How much do you pay for a posh cappucino? £2? £2.50?
So how much would you expect the coffee grower to get? 50p? 75p?
The answer is shocking. About 2p from the price of that posh coffee will actually reach the grower. The trouble is that a small number of very big companies buy most of the world’s coffee. This gives them the ability to drive down prices. The price of coffee has fallen significantly in recent years and the coffee growers and their families suffer.
Fortunately, there is something we can do about it. Companies like CafeDirect sell top quality coffee (and tea) at competitive prices, but pay the growers a much higher proportion of the money.
Find out more at CafeDirect
To learn more about Fair Trade in general, take a look at Make Trade Fair