The Café Femenino Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission: “[To] enhance the lives of women and families in the coffee-producing communities throughout the world.”
Since its inception in Peru in 2004, the Café Femenino Foundation has been offering grants to women coffee farmers all over the world. Purchasing Café Femenino beans is about more than just enjoying a morning cup of coffee; it means helping women coffee farmers and their communities. To date, Café Femenino certified beans are produced in Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Rwanda, and Sumatra. Offering these coffees at Grab-a-Java helps women to take on leadership roles in their communities and own the land on which they farm.
At Grab-a-Java, we are proud to be the first café in Canada to offer Café Femenino beans and to continue to develop that relationship with women farmers the world over.
Coffee is a globally traded agricultural commodity much like tea, cocoa, or bananas. Many circumstances conspire to set the price of coffee. Inclement weather, under- or over-production, and disease can severely impact the market price and, by extension, the livelihoods of producers. On several occasions in the history of the coffee trade, it has cost more to produce a pound of coffee than what it can fetch on the market.
In the 1980s, the fair trade movement grew as a response to this unsustainable market model. Today, Fairtrade Certification ensures that, no matter the volatility of the market, there is a floor to the price of certified coffees. If the market price dips below this bottom line, Fairtrade producers are guaranteed the higher price. Fairtrade Certified coffee also fetches a price premium (at this time, twenty cents on the dollar) which is invested back into community projects such as infrastructure, clean water, and healthcare.
At Grab-a-Java, we purchase Fairtrade Certified coffees so you can be confident that your coffee is making a difference to the lives of farmers around the world, that compensation is equitable, and the coffee farming model is financially sustainable.
For more information on Fairtrade Certification and what it means for your coffee, visit the Fairtrade Canada website.
Organic coffees are grown without the addition of pesticides or herbicides, and organic coffee production often goes hand-in-hand with sustainable processing practices. In this way, organic farming practices help to ensure the health of local water systems, to preserve biodiversity and soil health, and can have a beneficial effect on bird populations.
Much like Fairtrade, coffees grown on Organic Certified farms fetch a premium price on the market which serves to benefit the farms and communities in which they are grown. At Grab-a-Java, we invest in Certified Organic coffees not only as a way of investing in the health and livelihoods of coffee producers but in the health of coffee-growing lands as well.
Located in Burnaby, BC, the Swiss Water Decaf company decaffeinates green coffee beans without the use of chemicals. Using a special Green Coffee Extract, carbon filters, and local water, the Swiss Water Process removes 99.9% of the caffeine from coffee before it is shipped to your local roaster—and all over the world. Swiss Water Decaf coffees are known for their superb flavour compared to chemically-processed decafs.
You can watch the decaffeination process at work on the Swiss Water website.