What it means to Owens Coffee to be certified Organic and Fair Trade
At Owens they are passionate about producing top quality coffee that is both organic and fair trade.
They subscribe to the Soil Association to be certified organic and the Fair Trade Foundation, because they believe in the concepts and benefits they bring to the producer and the environment.
It is expensive and can be cumbersome, not just for them but for farmers too. This is where having a direct relationship with farmers is invaluable. They like to work with producers they admire and respect. They are happy to pay more for their beans because they know the provenance and that the producers have been paid a fair price. The roastery is certified organic too, they don’t use harmful cleaning chemicals and insist on following the exacting standards set by the Soil Association. Owen's ensure their records are up to date and their roastery is clean in exchange for the privilege of showing their certified organic and fair trade marks that demonstrate an unbroken chain of inspection and quality all the way back to the farmers and even the coffee seedling.
Owen's strive to bring their customers the best organic and fair-trade coffee they 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. Their 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.
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