There’s More to Making a Cup of Coffee than You think

Trade certifications and what they mean to industry farmers, the consumer, and the environment

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Fair Trade

Fair Trade certification is a product certification within the fair trade market. Ideally, its strategy is to create a more even playing field for farmers in developing countries. Producers must comply with a set of standards. In this way, more customers have access to their products.

Direct Trade

Moving up the ladder.

Carbon Neutral

Carbon neutral producers claim that they do not add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere through their production and marketing of coffee.

Smithsonian Bird-Friendly

Bird Friendly Coffee hits all the marks.

Organic Coffee

Organic coffee has no synthetic substances such as pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, and 95 percent of the beans are grown in organic conditions. There are also no synthetic ingredients or additives.

Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance’s mission is to conserve biodiversity. Their standards are intended to protect the environment and the rights of workers. Although these standards may produce high-quality coffee, it is not their focus.

What’s a consumer to do?

There’s no shortage of coffee shops and coffee brands. It’s up to us as consumers to check for certifications. Some of the well-known chains have joined the ethical and environmental coffee bandwagon.

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Marilyn is a writer, yogi, and spiritual medium. Her favorite people are animals, especially ones that meow. She loves the ocean and hates one-use plastic.

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