While our ambience is relaxed, casual, and fun-loving, we are VERY SERIOUS about our coffee at SoHo Café! Extensive research into roasters, brewing techniques, and coffee origins continues month by month by our owners and managers. Offering our customers the best beverages at reasonable prices is always our goal. In addition to class and size of bean, coffee can also be categorized into Organic or Fair Trade, both of which demand price premiums above the specialty grade classification. The following is a description of what these categories mean, and the certification process attached to each of these.
The impetus for Fair Trade Certification is an international system of doing business that offers better trading conditions for producers and workers in developing countries. For many of the world's 25 million coffee farmers, coffee is a labor intensive crop that yields little financial return. However, through Fair-Trade certification coffee producers are offered a minimum floor price and a social premium, ensuring that costs of production are covered, and that communities can invest in important social and economic initiatives.
Behind the principles and goals of Fair Trade is a rigorous international system of monitoring, auditing, and certification. Transfair USA is the sole certification organization in the US for monitoring, auditing, and certifying U.S. sellers of Fair-Trade goods.
International Fair Trade standards for coffee:
Producers are organized in cooperatives (or associations) which they own and govern.
• The minimum guaranteed floor price and premium is paid directly to the producer coop.
• Environmental standards restrict the use of agrochemicals and encourage sustainability.
• Pre-harvest lines of credit are given to the cooperatives if requested, of up to 60% of the purchase price.
• A social premium of 5 cents/lb is included in the purchase price and is used by cooperatives for social