You want to purchase top quality coffee which is both organic and Fairtrade. We are committed to roasting and providing a full range which is 100% certified organic, Fairtrade coffee. We are the perfect coffee match!
But what does it mean to buy certified organic, Fairtrade coffee?
Certification is the key. Not all organic coffees are certified organic. This is important when you are someone interested in buying organic coffee beans for all the right reasons.
Owens subscribes to both the Soil Association for our organic certification and the Fairtrade Foundation because we believe in the concepts and benefits these organisations bring to the coffee producer and our environment.
Meeting organic, Fairtrade coffee certification standards is an additional expense (one we deem necessary) and can be cumbersome, not just for us but for farmers too. This is where having a direct relationship with farmers is invaluable. We like to work with producers we admire and respect.
We are happy to pay more for our coffee beans because we know the provenance and that the producers have been paid a fair price. Our roastery is certified organic too: we don’t use harmful cleaning chemicals and we insist on following the exacting standards set by the Soil Association.
We ensure our records are up to date and our roastery is clean in exchange for the privilege of showing our certified organic Fairtrade marks that demonstrate an unbroken chain of inspection and quality all the way back to the farmers and even the coffee seedling.
We strive to bring our customers the best organic, Fairtrade coffee we can. Shade-grown coffee, grown using organic methods is better for the environment: there are no synthetic fertilizers or chemicals used in growing or production, organic farms can help combat climate change by emitting less carbon than a chemical farm, and they also sequester significant amounts of carbon.
As well as this, organically grown coffee is rich in healthy antioxidants. Our producers benefit from fair trade agreements and better working conditions. It is a win-win for the planet, the producers and you as a consumer.