Ethical Bean Coffee

Fairtrade Certified Organic Coffee Roaster

Vancouver, British Columbia


About Ethical Bean Coffee

Ethical Bean Coffee is a leading Canadian roaster of 100% Fairtrade Certified, Organic coffee. Whether through programs that respect the earth and its farmers or by leaving a minimal environmental footprint, Ethical Bean is constantly seeking new ways to do the right thing. just. better. isn’t just a tagline. It’s the standard by which they live and breathe.

Ethical Bean’s commitment to fair and environmentally friendly production practices starts at the source. By using only 100% certified Fairtrade and organic coffee, the company is able to ensure that the producers they purchase from are safe from the volatilities of the coffee market, as well as harmful pesticides and other chemicals. Once the beans arrive in Vancouver they are cupped, tested and roasted in a 100% carbon neutral facility that has been designed to LEED Gold standards. Their 70 kilo Loring Peregrine Smart Air Roaster, powered with renewable natural gas from Bullfrog Power, allows them to increase their capacity and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. Ethical Bean’s commitment to sound environmental practices extends to the smallest detail, right down to the compostable cups and cutlery used at their café, their 100% compostable single serve pods, and the bag-return recycling program.

Ethical Bean’s community outreach ranges from hometown to international charities. Focusing on arts, children, and culture, Ethical Bean Coffee donates thousands of pounds of coffee each year to local events and fundraisers in and around Vancouver. Internationally, the company donates to two non-profit organizations: Child Aid and Project Somos. Child Aid provides children in Guatemala with the finances for school, supplies and other associated costs. Project Somos is a non-profit organization building a village in Guatemala for at-risk mothers and their children.

Ethical Bean Coffee leads the way in product transparency through its innovative QR code and coffee traceability. Each bag of coffee is equipped with its own QR code that can be scanned on shelves or at home using the Ethical Bean iPhone app (or entered manually on Ethical Bean’s website). This unique feature gives customers the opportunity to watch interviews with farmers, look up cupping notes and roast profiles, and Google Map each bag’s beans down to the exact co-op they were grown in, all from the grocery aisle.

We became a B Corporation because we fundamentally believe in third party certification of any claims made by companies. All our coffee is Fairtrade and organic certified. The B Corp certification allows us to extend this product certification to our company's operations.

The Change We Seek®

Ethical Bean Coffee defines success by creating as much value as possible for small scale farmers, helping to better the lives of them and their families and in-turn, the environment. There are over 1.65 million farmers and workers in Fairtrade certified producer organizations, many of whom were traditionally marginalized from global trading markets in a variety of ways. Supporting these farmers and workers is critical as they act as caretakers for our environment, are key players in rural development, and are at the core of a healthy planet and thriving global population.

Delicious coffee, filled with purpose.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

April 2010

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Community: Gives 10% of profits to charity; Donates 800 hours to the community yearly; 100% Significant Suppliers have a third party social/environmental certification

Consumers: 100% Certified Organic coffees

Workers: >50% of employees are women; All employees paid a living wage; >70% health insurance premiums covered for employees and their families; 100% employees participate in company bonus plan

Environment: Facilities constructed according to green building standards; Carbon Neutral facilities since 2007; Roaster powered by 100% renewable natural gas from BullfrogPower



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