Posted by: andwego | March 15, 2010

The Coffee Co-op

Everything you hear about FairTrade and Organic coffee isn’t a full bag of beans and isn’t quite what you think.  I learned something very important on this recent trip to Nicaragua-if you want to be certified in FairTrade and in Organic coffee you have to be rich.  The truth is that local farmers in countries where coffee is grown are poor.  Only the rich and powerful with their large coffee farms have a hold on the industry…”you have to have money to make money” I think this is how the saying goes.  Most likely, if you are buying Organic and FairTrade coffee you are helping the rich get richer and the poor get poorer!  If you really want to help the struggling farmer get more fair prices, buy Direct coffee, that is, buy from the companies who work directly with small farmers, farmers who struggle just to sell their coffee.  If you really want to make a difference in ethical spending, buy coffee from us…

(This is the true story of the farmers seen above)

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