How We Source Our Beans
Hammerhead Coffee has been organic-certified since early 2016. As such, we choose to only bring in beans with organic certification via importers we trust: primarily Atlas Coffee Importers. Whenever possible, we source Fair-Trade certified coffees, which allows us to work with cooperatives of small growers--Mom and Pop, if you will--as opposed to larger plantations.
We no longer obtain certification through Fairtrade USA, due to differences of opinion about what exactly Fair Trade means. We think the term should apply to cooperatives of small farmers, who need the cooperative system to get fair prices for the few bags of beans they grow each year; Fair Trade USA has expanded the definition to allow larger plantations to certify separately, a practice we simply don't agree with. Certifying as Fairtrade through the world Fairtrade body is not financially feasible at this time.
Always feel free to contact us directly about our sourcing process, or to request information abut a particular plantation or coop. We'll be glad to oblige.