Fair Trade Coffee
Coffee and Fair Trade
Fair trade coffee, or equal exchange coffee, is coffee that is traded
by bypassing the coffee trader and therefore giving the
producer (and buyer) higher profits. Fair trade certified coffee does
not necessarily mean that the extra money trickles down to
Economics of Fair Trade Coffee
TransFair USA is an
independent 3rd party certification that ensures that:
importers agree to purchase from the small farmers
included in the International Fair Trade Coffee
Fair trade coffee growers are guaranteed a minimum "fair trade price" of
$1.26/pound FOB for their coffee. If world coffee price rises
above this floor price, fair trade coffee farmers will be paid a small
($0.05/pound) premium above market price.
importers provide a certain amount of credit to farmers
against future sales, helping farmers stay out of debt
to local coffee "coyotes" or middlemen.
and roasters agree to develop direct, long-term trade
relationships with fair trade coffee distributors, thereby cutting out
middlemen and bringing greater commercial stability to
an extremely unstable market.
For more information on fairly traded coffee, fair trade coffee statistics, fair trade coffee news, visit the following sites:
Exchange - an agency that promotes and educates consumers
about Fair Trade coffees.
Exchange is a company that deals only with fair trade
To locate a certified fair trade coffee roaster, visit TransFair USA.
For an article
about Starbucks and organic fair trade coffee, click