What about ethical shopping for coffee?
Ethical shopping is important to me. What are my options when it comes to buying and making coffee?
Good question. And yes, there are a few options when it comes to ethical shopping for coffee.
Your best bet is to buy Fair Trade coffee. The fair trade movement ensures that coffee importers follow strictly guidelines when buying their coffee beans.
They must pay a minimum price per pound of $1.26 and provide credit to farmers. And if the fair trade coffee is grown organically, the amount paid increases to $1.41.
In addition, they are obliged to provide technical assistance, such as helping farmers switch to sustainable farming practices.
This means more money in each farmer's pocket, and more support for his or her community.
You'll find Fair Trade Certified coffee in most retailers, and on the sites of most online coffee retailers too.
Buying fair trade is a simple step that can make a big difference to growers in developing countries.
When it comes to making coffee, there are also some ethical choices you can make. The bottom line is to throw away as little as possible.
If you make coffee in a French press, you can add the used coffee grinds to your compost bin. Nothing wasted.
But if you have a brewer that used K-Cups or T-Discs, you'll find yourself throwing away a lot of plastic and foil each week.
You can learn more about ethical shopping for coffee on our organic fair trade coffee page.