Where our beans come from is very important to us here at Tim Peaks. We strive to find the best quality beans from across the globe to produce our delicious coffee, sourced from the best small scale Fairtrade farms.
By buying from these small farms, supported by the Fairtrade Foundation, we ensure the farmers are paid a fair and stable price whilst empowering them and their workers.
In addition there are many local, social and economic projects funded by the Fairtrade Foundation improving education, local facilities and independence.
Tim Peaks coffee is a blend of Fairtrade beans sourced from Uganda, Costa Rica, Brazil & Ethiopia and then bought together by Glasgow based blender, Kava Espresso to produce a unique, medium strength blend of smooth, perky coffee.
As one of our farmers, Gerado Camacho said, “without Fairtrade, we probably would have gone out of business during the coffee crisis”. Gerado grew up on a coffee farm and worked from 10 years old, barely receiving an education like his father before him and living in poor and often dangerous conditions.
“WHEN WE FIRST SPOKE ABOUT TIM PEAKS COFFEE, THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR WAS THAT IT WAS FAIRTRADE. THERE WAS JUST NO POINT OTHERWISE. IT’S BEEN BRILLIANT FINDING OUT ABOUT ALL THE FARMS AND CO-OPERATIVES. IT WAS A BIG MOMENT WHEN WE SAW A PHOTO OF GERARDO IN COSTA RICA WITH SOME OF THE BEANS THAT WERE ON THEIR WAY TO US”
Farmers are given support in the skills required to produce organic fertilizers and not use chemicals.
Fairtrade and the safety net of prices has meant a more stable income for his family and his own three children receive a better education due to the educational and social programmes funded by Coocafe
Small coffee farmers are taught how to work in a sustainable way that is friendly towards the local environment and wildlife.
Coocafe and Copracel are Fairtrade certified coffee producing organisations in Central & South America ensuring fair and stable prices for their farmers, often up to five times that of coffee that is not certified by Fairtrade.
The Fairtrade premium has enabled these organisations to implement various social and economic projects such as: nutritional programmes. Working with schools to improve food education and school meals; supporting clean water supplies and the introduction of septic tanks to local villages and promoting programmes to improve the skills of the women who work in the fields and boost their self esteem regarding their value on the farms.
Fairer trading conditions and empowering producers to combat poverty, strengthen their position in world markets and ultimately allow farmers to take more control over their lives is something we at Tim Peaks fully support through our coffee production.