I've written a little bit in the past about our efforts to switch over to more fair trade products and Michele's recent posts on the subject got me thinking that it's time for an update from here.
I've succeeded in switching us over to fair trade coffee and yes, it's a bit more expensive. And, no, we don't like "a bit more expensive" any more than anyone else does.
disliking the price has tremendous value to me: it reminds me of how much work goes into creating my daily cups of coffee. And all that work should cost me something. It costs the people who grow and produce it, and therefore, it should cost me. When I moan and groan about having to take on another car payment to replace poor, old Putty, I need to be reminded that, in reality, globally, universally, spiritually speaking, I am a rich American.
And, really, it's not that it's that expensive. It's just more than the stuff I've been buying at the grocery store.
My current favorite is from Dean's Beans (I'm particularly fond of Mud Pie and French Vanilla Kiss) though I've also enjoyed the coffees from A Greater Gift.
I believe that finding out more about where the things I consume come from (and under what conditions they are produced) is integral to my faith and to the commitment of the Catholic Church to social justice.
And, thanks to my friend, Jean, I have a couple bars of fair trade chocolate waiting for me, too (I know you gave me at least five or six bars, Jean ... what can I say? Good stuff goes fast around here ....)