From crop to cup: the fair trade process

Farmer harvesting coffee

Nicaraguan coffee farmers demonstrate part of the coffee
production process at Miraflor, a cooperative that sells to
the fair trade market.

To get a $3 cup of coffee in Minnesota, coffee beans must be planted, harvested, imported to America, roasted and brewed. This process has the potential to make some, typically the importers and roasters, a lot of money. But others, typically the farmers, miss out on the profits.

Take an in-depth look at the process step by step. Then discover how fair trade makes this process more equitable for those who actually grow the coffee, and learn about the fair trade guidelines for each stage of the process.

© 2006 by Mesa Johnson
E-mail me at mmjohnson2@stthomas.edu