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Ictus Fair Trade Coffee

posted by xscot mcknight

Now brewing at our home, Ictus Fair Trade coffee — Cafe de Chiapas. Great aroma and taste. Anyone else know this coffee? We got it when we were in Denmark, and — yes — we’ve got a holding pattern on bags of coffee in our freezer. We could probably use a little more information about the value of fair trade coffee.



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Bill Van Loon

posted October 8, 2007 at 7:14 am


Hey…anybody read Danish?
Well, you can start your research on free trade anything on Wikipedia (THE Internet source of highly accurate and trustworthy information). Here’s a link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_trade.
I am assuming by “value” you mean relative worth, merit, or importance of free trade coffee. My simple, humble answer is I don’t know the value of free trade coffee.
Enjoy the coffee though. I never heard of these folks. But if you want great “direct trade” coffee there’s
http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/
There, you can find a good write-up of what “direct trade” means. So I answer your question by directing you away from it.
Peace.



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Bill Van Loon

posted October 8, 2007 at 7:19 am


Oh, I forgot to mention…my idiocy of using the word “free” instead of “fair”. Sorry. My bad. I meant “fair”.
But…
http://intelligentsiacoffee.com/origin/directtrade
has a graphic to show the difference between “direct trade” and what they term “certified fair trade.” Check it out.



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My 2 cents

posted October 8, 2007 at 8:23 am


Here’s the info on Fair Trade (a.k.a. socially conscious) coffee from our fave: http://sccv3.stonecreekcoffee.com/sociallyresponsiblecoffee.cfm



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matt

posted October 8, 2007 at 9:00 am


Another direct trade coffee company is Coffee Ambassadors. They were recently started by two Moody grads who want to use the platform of coffee to reach out to those who grow it. They pay a price 25% above fair trade in a model similar to Intelligentsia. They are trying to target the church and Christian institutions as customers. The coffee is good and worth a try, and roasted locally in Chicago.



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Dianne P

posted October 8, 2007 at 12:54 pm


There’s been a lot written about the manufacturer/retailer mark-up of fair trade products. While most are happy to pay a premium for these products, apparently sometimes that premium is just a bonus for the big guys, while the little guys get just a small fixed amount.
A great source for reasonably priced certified fair trade products is Trader Joe’s, especially for coffee.



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Maria Drews

posted October 9, 2007 at 10:09 am


Hey, I have a question. As Christians, should we drink non-fair trade coffee, knowing that when we do we may be supporting injustice and continuing the cycle of poverty of our global neighbors? I don’t mean to be legalistic, but it seems that if we want to love our neighbors and live out God’s kingdom, then we should only purchase fair trade coffee, even if that means a few extra dollars or giving up our favorite non-fair trade brews.



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