Guide to Fair Trade Coffee

Fair Trade Coffee that tastes great

1. Republica Organic Signature Blend – This coffee is entirely organic, fairtrade, and certified carbon neutral . $10.99 (200 g), www.republicacoffee.com.au;

2. Nature’s Cuppa Organic Freeze Dried Granules – Ok, believe us when we say this is an instant coffee that actually tastes great! With two kinds of organic certifications, our only gripe is that it’s not fair trade certified, but the company claims to look after their growers well. $11.82 (100 g), www.natures cuppa.com

3. Sacred Grounds Sacred Blend – Compostable cornstarch and wood cellulose packaging, and a great chocolatey taste prove for an all-round winner. $12.90 (250 g), www.sacredgroundsorganic.com;

4. Ewingsdale Coffee Estate Cafe Blend – These sweet and smooth 100 per cent Australian beans are grown near Byron Bay without pesticides, hand-picked and dried naturally in the sun. $20.00 (500 g), www.ewingsdalecoffee.com.au

5. Griffith’s Just Fair Organic Espresso Ground Coffee – Our favourite here in the GL office, Griffith’s fairtrade and organic blend is pure Arabica and is packed in a reusable, recycleable tin . $9.90 (250 g), www.griffithscoffee.com.au

6. Jasper Coffee Café Femenino – Jasper employs only female workers of Penachi, Peru, raising self-esteem and reducing abuse and poverty. $13.95 (250 g), www.jaspercoffee.com

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There are thousands of coffee brands worldwide boasting perks such as fair trade, organic, local and imported ingredients – so it’s no easy task to determine the best coffee; one that not only tastes great but has a great eco-stance as well.

Coffee is a water-intensive crop that can be grown in areas with a high humidity and rainfall, but it
is mostly grown in communities in the tropical jungles and rainforests of developing countries. For truly ethical coffee, choose fair trade certified, which allocates a minimum price (similar to a RRP), which is the lowest price a buyer has to pay a producer to grow their coffee sustainably. Also added is a fair trade premium, a fixed-price investment in developing the social, economic and environmental welfare of the community where the coffee is grown.

It’s also a good idea to look for products marked with organic certifications, such as the Australian Certified Organic logo. Carbon neutral certification is also a wonderful logo to see on any product.
Most of the time, beans are sold to consumers in bags with air valves to release the CO2 gases, but these bags tend to be made from aluminium and polypropylene, and aren’t recyclable. The best the eco-friendly choice in terms of packaging is to select ground or instant coffee in airtight glass bottle or sealed tins, as these are the easiest to recycle – or even better, repurpose.

The flavour of your coffee depends entirely on the type of bean and how it has been blended and roasted. We tested a range of organic arabica blends, which have a ‘rounder’ flavour making it the perfect choice for your morning cuppa. Robusta has a lower-quality taste and is found more prominently in instant coffee. Not everyone knows that it’s best to consume roasted coffee within 2–3 weeks of roasting, so choose coffee that has been roasted as locally as possible.

And, if you’re buying a cup of coffee on the go, don’t forget your reusable coffee cup!