"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 9 am til 1 pm.

About us

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

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".
Just like there is much more to Really Good Coffee than freshness, quality, and taste, there is far more that's wrong with Bad Coffee than 'stale, cheap, and bad tasting'. To more fully appreciate Really Good Coffee it may be helpful to lift the veil a bit on Bad Coffee.

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, 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. It continues to thrive because it's what most of us know as just coffee. It's what we've bought because we didn't know any better. 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 care. But information is power, and now we're starting to understand! Much more than just tasting bad, Bad Coffee IS bad.
But we don't have to put up with it.

We have a weapon!

Really Good Coffee may be our most effective weapon against Bad Coffee. For coffee to be Really (and truely) 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 people need to perform the processes happen 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 move beyond subsistance 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 not good. (this topic is FAR more complicated than we've lain out 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. I don't know about you but that's an expression of "Really Good" that we love to participate in!

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 crop to cup. That's great, BUT THERE'S MORE! 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 breaking 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.
Is it preposterous of us to ask you to watch This Video ?

Although the price is higher than Bad Coffee, given all the havoc that you can wreak with Really Good Coffee, it's clearly worth every penny. And more.

Go ahead. Wreak some havoc. Buy Really Good Coffee Here!

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