Fair Trade Coffee
The world consumes over 500 BILLION cups of coffee each year. After oil, coffee is the world’s second-most-valuable commodity exported by developing countries. Conventional coffee farmers receive only about 6% or less of the price you pay for a bag of coffee at the store or about 1% or less of the price you pay for a cup at a coffee house. Small farmers of conventional coffee earn a yearly wage of between $500 to $1000. I mean, talk about a LOT of work for little reward!
There are approximately 25 million farmers and coffee workers in over 50 countries involved in producing coffee around the world. Coffee was traditionally developed as a colonial cash crop, planted by serfs or wage laborers in tropical climates on large plantations of landowners for sale in colonial countries. Coffee producers, like most agricultural workers around the world, are kept in a cycle of poverty and debt by the current global economy designed to exploit cheap labor and keep consumer prices low. – ref: GlobalExchange.org
What is Fair Trade?
When we see that a product is labeled as “Fair Trade Certified” or a Fair Trade product, we know that local farmers (for that commodity) were involved with the growth, harvest, and production of that product and they were paid a fair wage.
Fair Trade also tells us that in the growth and production of the product, local natural environment, sustainability of the area, and fairness have all been honored. Pesticides are either totally eliminated or at a bare minimum, which promotes a healthy product for the consumer as well as keeping the land healthy and safe for future generations. Because of this, the taste is much better!
Fair Trade products will most likely be organic as well, and because of this might be a bit more expensive. But, coffee, for example, in Fair Trade has a base price – which protects both the consumer AND the workers who grow and harvest the beans.
Fair Trade allows the workers and the communities to receive a living wage. Fair Trade deals with cooperatives of small bean farmers with the goal of eliminating the many middle man between the farmer and your cup.
Society is based on supply and demand. When we DEMAND Fair Trade, will be supplied with it.
Fair Trade Certified products are available at many locations – look for Fair Trade Certified on the label. Some serve and sell a variety of coffee and tea brands, but not all are Fair Trade Certified so BE SURE and ask for their Fair Trade Blend.
Peet’s Coffee and Tea
Seattle’s Best Coffee
Fair Trade Certified coffee and tea products are available at many stores:
BRANDS who are fair trade or have fair trade options:
Newman’s Own Coffee
Green Mountain Coffee
Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee
Timoth’y World Coffee
Higher Grounds Trading Co
Café Mam (Royal Blue Organics)
Higher Ground Roasters
Thanksgiving Coffee Co.
Grounds for Change
Fair Trade Coffee Co.
Pura Vida Coffee Company
Morning Glory Coffee and Tea
Nectar of Life
Jurang Fair Trade
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