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Fair Trade Coffee: What You Should Know

Fair Trade Coffee: What You Should Know

Fair trade arose out of the coffee crisis of 1988. Because there were no price quotas, the supply of coffee vastly outstripped demand, sinking prices and devastating small coffee farmers. Fair trade certification, begun in the Netherlands, artificially raised coffee prices to ensure that small producers were paid fairly. Several organizations popped up around the world to support this mission, and they eventually came together to form Fairtrade International. Today, fair trade regulations also focus on ethical sourcing, prohibiting child labor and forced labor.

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The Green Machine at Oceana Coffee

The Green Machine at Oceana Coffee

For Oceana Coffee, “green,” the environmental concept, is as much a cornerstone of the business as the color of the freshly harvested coffees owners Amy and Scott Angelo procure from coffee-rich regions throughout the world.

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