UK coffee week ran from the 22nd to the 28th of April 2013. The weeklong event celebrated coffee, but also aimed to raise awareness and vital money for Project Waterfall. This was a chance for coffee chains, independent shops and coffee suppliers to raise money for vital clean water projects in Africa…
Along with fair trade coffee, and coffee sourced from sustainable sources, this event promotes ethical growth and production of coffee, and giving back to the people that make coffee possible.
The links between a cup of coffee and ethical trading and giving back to the communities that produce the coffee have become more prominent and visible in modern times. A growing proportion of the coffee market is sourced through fair trade and sustainable methods. “Ethically sourced” means that the communities that produce the benefit more, either through more money going towards them, or by guidelines that help the region where the coffee is being grown.
What is Sustainable Coffee?
As the name suggests, sustainable coffee is grown and marketed for its sustainability. This is the process of producing the beans without depleting the resources or damaging the environment it is produced in. Because coffee is mainly grown in tropical areas that have been threatened with deforestation for other resources, sustainable growing is to be encouraged, in order to protect the region and as such comes at a premium.
What is Fair Trade Coffee?
Fair trade coffee is an effort to ensure that the people producing the coffee are compensated fairly for the goods they produce, thus providing a much more ethical supply chain for the beans. This is not purely limited to growing; however, it is still an important change, as it allows for a better quality of life for the people that are involved in providing us with coffee.
Buying fair trade and sustainable coffee and tea, (amongst other fair trade products), helps the people who make it possible for you to enjoy your hot drink. By helping the local communities and aiding them in living a better quality lifestyle, better links can be formed between the developed world and those in less developed countries. It also helps to reinforce the production in their regions.