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Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty." They offer a selection of coffees, including regular, decaf, whole bean and ground which help impoverished coffee farmers. They also sell mugs and coasters.
Land of a Thousand Hills "brings life-changing work to communities in Rwanda. When you buy Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, you help families provide for themselves with living wages, you build homes for orphans, give care to widows, and most importantly, give hope to entire coffee growing communities." They sell single-origin gourmet coffees of all different types and flavors, including iced coffee, decaf and coffee singles. They also offer coffee-themed t-shirts, mugs and gift sets as well as coffee equipment.
Rise (the name is inspired by Ezra 10:4) offers farm-to-table, direct trade coffee which is impacting the lives of Haitian farmers and also helping with reforestation in Haiti. They offer a variety of choices, including: French, Vienna roasts and more, plus whole bean, ground and decaf options and even k-cups!
Mountain Maid "exists to strengthen the church of Haiti by proclaiming the gospel, making disciples and partnering with local church members to produce products that provide a sustainable income." They offer some very unique fair trade Haitian coffee, hand picked and ground with mortar and pestle! (It is delicious. So far, everyone I have offered the coffee to has been hooked!)
Fair Trade coffee has been gaining ground since the late 1980's and is probably the most well-known fair trade product. Even large U.S. coffee companies like Starbucks, Newman's Own and Green Mountain Coffee offer fair trade coffee. For good reason. Global coffee production has been tied to many forms of exploitation. Fair trade coffee is grabbing attention and more and more of the market and has thus become a source of controversy. Fair trade coffee has been attacked and defended from all sides. Follow the links above to read and decide for yourself. (For more on the debate, check out our LINKS page.) But follow the links below to buy your coffee (and coffee accessories) from companies that are making a real difference!
The Mission Lazarus social enterprise sells San Lazaro Estate Coffee from Honduras and the coffee workers are "paid 25% more than the established local Fair Trade wages." "100% of the profits from the sale of San Lazaro Estate Coffee go to help support the operations of the Mission Lazarus Refuge Honduras." (Click here to learn more.) They offer chemical-free coffee in whole bean, ground and single serve cup options or you can join their coffee club.
Market Haiti is " a market place designed to empower & market Haitian artisans in their work". They "are officially endorsed by the Apparent Project, and are also working with other artisans in Haiti to make a difference in the lives of working families." They sell Singing Rooster organic coffee from Haiti. "For each bag of coffee sold, farmers earn over $3.50 a bag and a coffee tree is planted on deforested mountains. This is significantly higher than fair trade and helps to reverse years of deforestation." They offer both whole bean and ground.
The Mercy House Shop is "a global marketplace and the beautiful products in this shop are made by women empowered by Mercy House Global." They "engage women through maternity homes in Kenya and employment through Fair Trade Friday in more than 15 countries all around the world." They offer a cool coffee scoop and also Fair Trade coffee gift bundles.
Three Avocados (whose name was inspired by the touching story of a widow the founders met on a mission trip to Uganda), offers "World Changing Coffee" in both regular and decaf and coffee subscriptions. Their coffee is both socially responsible and net proceeds are donated to provide clean drinking water to those in need around the world! They also offer cool coffee mugs and tumblers.
Ten Thousand Villages started 65 years ago with the Mennonite Central Committee to "provide sustainable economic opportunities for artisans in developing countries by creating a viable marketplace for their products in North America." They offer coffee mugs, cup cozies and coasters. (To also find their products retail locations near you, click here.)
Market of Hope is about "giving the gift of life transformation" through Mission of Hope in Haiti. They sell medium, dark and decaf coffees, purchased from local Haitian farmers. Proceeds are invested back in the farmers and in school lunches for hungry Haitian children. They also offer unique coffee mugs.
Amani ya Juu "means 'Peace from Above'. " They are a "social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They sell delicious whole bean coffee from farmer co-ops in Rwanda. The coffee farmers receive a fair wage and buying this coffee also helps support Amani ya Juu's awesome ministry. They also sew beautiful Kitenge coaster sets.
MudLOVE sells beautiful pottery mugs handmade in Indiana. Every product you purchase provides one week of clean water to someone in need in Central African Republic through their nonprofit partner, Water for Good. Check out their cool Classic Mugs and Inspirational Mugs, perfect for your morning cup of coffee!