The Fair Trade Coffee Company

Est. 2001

Transfair USA In Africa, South America and Asia, farmers struggle to live and raise their families because of the meager profits they make on their crops. The large number of middle-men between the farmer and the consumer take the bulk of the profits, leaving the farmer with little to live on and less with which to run the farm. This has resulted in a return of child labor and child slavery. It has resulted in poor and dangerous farming practices that...

A Better Living Standard You may have seen fair trade products in the supermarket before. They all bear the fair-trade logo and will be licensed by the Fair-trade Labeling Organizations International. These products aim to promote development and a better standard of living for the producers of such products by guaranteeing them a fair price for their products. While it may be surprising, this does not in fact lead to significantly higher prices for such products on the supermarket shelf. This...

Coffee Prices Or, why paying farmers a living wage won’t affect the price you pay very much. When looked at from a historical perspective the amount that retailers pay for coffee, has been and continues to be, notoriously volatile. This makes it difficult for coffee farmers to plan for the future and when coffee bean prices drop dramatically, as they did 2001, it can make it difficult for such farmers even to survive and meet very basic needs. Most people will have...

Free Trade versus Fair Trade The Free Trade Issue The current global economic climate strongly favors the spread of free trade. The world’s most powerful country, the United States, has been a proponent of free trade for over a century and this position has not wavered in the face of extreme ideological opposition. In fact, the belief that most people in power have today in the idea of  free trade comes close to bordering on a religious ideology. With the collapse of...

Although more and more companies are becoming involved in the fair trade movement and becoming either a retailer or wholesaler of these products, there is still a long way to go before we reach a reasonable level that will have a major impact. Many countries still do not understand or are not conscious of the importance of assuring a living wage for the producers in third world countries. One cannot think only of how much money comes back into their...

Fair Trade Treats October is Fair Trade Month. Wouldn’t it be a great idea to hand out Fair Trade Treats for Halloween this year? Fair Trade goods are available in many retail outlets and are widely available on many Internet websites, like this one. The variety off fair trade goods is varied; from fair trade certified candy and divine chocolate, to fruit, to coffee, tea and even gourmet chocolate covered coffee beans. Fair Trade Associations are working to improve the lot of...

Fair Trade Tea People in the United Kingdom drink about 3 and a half cups of tea each day. They consume over 1.7 million cups of fair trade tea, cocoa and coffee combined each day. Tea drinking has also increased in popularity in the United States in recent years, making tea one of the most valuable crops on the market. Premium organic green tea, a healthy and refreshing drink both hot and cold, is enjoying remarkable popularity, especially in the United...

Did you know that before this concept was made a reality, farmers throughout the world were forced to live in poverty, not being able to receive a fair price for their products, and often leaving them unable to provide food or clothes for their own families? That sometimes these unfair practices went so far as the misrepresentation of the weight of products like chocolate or coffee or bananas in order to pay the farmer a lower price that was promised? Fortunately,...

Fair Trade in 2006… and Beyond Some of the changes in the world trade have caused other changes to take place within the international trading of imports. In 2006, more people are becoming wary of trading with other countries, faced with the fear that the import they have purchased is going to support terrorism. It is very sad that in our economy, people cannot support each other in the trade market, but they become edgy with all of the terrorist attacks...

Fair Trade Gifts At a time when it is getting more and more difficult to shop for people and find simple gifts that may be of interest to them, it is well worth considering a fair trade gift. As people are becoming more socially aware, and more concerned with global issues such as poverty, globalization, and climate change, it can often be very appropriate to buy something that will not only give pleasure, but simultaneously support everyone who had a hand...