Mindful of the planet
Here at La Colombe, we are keenly aware of where our coffee comes from, how it was grown, and, most importantly, the needs of the people involved in the coffee’s journey from seed to cup. We care deeply about the wellbeing of coffee-growing communities, and we strive to implement the best business practices to increase that wellbeing.
Thoughtful of people
As one of the early pioneers of direct trade, we pride ourselves on proactive, longterm relationships with small-holder farms and socially responsible coffee-growing associations. For us, the quality of our coffee starts with the quality of these relationships. By working directly with farmers to create mutually beneficial partnerships, we can increase transparency in the supply chain, guide farming practices to yield better and better beans, and support the livelihoods of coffee-producing communities.
Haiti Coffee Academy
Founded in 2013 by La Colombe and the Clinton Foundation, the Haiti Coffee Academy supports coffee farmers in the southeast region of Haiti through education, training, materials, and market access.
Haiti is a place that is close to our hearts, and a place where coffee production has suffered in recent decades. We are committed to supporting the Haitian coffee industry by buying a significant amount of Haitian coffee each year and bringing their beautiful beans to the U.S. craft coffee market. Learn more about the Haiti Coffee Academy here.Learn More About the Haiti Coffee Academy here
Around the world, millions of people and thousands of communities lack access to clean drinking water. We believe that access to water is an inherent human right, and we partner with organizations who share this philosophy. By providing free drinking water in our cafes, we seek to raise awareness about water initiatives in the hopes that one day, everyone will have equal access to this life-giving resource.
FIVE PRINCIPLES OF ETHICAL TRADE
Fairness – All trading partners are to be treated fairly. No strike price is ever to be below that established by the Fair Trade Organization. Additionally, farm workers' wages must be verifiable fair, working conditions must be humane and basic health must be made available.
Longevity – Long-term commitments are to be established with all coffee sources, thereby providing a more certain future for our trading partners.
Opportunity – Priority is given to nations, regions and farmers with the greatest need and where our purchases can make the greatest impact.
Water – Access to clean drinking water must be provided by the farmer to the families associated with our supplier farms.
Strictly Earth Conscious – Earth Conscious coffees are coffees grown on farms that hold at least two earth friendly certifications.
In addition to supporting our coffee-producing communities, we seek to support, nurture, and enhance the local neighborhoods that are home to our cafes. From providing free coffee to a nearby homeless shelter to helping with the community garden across the street, we work hard to engage with our environment and create meaningful connections with our neighbors.