After living in Portland for a number of years you can guarantee one thing… I love coffee! I love the smell, the flavor, the social aspect of it. Coffee holds a serious place in my heart.
This is why when BzzAgent contacted me to review Fair Trade Certified™ Green Mountain Coffee® K-Cup® packs, I jumped at the opportunity.
To be honest, I was not completely familiar with the Fair Trade Certified™ marking and what that meant for the coffee… I learned a lot through this experience!
Basically, Fair Trade certification gives farmers a fair price for their beans with a guaranteed minimum, which means they can invest in their crops, their communities, and their future. Fair Trade also lets Green Mountain Coffee® and farmers work closely together to bring the best tasting coffee to market.
For example, in 2012, coffee farmers earned more than $31.8 million in Fair Trade premiums to invest in their communities and improve the quality of their harvests. This is an 88% increase over 2011 premiums earned. (via http://www.choosefairtrade.com)
After learning about this, it made me definitely want to be more careful about purchasing my coffee through a Fair Trade Certified company!
Also (randomly) Kelly Clarkson teamed up with Green Mountain Coffee to learn more about Fair Trade Certified coffee and what that means. I watched this video on http://choosefairtrade.com and I am sharing it because I personally thought it was super interesting.
Now, after all this I know you’re wondering how the coffee actually tasted, right?
Well, to be honest, I am not picky when it comes to coffee—I just love it all…but I did really like the Green Mountain Coffee Three Continent Blend that I was sent. The Three Continent Blend combines the flavors and aromas of South America, Africa, and Asia into one harmonious Extra Bold Blend. It was strong—and I appreciate that. :)
Now, if you’re interested in trying this yourself, feel free to visit http://choosefairtrade.com and use the following coupon codes to save $2 on a 24-count of K-Cup® packs. FTBZZ-FQ9K2SW, FTBZZ-FQ9L41L, FTBZZ-FQB0VBV, FTBZZ-FQB3YP0, FTBZZ-FQBBLFK (While supplies last.)
What’s your favorite brand of coffee?
We buy our beans through a local roaster—but after this experience I am curious to find out where they get them…if they are Fair Trade Certified!