All Social Bean Coffee and sugar is Fair Trade certified. We purchase this from Local Nova Scotia roaster, Just Us Coffee. Even our chocolate is Fair Trade sourced from Camino, a buyer in Ontario.
Fair trade coffee is purchased directly from the growers for a higher price than standard coffee. Fair trade coffee is one of many fair trade certified products available around the world. Fair trade practices ensure healthier working conditions and greater economic benefit for producers. Coffee farmers producing fair trade certified coffee are required to be part of a co-op with other local growers. The co-ops determine how the premiums from fair trade coffee will be spent, and growers are guaranteed a minimum price for the coffee, and if market prices exceed the minimum, they receive a per pound premium.