With a heritage of growers, exporters, importers, and roasters, Orinoco Coffee & Tea has produced and sold the finest coffees and teas since 1909.

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Fair Trade Organic

As we all know, when you buy just about any product now the label is filled with promises. How it was grown or processed, where it came from, how it got here, what it has in it… When it comes to coffee, many people look at all these images and wonder, “What do these mean?” Well, in this blog we are going to break down the mystery between two frequently used terms related to those images: Fair Trade and Direct Trade. Let’s begin by defining the two terms. Fair Trade is a set of standards regulated by third party non-profit organizations. The goal of

To reduce the collective carbon footprint, today’s consumers are placing increased emphasis on social responsibility rather than convenience. But there’s no rule saying these traits must be mutually exclusive. In fact, a number of eco-friendly coffee trends have emerged that consumers can enjoy both in their own homes and while out on the town. Reusable tumblers: Bringing your own mug to the coffee shop? It’s a burgeoning trend that is paying off for a number of coffee drinkers. Many shops now offer discounts for customers who make the effort. It reduces costs for the retailer and is far better for the

In mid-February, Orinoco Coffee & Tea employees Vanessa McCallister and Juan-Carlos Ramirez visited Chiapas, Mexico, to take part in an annual origin trip organized by Fair Trade USA. Every year, Fair Trade reaches out to its global partners, inviting two team members from each company to take part in a Fair Trade origin trip; an enlightening opportunity to explore coffee cooperatives throughout the world. This particular journey welcomed representatives from six different coffee companies to tour three different Mexican cooperatives: CESMACH, U.E.S.F., and Unión Majomut. Majomut, interestingly, is not just one co-op, but an association that unites coffee-growing families in 35 indigenous communities

We’re talking organic fair trade coffee with Steve Izzo from Orinoco Coffee & Tea in suburban D.C. Steve’s been in the coffee trade for years and has real hands-on experience with the fair trade market and the growing role of organic. Steve, how deep are your roots? Steve: I’ve been deeply committed to organic fair trade coffees for most of my career. For me, it’s visceral and it’s taken me across the globe from Guatemala to Kenya. I know that coffee production is labor intensive. I’ve met the workers on the steamy hillside farms of Central America. For the little

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