Springwise: Community-Supported Coffee Links Farmers Directly With Customers
New business idea seeker highlights California-based cooperative CoffeeCSA's efforts to deliver organic, fair trade coffee on a global scale.
We’ve covered community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs before — including, just recently, Canadian Fresh Roots Urban Farm — but typically, such efforts are limited to locally grown food. Not so CoffeeCSA, a new, farmer-owned initiative that brings coffee from around the world into the CSA fold.
Launched in April by the California-based Pachamama Coffee Cooperative, CoffeeCSA now delivers organic, fair trade coffee grown by its farmer-members in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Nicaragua direct to consumers’ doors. To get started, coffee lovers simply visit the CoffeeCSA site and choose the farmer they’d like to buy from. Included with each farmer’s photo is the size of his or her total harvest and location along with prices and shipping charges. Either way, consumers then choose the quantity they’d like delivered each month and complete their order online. Prices typically begin at about USD 15 per pound, plus USD 10 for delivery. Farmers’ beans are then shipped direct to subscribers each month, stopping only at CoffeeCSA’s California roaster on the way. Farmers, meanwhile, receive 100 percent of the price consumers pay to CoffeeCSA.