Wheaton coffee company offers tasty brews, second chances
WHEATON – Among the rows of high end coffee in Whole Foods stores across the Chicago suburbs sits Wheaton’s own I Have a Bean coffee.
But instead of espousing its status as fair trade or organic, I Have a Bean has a different social justice angle: providing a place for former felons to get back on their feet.
Founder Pete Leonard said that what began as a backyard hobby after a mission trip to Brazil has turned into what Whole Foods sales representatives have told him is the store’s “fastest growing brand of not just coffee, but of any product they’ve had.”
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