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Philly Fair Trade News

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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New Year, New Raw Ugandan natural coffee coming soon!

January 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

This year, we get to celebrate all the efforts that led to a category of coffee that is new to specialty – Drugar (DRied UGandan ARabica). We are still in the process of perfecting our roasting style for this bean so it’s not available yet. When it is, it will be limited time only. They harvested 104 bags of this coffee in total and we have just a few bags. You can really taste the nuances of strawberry wine and blueberry wine that the beans are known for. Even though roasted in the way of a light to medium profile,

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Crop to Cup and Projet Vache

November 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

We partner with a Coffee Importer called Crop To Cup. Our purchase and yours are currently directly supporting their current efforts in Projet Vache. The goal of the program is quite simple: increase incomes by improving farm productivity, quality and provide alternative sources of income. This program provides livestock on their farms, how to care for the animals with trained veterinarian education, increase the quality of their compost for their coffee trees and ultimately increase the quality of life for the local community.   This coffee from Burundi in Africa is not certified Organic or Fair Trade. When you read

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We love customer testimonials!

November 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

This is an email to our Owner/Roaster, Joe Cesa. We thought it was so great that we had to share the love with you. (As if you needed more reason to drink our coffee…!) Please note that we do not scrutinize other roasters out there. We personally understand and appreciate that everyone has their own preferences in both roasting and drinking coffee. Peace.   “I recently discovered the business card you gave me. You are very, very good at roasting coffee. No s**t, not blowing smoke. I’ve given up on every other local roaster because when I get a fresh

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