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New Year, Next Decade!

January 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

2020 is our 10 year anniversary as an official coffee roasting business! In the emerging decade, we will certainly see some changes to the coffee industry as we know it today. Sustainability and certifications are a hot topic. “Raw” and “Natural” coffees are gaining popularity, while the ever fascinating in-home brewing experience continues to evolve. As the younger generation grows their love for coffee, the expectations among trend seekers and potential for new coffee farming areas grows too. China and Vietnam being major new players. At PFTR, we have been on this “new” path since before the business started in

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Give the gift of Fair Trade!

December 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Giving season is upon us and while opening presents is fun, it’s not always sustainable or ethical in nature. That’s where we come in. Sure, the gift of coffee and hot cocoa will please almost any receiver. But if you think deeper about which coffee to buy, why not pick Fair Trade?! Our coffees and hot cocoa mixes are certified Fair Trade, and most are certified Organic. Fair Trade isn’t just about coffee. It’s about clothing, jewelry, home goods, toys and games, and so much more. Whenever possible, consider supporting businesses like My Fair Trade Lady in Haddon Heights, NJ

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Morning gratitude

November 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Mindfulness is a practice that can be done in so many ways. It’s not just meditation but an awareness of all things and acceptance in which it exists. Further, a gratitude for those things, whether seemingly beneficial or not, is essential to our growth. But this post isn’t about meditation, rather more the gratitude end of mindfulness. We often, almost always, take our morning cup of coffee for granted. When you eat or drink mindfully, you use all of your senses. When you are drinking your next cup of coffee, pay attention to the sight, sound, smell, feel and taste

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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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