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Joe’s trip to DC

October 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

After a busy, challenging two weeks at the roastery, I went to DC for the weekend.  It was busy, arriving Friday Sept. 20th, I dropped my bags off and caught the end of the Global Climate Strike which ended by the Capitol (which in reality is pretty far from the Capitol. For security, you can no longer approach the massive secure marble building); nonetheless we were near there. Legislators could’ve seen over 150,000 people, many young and millions from around the world, I hope someone looked out the window and thought…   We’ve known for decades there’s something wrong with

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The Cost of Coffee Cups

August 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

There is a buzz that’s getting louder in the eyes of environmentalists, specifically in the realm of the coffee industry and it’s effect on trash waste. Our human race consumes an insane amount of coffee but isn’t exactly thinking or doing what is needed to curb the output we crate from using disposable cups. In London and Scotland, lobbyists are attempting to put a tax or even ban single use cups. The London Assembly did a study that shows at least eight million tons of plastics are discarded into the world’s oceans – equivalent to the contents of a trash

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Why buy PFTR coffee at our Farm Stand versus at a local Food Market?

August 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Everyone has their personal routine for buying groceries and often cost is a factor in where you buy your favorite items. We’ve gotten many inquiries as to why some retailers charge a lesser amount compared to our Farm Market bag prices. The choice is simply up to the retail outlet. We have our MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price) and based on what profit margins they have determines what they sell their items at. Something to note, if you shop at Whole Foods, you’ll notice our bags are lower in cost but they are also 12oz bags instead of our standard

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We were in a Student Short Film!

July 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Joe Savin is the Associate Media Instructor at WHYY’s Media Lab. Some of his students interviewed Joe Cesa (PFTR’s co-partner, founder and master roaster) about Fair Trade last year as part of the WHYY Spring Break Journalism Camp. As you’ll see in the film, Fair Trade is a term many people have heard of but know basically nothing about. Well, we sure do. These kids were so nice and so curious to ask more and more questions once they got to know Joe Cesa during the filming interview.   It’s opportunities like this that we savor. To tell a young

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Fair Trade & Social Justice Networking Event!

June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Are you interested in working in Fair Trade or furthering your career path in social justice? Join Fair Trade Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30pm for an evening of discussion and networking! The event will feature Fair Trade leaders from Ten Thousand Villages, Philly Fair Trade Roasters, Fair Trade Federation, B Lab and more. We will be discussing their professional trajectories into careers oriented toward social justice and the experiences that led them on this path. The forum will also serve as an opportunity for individuals of all backgrounds to network and nurture intersecting work on Fair Trade and

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We’re Hiring for a Farm Market and Demo Staffer!!!

April 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Are you available every Saturday and 1-2 days each week? 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 ALL of these questions, please send us your resume AND a cover letter to Cat@phillyfairtrade.com describing a little bit about yourself! Philly Fair Trade Coffee Roasters has been roasting to order since 2010. We retail at Farmers

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Roastery Tour with Dr. Keith R. Brown

April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

When our Roastmaster, Joe Cesa, had his coffeehouse (the first Fair Trade coffeehouse in Philly), one of his patrons was Keith R. Brown. Keith’s wife came in too so Joe became friends with both of them. At one point, Keith had gone to Nicaragua to visit a coffee farm just a week or so before Joe went on his visit to a coffee farm in Nicaragua. Their missions became aligned and Joe served as one of the contributors to Keith’s book, “Buying Into Fair Trade: Culture, Morality and Consumption”. Keith, now Dr. Keith, wanted to bring in his students from

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St. Joe’s University Magis Roastery Tour

March 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Tour This week, we hosted about 15 students from St. Joe’s University to learn about the concept of Fair Trade, as well as a bit about roasting coffee. The students are from all different backgrounds and majors but all have the same curiosity in mind. What is Fair Trade and how can we make a difference? Well kids, you’ve come to the right place! The students shyly walked in and quickly started asking questions. It’s really nice to have a young audience who will hopefully incorporate these concepts into their own lives and share with everyone who will listen.

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Filling Our Daily Cup

February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many people, every day and sometimes many times a day, drink a cup of coffee. Many don’t ever think beyond that cup. And that goes for so many things, as explained in this Ted Talk by AJ Jacobs. While he doesn’t get into the concept of Fair Trade or sustainability, he literally goes and thanks the farmers in Colombia who grow the coffee he drinks, and many others along the way. The Talk is about gratitude and not taking anything for granted. We don’t need to go as far as he did by thanking some 1,000 people. You can if

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Progress Update for Burundi’s Projet Vache!

January 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

For those of you who follow us on Instagram, you may have seen a post from one of our trusted coffee importers, Crop to Cup. To view the post with pictures and comments, click here. The text is below and we are so impressed by the hard work and effort in enhancing this community’s agriculture. We are proud to be among the supporters of this project and excited for the farmers and their families to learn and grow a more sustainable set of skills that will definitely improve their lives. As our thumbnail pic shows, I think the animals are

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