Sourcing Ethical Specialty Coffee
There are many people involved in the long and complex coffee supply chain. For 3 quarters of all packs of coffee in UK supermarkets, no price security is offered to coffee farmers. Producers who are paid too little contribute to a host of social problems such as poverty, child labor and poor working conditions, as well as environmental degradation. We at Alpaca Coffee understand how pressing and severe these issues are.
A major focus of our sourcing is using traceable coffee sources in order to support family businesses, small agricultural communities and farmers who share our values: sustainable practices, better pricing, and high-quality coffee. For this reason, we have included a "Coffee Story" section under each of our products to show our attention to traceability, and further highlight the farms we work with.
We are also sourcing Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified specialty coffees. While they offer a certain level of security, these certifications are the minimum we’re aiming to achieve. The truth is, even with certifications such as Fairtrade, producers are still not paid optimally, even though these prices are considered above industry average. We have a long way to go, and this is just the beginning.
Our vision at Alpaca Coffee is to grow into a direct-trade company in which we purchase coffee directly from producers. In this way, we will be able to build a personal relationship with coffee farmers and pay more than fair prices to help uplift livelihoods and the quality of coffee. Fairer prices for farmers; better coffee for you and the planet.
Better Coffee for You and the Planet