By October 23, 2013 Read Article
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Rejoice at Low Coffee Prices? What about Fair Trade?

On Monday, the LA Times ran an article titled Coffee drinkers rejoice: Price of beans hits four-year low.  Now, we’re glad that favorable weather conditions are helping increase coffee production.  And, you certainly can’t blame consumers (or the LA Times) for welcoming lower prices.


However, keep in mind that lower green coffee prices can adversely affect the financial well-being of coffee farmers and their families.  Increased production can offset lower prices but not if margins and profit are squeezed to nothing.  It often forces growers to cut costs and corners, which can often lead to compromises in quality.


Frankly, we would rather pay a little more for a great cup of coffee.  We encourage you to continue buying quality coffee, many of which quite affordable.


And, remember, October is Fair Trade month.  Learn more about Fair Trade coffee at and  Looking for a quality Fair Trade coffee?  You can find hundreds of Fair Trade coffee reviews on

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About the Author:

Kenneth Davids is a coffee expert, author and co-founder of Coffee Review. He has been involved with coffee since the early 1970s and has published three books on coffee, including the influential Home Roasting: Romance and Revival, now in its second edition, and Coffee: A Guide to Buying, Brewing and Enjoying, which has sold nearly 250,000 copies over five editions. His workshops and seminars on coffee sourcing, evaluation and communication have been featured at professional coffee meetings on six continents.

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