The 4 steps to ethical coffee.
Coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world, led only by oil. As a mature industry, supply chains are fully developed and controlled from coffee bean to shop shelf. While premium brands and fair trade practices have allowed more roasters and growers to connect, the workers who pick the coffee beans rarely benefit. Camano Island Coffee Roasters is a mission based-business. They are a for-profit company with an aim to create a cycle of prosperity in the impoverished third-world countries that grow the coffee that we enjoy. CICR does this via its 4 steps to ethical coffee:
- Ethical coffee beans means all Organic – guaranteeing farmer safety.
- Ethical coffee means Shade-grown — guaranteeing bird habitat and preventing soil erosion.
- Ethical coffee means buying Fairly Traded – guaranteeing a fair wage.
Giving a hand up, not a hand out
CICR partners with Agros Guatemala and other non-profit organizations to assist coffee farmers in purchasing their own land through low-interest or interest-free loans.
- Independence – as landowners, farmers can command a better price for their delicious product.
- Accountability – as landowners, farmers can decide for themselves whether to use dangerous pesticides or harmful agricultural practices like clear-cutting the Rainforest.
- It Doesn’t End Here! – Agros Guatemala also helps farmers through education and water treatment programs. Now that’s something to drink to!
That’s right, you are the most important component for lasting change.
- By supporting only ethical coffee that’s Certified Organic, Shade-Grown, and Fairly Traded, you preserve the environment and prevent human poisoning from pesticides.
- By supporting ethical coffee that’s fairly traded, you know coffee farmers receive a fair wage — that’s life altering.
- There’s power in your money — Use it! For every Coffee Lover’s Box shipment you receive from CICR, 2% is given back through our nonprofit partners Agros Guatemala, and Food 4 Farmers.
To find out more visit: Camano Island’s website
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