‘Why It Matters That We Drink Ethical Coffee and What it Is”
Many of us are aware of where our food comes from, and coffee is certainly no exception. Buying clothing made by child labourers or wearing blood diamonds is unethical and many of us are aware of just how much this impacts on the world around us, plus it is against our beliefs and principles. Coffee is no different; therefore, drinking ethical coffee should be on the top of the list of all coffee lovers with a conscience.
If you are already buying organic produce for a variety of ethical reasons where pesticides are not used, you should seriously consider sourcing coffee that is ethically grown and carries the Fairtrade label. Wherever possible, buy local from local producers. Where chocolate and coffee have been imported the transparency of where the goods come from is not always easy to see. It is important to find out how your coffee beans have been grown and whether they have been sourced ethically.
Consumers Have A Responsibility and Hold the Key
Taking ownership and being a responsible consumer from the start of the supply chain right to the end should be put into place. Going the reusable route is one way of being a responsible consumer. We are already taking our own bags to the supermarket and not using plastic, therefore, taking our own mugs for a takeout coffee should be the norm and not the exception. Keep a mug in your bag, on in the office and one at home and use these instead of throwaway mugs for takeout coffee.
Taking care of the families that grow our coffee is not about being part of the “cool” movement. It is a genuine step in the direction of taking care of those that are responsible for growing our coffee. Coffee farmers are suffering at the hands of systems that are irrelevant and outdated – if we all step up and do our bit to support ethical growing practices, the small-time farmers will benefit enormously.
It is time we all stood up by supporting ethically grown and Fairtrade coffee. It is time to question where coffee comes from and to prod suppliers for information. This should be an attractive business that is profitable for the people that matter the most and those that grow our beans under the best conditions. It is high time we all challenged the traditional way that coffee is grown and to bring ethical coffee to the consumer market.
Ensure You Buy Ethically Sourced Coffee
When you buy coffee, keep an eye out for the bags that are branded with the Fair Trade or the Direct Trade labels as this is a guarantee that the coffee you are buying supports both the environment and the farmers that grow the coffee.
Fair Trade and Direct Trade coffee farmers are required to adhere to strict farming methods that are put into place for improved living conditions of small farmers. Coffee grown under these rules and regulations need to practice sustainability on all levels. Fair Trade practices ensure buyers are part of the solution and contribute to community initiatives and sustainability practices. Fairtrade ensures small farmers are given the tools of the trade to improve their standard of living.
Sourcing ethical coffee ensures quality and sustainability of beans.