I just found a terrific blog on Coffee and Conservation. We have an ongoing dispute at home over the earth-friendliness/social responsibility of the coffee we buy. I finally got my hubby to quit the Maxwell House habit (cheap!) and now we are buying whole beans from Peets (not my first choice). He called them to ask about whether they have an organic, shade-grown, fairly-traded variety and they sort of laughed. Then, they gave him a line about how their non fair-trade certified coffee really is more socially responsible than the certified variety because co-ops have a monopoly on the certification. So, even though they “pay their farmers more than the fair-trade co-ops” they can’t get it certified. Uh huh. Also, we have this stuff shipped once per month from Seattle, which sort of defeats the purpose. My preference would be to purchase it from Share Blend which raises money for Earth Share of GA and is fair-trade certified, organic, AND shade grown. Stick that in your coffee mug and drink it. Anyway, this blog provides a wealth of information (including an interactive map showing local roasters) about the confusing topic of earth-friendly coffee.
March 26, 2007 by river2sea72