Organic & Fair Trade
We encourage you to support companies that conduct their business with respect for people and the environment.
About Organic Agriculture
"Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems, and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity, and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation, and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved...”
—International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
What defines Organic?
- Grown on land without synthetic pesticides or other prohibited substances for 3 years.
- A sufficient buffer exists between the organic coffee and the closest traditional crop.
- Sustainable crop rotation plan to prevent erosion, the depletion of soil nutrients, and control for pests.
About Fair Trade
Many coffee growers are small, family farmers who can barely afford their basic needs. Many live in absolute poverty, getting paid pennies. As we enjoy the fruits of their labor, how often to we stop to consider these humble people on the other side of the world?
The Fair Trade movement does just that. It reminds consumers that there are numerous farmers throughout the world that are now getting paid a fair price for their back-breaking labor, and embracing environmentally conscious farming practices. By purchasing Fair Trade coffee, you are helping ensure these farmers are treated with dignity, given decent wages, and access to affordable credit to invest in their future.
Fair Trade also encourages environmental farming practices. Many of these small farmers already grow their crops organically, following age-old techniques passed down through generations. Large-scale plantations cut down trees to increase yield. Small famers grow coffee under the canopy of shade trees, preserving the rain forest and natural bio-diversity the forests provide, include preserving local and endangered species, migratory bird populations, using less water, and improving natural soils.