Presbyterian Fair Trade Coffee Project
Great Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa for a Great Cause!
For over a decade Bower Hill Community Church has served Fair Trade coffee and tea during Fellowship Time and church events through the Presbyterian Fair Trade Coffee Project. The Presbyterian Fair Trade Coffee Project, in cooperation with other denominations and the Equal Exchange Cooperative, supports small-scale farmers by eliminating the many layers that traditionally siphon off profits from the people who actually grow the cocoa, coffee and teas. In addition, profits are redirected back to the farmers’ communities where they have a say in how the lives of their communities can best be improved. Through this cooperative model communities have built schools and health centers. PCUSA’s Enough for Everyone Program has collaborated with Equal Exchange since 2001.Through Equal Exchange, small scale farmers not only receive a significantly larger share of the profits, but also have a say in how the organization is run and where the cooperative profits are used. Communities decide whether their share of the profits will help build a school, a community health center or another community need. PCUSA’s Enough for Everyone Program has collaborated with Equal Exchange since 2001. Congregation members are also able to purchase this coffee, tea and cocoa.
If you haven’t been supporting this program, please consider purchasing some of our Fair Trade products. Coffee is $8.00 per 12 ounce bag or box of 12 single serve cups. We have two varieties of regular and one decaf coffee available. There are four types of teas (green tea, earl grey, English breakfast, and rooibos teas) which are $4.00 for a box of 20 tea bags and our organic cocoa is $6.00 per can. Each Sunday the Equal Exchange cart is located on the way from the sanctuary to Fellowship Hall. We operate on the honor system for payment. Pick up your coffee, tea, or cocoa and place your check or cash in the offering plate marked “Coffee/Tea/Cocoa” or drop it off in the office if you happen to be at church during the week. Many thanks to all who have supported this project! Fair Trade products are a great way to help small scale farmers around the world support their families with pride and dignity.