Coop Coffees is a fair trade, organic coffee importing cooperative made up of 24 community-based micro-roasteries located throughout North America -- from the Yukon to Florida. We partner with producer cooperatives from 15 countries all over the world.
Cooperative Coffees exists to import high-quality, organic green coffee from small-scale farmer organizations to build long-term relationships and foster fair and equitable trading practices. Our goal is to make coffee-growing a sustainable and beneficial endeavor for farmer families and their communities.
Cooperative Coffees strives to be:
A Thriving Importing Business – Our terms of trade are the best choice in the eyes of our trading partners and our business practices are defined, documented and disseminated to serve as a model for the coffee industry.
A Thriving Community – We understand the basic needs of our trading partners and facilitate access to specific expertise to help small-scale farmers improve their production capabilities and meet their basic needs. We measure the impact of our relationships not only economically, but also in terms of overall quality of life for our partners and their communities.
A Thriving Cooperative – Our governance and operations are: explicit, effective, efficient, forward-looking, fun-loving, fair-minded, and sustainable.
At its core, Fair Trade is an alternative way of doing business; one that creates long-term, transparent and mutually beneficial partnerships between traders and producers, and that strengthens the connections and social consciousness with consumers.
Authentic Fair Trade goes beyond certifications, prices, and labels. It is built and rooted in a relationship that has to be carefully navigated and constantly nurtured. It is practiced under terms of sustainability and transparency. It requires an earnest engagement with and a dedication to the small-scale farmers and the organizations to which they belong.
At Coop Coffees we purchase 100% of our coffee at “Beyond Fair Trade” terms from highly functional, small-farmer cooperatives. We have created strong and reliable business relationships and many delightful friendships with them, since our founding 14 years ago.
We have collaborated with our partners over the years to confront many of the countless obstacles they face on a daily basis. In the process, we have come to appreciate the crucial role that cooperatives play in bringing people together to resolve their own development challenges.
An estimated 70% of the world’s total coffee production is cultivated by some 10 million small-scale farmers, cultivating less than 10 hectares of land in 80 coffee-producing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The vast majority of them lack access to clean water, basic education, decent housing and all too often adequate food on the table. Add to the mix that most coffee-producing countries have economic policies that favour and incentivize large-scale production and traders – thus, leaving small-scale farmers to struggle for market share on a very uneven playing field, left “to compete” without access to adequate credit, inputs or technology.