Fair Trade Organic Coffee
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
WHAT DOES FAIR TRADE ORGANIC (FTO) MEAN?
Do you know what is the meaning of “fair-trade” coffee and why you should care?
Fair Trade refers to the system of buying and selling goods and commodities in a way which the local producers and communities involved in the growth and production of the commodity are honored and paid a fair wage. Fair trade also may include policies that honor the local natural environment involved in the production, as well as the promotion of people-to-people connections, fairness and sustainability.
Coffees that are certified Fair Trade and/or Organic means that the farmers’ growing and labor practices meet the requirements for Fair Trade and/or Organic certification and that the farmers have paid a fee to use that certification on their coffees. When roasting and packaging Organic certified coffees, the WSDA Organic requirements are being followed, using separate storage containers for those coffees and purging the roaster and packaging equipment before roasting, grinding, or packaging the Organic coffees.
Fair Trade is an international trade model that aims to build just, equitable, and sustainable business practices by linking producers in developing countries directly to purchasers in the global north. Fair Trade purchasers work directly with cooperatives and other small scale producers, eliminating the middlemen present in conventional trading and ensuring that producers receive a higher percentage of the price.
Buying fair-trade organic coffee will ensure that you are drinking the best coffee around.
Fair Trade came about in response to the struggles of Mexican coffee farmers following the collapse of world coffee prices in 1988.
Fair Trade grew out of a grassroots movement to promote goods that were made soundly by small, independent producers around the world. As the early 19th century in the U.S., people began boycotting slave-made products as far back. Consumers in Europe mobilized after the Second World War to demand improved sustainability and traceability of the imported products they purchased. Fairtrade International was established in Germany in 1997, bringing together different global initiatives under one umbrella organization and establishing a set of international standards for fair trade.
Coffee farmers can get Fair Trade certified by joining member-led co-operatives. Only 360 such cooperatives exist worldwide and most are based in Latin America. In 2011, the U.S. branch of Fairtrade International broke from its parent organization due to philosophical differences. The U.S. splinter group decided it would allow big coffee plantations to be certified Fair Trade, claiming that expansion of the certification was the way to move forward. Critics have accused it of abandoning small producers, capitulating to pressure from big corporations and contradicting the very spirit of the fair-trade movement.
In terms of nutrition, buying organic fair trade coffee means you are making a healthier choice. It means there is no chemical flavoring added, no chemicals like chlorine added for processing and cleaning the coffee beans and the roasting process itself means a healthier coffee bean. The organic soil where the coffee beans are grown is an important factor as well. Organic foods overall have more nutritional value due to the organic soil that is not depleted of minerals. Coffee beans are full of healthy minerals such as B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, copper and more so they need to grow in organic soil. Millions of consumers in the U.S. cannot tolerate the acid present in coffee due to acid reflux or some other stomach ailment. If you are one of those people, you should find that you can drink multiple cups of Organic coffee with little or no side effects.
Fair-trade organic coffee tastes better. It’s not bitter and you can taste the true flavors of the coffee that are drawn from the location where the coffee beans grow, similar to the distinct tastes in wines that come from the soil and the region the vines are grown in. Drinking fair-trade organic coffee from various locations throughout the world will allow you to experience different cultures and natural taste differences in coffee.
When buying fair-trade organic coffee, you support local communities and workers in receiving a living wage, one that allows workers to receive a salary that will cover basic food, shelter, medical care and more. When buying from a fair-trade producer, you are investing a small amount in the local community and that money gets re-invested back into the community. Fair-trade is a movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability.
The Fair Trade movement was developed as a means of addressing inequities in conventional development and trade models. Fair Trade aids producers by requiring fair labor conditions, safe environmental practices, and fostering community development. The Fair Trade principles, to which all producers, importers, and exporters must adhere to receive certification, include:
Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price, plus a premium for certified organic products. Artisans and producers of non-commodity items are guaranteed a living wage in the local context.
Fair Working Conditions
Laborers are guaranteed safe and healthy working conditions, a living wage, freedom of association, and opportunities for advancement. In particular, women’s leadership and participation in cooperatives is encouraged. Human rights and child labor laws are enforced and upheld to the most stringent standards.
Fair Trade importers purchase directly from farmer and artisan cooperatives, thereby building long-term relationships and sustainable business practices.
All Fair Trade businesses are open to public accountability and must maintain records of their environmental and business practices.
Fair Trade Organic coffee is very much sought for its quality and also for the advantages it gives to the people and the community. Coffee Roasters Asia is very much happy and excited to share to all the coffee lovers and all the wonderful people out there who would love to try Fair Trade Organic coffee that we will introduce it in the near future! This is your chance to get Fair Trade Organic coffee in your own personal cup. Let us all help and support Fair Trade Organic coffee to promote people-to-people connections, fairness and sustainability.
Enjoy Fair Trade Organic coffee, coming soon!