Our beans are "direct trade coffee," or bought through the Farm Gate process. Farm Gate means that a price was negotiated with the farmer directly “at the farm gate,” or without any of the confusing export and import fees.
SO WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FARM GATE AND FAIR TRADE?
Farm Gate allows coffee bean producers to make premium prices for providing high quality coffee. This exchange allows the farmers to continue to invest in improving their bean production.
Fair Trade certifies that the cooperative received the FT price, but it does not guarantee that the men and women who produce your coffee were paid the FT price.
We hope you not only taste the difference of our beans, but also know that by choosing StirStix Coffee, you are a part of helping to improve the livelihoods of the families who produce them.