More than half the world's coffee is grown by farmers who tend small plots of land. Economics, location, and inequities in land distribution have historically left these farmers at the whims of local traders, often resulting in them selling their beans below market value.
By joining forces to form cooperatives, farmers can make their own business decisions about every step of ushering this complex product to port. These co-ops offer powerful economies of scale for otherwise marginalized producers. Additionally, cooperatives can provide health clinics, schools, agricultural technical assistance, as well as coffee quality improvement measures.
Since our very first container of coffee, we've been committed to working directly with small-scale farmer cooperatives from around the globe. All the coffee that we buy is fairly traded—as well as being organic and delicious—meaning that each pound goes towards supporting sustainable communities everywhere we do business.
We believe that direct relationships provide the best compass as we work to improve the supply chain. By owning our own importer, Cooperative Coffees, we're able to pay industry-leading prices to producers and build lasting partnerships with the farmers who grow our coffee. We visit our partners regularly to learn and share information, to taste and cup coffee, and to discuss the future of the coffee trade.
Last but not least, we strive to be transparent in all our business dealings. This means we make our coffee contracts available online, allowing anyone to see how much we've paid for each lot of coffee. Call or drop us a line with any questions you may have—while the answer may be complex, we're always happy to share.