"Being a coffee lover, I believe the coffees at I Have a Bean are the best I have ever tasted. In my travels I have been to Canada, Ireland, China, Hong Kong, The Philippines, and most of America. So far, no coffee anywhere I have been compares to the aromas and flavors of I Have a Bean coffees. Keep up the great job at your roasting plant. You have me hooked."

- Barry S. - Rockford IL.



Normal Roasting Plant Hours:
Open Mon-Fri 8 am til 6 pm.
Saturday Office CLOSED. @Wheaton French Market 8 am til 2 pm.

About us

"Really Good Coffee" has a purpose beyond award winning taste.

Simply put, we're about 2 things: We produce award winning coffees, and we employ post-prison people. Our passion is providing coffee drinkers with the highest quality, organically grown, fairly-traded coffee in a sustainable supply chain from crop to cup. Our coffee beans are meticulously selected from the top 1% of coffee available, and then roasted and delivered fresh within hours of being ordered. But that's only part of what makes I Have a Bean coffee, "Really Good".

The work that goes in to the production of award winning coffee encompasses things like sourcing unusually high quality beans, roasting with consistent perfection, and brewing a cup that is exceptional in taste. While those three things can create coffee that wins awards, it takes more than just award winning coffee to have something that qualifies as being "Really Good". It means there is a purpose for the coffee that goes beyond just winning awards for taste. When we operate beyond the bounds of 'just the coffee' we can have something that both tastes good, and does good. It can become something that is Really Good. We love Really Good coffee even more than we love hating on Bad Coffee. But if you're like we were before Really Good coffee woke us up, you may not realize just how bad, bad coffee can be.

Fantastically Bad Coffee
The most obvious characteristic of Bad Coffee is (of course) the poor taste of it. It has 'flavor faults' that go beyond personal preference for one variety or another. Bad Coffee can have significant "off-flavors" such as jute, paper, mustiness, olive oil or turpentine (yup!) and a lot of others. But Bad Coffee is much better at being bad than just depositing odd flavors on our tongues.

    Bad Coffee is fantastic at:
  • Ripping off consumers
    Stealing from poor coffee farmers
    Harming the environment
    Unethical production practices
    Duping employers into offering it as a 'perk' to employees
    Damaging the brand and reputation of breakfast restaurants

That's a lot of bad. There is so much bad in Bad Coffee that it gives all coffee a bad name. Bad Coffee continues to thrive because it's what most of us know as coffee. It's what we've purchased because we didn't know any better and it is convenient to get. Bad Coffee is plentiful and is usually cheap. When we don't understand much of the impact that Bad Coffee can have, there is little reason to suffer the inconvenience of acquiring Really Good coffee. Much more than just tasting bad, Bad Coffee IS bad.
But we don't have to put up with the inconvenient truth of bad coffee. Not anymore.

"Really Good"

Really Good Coffee is our most effective weapon against Bad Coffee. For coffee to be Really Good it's a given that it's got to be great tasting. Coffee isn't doing all the good it could if it tastes bad, but to qualify as "Really Good Coffee" the good has to go well beyond just taste. Getting coffee from the farm to your cup requires a 'supply chain'. The people and processes involved in producing, harvesting, processing, transporting, importing, roasting and brewing coffee in a manner worthy of the hard work that went in to it, is costly. It's also time consuming and requires significant expertise. All of the people and businesses involved need to perform these processes on time, properly, and in order so that we can enjoy drinking the most popular beverage on the planet. A major aspect of Really Good Coffee is that it benefits every entity involved with it. All the way from the farm to your cup.

True Sustainability
Where does "Sustainability" come in and what does it encompass? "Sustainability" certainly includes care for the environment, but it is more broad than that. Sustainability also means that the coffee farmer has to earn a fair wage. That means that they need to earn enough to move from subsistence living, to making a profit. Without profit they cannot invest back into their farm, grow their operation, employ more workers, pay higher wages etc. They can't buy better food, or pay for an education either. In fact, without profit, they cannot continue to produce coffee. That is far from fair. It's bad. (this topic is far more complicated than we've presented here, but the overall point remains)

What's true for the environment and the coffee farmer, has to be true for everyone else in the supply chain as well. Really Good Coffee positively impacts the whole thing, including the farmer, the roaster, the coffee shop, the end consumer, and every other link in the chain. When every link is strong, the chain is able to peform well and the whole system is good. Really Good.

Helping You Wreak Havoc
You already know that our coffee is purchased from the highest quality, organically grown, fairly-traded coffee available in a sustainable supply chain that extends from the crop to the cup. But here's where it gets Really Good: There is a convenient and great tasting way you can go beyond "just the coffee' and wreak havoc on Bad Coffee. When you buy I Have a Bean coffee you are offering post-prison people the opportunity for a new life and a fresh start. You are helping to break the devastating cycle of recidivism by enabling employment in our roasting plant. Because of you, more than 50 post prison people have found work at I Have a Bean and have had their lives completely transformed.
Watch This Video and you’ll see some of what we’re talking about.

Although the price is higher than Bad Coffee, given all the havoc that you can sublimely wreak with Really Good Coffee, and how easy we've made it for you to get, Really Good Coffee is clearly worth every penny. And more.

Go ahead. Love the taste of destroying Bad Coffee: Buy Really Good Coffee here





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