Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Coffee and The Importance of Fair Trade

The importance of Fair-trade Coffee is not often considered when you buy a cup of coffee, but it should be. I think the article by Cameroon Taylor below is right and something we all need to think about.

Johnny Ray

Fair-Trade Coffee

Author: Cameroon Taylor

Have you ever wondered about all the hard work and effort that goes into producing the coffee that you enjoy on a regular basis?

Oftentimes, we tend to forget about the manual labourers and workers that toil hard every day so that we can enjoy our daily dose of coffee. Many of the most popular coffees in the world come from developing nations where the standard of life is not as good as the one that all of us have the privilege of enjoying here in Australia. These labourers are often subjected to long working hours and are given wages of less than a dollar a day. Added to this is the fact that due to the nature of the global economy, developed nations like Australia can create government subsidies and tariffs in order to drive down the prices of global coffee producers. All of this means that the person that is working out in the field to harvest the coffee that you enjoy, may be seeing little to no benefits of their hard work and labour.

So what can we do to prevent this from happening?

There is now a new international certification for products that is known as fair-trade certification.Products that are certified as fair-trade may cost slightly more than non fair-trade certified products as they are meant to put more money back into the hands of the people that need it the most, namely the individuals of developing nations.

Witham’s Coffee is proud to stock a wide selection of fair-trade coffees. Purchasing one of these coffees represents your commitment to creating a more equitable distribution of wealth around the world. You can make a difference with every single one of your choices, including the type of coffee you choose to drink. To find out more about how to order fair-trade coffees, and know more about fine coffee, visit withams.com.au

About the Author:

Most of us spend a fair portion of our time in office drinking coffee. Cameroon Taylor is one of those few lucky ones who gets to drink coffee for work. He has been a coffee enthusiast for as long as he can remember and after having a sip of most of the major types of coffee from around the world, he started to write about the first love of his life; coffee. The love affair continues…

Article Source: ArticlesBase.com - Fair-Trade Coffee


  1. Pity those labourers when I am buying agriculture products, they are the group that being discriminated.

  2. I understand. They are highly underpaid, but with out groups like this supporting them, it would be much worst. I am glad that at least knowing that some of my habit of drinking coffee generates money for someone else around the world.

  3. While I certainly like myself a good cup of coffee, especially of the fair trade coffee variety, I can't say I am as passionate about it as you are. I think, sadly, that the beverage I am most passionate about is just plain old water..it's that second part of Hydrogen that really seals it for me ;)