We don't try to rip off our friends, so why would we strangle our suppliers?

We only buy FAIRTRADE Certification Mark beans.

We are the first to admit there are major flaws in the Fair Trade system, so we are developing personal relationships with our suppliers. Derryl, owner of Green Bean, recently paid our friends in Bolivia a visit.

Derryl picking coffee in Bolivia

Direct Trade

Unlike Fair Trade and Organic, direct trade is not a regulated term. It implies that the roaster has a first-hand relationship with the farmer or co-op and, presumably, their dealings are mutually beneficial. This is why we feel it is imperative to back up the direct trade statement by making our contracts available to the general public to see.

» Contract with Bolivian coffee growers' cooperative

» Messages from our Bolivian suppliers

» Certificate of Origin for our coffee


Derryl’s view

The Kindness of Strangers (originally posted to our FB page)

This is a great story about the kindness of strangers; As you all know we have been excitedly awaiting our container of coffee. Our plan was for the truck driver to spot the container in front of our garage and we ...

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Alix’s view

Trip to Bolivia and a really great link explaining everything!

This blog has been severely neglected, but I am working on my blogging fear. So many positive things have been happening at Green Bean. My Dad is great at posting things to Facebook, so if you are interested in our little ...

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