This dilemma could be a bit easier now in buying coffee. I recently found coffee in the discount chain ALDI with a fair trade certified logo, available as both ground coffee in the bag and in new single serve coffee cups. The product is called Fair Trade Colombian, and I found it compares favorably with other brands of Colombian coffee I have brewed. An 11 oz. bag costs just $3.99.
In checking out the logo on the bag, I found it is an older version of a logo on the site at Fair Trade USA. Aldi is not listed as a partner on the site, so I’m guessing the organization buys the coffee from a supplier listed on the site. If anyone has additional info, please share it with us in the comments below.
According to the Fair Trade USA website, the principles of fair trade are fair price to the farmers, fair labor conditions, direct trade with farmers, democratic organization, community development, and environmental sustainability. The organization’s goal is to support farmers in improved business operations.
You can find nearby ALDI locations in St. Petersburg at 2900 34th St S St Petersburg, FL 33712, Pinellas Park at 6700 66th St, Pinellas Park, FL 33781, and Seminole at 7777 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, Florida 33772.