Fairtrade coffee, what exactly is that and which labels should you pay attention to? We show how you can enjoy coffee in addition to the choice of coffee beans.
Peter Schlumbohm hand filter design
Why you should rather rely on Fairtrade coffee when choosing coffee beans?
80 percent of global coffee production is produced by 25 million smallholders in the poorest countries. Working conditions are also often not fair. At the same time, the climate is burdened by the use of strong crop protection agents and fertilizers.
Fairtrade coffee what is that exactly?
Germany is - after the USA - the second largest consumer of coffee. How we drink our coffee and where we buy it has a strong impact on the market and thus on the countries and people working there.
If you buy Fairtrade coffee, you can be sure that these beans are traceable and the supply chain is controlled regularly. The goals of Fairtrade coffee are according to the German coffee cooperative:
- Combating poverty: That means ensuring a stable income for coffee farmers
- Climate and environmental protection: Above all, the protection and preservation of lakes and forests in cultivation areas
- Alternative farming methods: In particular to increase the quality and efficient production
Seal for Fairtrade coffee at a glance
Certifications are helpful in recognizing fair coffee. The best known in Germany are Fairtrade, UTZ / Rainforest Alliance and the Bio-Siegel. UTZ and Rainforest have recently merged.
Everyone is pursuing the goal that consumers can buy coffee with a clear conscience and that coffee farmers receive more wages. But every seal has different emphases. Therefore, you should take a closer look at the different seals and then choose which coffee you buy.
Apart from the coffee bean, you can still consume sustainable coffee in many different ways. Here are our top tips.
5 tips for sustainable coffee enjoyment
1. Nurucoffee - lEckerer Fairtrade coffee in organic quality:
Ex-Germany's Next top model Sara Nuru offers delicious coffee from Ethiopia with her sister Sali. At the same time, women's projects are supported by the purchase of fair trade and organically grown coffee, giving them a perspective for a better future. That means buying Fairtrade coffee and doing good.
2. alternative Coffee capsules:
Consumers can now drink coffee from a machine with capsules (almost) without hesitation. Many suppliers now have reusable or compostable capsules. The capsules fit in all common capsule machines. They are definitely more environmentally friendly than aluminum capsules.
Note, however, that they usually take longer to decompose than normal organic waste, so can not be disposed of completely without hesitation. The refillable version is better, but it is not easy to get the right coffee blend into the capsule. Try and try it here.
3. coffee shape - Coffee grounds cups and cups:
Kaffeeform produces sustainable cups and cups with innovative technology. All products consist of used coffee grounds and renewable raw materials. The special feature: The long-lasting cups smell of coffee and even survive in the dishwasher.
4. KPM - Coffee-to-go porcelain cup:
The chic coffee-to-go mug from KPM comes handmade from Berlin. Sustainably produced, you can do without the plastic-to-go cups elegantly.
5. Eco-friendly coffee machines:
If you also want to cook sustainable coffee at home, you should sort out your ordinary capsule machine and put it to manual labor. Espresso maker, hand filter or French press are the alternatives here.
The Bialetti espresso maker, also called mocha pot, is the classic and can be found in 80% of Italian households. The coffee is heated in the mocha stove on the stove.
The trend in well-known coffee houses is currently slow-coffee. Here, the hand filter is increasingly used. A design classic for this is the hand filter from Chemex, which was even exhibited at the Modern Art Museum in New York. The hand filter designed by Peter Schlumbohm is already a timeless style object.
Alternatively, you can also create delicious ice coffee in the summer with the Hario Cold Brew. The hand-held coffee machines from Japan are made of glass. They are also made from 100% natural materials and are currently the latest craze in the world.
Hario hand filter coffee maker, Source: Hario
A last environmentally friendly option is the well-proven French Press or punch pot, the coffee is scalded and the coffee grounds is pressed down with a punch with a sieve. Each of us knows the classic from Bodum, there are now many stylish variants such as Le Creuset or bonVivo.