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Philly Fair Trade News

Headhouse Square Farm Market gets National Accolades!

August 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Joe Cesa, our co-owner, with his past coffee business and Philly Fair Trade Roasters have been a vendor at Headhouse Square Farmers Market for over 12 years. The Food Trust manages the Market and is so proud to promote its inclusion in the Top 25 Farmers Markets in the US via Parade.com! The Market was noted next to Dupont in DC, KCC in Honolulu, Santa Monica Market in CA, the Boulder CO Market, among others that look like fantastic places to be on a weekend morning. See the web page here.   This is Headhouse Square Market’s first full year

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Delaware River Clean Up

July 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

It was a day full of ominous clouds and potential for big, quick rainfall. Luckily, we were given mercy by the weather and a gentle breeze sweeping the coastline of the Delaware River, just south of the Tacony Palmyra Bridge in Philadelphia. The group was organized by United By Blue, Riverfront North, Philly Water Dept and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful. We collected almost 3000 pounds of trash and recycling in 2 hours and were rewarded afterward with ice cream from Little Baby’s. When arriving at the starting point, the Frankford Boat Launch, it was nice to see a well-maintained, flower lined

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A formal Ugandan cupping in DC

July 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Joe went to  Washington DC the weekend of June 29. In addition to protesting the recent immigration happenings at the White House, he visited the State Department wearing a tie for a coffee cupping session. Along with others in the coffee industry, he met and listened to the Ambassador for the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda, Mull Sebujja Ketende. Co-hosts were the Uganda Coffee Development Agency, the East Africa Trade & Investment Hub and the Academy of Coffee Excellence.   There were 16 coffees, mostly Arabica and some Robusto beans. The diversity in flavors were abundant and the difference

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Our New Direct Trade Importer for Honduran Beans!

June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Cereza Coffee is the new importer of our Honduran beans! In the above picture, you see some of the farmers and their children that owner Joey Wein harvested with this past January and February. He is passionate about the relationships he developed and the projects he will be part of to help enhance the quality of life for the families in their co-ops and communities. We intend to use Joey as our liason with more farms in the future as he shares our vision of trying to enhance the quality of life for the people who grow these delicious beans.

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Customer Highlight – Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse

June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you have any or no interest in comic book, this cafe is awesome. We all have a secret superhero alter-ego inside so indulge the fantasy while sipping on Philly Fair Trade Roasters’ coffee. Arielle Johnson hosts this nationally renowned black woman owned comic shop and she has nothing short of a full team of characters on staff to keep you smiling. Do you know anyone who has been made into a character in a comic? Well, Arielle has so now you do! She has been featured in Temple’s magazine and many other media venues for her unique story. If

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Coffee of the Month – Sumatra

June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

This “Gayo Mountain” coffee is relatively rare, grows on the volcanic slopes of Mount Leuser, in the Aceh region of Sumatra, at 2,500-5,000 feet above sea level by the farm cooperative Koperasi Permata Gayo. The placement of Indonesia at the equator creates the situation of microclimates ideal for great coffee. This year, they are experiencing climate change in a big way, which is expected to greatly affect the amount of coffee they are able to export. In recent years, Sumatra has gained a reputation among Fair Trade buyers as being a bit of a minefield, with multiple cooperatives being certified

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We’re hiring Farm Market staff!!!

May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hey there! We retail at Farmers Markets year round and are looking for someone passionate about selling coffee every other weekend at our Bryn Mawr and Headhouse Square Farm Market stands! Are you available every other weekend? Do you have a car? Are you reliable, friendly and outgoing? Are you organized and thoughtful in your work practice? Do you care about coffee and where it comes from? Can you lift up to 30lbs? Are you comfortable standing on your feet in all types of weather? If you answered yes to these questions, you probably deserve an interview! Your Saturday would

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FitC Roastery Tour

May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

FitC, Friends in the City, came to visit us last week for a tour of the Roastery. We may not have inner city chic accommodations but that’s part of our charm, not to mention how we can offer our customers delicious, organic and fair trade coffee at reasonable specialty coffee prices. Joe hosted discussion about the coffee industry, organic fair & direct trade practices, sustainability, roasting and, of course, tasting coffee. Everyone left with more knowledge than expected and a bag of freshly roasted coffee. If you are interested in setting up a tour at PFTR, contact cat@phillyfairtrade.com for more

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Love Your Park Day

May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

We donated coffee to Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Love Your Park Day on 5/12 at Fisher Park in the Olney neighborhood. What a beautiful day and a beautiful park! So many hands were out helping clean up, plant trees, set up the garden, play and have fun. In the picture, PFTR’s Cat Collins got her kids excited to help FPC’s Esmeralda with the garden dirt digging. If you haven’t been to Fisher Park, it has a basketball court, tennis court, community garden, some trails in the trees, a well kept kid playground and a deep valley to do some log rolls

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Coffee compost for your nitrogen-loving plants

April 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

Spring gardening time has arrived! If you have nitrogen-loving plants like azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendron, blueberries, asparagus, radishes and carrots, adding used coffee to your soil will give them the fertilizer they need to flourish. Note USED, not fresh, grounds as the pH level of fresh can be harmful to many plants and should not be used alone but in a healthy mix of compost. You can buy compost using our coffee at Weavers Way Co-ops (“Henry Got Compost”) or make your own. Good quality, homemade compost is made by mixing 2/3 carbon-rich ingredients (such as dried leaves, eggshells, cardboard, straw, shredded

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