Of all the awards the Alley Cat Cafe has won, being acknowledged for our dedication to sustainability is the one I am most proud of.
When the idea of opening the cafe first popped into my brain, I am embarrassed to say I didn’t have a clue what “Fair Trade” was. Of course as soon as I was educated on the subject, there was never any doubt that we would only serve coffee that was “traded fairly”.
Since opening, I have learned about chocolate, tea and sugar. Some of those facts were uncomfortable to learn about. I’m not sure what the statistics are now, but I was appalled to learn a few years ago that a huge percentage of the chocolate that is consumed in the United States is grown by slaves………SLAVES! The next day I found a source of Fair Trade chocolate and have served it ever since.
We also serve only Fair Trade sugar and tea.
My next blog will go further into the different labels such as “Fair Trade” and “Direct Trade” and “Fairly Traded”…. it’s all very confusing, I know. But, when you take that sip of coffee from the Alley Cat Cafe, you can be sure of one thing: the farmer that grew the coffee in your cup got a fair price for his labor. And the chocolate that is in your mocha was not grown or harvested by SLAVES. I feel good about that.