Dean's BeansAddress: 50 R.W. Moore Avenue
Town: Orange, MA 01364
Telephone: (800) 325-3008
Web site: http://www.deansbeans.com
We only purchase beans from small farmers and cooperatives, largely made up of indigenous peoples working hard to maintain their culture and lifestyles in a hostile world. 100% of our coffee is Fair Trade, organic and kosher.
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. Can buying a cup of coffee take care of a child like the one pictured here, villages around the world and the world itself? When it is from Dean's Beans, you can feel certain that the answer to each of these questions is yes.
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 these farms produce those other coffees. Look in your kitchen - do you know where your beans come from?
People-Centered Development (PCD) is an approach to international development that focuses on the real needs of local communities for the necessities of life (clean water, health care, income generation) First of all, we only do projects when asked and invited in by the community, not by the government or some large foreign aid agency. When we visit, we talk to the farmers, women's groups and others about what the biggest problems are in the community. Then we talk priorities - theirs, not ours.
Our environmental and social initiatives are the fabric and lifeblood of our company - we refer to them as our "Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy." The CSS is a fancy way of saying that we're responsible, that we ask ourselves the hard questions, and that when we're done asking the questions, we act.
goto: www.DeansBeans.com to find out more.