Fairtrade coffee ensures that the farmers who grow the coffee beans are paid a fair price for what they produce. Not only is this equitable and helps to ensure better conditions for workers, but it means farmers are better able to afford to feed their families, educate their children, and reinvest money back into their farms to further develop them. Fairtrade coffee helps people in developing countries help themselves.
There are many Fairtrade certified products available around the world. Coffee is one of the most popular, as many of the world’s least developed countries rely on coffee revenue, where in some instances it makes up nearly 80% of exports. On this larger scale, Fairtrade coffee helps ensure these nations have the resources to look after their people and develop their economies. Our Fairtrade coffee—whether blended or single origin—is also organic, so it cares for people as well as the environment– better for the farmers and better for you!
The countries from which we source our Fairtrade coffee are:
- East Timor
Organic coffee is grown without harmful pesticides or synthetic fertilisers, making it a healthier option for both you and the farmers who grow it.
Single origin coffee is coffee that is grown with a single, known geographical origin. Sometimes the origin may be a single farm, or a specific collection of beans from a single country. The id of the coffee is usually the place in which it was grown.
By carefully blending varieties of coffee beans, an experienced roaster is often able to create a coffee with a better depth and balance of flavour. Like any food grown in different soils and climates, each coffee region produces beans that vary in their qualities, strength and flavour profile. The distinct coffee characteristics valued by coffee drinkers also varies from country to country. By taking these differences into consideration and experimenting with various quantities and combinations of coffee beans, roasters can craft blends that satisfy a variety of palettes. Generally speaking, blends are more widely enjoyed than single-origin coffees. Our skillfully-crafted blends are well-known for their richness, sweetness and complexity, and are created from our rotating stock of approximately 50 varieties of diverse raw coffee beans, sourced from around the world.
Decaffeinated—or decaf—coffee has many benefits. Some people find they cannot tolerate the side effects of caffeine, while others want to make health-conscious choices and want to limit their caffeine intake. Fortunately, these requirements do not mean denying oneself the taste and enjoyment of coffee!
Justifiably, consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the provenance and safety of foods—that is, where their food comes from and how it is processed. Such inquiry reveals that currently about 65% of the world’s coffee is decaffeinated using the solvents methylene chloride and ethyl. If this sounds unpleasant to you and you prefer to drink decaffeinated coffee, you’ll want to check out our Swiss Water® coffee blends.
Swiss Water® decaf is processed in an environmentally friendly, chemical-free manner and 99.9% caffeine-free, while still offering a superb roasted coffee flavour. In particular, the Swiss Water® Cascadia Decaf Blend—a mix of Bolivian, Guatemalan and Sumatran Arabica roasted coffee beans—was awarded ‘Australia’s Best Decaf’ as the 2012-13 Golden Bean Awards, proving you can still have great taste in a decaf coffee. With no chemical residue to detract from the beans’ deep flavor, you’re ensured a cup of coffee worth savoring, as well as all the health benefits of drinking a decaffeinated coffee. It’s no surprise then, that the demand for decaf coffee continues to grow.