Things I Love Thursday- Direct Trade Coffee Club

You ladies are in for a treat. I have let the hubby hijack the blog to talk about one of his favorite things. Which happens to be something I know ZIPPO about. Not that it has ever stopped me before, mind you, but I thought I would let him take a crack at it. So without further ado….as my girls would say….. Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing Mr. Diaper Diaries!!!!!

Hey Everyone! Mr.  Diaper Diaries here with a chance to guest-blog about something near and dear to my heart (and heart rate) – coffee!  As Jill can attest, I’m a true coffee lover.  I drink six cups or so a day {does that seem excessive to anyone else????}, and I consider my French press to be one of the most crucial items on my list of household amenities – right after running water and just before flatware.

So where does a coffee lover turn for the best coffee? Well, there are lots of places to go for a cup of joe, but what if you could get your hands on coffee from a roaster that has purchased the best possible beans directly from the farmers that grew them? You can! And, you’ll be surprised at the positive impact that obtaining that coffee will have on the local communities where the beans are grown!

Introducing the Direct Trade Coffee Club: an organization started by a small group of individuals, including my friend Chad, who are committed to the concept of direct trade.  If you’re not familiar with direct trade, it provides an alternative means of linking roasters and farmers that counteracts the effects of commoditization. You see, roasters of coffee normally purchase beans through wholesale middlemen. But in doing so, these brokers separate the roasters of coffee from the farmers that grew the beans and depress the price of beans by applying price pressures to the farmers. The brokers need to add in their own profit margin, which prevents the farmers from making a good profit, but those savings don’t get passed to the roasters or consumers.

Alternatively, the direct trade approach that the Direct Trade Coffee Club uses links the roasters directly with producers of high quality beans (the best 15% of beans available, according to industry standards!), ensuring that the farmers can make a decent profit by producing great coffee by environmentally-responsible means. In other words, the standard for a great cup of coffee shouldn’t  just include how the coffee tastes, it’s should consider the positive effects of obtaining that cup of coffee on the local communities where the coffee is grown.

As an example, before I leave for work tomorrow morning, I’ll pour myself a cup of coffee that I brewed with beans from Madcap roasters, one of the Direct Trade Coffee Club partners. I know from their website that the beans came from a farmer named Ellen who washed and patio-dried them in the Franjilos region of Guatemala. While I’ll never meet Ellen, her hard work will help me get through my hard work, and I’m glad to know that she’s been paid a decent price for producing a more-than-decent product.

If you’d like to support the Direct Trade Coffee Club, and the farmers with whom they work, consider purchasing your coffee from one of the roasters that have partnered with them. Me again. This fits so well with our family’s new goal of trying to eat more local and “real” foods. Although the coffee isn’t necessarily local, I love that we know where it comes from. Thanks Ellen!!

Didn’t he do good. And he’s super cute on top of it. We were provided with coffee in order to facilitate a review, but as usual all opinions are mine alone. Or in this case his. Whatever.

What do you love this week? Check out the Things I Love Thursday guidelines and link up below. And have I told you lately that I love you? And that you are the wind beneath my winds? Seriously. You guys rock.


  1. Happy Thursday Jill!

    Good Job Hubs! Always great to support the locals and friends!
    .-= Adventure Mom Janna´s last blog ..Praying for Children to Have Godly Friends and Role Models =-.

  2. Forgot to add that my link is about couponing like you are a karate rock star. Because I am no rock star this late at night.
    LOVE that your hubs is guest posting! I wonder if mine would ever consider it…
    I do love me some coffee, but that man is nuts about beans! WOW! I just like my little drive through local place and thought I was doing good by avoiding starbucks. But Ellen must have some really rockin’ beans! WOW! :)
    .-= Hillary @ The Other Mama´s last blog ..Ten Levels of Becoming a Karate Coupon Master {Part 2} =-.

  3. Higher Grounds in Traverse City does something similar – they do community development programs in the communities where they buy their beans. They even do tours!
    .-= Wendy (The Local Cook)´s last blog ..Black Bean Sweet Potato Burritos =-.

  4. Similarly we have Fair Trade here in Aberdeen- in fact the whole city is Fair Trade, and you can be satisfied you are paying a decent price for a honest worker. I think it’s really cool.

    p.s. Loved that he dubbed himself Mister Diaper Diaries. Josh called himself Mr. Mommy on my blog the other day and I about died in amusement. I made him promise me he’d wear a tee-shirt if my blog goes anywhere. Since I’m Mrs. PhD, it seems fair to me.
    .-= Emily Malone´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday =-.

  5. sounds like my hubby! he LOVES coffee and i cant even make it!
    .-= Jessica Jones´s last blog ..Princess Diana: A Celebration =-.

  6. I LOVE coffee, and I love that Direct Trade Coffee Clubs gives you the little details about who is growing the beans. If I wasn’t giving up coffee, I’d hope over and order some.
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..Flax Seed Bread, Whole Wheat and Wheat Germ Bread =-.

  7. You two are a match made in heaven!! I bet there’s never a dull moment at ya’lls house :)

    Even though I’m not a coffee drinker, I’ll definitely check it out for friends and family that are.
    .-= Staci Brown´s last blog ..What Was I Thinking? =-.

  8. When I clicked on the link in your hubs post, it came up blank. I am interested in checking out the website. Help!

  9. First- I love reading your blog! :)

    Second- My hubby is a coffee lover too, and we will definitely be checking out this coffee club.

    Third- I goofed and accidentally linked up twice; can you erase the first link from “His Beloved Daughter”? Sorry!
    .-= Pam´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday – Gerber NUK Bottles =-.

  10. Ok, I really did write my post yesterday and shedule it to publish this morning. Weird that we both wrote about coffee! I have coffee on the brain all the time:)

    I will have to check out that site. And, no, 6 cups of coffee doesn’t sound that excessive to me!
    .-= Jennifer Y.´s last blog ..Trader Joe’s French Roast Coffee =-.

  11. ryan, thanks for writing this up! you did a great job.

    jill, thanks for allowing him!

    to everyone else, i would be more than happy to converse via email about what direct trade sourcing is(i am the guy that travels to the farms and works with the farmers) and how it differs from other means…commodity, fair trade, etc… email me direct: chadmorton4@gmail.com

  12. I’ve never participated in one of these before, but this one sounded like a lot of fun. Thanks!

  13. I love this post! Great job! And what a noble, noble cause that is. This is definitely something that is sorely needed where I’m from. It’s frustrating what our farmers have to go through. The job of feeding a nation rests on their shoulders and yet they are getting so little, both in terms of profit and support from the government :(

    Whoops, sorry for a gloomy reply! :o)

  14. It’s all about the roast, man. You can have awesome shade grown bird habitat protecting beans and when they get burned to a crisp it’s just a waste. I will check this out and no – six cups is not excessive. Beans are good for you, and coffee is beans so what’s not to love?
    .-= Jen @ BigBinder´s last blog ..Psst – I Know Why You’re Tired =-.

  15. SIX cups a day?!

  16. Kirby Watson says:

    Hello Diaper Diaries fans. Kirby from the Direct Trade Coffee Club here.

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments! If you would like to experience the club first hand, use the coupon code diaperdiaries before May 1, 2010 to get a 10% discount on any order! Feel free to share with friends too.
    .-= Kirby Watson´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

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