Sweet Maria’s Farm Gate Coffee

by on August 28, 2008

Green coffee and home roasting supplier Sweet Maria’s has formalized their direct trade buying program, calling it Farm Gate Coffee. Farm Gate prices are at least 50% (but often 100% or more) over Fair Trade prices. Their latest newsletter (PDF here) gives a more thorough explanation.

Even if you don’t roast your own coffee, head over to the Sweet Maria’s web site. I have learned so much there — not only in the coffee library, but also reading the bean reviews and descriptions and the many travelogues that are sprinked throughout the site. It’s a real education!

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Revised on August 14, 2011

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Hawkeye August 31, 2008 at 7:38 pm

All in all, I am not a big fan of the name "Farm Gate." I saw the name in the mailing with my order of green coffee and when I started to read it, I honestly thought that they were about to say something bad about coffee somewhere. In the last few decades, "Anything-gate" has been used to suggest a cover-up, lie, or some other bad deal that has gone down….

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