We often get asked if our coffee beans are fair trade and/or organic. Our answer is always the same: yes and no. Some of our beans are fair trade certified, and some of our beans are organic certified. Some are both, and some are neither. I usually don’t take the time to explain why this is, because most people that ask aren’t particularly interested in a full-length discussion about coffee certifications, they just want to feel good about spending their money on our coffee. I understand this, but I also think it is high time that we have that discussion. What follows is a brief (very brief) overview of our take on “cause” coffee.