Starbucks sells a few kinds of free trade beans, but not all. They should be clearly marked. Seattle’s Best also sells some. If they are free trade, they should have a logo like this:
I think you may be referring to fair trade rather than free trade. Fair trade products are produced by people who get a fair price for their items, and generally help people in developing countries to support themselves and develop their communities. There are many different brands of fair trade coffee, including Grounds for Change, a company that promotes fair trade as well as organic, shade grown, and carbon-free production.
In addition to the above mentioned brands, these are also fair trade coffee brands:
– Green Mountain Coffee – Newman’s Own Organic Coffee– Peace Coffee– Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters – The Roasterie – Gorilla Coffee – Doma Coffee – Stumptown Coffee Roasters– Equal Exchange
Many of these brands are also organic. Although several of them are smaller local businesses, many of them sell their fair trade beans online.
You don’t want “free trade” coffee, because it is in no way associated with “freedom” for the people producing said coffee. “Free trade” simply means trade between borders without tariffs or unilateral agreements. This usually benefits wealthy countries, while greatly hurting developing countries (like those that produce most of the coffee in the world). Tariffs protect developing countries from being encroached upon and exploited by wealthy foreign investors, as do unilateral agreements. Forcing developing countries to do away with tariffs is a trademark of imperialism.
Instead look for the “FAIR TRADE” logo, as shown in the post above, on all your coffee, and on all your cocoa for that matter (which is also grown in developing equatorial countries).
In addition to many smaller coffee companies that sell fair trade coffee, ther are larger, well-known retailers that offer fair trade coffee as well. Starbucks sells the most fair trade coffee out of any coffee business in the US, although not all of their coffee is fair trade. Dunkin’ Donuts, Tully’s, Walmart, Wolfgang Puck, Whole Foods, Winn Dixie, Coffee Bean, Meijer, Macy’s, and Trader Joe’s all sell fair trade coffee. The Fair Trade website has a list of fair trade producers.
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