Santropol is a 100% certified organic and fair trade coffee roaster based in Montreal, Quebec. We work with certified organic and fair trade coffee producers in eight different countries. Our objective is to offer the finest possible spectrum of roasted coffees while working toward a fairer distribution of revenue, empowerment, and mutual respect among all participants in the chain, from farmer to consumer. We believe that social and economic justice and environmental stewardship are essential to global political and economic viability; that a sustainable global and local economy must, like a sustainable family, be built on non-violence, truth, equity, and respect for our planetary environment.
Fair trade certified coffee as we know it today was born in 1988 in Oaxaca, southern Mexico, with the establishment of the original fair trade coffee producer co-operative, the Union of Indigenous Communities of the Isthmus Region (UCIRI). The fair trade model was conceived as an alternative to the conventional coffee market, designed to empower producers both economically and politically by building more direct links between producers and consumers, as well as determining equitable minimum prices and standards for trade.
Coffee is an amazing product. Perhaps no other agricultural product has had, and continues to have, such an important impact on modern human history, politics, and economics. It is the agricultural equivalent of gold, an engine of empires, and the most popular legal drug in the world. Tens of millions of people around the globe work in conditions of extreme poverty to cultivate this mysterious and capricious fruit, and hundreds of millions drink its nectar every day. Over one hundred billion dollars are generated and spent on its production, preparation, and consumption. Coffee is the second most valuable commodity exported by developing countries; the coffee industry is a crucible within which fundamental issues of social and economic justice, as well as environmental concerns, interact and collide. This is the real story behind what is in your cup. At Santropol, our responsibility is to showcase the best that our producers have to offer, and to create blends and flavours that mirror and celebrate their care and dedication to quality.