Okay... so just try and say SEATTLE without thinking about COFFEE... I think Seattle is actually referred to as the Coffee Capital of the World! Kinda CRAAaaaaazy! It is that one thing in the morning that I totally look forward to. I enjoy sharing it with friends, when it's cold out, when it's not, in the afternoon, in the evening, at softball games, well... the list goes on, cuz... I like COFFEE all the time! I'm almost sure that in the 'Coffee Capital of the World' there is a LARGE percentage of the other 563,373 people that are consuming coffee.
...after seeing this movie referenced in a few of my fellow friends... amazing BLOGS - I wanted to see what it was all about... So, I purchased the Black Gold DVD from http://www.blackgoldmovie.com/
I felt a lot different about coffee after viewing this movie. In fact, I felt guilty for the conditions the Ethiopian farmers are trying to survive in! I felt like I have contributed to their dire circumstances! I really was completely clueless what the COST of my coffee was all about! ...I still enjoy drinking coffee... But, I can honestly say as a CONSUMER with the knowledge and understanding of how the majority of the coffee is purchased and sold to me... I am going to purchase, drink, and enjoy coffee from a company with a CONSCIENCE! I want to see this STICKER on it:
After watching this documentary I was ready to track down as many places as I could that sell FAIR TRADE COFFEE.
I went to Starbucks and saw this:
I went to Cupcake Royal and saw this:
....I guess I can understand the PASSION the people of Seattle possessed in November of 1999 when the WTO was meeting here! Countries like Ethiopia DO need a voice, and for someone to listen and SEE what is happening with the Trading System... that it is NOT working for these countries! (violent free voices and advocates)