Monday, September 29, 2014-National Coffee Day

Zachariah Torres coffee_beans_being_sorted_and_pulpedWhy care about National Coffee Day? Today you can make a choice to make a difference. The Thrive Farmer’s platform has transformed the supply chain, giving farmers direct access to the marketplace for their coffee, resulting in economic sustainability. Read Emile story…Emile is one of the farmers that represents this inaugural offering from Burundi, Africa. Like many Burundi coffee farmers, Emile is a small coffee producer with just 323 coffee trees. Last year he made just over $300 growing coffee that supports his family of 7 children, but through THRIVE Farmers he now has an opportunity to make much more because he now has direct access to the coffee marketplace.

This Kiziba region coffee lot is from the Kinyovu coffee collection washing station. This station just won the Cup of Excellence, the most prestigious award given to a specialty coffee. The farmers who were part of achieving this sought-after award are the farmers who have grown the coffee you are enjoying today.

So, when you are thinking of accepting that free coffee from Dunkin Donuts or McDonald’s, think twice, and ask. Is fair trade? Does it support environmental sustainability?  Is it a fair price?  Does it support local communities and worker? Does it invest in local community building? Is it healthier for you?  Does it increase and preserve biodiversity ? Make your choices count!

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