$20 for a bag of Coffee??
Imagine this with me. You go to work everyday, and at the end of the week instead of getting a paycheck you get an invoice. Now, if you love your job, and have some alternative source of income, you might be ok with paying to work. But if you rely on that job to put food on the table I bet you’d opt for the paycheck.
Unfortunately, this is the scenario for coffee farmers across the globe. The current price for coffee on the commodities market is $0.94 per pound, but check this out. That doesn’t even cover the cost of production.
“Forcing people to sell a product below the cost of production is ruthless. Simply put, prices for coffee are inhumane.” 1
Now, this may be the first time you’re hearing about this, so let me give you a very quick rundown. There’s some sketchy stuff happening in the production of a lot of the goods and services we buy, and coffee is a huge culprit. There are huge discrepancies between production cost and purchase price, and the side effects of these discrepancies are very real: poverty, child labor, human trafficking. If you don’t believe me, just google “coffee and exploitation,” and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
And just to be clear, for YEARS we were a part of the problem. In my ignorance I (Sarah) would go to the store and buy the lowest priced coffee I could find. My theory was to buy cheap terrible coffee and load it up with creamer!
But when I learned about the process of getting coffee from the farm to my house, and realized how many steps there were along the way, I knew there was no way around it. If each person at each step was actually paid a fair wage, the costs should add up. And the price I was paying for coffee was WAY too low!
Unfortunately, in our ignorance, we were contributing to a global human rights crisis with every cheap bag of coffee we bought. Trent and I knew we needed to make a change, so we started buying ethically sourced coffee. With this one shift in our buying habits we felt like we were making a tangible difference for specific farmers and their families!
You might think, like we did at first, that $20 is expensive for a bag of coffee, but if you’re taking into consideration the actual lives of the producers. If you’re concerned that people are being paid fairly, and aren’t being exploited. Then no. $20 isn’t expensive at all. It’s essential.
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