Pushing 3rd wave's call for fairer labor, environmental and social practices in the specialty coffee world, I am opening this thread to specifically discuss and recommend exceptionally committed roasters that are putting out amazing beans. A great example would be Olympia Coffee, recommended to me by @Stanford55 this roaster is a B Corp and clearly goes far above the norm to better the livelihood of the farmers as well as the environment. Their good practices consist of:
1. Certified B Corporation https://www.olympiacoffee.com/blogs/blog/olympia-coffee-is-now-a-certified-b-corporation
2. Fair for All Program + True Direct Trade partnerships (verifiable) http://fairforall.coffee
3. Pursuit of Organic farming and other environmentally responsible practices
By today, a lot of coffees are certified by the Rain Forest Alliance, Fair Trade and some have organic certifications; a lot of roasters also show pictures of farmers in their websites and present their bean offers with names of such farms, which is great, however this doesn't speak directly to the roasters principles directly as in many cases the beans they buy from traders come with this certification and they are not fully committed to just working with coffees that are know to embody fairer farming practices. Adding to this, many small farmers are not able to afford the cost of certifications, thus only the larger ones make it to this market even though their practices could meet or exceed the standards requested. In short a marketing a certification is not enough a commitment to qualify for this thread, even Starbucks does it
What other roasters do you know that deserve a mention and which beans from them would you recommend?