fair trade and organic products

Many of the coffees we carry to sell bulk and brew are Fair Trade coffees. This means that they have been certified as providing the farmer a price that is higher than the open market, thus helping them survive. This may mean paying a price that is 2-3 times higher than the market price. If you select Fair Trade coffee you may pay a slightly higher price than for other specialty coffees, but it helps guarantee that the family who grew the coffee will be able to meet basic needs of food and clothing.

At GINKGO coffeehouse, we also offer a coffee from San Lucas, Guatemala. These independent farmers earn more than they would if their coffee was sold through fair trade. The prices Fair Trade offered were still not sufficient to meet basic needs in their market, so they sell it on their own. Only the highest quality coffee is sold as part of this crop, while the lesser quality coffee is sold on the open market. GINKGO coffeehouse sells San Lucas coffee in bulk as whole bean or ground. This coffee is roasted by Alakef Coffee Roasters and shipped to us overnight for freshness. Alakef Coffee Roasters has received Fair Trade Roaster certification after scrutiny by the Fair Trade Association.

Organic coffee is grown without the use of pesticides or other chemicals that are potentially harmful to the farmers or the environment. In general, organic farming is more labor intensive, but considered one way to help sustain the land and people involved in growing the products. GINKGO coffeehouse offers numerous organically grown products.

In addition to Fair Trade and organic coffees, GINKGO strives to serve food made with locally grown organic prduce. During the growing season, our sandwiches sport a wide variety of locally grown produce such as tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, and onions. Our soups are often made with locally grown squash, zucchini, onions, and cauliflower, to name a few.