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  • Worker in one of the tea plantations in Sukambizi, Malawi photo by: Chris Terry

    Decent work and a decent income. It’s not much to ask, is it?

    5 July 2019 by By Gelkha Buitrago, Director of Standards & Pricing, Fairtrade International

    There’s a saying in English: “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” Put simply, it means that if people collaborate, they can often achieve more than if each person worked on their own.

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  • Handfuls of dry pergamino coffee at a Fairtrade certified coffee producer in Colombia. By: Sean Hawkey

    There’s only one way out of the global coffee crisis. Pay more.

    2 July 2019 by By Darío Soto Abril, CEO, Fairtrade International and Roberto Vélez, CEO, Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC)

    The global coffee industry is facing an unprecedented price crisis which not only threatens our daily cup of the black stuff but also - far more importantly - jeopardizes the livelihoods of millions of small-scale growers around the world. Coffee traders, roasters and retailers must face the fact that not paying a fair price to farmers risks the future economic sustainability of the global coffee business.

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  • On a coffee farm in Nicaragua, a member of a fairtrade certified co-op collects dried coffee beans ready for transport to the coffee warehouse. By: Sean Hawkey

    Fairtrade and Colombian President meet to tackle coffee crisis

    14 June 2019 by Fairtrade International

    The leaders of Colombia and Fairtrade met on May 30th to discuss ways out of the global coffee price crisis which is driving millions of coffee farmers further into poverty.

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  • Hanging with rust resistant coffee plants with Carlos Reynoso Manager of Manos Campesinas (right) Alli O'Connell Accounts and Marketing Manager of Fairtrade America (center) and Victor Manuel Perez Lopez ACIPACU in Tajumulco, San Marcos, Guatemala.

    48 hours debunking the myth that fair trade coffee isn’t high quality

    12 June 2019 by Alli O'Connell, Marketing & Accounts Manager

    I spent 48 hours with Fairtrade coffee cooperatives in the Western Highlands of Guatemala and debunked the myth that fair trade coffee isn’t well…good.

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  • A worker plunges his hands into freshly picked coffee cherries in Caldas, Colombia.

    We love coffee. Are we willing to pay the price?

    6 June 2019 by Peter Kettler, Senior Coffee Manager at Fairtrade International

    How much is coffee worth to you?

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  • Isabella with coffee farmer in Colombia

    Isabella Pacheco on Coffee Sourcing

    22 May 2019 by Fairtrade Network of Asia and Pacific Producers

    Fairtrade is a global network working to share the benefits of trade more equitably. Recently, Fairtrade America’s own Isabella Pachecho was interviewed by the Fairtrade Network of Asia and Pacific Producers for the newsletter they share with their producers. Read more about Isabella and her advice for coffee producers as they grow their businesses.

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    Gifts that Give Back

    13 December 2018 by Fairtrade America Team

    As the holidays approach, we know you're likely still searching for that perfect gift! Consider how you might double the joy this season by purchasing gifts that are sustainable, ethical, and fair?


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  • Coffee Price ICE C Tumbles

    Drip, drip, Drop: Tumbling coffee price puts farmers in peril

    25 September 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    The global price for coffee hit a 12-year low recently jeopardizing the livelihoods of the 17.7 million small-scale farmers who produce over 80 percent of the world’s coffee. The volatility of international coffee prices leaves many wondering what the future holds for farmers and the industry. Learn more and find out how you can help.

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  • Coffee Cabinet Ingredients

    Fairtrade Coffee Cabinet Recipe with Ethical Bean Coffee

    15 August 2018 by Jason Sanches

    A quirky name for what might just be the tastiest milkshake this side of the Mississippi. Join our partners from Ethical Bean Coffee for this great summer treat.

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    #Stand4Fairness with Ethical Bean

    30 April 2018 by Jason from the World Fair Trade Challenge Team

    What do you think of when you hear the words “good coffee”? Maybe you think of the geography where coffee is grown, under shade at high altitudes in countries like Guatemala, Ethiopia or Colombia. Or maybe it's the preparation you love – a mocha one day, a cup from a French press the next. Well, when I think about “good coffee,” I think of Ethical Bean, a 100% Fairtrade certified coffee roaster from Vancouver, BC that lives up to its name as an ethical business and will always #Stand4Fairness.  


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