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Certified Fair Trade Coffee

Fair Trade CertifiedCaffe Ibis® is proud to support the Fair Trade movement and be licensed by TransFair USA. Fair Trade certification at its core means:

  • Paying farming families a fair price for their harvests.
  • Helping small farmers gain access to needed loans for working capital.
  • Establishing direct, long-term trading relationships between buyers and farmers.
  • Support for sustainable farming.
  • Support for democratically-run co-ops throughout the coffee growing world.
  • No child labor; children should be in school.
  • Gender equality; women paid equal to men doing the same work.

TransFair USA Certified

Clearly, no agricultural product is sustainable if prices are too low to support the investment of time, energy, and money. In the case of specialty organic coffee, the investment is very high. Mountain grown, specialty grade, organically grown, and shade grown coffee represent one of the most labor-intensive crops grown on earth. The extra hand labor in care of the coffee tree, repeated selective picking, care in processing, drying, sorting, packaging, and storing all contribute to superior cup quality. At today's retail prices of between $9 and $13 per pound (11 to 22 cents per cup), it also represents one of the world's best values.

However, as with other agricultural endeavors, the farmer receives a tiny fraction of that selling price. Large corporate farms and coyote speculators exploit small farmers by meeting the growers on the long road to market with their highly perishable crop on their backs. Yes, the Juan Valdez with a donkey carrying Colombian coffee in television commercials is a fantasy for too many small farmers. A Fair Trade certified price differential can make the difference between a donkey, a floor over the dirt of a home, or an elementary school education for a child.

Clearly, Fair Trade certification is a key element for a sustainable coffee future. Farmers everywhere perform hard, demanding, and highly speculative work, often out of a love of the land and a love of the occupation. Without a fair price for their crops, all the love in the world will not pull them out of a nosedive into oblivion. With that oblivion we will all be condemned to a life without the energy and inspiration that foods of quality give to us.

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