffee (depending on how big you consider a cup). As a nursing mom myself, I require a cup of coffee every morning and have never noticed it have a negative effect on my daughter (nor have I heard of it affecting the other children that I send milk to on a regular basis. More on that later).
WHERE TO BUY: You can purchase Ethical Bean Coffee directly from their website, from Vitacost (where you will receive $10 off your first order), or to find the retail location nearest you, please visit their Store Locator.
Growing up I was never really into coffee – that is until I went to Costa Rica when I was 18 and had my first sip of fresh brewed! From there, my love has continued to blossom and now I consider myself [somewhat] of a coffee connoisseur, considering my morning cup of coffee one of my daily highlights [pathetic, maybe?! ;)].
I have even recently jumped onto the Cold Brew bandwagon, and must say that I’m obsessed!
I regress… I’ll talk more about that at a different time. Although, I have been using the beans from Ethical Bean Coffee and must say that it is literally the best coffee I have ever tasted! Smooth yet strong, and with just the right amount of sweetness, all of the roasts from EBC are downright delicious and make it hard to wait until the next morning for another cup.
Try one or all of Ethical Bean Coffee’s roasts today and see for yourself how much better your cup of coffee can taste when brewed the Ethical way!
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