Good coffee, clear conscience

Shouldn't the dollars you spend support the values you believe in?

handful of coffee beansFortunately, when it comes to the morning cup of coffee so many of us love, it's easier to put your money where your conscience is than with any other commodity. (Just try to find a gas station that can certify that the gasoline you're putting in your tank isn't linked to environmental disasters or labor abuses halfway around the world.)

With coffee, you can pay a little more and know the grower is getting a minimum price or be sure you're helping preserve winter habitat for some of the same songbirds that will show up next summer in your back yard.

But to do that, you have to understand the certifications and labels. That's the purpose of this site: to help you understand what they mean, in about the time it takes to enjoy a mug or two of good coffee.