Where can you buy fair trade coffee in your town (either beans, grounds, or already brewed)?
A great Chicago brand is Intelligentsia. *I don’t drink coffee, and I’m still hoping for fair trade Diet Coke not in a can.)
Eating: I hadn’t heard of Intelligentsia before. Thank you for sharing your knowledge:-). I remember you saying you don’t drink coffee. Maybe Coke will catch on to the fair trade movement eventually!
Walmart – I buy their “Full Circle Exchange – grown and crafted by women around the world – organic and fair trade certified”. Excellent coffee!
Mary Ellen: I didn’t know Walmart carries organic and fair trade coffee. What a pleasant surprise! I especially love that it’s grown especially by women:-).
I love PT’s Coffee in Topeka, KS. Great company!
So many great coffee companies in this country. Now I REALLY need to get going on that directory!
So…we like to try different good, fair trade coffee for special mornings and for use in the French press, and we usually get those from the local grocery store chain (and some are available at the Walmart grocery store).
But for the everyday workhorse coffee, I buy the big old bags from Sam’s Club that last about six months. It’s a Member’s Mark (Sam’s Club brand) one, and it claims it’s fair trade, but I know how companies can manipulate labels and am not sure that I *really* believe that coffee Sam’s can sell so cheaply is *really* fair trade.
The DDH and I are *always* talking about how we need a good local coffee shop (though we’d take a Starbucks, even) near our house. There’s one closeish, but their coffee tastes like water, and I have no idea if it’s fair trade or not. There’s a good local one in town, but it’s not that close and a pain to get to. Alas!
We’ve discussed before how I’ve been prioritizing my food budget toward organic/local meat/dairy/produce and not worrying about the ethics of the chocolate and coffee. But with coffee especially, since we don’t drink that much of it, I would be willing to trade up if I could find a good solution. Unfortunately, we’re pretty picky about taste, too, and the best beans we’ve found at the grocery store is of course the most expensive. ^_^
If you have Canadian readers… especially in Nova Scotia… you can get fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, and sugar at JustUs! There are a few locations. You can also order online (I think). I haven’t looked a lot into the website, but this is the place most people go to get their fair trade coffee.
Another place to find fair trade coffee here in Canada is through Ten Thousand Villages. Do they have that in the States? It is not in every province, but the website gives locations. I first heard of it when I was living in Ontario.
Thank you for the tip on Canadian locations!
We do have Ten Thousand Villages in the States.There is one 20 minutes from my house that also has a little cafe (some of their tables are those low, flat ones with pillows for seats that I LOVE) and things like djembe classes, etc. I LOVE it and certainly don’t go enough.
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