Organic, Fair Trade, Imported, and Shade Grown Coffee
One thing many coffee drinkers have in common is a shared love of the environment. As such, many coffee drinkers endeavor to purchase coffee that is produced in an environmentally friendly way, or at the very least, in an organic way. In many cases, this means purchasing coffee with labels such as organic, Fair Trade certified, imported, or shade grown.
But in the end, what do these things mean, and how do they relate to the effect that coffee and coffee farming has on the environment? Read on to find out. Continue reading
Where Does the Fair Trade Logo Come From?
You hear about the Fair Trade distinction more and more every day. If you drink coffee out in public, then you’ve probably noticed people talking about coffee beans that are Fairtrade certified, or you’ve noticed it on the packaging or marketing materials. So what is Fairtrade certification all about anyway?
Another of the many now common green symbols, Fairtrade is actually more than just a logo — behind the now common and colorful Fairtrade symbol is a strategy, and one that the organization says is all about “poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Its purpose is to create opportunities for producers and workers who have been economically disadvantaged or marginalized by the conventional trading system. If fair access to markets under better trade conditions would help them to overcome barriers to development, they can join Fairtrade.” So there we have it. Continue reading