Citizen Bean Sustainable Coffees by Subscription Builds on Five Years of Success; Elects Benefit Corporation Status

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Citizen Bean commemorates its fifth year in business by electing Benefit Corporation status, proudly joining other California entities who have also pledged to grow the economy while raising the bar for social and environmental responsibility.

Citizen Bean, http://www.citizenbean.com, the original new wave multi-coffee-roaster-of-the-month subscription service, offering the best sustainable, complex roasts from renowned small-batch specialty roasters throughout the country, commemorates its fifth year in business by electing Benefit Corporation status, proudly joining other California entities who have also pledged to grow the economy while raising the bar for social and environmental responsibility.

Benefit corporations are a relatively new kind of corporation legally required to: 1) have a corporate purpose to create a material positive impact on society and the environment; and 2) redefine fiduciary duty to require consideration of the interests of workers, community and the environment.

Mal Stearns, Citizen Bean’s founder says, "From the beginning, social responsibility was an integral part of the DNA of Citizen Bean. Becoming a Benefit Corporation was a natural step for us. It signifies to our customers and suppliers that we are legitimately committed to the values we promote and it gives them a framework to understand both our corporate and social benefit missions. When doing good becomes part of doing business, that’s a good thing!"

Each month, Citizen Bean’s subscribers receive a pound of award-winning coffee; single-origin or espresso blends, pairings and tasting notes from roasters like Gimme! Coffee, Intelligentsia Coffee or Victrola Coffee Roasters. "Turn to the experts," says Oliver Strand of the New York Times. Citizen Bean has historically donated to community charities ranging from the "San Francisco Food Bank" to "Friends of World Hunger."

Citizen Bean is a project of Bean Capers, Inc. of San Francisco. To learn more about Citizen Bean, its product offerings and commitment to economic, social and environmental sustainability, visit http://www.citizenbean.com. Citizen Bean can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and your preferred mobile device.

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