What exactly does "Fairly Traded" mean?

Our Costa Rican coffee mentor Nathanael Yoder described the  Fairly Traded designation as a trade partnership that has a focus on improving working conditions at the social, economic, and environmental levels for workers and producers in developing countries.  A higher wage is not the only component to producing a Fairly Traded  product; other benefits are reaped by workers and producers. 

Many of the farmers harvesting for Church Grounds Coffee, LLC operate in southern Costa  Rica.  They farm in and around San Isidro in the Valley of the General, the canton (county) of Perez Zeledon.   Unlike many other coffee farmers, the suppliers for Church Grounds Coffee hire locals and do not use migrant workers.

You can be assured that when the term  Fairly Traded is applied it comes with the knowledge that folks who grow, tend, and harvest the coffee get a fair and reasonable living from their efforts.  You can also be assured that the producers promote sustainable practices.

Church Grounds Coffee is a “fairly traded” product in a free market. 

Why Church Grounds Coffee suppliers opted out of Fair Trade Certification:

Church Grounds Coffee is “Fairly Traded,” but by choice not certified as “Fair Traded.”  To understand why our coffee suppliers elected not to participate under a “Fair Trade” certification, please read the report "Unfair Trade" by Marc Sidwell, published in the UK by Adam Smith Institute (Research).