We primarily purchase green coffee beans from Coffee Shrub (the wholesale arm of Sweet Maria’s). This California importer fosters direct-trade relationships each year with the best coffee farmers they can find around the globe. While they do acquire some coffee lots through Fair-Trade-certified or traditional channels, they prioritize direct-trade relationships in which they get to know farmers firsthand and ensure that the coffee price goes directly into the hands of the people who grew it. Recently we have also purchased coffees from Mercanta and Cofinet, other importers that prioritize direct-trade relationships.
See some of our current offerings below. Spend some time exploring! Zoom in, turn on Satellite view, drop the little character on a blue street to open Street View, click on some points of interest, and get lost for a moment… You’ll get a much better picture of the places (and people) our beans come from!
In the future we hope to develop some direct-trade relationships ourselves, so let us know if you have any suggestions or connections!