Brothers Coffee had the pleasure of visiting several A&E cafe’s as well as their roasting facility in Amherst, NH over the last several months. In fact, that’s how we discovered them, wandering around downtown Manchester and stumbling upon a place that took their passion for coffee seriously. As we watched them meticulously make our pour-over, we pulled up their website and saw this roaster could meet our criteria! Keep reading
Once again, we have selected a new member of our favorite Cooperative Coffees for the month of January, this time hailing from sunny Gainesville Florida. Perhaps the best to describe their mission is them. On Sweetwaters bags of coffee they tell us:
Sweetwater is committed to long-term relationships with our trading partners, working with them to improve their quality of life, and paying them a fair price for the beautiful coffee they work so hard to farm for us year after year. We figure that by delivering fresh small-batch roasted coffee, our solidarity with small-scale coffee farmers will become an integral part of your personal coffee ritual.
We’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with Cooperative Coffees members Kickapoo, Larry’s, Bongo Java, and Amavida. Each time, we brag about the great work Cooperative Coffees is doing to ensure farmers they work with are paid a fair wage while setting the standards for transparency.
Cafe Campesino is one of the founders of Cooperative Coffees and was instrumental in gathering this like-minded group of fair trade roasters together back in 1999. They have been roasting their own amazing coffee under the Cafe Campesino brand since 2002. Keep reading
Brothers Coffee is happy to announce our latest coffee roaster: DOMA Coffee from Post Falls, ID. Every decision made at DOMA is rooted in sustainability-from providing a higher than fair trade compensation to the farmers they work with to using an energy-saving Loring Smart Roast in their production facility.
DOMA Coffee Roasting Company was founded with the goal of creating an environmentally sound company that roasts great coffee. Or a company that roasts great coffee and is environmentally sound. Either way, we all win. Keep reading
We’ve selected yet another roaster from Michigan. Stone Creek Coffee has been roasting since 1993, and employs what they like to call a team of “coffee geeks” as they journey through coffee. This month, we’re excited to join them!
Stone Creek is “committed to building lasting relationships with our producer-partners around the world. We summarize this ambition with our shorthand: ‘Farm to Cup'” – or as Brothers Coffee often calls it, direct trade. This type of coffee-importing is a win-win-win situation, for the farmers, the roaster, and the consumers. We can ensure farmers are getting paid a fair price, it allows the roasters to work with the coffee farmers to perfect their coffee-growing, and the consumer gets a better cup of coffee – as well as a clean conscience. Keep reading
Pablo’s Coffee from Denver, Colorado doesn’t corner themselves into just one import method – only cooperatives, only direct trade, or only fair-trade certified. Rather, they explore their options, searching to find the absolute best choices, both in terms of quality of coffee and when ensuring the ethical sourcing of the coffee. They consistently pay 50-100% more than Fair Trade prices, as we expect of our selected roasters. Due to the nature of Pablo’s sourcing, not only can you be confident their team has spent hours ensuring you are getting the absolutely highest quality product, but that there is a story behind each; stories we are excited to tell! Keep reading
Bongo Java checks all the boxes to participate in Brothers Coffee’s subscription service. A founding member of Cooperative Coffees, their mission statement is to “strengthen communities by expanding the definition of quality to include concerns about how our stuff is produced, purchased and promoted.” Keep reading
This is the first of Brothers Coffee’s “Farmer Focus” series. We hope to help educate our fans and subscribers on the issues facing the coffee industry by telling stories from farmers perspectives. Love the idea? Let us know on social media or by shooting us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conversations with our friends at Amavida Coffee generally revolve around the slew of projects they are involved in that improve the livelihood of their farmers, aid their local community, and their guiding principals. But every step of the way, their emphasis on their quality of coffee finds it’s way into the dialogue. It’s this dual emphasis, both on providing customers with the best coffee they’ve ever had while helping others, that has convinced us to select Amavida as our roaster of the month this June. Keep reading