so, i just finally ran out of my coffee again,
and since i now have a chance to buy a half-a-pound of ground coffee beans, i might as well try buying new kinds, if i ended up getting the chance. i usually buy the standard organic, shade-grown, fair-trade, yadda yadda coffee, which in ottawa means bridgehead. lately, 'tho, i've come across new coffee shops that claim that they buy straight from the source, as opposed to having a middle-person, which supposedly means even better than the standard fair-trade because the coffee growers get all the profit. what i don't understand is the standard that regulate this practice. i mean, w/ organic stuff, for instance, u could rely just how organic a produce is by who is giving them the stamps of approval. obviously there are still some more nuances behind it than that, but that's a simplest way of thinking about it. with 'buying straight from the coffee-grower', how would i know that a)they actually did that b) who is setting the pricing c) that they are also actually 'organic' and 'shade-grown'. i mean, w/ bridgehead for instance, they may be using a middle-person, but at least they are under fair-trade certification process that consumers could potentially hold accountable if needs be.
i realize that this ramblings/questions can seem so stupid and pretentious, but i guess if i am going to actually buy the whole fair-trade stuff, i might as well know all of the implications too. plus, ottawa is so fucking dismal that when a new coffee shop opens, it kind of warms my heart a little. i am just confused about the whole new 'better than fairtrade' concept, and wants to clarify it a little. plus, i don't exactly want to ask these questions to the coffee shops ppl themselves, 'cuz they could potentially think that i think that they're lying to me, which is bad, right?
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