Being Coffee farmers first and foremost, Reggie’s Roast Coffee is well aware of how we need to create sustainable crops for years to come. Since 1994, we have always practiced the principles of Fair Trade Coffee Farming in that we work with cooperatives and processors who are going to have the farmers best interests for the future in mind. Although our crops are such a small yield, we cannot sustain organic growth without exponential crop loss; however we do what we need to do in being supportive of a Fair Trade coffee farming. That said, we do not want to mislead and will be clear that due to the vast number of farmers growing on all sizes of pieces of land, we are not Fair Trade Certified as an entity, but deeply believe in the ethics and concept of Fair Trade in that we need to support, educate, and work with one another in growing our livelihood.
The next thing closest to our hearts other than Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is Fair Trade coffee and those crops who can also farm organically. The coffee we source sets aside $.20/lb through Fair Trade Cooperatives in the various growing regions. We have always been trying and all sorts of coffees, and we are proud to introduce two new Fair Trade Organic coffees!
We start in Peru with coffee sourced from Cenfrocafe, a Fair Trade Cooperative in Peru. Peruvian Coffee production began in the 1700s and after two centuries, the heirloom typica variety still comprises 60 percent of the country’s exports. Peru’s coffee exports account for two percent of both the national economy and the global coffee supply, Peru is quickly building a global reputation for producing traditionally cultivated, shade grown, high quality Arabica beans. As with many other coffee producing regions, there are several farmers working to barely maintain a living, which gives Peru Fair Trade Organic coffee a great opportunity for these coffee farmers work a sustainable means of income.
This is a delightful medium roasted coffee with a dark chocolate, toasted aroma. The cup has a medium body with a very mild acidity that is very pleasant on the palate. A sweet, nutty flavor with a slightly fruity and clean finish.
Next up is our Nicaragua Fair Trade Organic. Throughout civil wars, farming changes, and the Cold War, only now are Nicaraguan coffees becoming known again in the United States owing to the long interruption of the cold war years when Nicaraguan coffee was not allowed to be imported into the United States. Nicaragua Fair Trade Organic coffee cooperatives go back to the early 1900s and throughout revolutions, land had been granted to farmers providing a means of stability.
The coffee we have sourced comes from the Ucasuman Cooperative, which has been in operation since 2001. As roasters, and Coffee Farmers, Fair Trade principles are very close to us and the Farmers are set to receive $.20 per pound of coffee we source. Nicaragua Fair Trade Organic Mancotal is sourced from family-owned farms organized around Unión de Cooperativas Agropecuarias de Servicios Unidos de Mancotal (UCASUMAN), a
cooperative operating in the department of Jinotega, Nicaragua. UCASUMAN accesses the international coffee markets for farmers to have a greater earning capacity from direct trade relationships. UCASUMAN contributed funds for the construction of a rural school and provides scholarships to increase access to education for coffee producers and their children. This is a huge step forward in they way of life for these severely underdeveloped countries.
This Nicaragua Fair Trade Organic Medium Roast Coffee begins with a chocolaty, sweet aroma. The cup has a full body, crisp acidity with a smooth, slightly citrusy finish.
On the way to work, there was a gag about Starbucks and all the varieties of coffees you can order. It went on talking about unlisted extras such as marshmallows, hot fudge, and the tears of Central American Coffee Farmers – Thats when it stopped being funny – because it’s true. A farmer from Brazil was in San Francisco speaking at a coffee symposium. He went into a cafe to get a cup of coffee, looked at the price of a cup and said ” They won’t believe this when I go back home. They charge for a cup of coffee what workers make on a coffee farm in one day”.
That’s why Fair Trade is important!
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