Let’s raise a fair-trade toast to National Coffee Day!

Know your coffees!Hey, wake up! It’s National Coffee Day. So If you love coffee, raise your mug! And if you support fair trade coffee…well, we have a lot to talk about.


Whether it’s tall, grande, venti, with extra shots, with whip, made by baristas, or filtered through a paper towel and poured into a cracked mug with shaking hands at 6am, we’re big fans of coffee; but in today’s world, it’s important to us that our favorite brew is grown and harvested humanely.


Keep reading for some lovely ways to enjoy cruelty-free coffee.

When we found the amazing SlaveryFootprint.org  we were utterly floored to see the damage many store-brand coffees do to the environment and humanity. According to my home, family, and belongings, I apparently own 39 slaves, which makes me sick to my stomach. Coffee is often grown in developing countries where workers live in poverty, farmers are barely compensated, and sometimes children are used for labor.

That’s why we want to celebrate coffee that offers a fair wage to workers, supports ethical farming practices, and helps develop the communities and environments in which the beans are grown. Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy a pick-me-up that helps pick up the world a little, too.



Safi fair trade organic coffee

Safi Coffee
provides a high-quality bean that’s organic, fairly traded, and has a
lovely undercurrent of vanilla. They even involve their Kenyan farmers
as stakeholders.



One Cup coffee project
Buy a bag of One Cup gourmet coffee for $11, and they’ll donate $11 to fund social and economic change in Zambia.


Land of a Thousand Hills fair trade coffee
If you’re in Georgia like me, you might have passed Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company.
This coffee roaster and cafe ships a wide range of coffee flavors and
roasts worldwide and guarantees beans that are 100% Arabica, fairly
traded, and freshly roasted–plus, they help Rwandan farmers rebuild
their war-torn homeland.


Starbucks White Mocha
As you probably know, even crowd fave Starbucks is headed in the direction of fair trade and organic, with over 86% of last year’s beans purchased from fair-trade certified sources. They’re not 100% yet, but that’s a heck of a start for a major global franchise Next time you’re in there, why not request more organics?

dunkin donuts fair trade espresso beans

Turns out all espresso drinks at Dunkin’ Donuts are fair-trade, too including espresso, latte, cappuccino, and all their caramel-y variations. In fact they were the first national brand to sell espresso drinks all with exclusively 100% certified fair trade beans.


keurig k cup by green mountain coffee
If you’re a Keurig junkie, there are more than a dozen options for fair trade K-cups from brands like Timothy’s, Green Mountain, Wolfgang Puck and more.

Coffee, sometimes you’re the only reason we’re awake, and we raise our mugs to salute you. May you always be hot, fresh, and doing good in the world. -Delilah

Happy National Coffee Day! And don’t miss these six recipes for delicious iced coffee drinks at home. It’s a reader favorite.

(That adorable Know Your Coffees poster is by artist Kate Moore, and personally, I’m feeling the white mocha vibe today.)

Delilah

Senior Associate Editor Delilah S. Dawson puts the chic in geek. Ask her anything about Star Wars. Really.

1 Comment

  • Reply October 2, 2012

    kole

    It’s cool how the ethically sourced coffee tends to taste the best.

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