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Ampersand’s Sourcing Standards


Women Coffee Growers

Why is Fair Trade Important?

Fair Trade Certified coffee guarantees farmers a minimum price, which acts as a safety net when prices drop. This gives Fair trade coffee farmers the security that they will receive a price that covers their average cots of sustainable production. Beyond the price, cooperatives are paid a Premium which they invest in projects that benefit their communities, improve their businesses & protect their environment.

Did you know?

Because of a lack of communication & infrastructure in Coffee Growing countries, coffee farmers have often been paid less than 25 cents per pound for their harvested coffee.

This has resulted in generational poverty in coffee lands & threatens the future of coffee.

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Organic Coffee

Organic is an agricultural system & Standard which Began in the EARLY 20th century.
Organic farming relies on fertilizers of organic origin such as compost manure, green manure, & bone meal. Organic not only prohibits synthetic Substances but ENCOURAGES & STANDS FOR techniques such as crop rotation, companion planting. Biological pest control, mixed cropping & the fostering of insect predators. What you can count on with Organic Coffee is organic standards are designed to allow the use of naturally occurring substances..

Smithsonian Bird Friendly

With irresponsible widespread clear cutting for full sun coffee plantations, it is imperative to protect the tropical forest that remains & rehabilitate degraded ecosystems. Every cup of Bird Friendly coffee you drink encourages more farmers to grow in the shade, which is good for birds & for people.

First the coffee is certified organic, which means managing a healthy soil base & applying no harmful pesticides to the coffee that could otherwise runoff into streams & rivers. This helps reduce the billions of pounds of noxious chemicals injected annually into natural ecosystems that support wildlife & communities.

This certification goes a step further, requiring a variety of native shade trees throughout the coffee plantation. Through decades of research, Smithsonian has learned the combination of foliage cover, tree height & diversity needed to provide suitable migratory bird habitat while maintaining productive farms. Producers must be re-certified every three years to ensure they continue to meet these requirements & can truly call themselves Bird Friendly.

This results in better-tasting coffee— its rich flavor comes from beans maturing slowly in the shade. Farmers protect water sources for their communities & sequester carbon by managing the forest-like system, which also provides a host of other products like cacao & spices. The premium prices they fetch for Bird Friendly coffee supports their families & local economies.

RFA: Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance launched the world’s first sustainable forestry certification program in 1989 to encourage market-driven & environmentally & socially responsible management of forests, tree farms, & forest resources. The organization helped to found the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the non-profit international body that manages the standard, in forestry operation that meet the FSC’s standards. The Rainforest Alliance has certified more than 113 million acred (45.9 million hectares) of forest worldwide, as of 2016, making it the largest FSC certifier of forestlands in the world.



How Does Ampersand support Women’s Empowerment?


We are PROUD to be partnered with the international women’s coffee alliance and cafe femenino, two
trail blazing organizations working hard for gender equality in THE coffeeLANDS.

Together we are supporting Women’s Empowerment while maintaining Incredibly high coffee standards.




International Women’s Coffee Alliance


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Cafe Femenino



Power to the women


Women make up more than 70% of the coffee farming work force
& are outnumbered 10-1 to men in actual ownership or positions of power on the farms.
In addition, Women only make up 3-20% of land owners in the developing world.

Statistically, women reinvest up to 90% of their income into the household, While men typically spend up to 25% of their income on consumables.

There are many challenges coffee farmers face, two of the largest being hunger & gender inequality.
We believe that through the empowerment of women coffee farmers, this will upwardly affect the coffee growing regions & communities all over the world.

This study explains how directly correlated ownership is to income, which leads to decision making & overall impact shining light on the gender equality gap in agricultural field.