Fair Trade Costa Rica
- Pumphreys Coffee
The finest fair trade Costa Rica Coffee
A fantastic Costa Rica coffee beans from Pumphrey's Fair Trade selection.
This single origin Fair Trade specialty coffee Costa Rica works great through all brewing methods. Bit it particularly brews consistently using an Aeropress.
Pumphrey’s Coffee has been recognised as a supplier of Fair Trade high quality coffee since the 1980’s.Coffees that are recognised as Fair Trade are supported by the foundations principles, which aim for farmers to not only get a fair price for their coffee, but also help to invest in their futures through providing education and stable resources.
What it tastes like?
Costa Rica roast coffee has a clean, lively and winey acidity medium body, with a taste of chocolate and almonds with a citrus note.
What does the Fair Trade organisation do?
By buying a Fair Trade freshly roasted, you are helping the foundation to offer coffee farmers all over the world the chance to improve their quality of life, which in turn increases their production and quality of the product they are growing.
The Fair Trade foundation aims to create sustainable coffee farms, through a variety of action of points. They are as follows:
Standards of Living
The idea of creating a ‘Fair Trade’ minimum price, increases the standard of living and reduces the risk to farmers. It creates a safety net, which means that farmers are less likely to be impacted by price changes. Thus, allowing them to have better cash flow, access to credit when required and also the ability to save and invest their income. These all lead to food security, which is linked very closely to economic growth.
The idea of Fair Trade is to not only improve the lives of the Costa Rican coffee farmers but also to ensure that they are creating businesses that will thrive in the long term. This is completed by encouraging democratic leadership and efficiency in their administration and accounting.
By improving all of these qualities, the organisation will become a well trusted business partner in the larger supply chain.
Referring to protecting the individual workers basic rights. Ensuring that they are operating in a safe environment and that they have the option to join trade unions so that they can negotiate wages and benefits. It also helps to ensure that child labour is not being used in the more rural areas.
Environmental Production and Climate Change Adaptations
Fair Trade does not just aim to help the workers it also has an environmental agenda too. When working with Fair Trade, smallholder farmers are required to comply with strict environmentally friendly regulations. These standards are promoted through rigorous training, which include advice on preferred agricultural practices.
Towards Gender Equality
A lot of importance is garnered towards increasing the visibility of women in their role within the agricultural community. Currently there are 350,000 female members of Fair Trade, however many are still not registered as formal workers or member of cooperatives and therefore do not receive any benefits. Fair Trade are pushing to create wider spread equality in this traditionally male dominated industry.
Productivity and Quality
By providing support to the farmers, ensures that their production can increase year on year and that the quality of the product will also improve. In the long run they will receive a better price for their coffee, which will increase economic stability so that they can continue to focus on their environment practices.
- Access to Basic Services
Finally and probably most importantly, the premium created by Fair Trade ensures that farmers and workers are able to invest in their communities, giving them access to basic facilities such as clean water, education and sanitation.