Bean & Bean

The first coffee brand powered by a Korean American mother-daughter duo

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Date Established:
2008
Description:
The first coffee brand powered by a Korean American mother-daughter duo
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Headquarters:
New York, NY
Industry:
Beverage
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Bean & Bean Coffee is the first Korean American mother-daughter-powered coffee brand with an inspiring backstory of gender equity. Bean & Bean is focused on Female Equity in Coffee. Women make up more than 70% of coffee labor — from farmers to baristas — but are paid substantially less and have fewer workers’ rights than men. Bean & Bean has a conscious commitment to source from female producers whenever possible. Right now, more than half of Bean & Bean coffee is from women-led or owned coffee farms. All producers are fair trade and organic certified, to guarantee that all workers receive a livable wage, no exceptions. Bean & Bean believes in supply chain transparency. That means they have a real relationship with their coffee producers. (Like, they actually know each other and keep in touch via text and zoom.)

Each Bean & Bean coffee bag contains enough beans for 20-24 cups and are available on a subscription model — with 10% off. 1% of all proceeds are donated to the Costa Rica-based Sloth Institute to help injured baby sloths reintegrate into healthy ecosystems. 

founding story

The duo behind ethically sourced Bean & Bean is mother Rachel and daughter Jiyoon, both certified Q graders (a.k.a. coffee sommeliers). Jiyoon’s parents, who immigrated from South Korea in 2000, opened their first coffee shop in New York City in 2008 and pioneered the first-ever Queens, NY coffee roastery. 

Today, Bean & Bean has 4 locations. Each coffee is sourced, cupped, and curated by the mother-daughter duo. That’s why they have survived three major obstacles — the 2008 financial recession, the COVID-19 pandemic, and their first brick and mortar being right next to a Starbucks. 

Not that it’s been easy — Jiyoon is pulling double duty, a Harvard Business School MBA candidate in the mornings and a coffee connoisseur at night, experiencing the shutdown as a crash course in saving a family business. 

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Products

Cold Brew DIY Kit
Want to be your own barista but don’t have a grinder or coffee maker at home? Kit includes everything you need to make cold brew coffee at home.

Cold Brew DIY Kit

$
51.00
Description:
Want to be your own barista but don’t have a grinder or coffee maker at home? Kit includes everything you need to make cold brew coffee at home.
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Complete DIY Kit made with Bean & Bean Organic Downtown Blend, Medium Roast Want to be your own barista but don’t have a grinder or coffee maker at home? Try this Cold Brew DIY kit . The kit includes everything you need to make your own cold brew coffee at home. This Cold Brew DIY Kit, comes with: 12oz. Downtown Blend (Cold Brew Grind) Mr. Clever Dripper + #4 filter (100 CT.) Colorable instructions (of how we make Cold Brew at home)
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Peru Las Damas
Dive into this complex cup and drape yourself in an explosion of perfectly ripe fruit with a velvety caramel surprise. The great body and balance of this coffee is the result of the progressive Cooperativa Agraria Frontera San Ignacio (COOPAFSI). Established in 1969, this cooperative has been championing gender equality and prides itself on promoting 100% women powered coffee. The particular lot of Las Damas, just as its name in Spanish implies, is farmed, processed and operated exclusively by passionate women from the COOPAFSI. Fellow producers and coffee enthusiasts are convinced that the Las Damas physical and sensory quality is the result of the female members unique perspective and understanding of the coffee.

Peru Las Damas

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21.00
Description:
Dive into this complex cup and drape yourself in an explosion of perfectly ripe fruit with a velvety caramel surprise. The great body and balance of this coffee is the result of the progressive Cooperativa Agraria Frontera San Ignacio (COOPAFSI). Established in 1969, this cooperative has been championing gender equality and prides itself on promoting 100% women powered coffee. The particular lot of Las Damas, just as its name in Spanish implies, is farmed, processed and operated exclusively by passionate women from the COOPAFSI. Fellow producers and coffee enthusiasts are convinced that the Las Damas physical and sensory quality is the result of the female members unique perspective and understanding of the coffee.
Details:
Organic + Fair Trade Elevation: 1500 meters Varietals: Catimor,Caturra,Mundo Novo,Typica Milling Process: Fully Washed Drying Process: Drying Patio and solar dried machine
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Downtown Blend
Tasting notes: Roasted nuts, cedar, sweet herbs Created and perfected since 2008 when we opened our first shop in Downtown Manhattan, Bean & Bean Downtown Blend coffee is a blend of beans from three continents: the soft sweetness and fruity acidity of Latin America, the elegant and gentle floral aromas of Africa, and earthy undertones of Asia. Medium-roasted, this signature House Blend has a smooth and creamy note with hints of cocoa, cedar and lemongrass. Coffee is a seasonal crop, so the beans are sourced on a rotation compliant with the seasons. But even with different coffee beans, we have mastered the art of recreating Downtown Blend’s intended flavors. For more than 12 years the Mom and Daughter duo have been pouring their love and passion for coffee into this original and well-balanced blend.

Downtown Blend

$
21.00
Description:
Tasting notes: Roasted nuts, cedar, sweet herbs Created and perfected since 2008 when we opened our first shop in Downtown Manhattan, Bean & Bean Downtown Blend coffee is a blend of beans from three continents: the soft sweetness and fruity acidity of Latin America, the elegant and gentle floral aromas of Africa, and earthy undertones of Asia. Medium-roasted, this signature House Blend has a smooth and creamy note with hints of cocoa, cedar and lemongrass. Coffee is a seasonal crop, so the beans are sourced on a rotation compliant with the seasons. But even with different coffee beans, we have mastered the art of recreating Downtown Blend’s intended flavors. For more than 12 years the Mom and Daughter duo have been pouring their love and passion for coffee into this original and well-balanced blend.
Details:
*Great for espresso! ORGANIC + FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED.
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Santa Felisa Gesha Natural Heap | Cup of Excellence Winning Farm
Tasting Notes: Floral, caramel, watermelon Grown by the 4th generation women-led farm in Guatemala that won the Cup of Excellence® Award by the Alliance for Coffee Excellence — considered the Olympic Gold Medal in the coffee world.

Santa Felisa Gesha Natural Heap | Cup of Excellence Winning Farm

$
36.00
Description:
Tasting Notes: Floral, caramel, watermelon Grown by the 4th generation women-led farm in Guatemala that won the Cup of Excellence® Award by the Alliance for Coffee Excellence — considered the Olympic Gold Medal in the coffee world.
Details:
Farm Name: Santa Felisa, Paraxaj lot Region: Acatenango Valley Guatemala Elevation: 1550 mts asl Processing Method: Natural, heap fermentation Varietal: Gesha
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