International Coffee Day has arrived and is celebrated around Australia and the world on October 1, 2015.
International Coffee Day was started by the ICO (International Coffee Organisation) to bring coffee producing and consuming countries together to celebrate and bring awareness to coffee nations around the world, market conditions and policies.
80% of the worlds coffee is produced by millions of small scale farmers, and Fairtrade Australia are using International Coffee Day to bring attention to the economic benefits our daily coffee has in some of the lowest ranking countries on the Human Development Index. This includes countries such as Ethiopia, Rwanda, Haiti and more.
“Coffee is a huge global business and one of the most valuable primary products in world trade. But unfortunately for many of the world’s 25 million coffee farmers it is a labor intensive crop that often returns very little in financial return,” Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand CEO Molly Harriss Olson said.
Fairtrade is an organisation that protects product standards by focusing on three major areas of sustainable development. 1. Social development, 2. Economic development and 3. Environmental development. All standards were created to act as a safety net against unpredictable markets and financial security for coffee producers to ensure they receive a fair price that covers average costs of sustainable coffee production.
In 2013 Fairtrade coffee farmer organisations received over $63.6 million in Fairtrade Premium. With 50% of the money being invested back into coffee producing organisations for the purpose of improving infrastructure, facilities and coffee making processes.
“Consumers of Fairtrade coffee beans know their coffee purchase is supporting farming communities in some of the poorest coffee making countries in the world for the purpose of raising standards of living and creating a sustainable coffee future for producers and consumers,” a Fairtrade representative said.
Do you know someone with a coffee machine?
Give them a membership to the
Coffee Of The Month Club where members receive
a different pack of gourmet coffee beans every month
for 3, 6 or 12 months