So for quite a while now I have been off coffee. Never really liked it and last summer I decided to kick the habit. Figured it was unnecessary. Well recently I’ve been working at a 100% organic bakeshop. There I began playing around with a pretty pricey espresso machine and creating fair trade, organic works of art thus somehow leading to me becoming a coffee snob!! Gone are the days of drinking sub-par coffee that forever sits on a burner. Only made to order, lovely cups of liquid addiction for me! I invite all of you to find a local, hole in the wall coffee shop that has made to order coffee and experience for yourself what I’m talking about!
I admit I’m not addicted like I once was but I certainly have a new found appreciation for coffee. Plus being fair trade and completely organic….it’s a no brainer!
So since we’re on the subject how about I enlighten you all about fair trade? Well fair trade is a movement where the main goal is to empower economically disadvantaged artisans from developing nations. Basically giving the little guy, small business, a shot to make an earnest living. Fair trade is a fantastic movement which focuses on…
- creating opportunities for people who have few
- creating safe & healthy work conditions
- gender equality by ensuring that a woman’s work is properly valued & rewarded
- proper pay/fair prices for goods
- environmental responsibility
- developing artisan’s financial independence by providing training in every aspect of business development.
How could you not go fair trade when all of these amazing, positive things result from a simple purchase? It may seem as though fair trade is now becoming a popular, cool movement, BUT it still only accounts for .01 percent of $3.6 trillion of all globally exchanged products (http://www.fairtradeegypt.org/ft.asp).
.01 percent of 3.6 trillion dollars.
There are many fair trade items available out there, not just coffee but food like chocolate, accessories, house wares, health & beauty, paper products, jewelry…the list is endless! So next time you’re at the supermarket look for the little, fair trade logo somewhere on the item & feel damn good about yourself! By purchasing fair trade you are helping sustain a family, perhaps even a community. And isn’t that what it’s all about? Being sustainable, helping others? YES! So do some good, help others less fortunate than yourself…oh and get yourself a good cup of coffee.
Peace & Love