Sells Fair Trade Coffee, Tea and Chocolate
Supporting fair wages and fair trade–One cup of coffee at a time.
Around the world, coffee and fellowship come together where we share community. A warm pot of coffee is often the centerpiece of fellowship hour and other gatherings. As one of the most heavily traded commodities in the world, coffee is a direct link between our community and farming communities in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Yet the small farmers who grow our coffee often struggle just to make a simple living. Most live in rural communities in some of the poorest countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Isolated from markets, they are forced to accept low prices. Without affordable credit, they become trapped in a cycle of debt. Many lack access to adequate housing, healthcare and education.
But there is an alternative: Fair Trade. In May 2004, St. Andrew’s joined Equal Exchange’s “Interfaith Coffee Program”. In partnership with congregations and faith-based organizations, Equal Exchange’s Interfaith Program is a bridge between these communities and our own.
EQUAL EXCHANGE is a fair trade organization founded in 1986 committed to always paying a fair price to the farmer, including a guaranteed minimum when market prices are low; to working directly with democratically run farming cooperatives so that the benefits of trade actually reach the farmers and their communities, to providing vital advanced credit to farmers, and to encouraging ecologically sustainable farming practices.
Fair Trade is consistent with CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING. The easiest way for us as individuals, and as a parish to support Fair Trade is to purchase fairly traded products. When you choose Equal Exchange, you are not only getting a great cup of coffee, you are also helping small farmers build a better future for themselves and their families. coffee people.
How Can I Buy Coffee?
Coffee is sold after the 9am and 11am Masses on selected Sundays. See current bulletin for days of sale.