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12 years 1 week ago #2652 by Kevin R
I submitted a posting a few days back asking about good sources of fair trade coffee beans, but it seems to have evaporated... a victim of a failed security check, I reckon.

Anyway, I'm interested in learning about folks' experiences with ethical, fair trade and organic (e/ft/o) coffee. How important is e/ft/o when making your coffee purchases? What are your favourite sources of tasty e/ft/o espresso beans?

I've tried a number of the e/ft/o espresso blends from B.C. roasters that supply my local grocery store, but the results have been mixed at best. I expect the freshness issue might be part of the reason

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12 years 1 week ago #2655 by Frederick
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I'm out east....I live in the East, Montreal region....
It's very important for me to get Fair Trade brew and we have a choice out here (around here). Then again all we have is trust in the packagers, now don't we?

Organic ? Sure, why not....on the other hand are we really getting what we pay for? After viewing the 3 hour documentory BLACK COFFEE, I have mixed feelings about all the new coffee distributors touting that \"they will \" give better conditions to the growers if we buy their product.

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12 years 1 week ago #2657 by glenns
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I think the acronym I've seen more often is FTO (Fair Trade Organic).

Personally, I would like my coffee beans free of DDT, and the various pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc.
There is not that much of a price differential however FTO choice is somewhat limited.

Politically one can make the argument that the \"lowest price is the law\" type of capitalism never worked as it should in the coffee industry.

We do have a choice and we can exercise that choice if we wish.

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12 years 1 week ago #2660 by Kevin R
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Thanks for the proper acronym, glenns. I made mine up, as you might have guessed.

Here is an interesting short piece on fair trade I found on the Intelligentsia website.

As usual, it seems that extra due diligence on the part of the consumer is needed, even when a FTO label appears on the product.

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12 years 1 week ago #2661 by Kevin R
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We have a number of readily available choices out here as well: Saltspring, Kicking Horse, Ethical Bean are some examples. I've enjoyed a few of the dark/espresso roasts they offer, and have found others to be disappointing. None have come close to my enjoyment of the Cafe Etico Cuban.

Thanks for the mention of BLACK COFFEE -- I'll have to seek it out.

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12 years 1 week ago #2662 by Frederick
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Black Coffee is

written and directed by Irene Angelico.

produced by: Les Productions La F

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