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Farm Gate Coffee

"Farm Gate Coffee is the name we give to Sweet Maria’s and CoffeeShrub’s direct trade coffee buying program. Farm Gate pricing means that we have negotiated a price directly with the farmer “at the farm gate,” that is, without any of the confusing export and import fees. The prices we pay for our coffees are above Fair Trade Minimums, and with our Farm Gate coffees we can easily verify that the goof price we pay make it to the people who do the work, and are responsible for the great cup of quality coffee.


Farm Gate is a simple principle that allows coffee producers to make premium prices in reward for coffee quality, and to reinvest to improve quality even more in the future.


We guarantee that Farm Gate prices are above 50% over Fair Trade (FT) pricing, but often that are 100%+ more than FT minimums. We support FT, and continue to offer FT lots. Fair trade is a co-op certification – that is, it does not allow certification for small independent farms – it is for co-ops only. We do support coffee co-ops, but they are often not what consumers might think. There are many excellent co-ops, and many are large, powerful, corrupt, and mired in bureaucracy...."