Fair Trade Organic
More and more of our customers are asking for either Fair Trade Certified or Organic Certified coffees. To meet both types of demand, we decided to offer coffees with both certifications. So today, all of our Fair Trade Certified coffees are also Organic Certified, and vice versa.
About Fair Trade Certified coffee
The idea behind Fair Trade Certification is a simple one: farmers, including independent small farmers, should be able to get fair prices for the products they grow. One way to facilitate this is to help farmers have access directly to importers, rather than having to go through layers of “middlemen” who each mark up the product’s price before selling it on to the next link in the supply chain. Without having to sell at low prices to accommodate middlemen’s profits, there’s more room for the farmer to make a better profit.
Fair Trade Certification helps give farmers this direct access and guarantees them a minimum price. It helps even the playing field between small independent family farms and large-scale corporate ones. And the Fair Trade model is a highly sustainable one, because when farmers can make a better living from their work, they’re better able to invest in their land and the things they need to produce a quality product.
Fair Trade Certification can have a profound impact on the lives of farming families, on the development of their communities, and on the quality of products available to consumers.
About Organic Certified coffee
Organic farming is a way of producing food without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
Organic farmers keep their soil fertile and productive using only natural, organic amendments and methods. They manage weeds and pests through nonchemical means; for example, by using beneficial insects to control damaging ones. They plant only natural species and naturally cultivated hybrids, without any genetically modified (GMO) varieties. They place a high priority on sustainable use and management of their land.
Many coffee farms are organic by default anyway. But when you buy coffee that is Organic Certified, you can be confident that your coffee was grown according to organic principles, using land and practices that meet stringent standards for organic agriculture.
Certifications and quality One thing that’s important to know about Fair Trade and Organic Certifications is that they don’t tell you anything about the quality of the coffee. Meeting specific standards of quality isn’t part of the requirements for these certifications. So an Organic Certified coffee can be produced in a way that meets all the standards for certification, yet isn’t a very good coffee. The same is true of Fair Trade Certified coffee.
At The Roasterie, we use only the very best coffee beans. Any Fair Trade and Organic Certified coffee we offer has to meet not only the requirements for both of those certifications, but it also has to meet our own very high standards for quality and flavor. Think of The Roasterie brand logo as the mark of an unofficial “third certification” of top quality that’s been awarded to all of our Fair Trade and Organic Certified coffees