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Oxfam to open coffee shops

Postby phil » Thu May 13, 2004 1:45 pm

Following our recent discussions on Fair Trade (so called :-() this comes up:

BBC News Article on Oxfam plans to open up "fair trade" coffee shops

I've not read the article in detail yet - I rushed over here to post the link.

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Postby mattmills » Thu May 13, 2004 2:13 pm

I am not too happy with it. Possibly if Fairtrade coffee was the answer to the problems facing the industry i would say yes, but all this will do is to continue to damage the rest of the industry without addressing the problems.
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Postby Steve » Thu May 13, 2004 3:34 pm

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Postby mnemonix » Thu May 13, 2004 9:06 pm

I heard about it on radio 4 this morning... I'm not sure it's actually Fairtrade is it ? I thought Oxfam had established a 'relationship' with a specific cooperative in Honduras so it was more of a joint business venture. Isn't most of the profit made on coffee at the final point of sale ? This might actually give a share of that back to growers who have invested a stake in that point of sale, which will succeed or fail to some extent based on its quality. Well it's potentially a different model to the existing exploitation/fairtade divide.

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Postby ianboughton » Wed Jun 09, 2004 5:49 pm

It is Fairtrade labelled. The roaster is Matthew Algie. The blend is Ethiopia/Honduras/Indonesia, and David Williamson (Algie) says these are the three best Fairtrades he'sfound in seven years' looking. Haven'tasted it yet, I'm afraid!

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