Fair Trade Coffee Trip to El Salvador

Coffee is harvested by hand on mountain slopes by cooperative members and community workers. When the cooperative can sell their produce to fair trade companies, they can make a better wage than if their coffee is sold on the open market (coffee is a highly traded commodity, second only to oil on the world market). Fair trade coffee companies like Equal Exchange pay at least $1.26 U.S. per pound for conventionally grown coffee and $1.41 U.S. for organically grown coffee – often twice as much as farmers would receive otherwise. Cooperatives such as Las Colinas and other Equal Exchange suppliers eliminate exploitive middle men.
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Photos by: Joel Fath

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