Fair For All is Olympia Coffee's sourcing standard. Designed to create a better life for farmers, staff, & our customers through coffee.
At Olympia Coffee, high-quality coffee is our passion, but seeking a higher quality of life for our farmers, staff, and customers is our mission. Fair For All is our commitment to improve the world through coffee sourcing.
We believe that everyone in the story of our coffees—from farm laborers to cafe customers and all those in between—should find satisfaction by being a part of what we do.
Through Fair For All we seek to remove the mysteries surrounding your coffee's origins, its producers, and its economics and give you the opportunity to know that your purchase truly benefited everyone who had a hand in its story.
Historically and currently, the global coffee trade has exploited the poorest and most vulnerable people in the supply chain to benefit those who wield power.
While Fair Trade and Direct Trade have both helped address these issues - with higher pay and better opportunities for producers - we believe both fall short of our producer's needs.
Fair Trade only offers farmers about 20 cents more than commodity pricing for every pound of coffee sold, a small increase for even the largest producers. Fair Trade is also only available to cooperatives and large estates, leaving out small-scale individual farmers. It also lacks the level of transparency and traceability back to the producers that we value. Fair Trade fails to incentivize high-quality coffee or innovation at the farm level, paying farmers the same rate no matter the quality.
Direct Trade, on the other hand, typically implies that a coffee buyer agrees to a fair price directly with the coffee farmer based on quality. In 2010, Olympia Coffee became an early-adopter of this model, developing our own standards to ensure that farmers were rewarded for high-quality coffee.
Currently all of our farmers are paid more than double the Fair Trade rate according to our own Direct Trade standards. However, while Direct Trade answers the injustice of sustainability for the farm owner, and creates higher quality coffees for our line-up, we still believe that something has been missing.
Simply put, no Direct Trade system has ever ensured a minimum wage or safe working conditions for coffee pickers, processors, or other laborers within the farm itself.
We now go beyond our own Direct Trade standards to include every individual who contributes to our coffees in our quality of life efforts. This means ensuring that our producers and Co-Ops set a sustainable minimum wage for their own workers, and requiring that our farms and partnering facilities provide working conditions that are free of unnecessary danger, with access to clean drinking water, for all their workers. We ensure these policies like we always have, by visiting our producers in-person throughout the year and building partnerships based on their needs.
We seek to be pioneers in this effort, setting an example we hope that other companies emulate.