Where can I find Fair Trade instant coffee in the USA?

by Michael


I enjoy coffee, but I am by no means a connoisseur, and prefer the convenience of instant coffee over brewing or going out. But I am aware of how exploitative the global conventional coffee industry is, and am not willing to trade that convenience for the taint of slavery. In the UK, instant fair trade coffee is readily available; I've been searching like mad, and can't find any in the States. Do you know of ANYONE offering instant, fair trade coffee in the USA (decaf and regular)?


You make a very good point. Yes, the UK has always been more into instant coffee and they are also heavily committed to organic and fair trade coffees. So the combination is a natural fit over there.

I don’t know where you can get fair trade instant coffee in the US.

However...I might know some people who do. So check back here from time to time and hopefully someone will provide in answer as a comment below.

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Oct 18, 2013
Organic Fair Trade Instant Coffee
by: Chris Shepherd

I just found this question from 2011.
My company has just introduced a Fair Trade Organic Instant coffee into the US market.
Café Alturas freeze dried Instant. It will be available at your local Natural Food store beginning January 2014. Questions can be addressed to info@cafealtura.com

Apr 23, 2011
by: Anonymous

Private selection organic fair trade instant coffee was discontinued at our local krogger's chain- QFC in Portland, OR. Too bad - it was a very good product.

Apr 15, 2011
PS coffe organic made in Germany
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know where I can find in Seattle the PS Organic Instant Coffee made in Germany?'

tks kay

Feb 25, 2011
Private Selection instant coffee
by: Anonymous

I buy organic "Private Selection" instant coffee from Ralph's supermarkets in Los Angeles. It's Kroger back east. It is imported from Germany.

May 05, 2010
Have you tried Google-shopping?
by: Anonymous

I sometimes buy Fair Trade products at my church, so I agree with the idea of buying Fair Trade products whenever possible. At Google.com/shopping they list 3 Fair Trade instant decaffeinated coffees products. They do cost a lot of money; around $60 for 500 grams. That's about $60 for 1 pound 1 1/2 ounces. I don't drink decaf, but, if that's what you are looking for, it is sold, at a high price.

Nov 26, 2009
Decaffeinated - Fair Trade - Instant Coffee Hawaiian Style
by: Anonymous

If you insist on Instant Coffee made from Fair Trade Coffee - Decaffeinated or not, visit
www.SIPhawaii.com | Shop In Paradise.
Search for ?Instant Coffee? and check out the ?Paradise Dream? Hawaiian Style Instant Cappuccino Mocha with Chocolate, Coconut and Macadamia Nut at ~30c/cup. Recipes for Hot and Iced instant Cappuccino provided. ? Only 60 calories per serving. Also a wonderful after dinner beverage.

Nov 23, 2009
by: Anonymous

Try 100% USA Instant Kona Coffee from HAWAII. Farmers in Hawaii are required to pay minimum wages and to provide health insurance for their workers.

Buy 100% USA Coffee for your coffee fix and fix the trade deficit at the same time - the root of all financial evil in the USA - instead of exporting your $$ to Colombia where your coffee $$ might fall in the wrong hands.

Because of the volcanic soil Hawaiian farmers might use a minimum of fertilizers or not at all. USA coffee beans don?t need to be fumigated with poisoned methyl bromide, contrary to imported raw coffee beans!

Go to www.instantcoffee.mobi or www.mulvadi.mobi

Oct 05, 2009
Update ...Still searching ...
by: Anonymous

Thanks very much for the surprising Kroger tip! Alas, no Krogers in my area, and they don't seem to sell online ...

Only just recently, I was happy to see one breakthrough: Scarborough Fair Organic Fair Trade Instant Coffee from Amazon!


But (yes, I'm a picky bastard ;) ) I drink DECAF, and they don't have make any.

Does anyone know of ANYONE offering instant, fair trade, decaf coffee in the USA?

Thanks again!

Jul 25, 2009
Private Selection
by: Anonymous

Kroger has a store brand called "private selection" which has an organic, fair-trade, instant coffee.

Jul 17, 2009
Second that
by: Logan

I'm searching like mad as well and can't find anything. The only place I've seen (I'm in Canada) is Ten Thousand Villages--they offer a freeze dried fair trade instant coffee. It's rather expensive though and I'm looking for the spray-dried stuff to make frappes.

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