14 Sep Certified organic and fairtrade coffee
Organic and fairtrade espressos
At Barista we have certified fairtrade and organic products. But what lies behind these appellations? What work is being done to get these certifications and what do they really mean?
Although these two certifications do not share similar verification factors, it appeared necessary for Barista to carry both, concurrently.
While organic certification is more product-related, Fairtrade certification walks a parallel path but paves the way for better working conditions.
Organic certification requires that the coffee plants are not affected by pesticides, nor in any way contaminated during production. Specifically, it involves buying products that are grown without the use of any chemicals. Verification required for organic certification requires a production notebook detailing product traceability. Consequently, Barista has the Québec Vrai certification, an organization which traces every component from A to Z.
Fairtrade certification ensures that it offers motivating working and living conditions for people who work on coffee plantations. We’re not only talking about salary. The idea is to pay farmers adequately and also enhance their lifestyle on the plantation since they spend most of their time there. As for verification, traceability is imperative. It’s necessary to know the origin of the products. Barista is certified by Fairtrade Canada, who approves the living conditions of workers.
That being said, would you like a fairtrade coffee?