Fair trade coffee is an easy kitchen swap that encourages consumers to begin purchasing food products that invests in farmers. Unfortunately there is quite a bit of slavery in the coffee industry, but by purchasing fair trade or direct trade coffee consumers are taking a stand and demanding farmers get paid fairly. Think of how much coffee you drink a month? A lot probably. If you invest this into purchasing fair trade that can make a huge difference for farmers abroad. I’ve tried all of the fair trade coffee brands listed below and think these are a good starting point.
1) Singing Rooster
I actually discovered their coffee on my study abroad trip to Haiti back in 2017. Singing Rooster is part of the Fair Trade Federation and works to supply the U.S. market with gourmet Haitian coffee by partnering commercially with small producers in Haiti to build better businesses. Singing Rooster helps farmers with business training, equipment upgrades, and more.
Farmers are paid a MINIMUM of $3 per pound which exceeds the average farmers usually make. Singing Rooster returns another 50 cents after crops sell for continued business development. The remainder of cost pays for export/import, transport to roastery, warehousing, roasting, bagging, shipping. Since Singing Rooster is a non-profit 100% of proceeds from sales are reinvested into farmer communities in the form of agricultural, small business management, and entrepreneurial development activities. So much awesome social impact in one cup of joe! My personal favorite roast from Singing Rooster is the Medium-Dark Vienna!
2) Laughing Man: Fair Trade Celebrity Style
Laughing Man is an unexpected celebrity brand founded by Hugh Jackman. So awesome when celebs use their influence for positive change! Hugh Jackman's coffee brand started off of a promise he made to a coffee farmer when traveling to Ethiopia. Laughing Man coffee is Fair Trade Certified. Laughing Man works to make the coffee business more sustainable by working hands on with farmers and communities. 100% of profits are returned to the Laughing Man Foundation, which Jackman created to support educational programs, community development and social entrepreneurs around the world. Personally, I love Hugh's Blend which is a medium roast! Also, fun fact they have a cafe in NY that I've been dying to visit!
3) Equal Exchange: Empowering Small Scale Farmer Co-Ops
Equal Exchange uses 100% Fairly Traded Ingredients, Certified Organic by the USDA, Gourmet Quality, & Certified Kosher. Equal Exchange partners with Small-Scale Farmer Cooperatives in Latin America, Africa & Asia to craft sustainably grown, 100% Arabica Coffee.
4) EkoCups: Organic Fair Trade Single Serve Coffee
Eco-Cups is USDA Certified, Fair Trade, and Organic Coffee, Gluten and Lactose free, OU Kosher, and Vegan. Eko-cups is the perfect brand if you're a flavored coffee person. They carry a variety of roasts and flavors including vanilla, burnt caramel, hazelnut, and the list goes on! They have a great deal on a variety pack you can order from Amazon if you can't decide which flavor to try! My personal favorite Eko-Cup is Bold. The K-Cups are easy to recycle after use!