As I sit here, I'm sipping on a nice cup of coffee. Ahhhh, I need it in my life. Every. Morning. Basically, I'm a shameless coffee addict. That being said, I try to do what I can to purchase coffee brands that are certified fair trade and responsibily sourced. Now...I know what you're thinking. "Certified fair trade and responsibly sourced coffee...probably ridiculously priced and hard to find." But alas! I'm here to provide you with the sources you need to fill your cup (literally and figuratively)!
"An average coffee farmer lives on £1.37 a day. With Fairtrade, farmers receive the fairtrade minimum price, which aims to cover costs of production and act as a safety net when market prices fall below a sustainable level. If the market price exceeds the Fairtrade Minimum Price level, then farmers receive the market price. Over the last six months, the Fairtrade minimum price of coffee has been higher than the market price, showing the important role Fairtrade plays." (www.fairtrade.org.uk)
If you need a little more information behind why you should consider sourcing fair trade coffee, check out this article.
So without further ado, let's get started.
First, let me start off by saying that I am a HUGE aldi fan. But after I found this certified fair trade medium roast columbian coffee, my fandom turned into a full blown love affair. This coffee tastes amazing. Oh, and did I mention its only FOUR DOLLARS? Yeah, you read that right. Four. Dollars. They have other fair trade certified versions from peru and various other places as well.
Our second runner up is Seattles Best Signature Blend No. 4, which can be found at Walmart for around $6...which is about the same cost as a tall mocochoskinnyvanillalightonthefoam latte from America's biggest coffee shop. I'm not great at math, but even I know which one is the better deal. Now, not all of Seattle's Best are certified fair trade (the same goes for barissimo at Aldi), so just keep an eye out for the fair trade label to distinguish which versions are.
I'm pretty proud of our third choice. Mainly because they are based right here in my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. You can swing by their coffee shop or buy their fabulous beans online at their website! The Roasterie travels all around the world to find the best beans, and a lot of their blends are fair trade certified. If you go to their website (www.theroasterie.com), and search the term "fair trade", you will find THREE PAGES of certified blends from all around the world. From Guatamala to Ethiopia, medium roast to dark, they've got you covered. Prices vary but tend to stay around $15 per bag. This is a win-win because you're shopping small AND fair trade. What's better than that?
Our final easily accessible, super affordable, and world changing coffee is Peace Coffee! Located at...*drumroll please*....Target! Peace coffee comes in a variety of blends. When it comes to their twin cities blend, think almonds and chocolate. Or almonds and chocolate get married, have a baby, and name it "coffee." Either way, you're going to love it. And at $10.99 per bag you can't go wrong. Plus, seeking this will give you an excuse to go to Target. You're welcome.
The list of Fair Trade Coffees goes on far beyond these four gems. But I hope this is enough to get you started on your transition of sourcing products for the greater good!