"At the beginning we were doing really bad agriculture: littering, burning the hills, deforesting, and not taking care of water sources. After we became part of CENFROCAFE, and they have helped us a lot, they gave us tools to improve our techniques and growing process. Now we protect our land and environment. We grow bamboo to protect our water sources and we don't use pesticides.” says Mauro.
People often think of Fair Trade simply as ensuring the farmers get a certain amount for their coffee - but it is so much more.
As a coffee roaster, we pay a premium on each pound sold in addition to what goes to the farmer. These funds are redistributed through Fair Trade USA to help with education in sustainability and community resources such as equipment, medical care, or youth education.
You can find out more by reading this article “Why Fair Trade”