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Fair Trade & Direct Trade Coffee.

139Made offers "creative Christian apparel & lifestyle products."  10% of their sales go to fight human trafficking. They offer cool coffee mugs with verses.

The Sparrow Studio's "primary goal is to create a fair trade marketplace for handmade home decor and jewelry."  They offer beautiful coffee shop kitchen towels to go with coffee-themed decor!

Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  They offer a selection of fair trade coffees, including regular, decaf, whole bean and ground which help impoverished coffee farmers.  They also sell mugs and coasters.

For more direct trade coffee brands which are making a difference in the lives of coffee farmers, also check out: 

41 & Change (free shipping options!),

Kingdom Growers (I love the white chocolate flavor!)


Pura Vida Coffee.

Land of a Thousand Hills "brings life-changing work to communities in Rwanda." 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 as well as coffee equipment and supplies. (Their natural water processed decaf is delicious!)

Little by Little helps keep children in Haiti out of orphanages by reaching out to employ parents who are on the verge of giving their children up due to extreme poverty.  They sell handmade Haiti mugs, perfect for your morning cup of coffee.

Rise offers farm-to-table, direct trade coffee which is impacting the lives of Haitian farmers and also helping with reforestation in Haiti.

Mountain Maid partners "with local church members to produce products that provide a sustainable income."  They offer unique fair trade Haitian coffee, hand picked and ground with mortar and pestle!  (It is, hands down, my favorite coffee and everyone I have given the coffee to has also been hooked!)

Elisha C. has a mission "to end poverty through job creation, education and empowerment."   They sell direct trade coffee organically grown by Haitian farmers, in both regular and decaf options.

Designed for Joy creates "artisan jobs for North Carolina women living at high risk for sex and labor trafficking and vulnerable to food and housing insecurities."  They offer eco-friendly leather coffee cup sleeves.

Fair Trade coffee is probably the most popular fair trade product.  But fair trade coffee has also become a source of controversy.  Follow the links below to buy your coffee (and coffee accessories) from companies which are making a genuine difference for coffee farmers and their families!

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."  They offer chemical-free coffee in whole bean, ground and single serve cup options.

Market Haiti sells 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.  They also offer cool coffee-themed wall art!

Papillon Enterprise is "creating jobs for mothers & fathers who don’t want to have to abandon their children to an orphanage because they can’t feed them."  They offer authentic Haitian coffee and handmade ceramic coffee mugs as well as coffee cozies.

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 offer Fair Trade coffee gift bundles, delicious coffee and coffee mugs.

Three Avocados 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.

Gifts with a Cause offers beautiful fair trade coasters to set your coffee on, which are handmade in India.  Each item comes with the artisan's picture and story.

Ten Thousand Villages, "the original fair trader", started in 1946.  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.

Equal Exchange sources coffee beans "directly from small-scale farmers" and has been since 1986.  They offer a variety of fair trade and organic coffees.  (Equal Exchange coffee can also be found in many fair trade and organic stores across the U.S.)

The Village Country Store is "a fair trade gift shop offering high quality unique handcrafted and handmade artisan gifts and crafts from around the globe."  They offer organic, fair trade coffee and also carved wooden coasters.

Amani ya Juu "means 'Peace from Above'. "  They sell delicious whole bean coffee from farmer co-ops in Rwanda.  The coffee farmers receive a fair wage and buying this coffee 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!