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(FYI, Reason is a libertarian magazine.)
are there any coffee retailers/wholesalers out there in coffeed land who purposely don't sell fair trade certified coffees?
Anybody familiar with Utz Kapeh certification? We opted to certfy farm with them. But then there is so many different certifications now and I don't think that end of the day farmer will end up getting better prices anyway.
If your FT coffee comes from a spot offering sheet, sadly you are probably buying a bag that contains a fraction of great coffee alongside some poorer coffees.
With the goal of creating a whole new model for the Specialty Coffee industry, Intelligentsia Direct Trade is a commitment, requiring continued collaboration and ongoing involvement in the actual growing of coffee beans and the farmer who grow them. Fair Trade coffee was an important first step in the lives of coffee growers throughout the world by setting up pricing structures to ensure baseline prices for coffee. Intelligentsia Direct Trade now links quality and price in a manner lacking in the current Fair Trade system. Ultimately, Intelligentsia Direct Trade results in higher compensation for growers and better coffee for consumers.
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