Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these, but I wanted to get back to doing these in celebration of the new blog. And for this new Coffee Break Friday, I’d like to talk to you about a great place to get coffee from, whether you’re a single-serve slinger like me or someone who uses a regular good ol’ coffee pot.
The CSA in Coffee CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The entire initiative is run by a group of farmer co-ops that are in turn 100% owned by the coffee farmers. When you get your coffee from Coffee CSA, all the funds go right to the farmers. There is no middle man here. This is about the best definition of fair trade at work that I can think of.
What makes buying your coffee from them great is that you know exactly where your coffee comes from. You can go to there site and look over individual farmer profiles and see pictures, videos, and other little snippets of information about the farm and farmers.
She and her family run a small farm located in the mountains of Peru spitting distance from Machu Pichu! From the website you can even see from Google Maps where their farm is.
There was even a great video showing a typical work day for them. This is a great insight for anyone knowing how coffee is grown, processed, and ultimately how it gets over to your kitchen counter as well as putting a face to the beverage you love to enjoy.
So, how much does it cost you ask? Not as much as you think it would. Yes, it’ll cost more than the crap you can get from your supermarket, but it doesn’t cost more than the overpriced and over hyped coffee beans you get from Starbucks. Even better is that they are organically grown and freshly roasted before they are shipped out. I can smell the awesomeness through the box when it’s delivered to my doorstep by my friendly neighborhood UPS person.
Normally they sell it on a subscription, but if you’re shy of commitment, then just buy one of their one-shots and determine for yourself is this is the way you want to go.
Believe me when I say going to the source, the farmer themselves, is the best way of getting really good single-origin coffees. It doesn’t get any fresher than this.