What do certifications really mean?

Working to the highest possible ethical and sustainable trading standards at all times, we can supply a variety of certifications for your coffee products. 

Fairtrade

Vision: A world in which all producers can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods, fulfil their potential and decide on their future. 

The most recognised ethical mark for consumers (Allegra World Coffee Portal - Project Cafe UK), the Fairtrade mark means a better deal for coffee growers. By choosing Fairtrade coffee for your business you ensure that the farmers who grow your beans receive a fair price and additional premium which is invested in the community, helps improve their farming practices and protects the environment.

Fairtrade was set up to encourage smallholders to band together and form democratic cooperatives or formal organizations, which would then allow the members of a group to simulate an economy of scale, pooling their resources and information while also creating a larger market presence for their combined products.

To incentivize this formalization of organisations and associations, Fairtrade guarantees a base price for certified growers which remains a substantial protection for farmers in a volatile market, and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects of the community’s choice.

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Rainforest Alliance Certified™ (RFA)

Vision: We envision a world where people and planet prosper together.

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods on coffee farms. The organisation works to promote healthy ecosystems and communities in some of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems.

RFA certification focuses on how farms are managed. It encompasses all three pillars of sustainability - social, economic and environmental, and empowers farmers with the knowledge and skills to negotiate for themselves in the global marketplace.

The training farmers receives from the certification teaches them, and their families how to farm efficiently and responsibly, growing their bottom lines today and conserving the fertile soils and natural resources on which they and their children will depend in the future.

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Organic Coffee

Vision: Crop has been grown without the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, antibiotics, or hormones.

Organic coffee has been produced using environmentally and animal friendly farming methods. This includes the importance of soil, crop fertilisation, weed control, pest control and environmental management and conservation. Consumers are assured any detrimental effects to human health and the environment have been minimised during production. 

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UTZ Certified

Vision: A world where sustainable farming is the norm is a world where farmers implement good agricultural practices, industry invests in sustainable production and consumer can trust the products they buy.

UTZ is an efficient certification and traceability program for socially and environmentally responsible coffee production. A popular certification in Europe, UTZ certified coffee is traceable to the producer ensuring it has been grown and harvested in a responsible manner. The UTZ program started as a coffee program, with the name UTZ Kapeh, meaning ‘good coffee’. 

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