Going Beyond Conventional Fair Trade to Invest in the Future of our Partners

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Each year, Higher Grounds recognizes the hard work that our flagship coffee partners at Maya Vinic do to harvest the beans that many of you drink.  We believe we are only as strong as our… Continue reading

Congo Bound

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[HG co-founder & owner Chris Treter shares thoughts en route to the Congo, where he will meet with coffee farmers in the beginning stages of a trade relationship.] As I cross the Atlantic… Continue reading

Building International Community Resilience: A Story from Hase Gola, Ethiopia

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After a day visiting the school constructed via On the Ground this April, I sat in my room and uploaded a video to facebook for our supporters back home in the U.S. Upon entering the community, many of… Continue reading

Planting a Seed of Hope through Education in Ethiopia

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Think about it, coffee roasters purchase coffee from some of the poorest people in the world. Many coffee growers don’t even have a market for their coffee. Yet, roasters, grocers, and cafe owners… Continue reading

Attempting to Find a Fair Trade at the Birthplace of Coffee

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The first time you travel to a new country your senses are heightened. Your camera is always at your side and every new experience is viewed as a potential photo op. The most… Continue reading

Sustainability: Moving From Exception To Rule

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Back in 2001 we were “reluctant entrepreneurs” trying to organize Just Coffee as people who had absolutely no business training at all. What’s more, not only did we not have any training, we… Continue reading

Walking the Talk: Diving Deeper to Transcend Trade

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Location: Nicaragua Featured Co-op: Las Diosas: Demographic:  300 women; certified organic; all participate in the empowerment programs via the NGO La Fem Acreage: 191.97 manzanas de cafe (roughly 330 acres) Altitude: 950 –… Continue reading

Fair Trade Chronicles Video Series: Part 5

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The team visits FEM in Nicaragua and sees the dire effects of climate change.

End of A Journey: Wrapped, but not Labelled

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I am back in Madison now hunched over my computer and almost recovered from what was almost certainly a nasty little amoeba. Looking around the office it is almost as if I had… Continue reading

Fair Trade Chronicles Video Series: Part 4

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The team climbs a mountain with members of Las Marias ’93, former combatants in El Salvador’s civil war.