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Common Good Coffee Roasters: More than just your daily coffee

You love their coffee but do you know their story?

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As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, we’re getting up close and personal with people and businesses connected to UC who are making the world a better (and fairer) place. Read on to learn about the people behind UCSA’s fair trade coffee supplier, Common Good Coffee – who are doing so much more than just good coffee!

So what makes Common Good Coffee so special?

On top of an epic roast and a 100% commitment to a fair trade supply chain, Common Good Coffee is using its profits for good in Aotearoa and around the world. From the fair trade principles behind their coffee supply, to the roasting of that same coffee right here in Christchurch, and the reinvestment of their profits into communities around the world, Common Good Coffee is a very, very good time. And the best bit is, all you have to do be a part of their story is simply drink their coffee!

The man behind your coffee addiction: Vernon roasts (and delivers) kilos of coffee each week to UC

So, about that coffee…

The coffee you’re sipping on has come a long way before the baristas at UC (and you) got their hot little hands on it. For example, the Ethiopian Sidamo coffee bean that makes up your brew has come all the way from the Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union of Ethiopia (OCFCU).

The Layo Teraga Cooperative in Southern Ethiopia (part of the OCFCU) currently has 1200 members and has maintained Fairtrade certification since 2009. Since becoming certified, the fair trade social premium has paid for depulping equipment, two transport trucks, and in 2010 the community was able to build an elementary school. Before this, the nearest school was a two hour walk away.

Common Good Coffee also contributed directly to the building of the elementary school – last year they donated $19,000 towards teacher’s accommodation, allowing itinerant teachers to spend less time travelling and more time teaching.

Elementary school - common goodTeacher’s accommodation in the Layo Teranga cooperative’s elementary school, Sidamo/Guji region, southern Ethiopia

But wait, there’s more!

Common Good ladies Kolkata

He aha te mea nui o te ao
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

What is the most important thing in the world?
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

Before, we mentioned that Common Good Coffee reinvested their profits into communities around the world. This is where the bigger picture stuff comes in: Common Good Coffee Roasters is actually part of a wider business called Common Good, based in Kolkata, India. Common Good has since created jobs for fifteen women to make products like bags and wristbands, which are proudly worn all around the world. Better still, 100% of the profits from Common Good are going directly to services like sanitation, clean water and education – meaning not only do fifteen women have dignified and meaningful work, but their families and communities are now able to make choices that weren’t available to them before.

And finally, they get local too

Just in case you thought they were done…

Addington Coffee Co-op

Common Good Coffee is roasted at Addington Coffee Co-op, 297 Lincoln Road (definitely worth checking out, make sure you go hungry), and they recently donated $100,000 to the local Addington Primary School. The Addington Te Kura Taumatua Whanua Room was funded by Common Good to grow community connections within the school, and is used by a diverse range of people from the school community.

whanau room

So, it’s more than just a cup of coffee! (but at the same time, it’s all about that cup of coffee…). And to think that every time you buy a Common Good Coffee from The Shilling Club, Cafe 1894 or Chilton’s, you’re actually directly contributing to all the above goodness…. who knew making good more common would be so easy?!

Want to know more about Common Good and what they’re doing locally and globally? Come and meet them at our annual Fair Trade Fair on Wednesday 14 August, 11am – 1pm in Haere-roa. We’ll be showcasing the incredible suppliers that make our Fair Trade University possible, and celebrate the impact they are having on communities around the world. See the Facebook event here for all the details.

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This is part of our contribution to Fairtrade Fortnight, where we encourage our UC community to get involved and support the empowerment of producers overseas. For more information on the fair trade movement, see the Fairtrade NZ website.

Fair Trade spreads across campus

We support Fair TradeGreat news! Café 101 and Reboot have joined the Fair Trade journey, meaning that anywhere on campus you choose to have your coffee or hot chocolate now, you’ll be helping to ensure workers in developing countries are receiving basic humanitarian services. Think – good health, clean water, decent wages and schooling for their children. All those things we just take for granted.


UC to become a Fair Trade University!

UC Council have approved UC to become a Fair Trade University! UC is committed to the principles and practices of being a socially responsible institution. Supporting Fair Trade growers and producers is an important way to demonstrate this and to encourage students to become aware of key global social and environmental issues.

One of the minimum requirements for accreditation is to supply Fair Trade beverages to staff via university kitchenettes. From 18 November, all new beverages (tea and coffee) purchased by UC must be Fair Trade.  A wide range of Fair Trade products are already available through OfficeMax and our suppliers would welcome feedback on expanding the range.

More information about Fair Trade and the process of UC becoming a Fair Trade campus can be found here.  Please send any questions that cannot be addressed through the FAQ page to procurement@canterbury.ac.nz.

Thank you for playing your part to make a difference to hundreds of vulnerable communities all over the world.

UCSA and Jailbreaker: A Fairtrade match made in coffee heaven

You love your coffee. But what you may not know, is that there is even more to love about Jailbreaker Coffee, UCSAs main coffee provider. This coffee is not just fairtrade, it is organic and locally roasted in Addington Coffee Co-op!

Jailbreaker, and their overarching company Liminal, is not about maximising profit but maximising impact.  So they redistribute 70% of the roastery profits towards developing a sustainable and viable livelihood for coffee producers overseas, and the remaining 30% is reinvested in the business. It’s not a matter of generosity, it’s about the profits of the business going back to the producers and communities to whom they really belong.

Inspired? Want to know more? John and Vernon from Jailbreaker will join us during our Fairtrade Market on the 18th of May, 12.30 – 1.30. They will share shots of cold brew Jailbreaker coffee over ice, but also highlight some of the single origins that they use and talk a little around the co-operative stories behind the coffee: a Congo bean Co-op, and a Guatemalan women’s Co-operative. Both co-operatives are doing great stuff in difficult social and political difficulties. They will also give away a Jail breaker t-shirt and a bag of coffee.

Jailbreaker til

What: Fairtrade Market – free coffee samples, free fairtrade banana icecreams and fairtrade clothing labels!

When: 18th May 12.30 – 1.30

Where: Undercroft

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