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Fair Trade Information

There are many who are sceptical about the Fair Trade stamp.

First of all it is worth noting that those farmers who signed up for it were not forced to do so. They continue to stay in the scheme and reap the benefits of it.

As do their communities and the environment in which they live. It’s not as simple as paying a farmer more for his or her coffee. Here’s a short summary of why Happy Donkey is proud to supply 100% Fair Trade coffee.

Fair Trade is a trading partnership providing transparent international trading conditions. Improved rights and conditions for coffee producers and workers. Moving them from a position of vulnerability to a position of security. Enabling self sufficiency.

It helps to provide independence, continuity and training. Development of managerial skills and access to new market areas.

Fair trade helps to ensure safe working environments for workers, gender equality and the eradication of child labour. It encourages and helps to enable improved responsible environmental methods of production. It provides money for local schools, further education and medical centres.

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Conclusion – Fair trade.

The bottom line is Fair Trade helps to eliminate exploitation and promotes humanity. It’s another great part of the coffee universe.

For those who are sceptical and have read the above, what do you think now?

Worthy of note is that a bag of Happy Donkey fair trade coffee is just that. Every single bean in the bag is certified.100%

The main blend this applies to is the classic Brazilian. However keep em peeled ! There will be specials appearing from time to time in the future.

This is a long term solution to help heal and improve areas where coffee is grown. It is all very well merely paying a farmer ‘above the going rate’. That is a short term solution however and long term what is need is infrastructure, something that is built not given.

Thank you for reading this article why not have a look at our Classic Italian Coffee.

Or have a look round the online coffee shop

2 thoughts on “Fair Trade Information

  1. Nick Pillans

    Good to have this update. I have to admit that up to now I have pretty well avoided Fair Trade coffee, having been disappointed with consistently poor quality Fair Trade offerings around in the 1990’s. Some time later I discovered that many other people had been feeling the same way, and one explanation seemed to make a lot of sense: the early Fair Trade contracts required producers to meet stringent minimum output volumes as dictated by bulk buyers but did not impose the sort of standards for the quality of the beans which we are used to today. The consequence of that was a large volume of “Fair Trade” coffee but of variable and sometimes dubious quality.

    From what I read here it seems that things may have changed for the better, so I am definitely going to give Scott’s Brazilian offering a try.


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