by Maureen McHugh
Coffee and the computer industry share a surprising number of supply chain parallels. Apple Computer’s recent decision to become the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association and submit to supply chain audits in an industry notorious for secrecy could be a boon for overseas workers. The coffee business, like any industry where production is conducted offshore, shares the same characteristic of a murky supply chain, often leaving both the farmers and the environment in the lurch. Equator has always put benefits to coffee farming communities first in any conversation we have about quality. Roasters seeking transparency regarding farming practices, farmer income, and living standards must work extra hard to obtain information and develop relationships on the ground. Read more >>
by Kimberly Easson
Nestled high (1750 – 1900m) in the mountains of Southern Ecuador, the El Batan coffee community harvests high quality, organic, Fair Trade Certified washed Arabica coffee. But coffee is not a year-round crop and a sustainable coffee community that provides food security for its members requires other forms of income.
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