Labels & Fair Trade: is my coffee ethical and sustainable?
Coffee consumers have become increasingly more conscious of sustainable and ethical practices, such as the preservation of natural resources and labor rights. Some segments within the industry have implemented Fair Trade business models to ensure fair wages, sufficient training, and adequate working conditions for farmers. Other notable factors while shopping sustainably include the ‘Organic’ Label and certifications like UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, Proudly Made In Africa, and Direct Trade. While labels are telling, make sure to conduct your own research before buying.