five tips on searching for ethical coffee around town.

espresso by Plantation - St Ali

espresso by Plantation – St Ali

It is always hard to know where your coffee comes from, how it is sourced and how many people are involved in the buying process. It is great to see ethical standards putting pressure on the coffee industry around the world to make the effort to provide fair and equal coffee for all involved. A good relationship between grower and roaster is really important but how do we as consumers know everyone behind the scenes are doing their part to make coffee fair?

Here are some suggestions on how to know if your local cafe gets 10 points for ethical coffee practices. 

5.  look for cafes that feature “Fairtrade”, “Direct Trade” or “Single Origin” labels on their doors or front facades

fairtrade logo to look out for

fairtrade logo to look out for

4. many local roasters these days source their beans directly from farmers – most of these warehouses in fact have cafes attached that sell their approved products

3. ask the barista what they can tell you about the beans they use – a clear knowledge base of where they are sourced and how they get to your cup is a sure way of knowing you can trust them

Ask you barista

Ask you barista

2. the right equipment – cafes that care for the coffee they produce tend to have top of the range equipment that they know how to use

1.  What is your cafe or roaster doing to commit to the local coffee community in the areas they source from? It is important the roaster has good corporate governance with the community to support education, the workforce and investments to the farms and families in the areas they farm in.