Did You Know?
Did you know that around 90% of coffee farming occurs in developing countries? In fact, of the more than 50 coffee growing countries in the world, only 3 or 4 of them are developed, depending on what numbers you use to determine if a country is developing.
Coffee needs to grow in warm climates at high altitudes, which limits the places where coffee can grow successfully to areas around the Equator. Coffee is mainly grown successfully in locations between latitudes 25° North and 30° South, an area that we refer to as the “Coffee Belt.” The majority of the countries within the coffee belt are still developing countries, and many people within those countries rely on the coffee business to support their family. In fact, it is estimated that over 25 million people work in the coffee industry worldwide, but some coffee farmers make as little as $500 in an entire year for their coffee.
The U.S. does grow coffee, but only in Hawaii, so most of our coffee is imported. In fact, the U.S. is the largest coffee importer in the world, with coffee being our most valuable food import, and our second largest commodity after oil! Little River sells coffee from 13 of the top 20 coffee exporting countries in the world, and three of those countries are home to one of our partner farms (Our forth partner farm is in Cameroon, which comes in at number 23 on the list). Little River’s goal is to make sure that the farmers who grow our coffee are paid fairly for their work, and with every partnership that we establish we are able to ensure just that! To learn more, please check out our Partner Farms page on our website, or visit our shop to see what other fairly traded options we have available.Coffee Perspective