THE COFFEE TRUST
The Coffee Trust Executive Director and Coffee Exchange co-owner, Bill Fishbein, has worked in sustainable development for over 30 years. In 2008, he founded The Coffee Trust with the mission of helping “indigenous coffee farmers improve their agricultural practices, diversify their incomes, and raise healthy families.” Learn More Here
95% of our green (unroasted) coffee comes from Cooperative Coffees, a green coffee importing cooperative comprising 23 community-based coffee roasters (including Coffee Exchange) in the U.S. and Canada, who are committed to building and supporting fair and sustainable trade relationships. For 20 years, Coffee Exchange has been an owner/member along with 23 likeminded roasters from the U.S. and Canada. Our goals are (1) to focus our businesses along Fair Trade and Organic principles and securing some of the world’s finest coffees, and (2) to assist our farming partners in improving infrastructure, providing technical assistance and developing procedures to improve both the quality of their products and the health and safety of their families and communities, as well as ensuring they receive a fair price for their coffee. In 2019, Coop Coffees added our member-funded Cooperative Coffees Impact Fund to help coffee farmers deal with Climate Change, reforestation, carbon sequestration, and other initiatives. The Coop received the 2020 Specialty Coffee Association Sustainability Award for best business model in our industry. In response to current global challenges, the coop transferred $160,000 to our producer partners to support their efforts in confronting the impacts of Covid-19.