Monday, 27th February
Coffee farmers from Nicaragua visit Bewley’s to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight
Fairtrade Fortnight kicks off today, 27th February and runs until 12th March.
This Fairtrade Fortnight we’re welcoming our coffee farmer partners from Nicaragua. They’re going on a tour of our facility to trace the journey of their beans all the way to the cup. They’ll be meeting the talented team in our Barista Bar to sample the finished product from their particular co-op Soppexcca.
Bewley’s commitment to direct trade with coffee farmer partners is evident in our long-term direct relationships with Fairtrade coffee co-operatives such as Soppexcca, a progressive community of 690 coffee growers in the northern highlands region of Jinotega. Soppexcca supply’s 100% of Bewley’s Nicaraguan coffee, and in the past 10 years the volume of coffee purchased from the co-operative has grown significantly. Bewley’s has also supported a number of education, welfare and health initiatives in Soppexcca, in particular those catering for women.
Bewley’s will be bringing the farmers to meet key foodservice customers throughout Fairtrade Fortnight, to hear first-hand the impact of buying Fairtrade.
What is Fairtrade?
With Fairtrade, you have the power in your pocket to change the world every day. Fairtrade is the only certification that guarantees a minimum price to farmers and an additional premium for social development projects in coffee producing communities.
Having pioneered Fairtrade in Ireland for over 20 years, we’re very proud to continue this commitment and what better time to by bringing all of our branded fresh coffee products under the Fairtrade banner.
Buying Fairtrade means farmers get fair returns for their products. Bewley’s is not only committed to direct trade with coffee farmers but also to building long-term direct relationships with Fairtrade coffee co-operatives. Bewley’s sources Fairtrade certified coffee from Nicaragua, Honduras, Peru, Brazil and Colombia and will expand these channels further, including sourcing Fairtrade coffee from Uganda and Tanzania.
In 1996, in partnership with the newly established Fairtrade Mark Ireland, Patrick Bewley arranged the first import of Fairtrade Certified coffee to Ireland, continuing Bewley’s heritage of sustainable and responsible practices since the establishment of the business in 1840. In 2016, Bewley’s celebrated 20 Years of Fairtrade in Ireland and over 175 Years of great coffee and tea.