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We offer a selection of Fair Trade Certified organic coffees in our Tasting Room in Berea, Ohio. These coffees are sourced from cooperatives and have been grown without the use of pesticides and chemicals.

What does Fair Trade mean?

These coffees are grown by members of a cooperative. Cooperatives are made up of a group of small coffee producers. The members are guaranteed a minimum price to protect them from the volatility of the coffee market.

Once the coffee is sold, most of the proceeds go directly to the coffee producers. A small portion, however, will be used to fund quality and equipment improvements (i.e. depulpers, solar dryers, farm renovations) or for social projects (such as education, clean water projects and health care).

Environmental standards help protect producers, their workers and the planet.

Does Red Cedar Coffee Co. roast any organic coffees?

All our Fair Trade Certified coffees are certified organic. Fair Trade requires producers to take measures to protect natural resources and the environment.

All coffees that are Fair Trade Certified Organic have a green band on the front label in addition to the Fair Trade logo.

Some of the Fair Trade Certified Organic coffees we are enjoying now:

Fair Trade Certified Organic Guatemala Huehuetenango: From the 330-member cooperative, Guaya’b. Members have access to micro-financing in order to help year-round maintenance. Members are training on soil analysis and organic fertilizer production.

Fair Trade Certified Organic Mexican: Through fair trade the cooperative has financed the building of a cupping lab, coffee storage shed and a meeting hall. The cooperative has 663 members and has been certified fair trade since 2001.

Fair Trade Certified Organic Peru: La Florida is a 100-member coffee cooperative in the Chanchamayo region. Through fair trade premiums the cooperative has purchased coffee sorting equipment and additional acreage for coffee drying patios.

We are pleased to announce the return of our Organic Guatemala Huehuetenango. Just like last year this coffee will only be available for a limited time.

This coffee comes from the region of Huehuetenango, which is in the western highlands along the border with Mexico. This area has the highest non-volcanic mountains in Central America.

Our Organic Guatemala Huehuetenango is Fair Trade Certified Organic.

The coffee cooperative, Guaya’b, was formally established in 1998 and began selling Fair Trade Certified organic coffee in 2000. The cooperative offers women’s nutrition program and business training.

Region: Jacaltenango, Huehuetenango

Cooperative: Guaya’b

Number of Cooperative Members: 300

Altitude: 1400-1650 meters

Process: Washed process, sun dried

Flavor Profile: Juicy, caramel, orange