Seven Hills Coffee was among the very first Fair Trade coffee roasters in the United States,
becoming Fair Trade certified in the fall of 1999.
The price of green coffee is volatile and frequently influenced by factors outside the farmer’s control. The Fair Trade coffee movement helps to mitigate that unpredictability. The movement also seeks to recognize and reward the difficult work of coffee farmers around the world. The Fair Trade system works to:
- Pay farmers a living wage for their harvest. These prices are determined by an international formula and are higher than the brutally low prices set by the market.
- Create direct links between farmers and importers, cutting out the sometimes dubious middle men.
- Provide farmers access to affordable credit to help support their homes, families, and farms.
- Promote environmentally sustainable practices like organic farming.
As coffee drinkers become more aware of the work that goes into making their favorite drink, the demand for Fair Trade coffee continues to increase. Seven Hills Coffee was there at the beginning of the movement and is always seeking ways to expand our Fair Trade offerings.