Our specialty coffee, starts at around £5.00 per bag, excluding shipping. We use Royal Mail to deliver our coffee, or if you live locally to our roastery in Essex, you are very welcome to collect your coffee free of charge.
Direct trade coffee, as a term and as a practice, has gradually developed as an alternative to the concept of fair trade coffee.
Fair trade took off in the latter half of the twentieth century, as a
way for people producing commodities like coffee, tea, or even craftwork
to market and sell their products to make a reasonable living wage doing it.
Fair trade, which
became an official certification, focuses on poverty alleviation and
sustainable development in the areas in which these commodities are
produced. For coffee specifically, fair trade has traditionally utilised
the establishment of coffee cooperatives (co-ops) in
which a number of growers come together to sell and make decisions for
their communities at large. When you purchase a bag of fair
trade-certified coffee, you can reasonably assume that the people who
produced that coffee received reasonable remuneration for that coffee.
So why move to a direct trade model at all?
While fair trade coffee
does accomplish a more ethical system of buying and selling coffee,
direct trading offers a few things to coffee roasters that simple fair
trade does not. First, when coffee roasters talk about coffee that is direct trade,
it frequently means that the owners buy directly from the growers of the coffee; cutting out
the marketplace middlemen and importers/exporters that are typically a
feature of fair trade coffee.
Buying directly from coffee growers has a
lot of benefits; it means that the buyers can truly ensure that a fair
price is paid for the product, and if a long-term relationship is built, we can
collaborate around the growing process, roasting process, and taste of
An increasingly globalised world often brings the potential for exploitation and vast economic inequality – direct trade coffee has so far bucked this trend. When coffee growers and coffee roasters/purveyors are able to directly collaborate, it can mean improved quality of life for the growers, and better coffee for the roasters.
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