Knox’s Outreach Team strongly encourages you to come along to fellowship time after our Sunday services to try our new Fair Trade coffee and tea. We’ve made the switch to Fair Trade for several reasons, but first, let me tell you about our wonderful coffee and tea.
Our new coffee comes from premium Arabica coffee beans grown in the high Andes of Colombia. The beans are purchased at a fair price from the Coffee Farmers’ Co-operative of Andes in the Antioquia region. This co-op dates back to 1961 and serves over 4,000 small-scale farmers.
Our new tea comes from two small tea gardens in Assam, India. The tea is grown using organic farming techniques, so that no fertilizers or chemical sprays are used.
Why Fair Trade? We are choosing to purchase products that provide fair wages to the producers. We choose to support farmers in developing countries who, in the past, have been marginalized or economically disadvantaged by the conventional trading system. We choose to support growers who demonstrate concern for their workers’ welfare, who pay fair wages and who reinvest in their communities. We are looking for ways to promote gender equity, good working conditions and the discouragement of child labour.
Does Fair Trade coffee and tea cost more than other coffee/tea products? Yes, it does, but for the reasons listed above, we believe this is a choice that aligns well with our Christian principles of treating people fairly and equitably.
For more information on the principles of the World Fair Trade Organization, go to wfto.com .
Why do we purchase from Ten Thousand Villages? Knox is committed to reaching out to our local community. One way we can do this is to develop partnerships, such as the one we have with Kerr Street Mission. Ten Thousand Villages, located at 226 Lakeshore East (just west of the church on the south side), is one of our immediate neighbours. They have offered to discount our coffee and tea products, and have agreed to partner with us to promote Fair Trade principles. They have kindly donated coffee, tea and hot chocolate for our Outreach at the Santa Claus Parade. Please consider purchasing Fair Trade coffee and tea for your home. You can visit their website at tenthousandvillages.ca for these and many home and clothing products.