I’m pretty much held upright by the stuff, but I’d never thought too long and hard about how it gets to me. First I drink the coffee, then I do the things. Easy.
That changed when I travelled to Ethiopia for this month’s cover story. To move through villages built upon beans, to meet the people – women mostly – who work themselves to the bone for what is, in many cases, a meagre living, leaves you with much to ponder, but most prominent is a desire to buy as ethically as you can going forward. Which is where our cover star, Garfield, comes in.
His coffee shop in Dubai is one of a number of local businesses built upon trading directly and fairly with farmers and craftsmen in developing nations (from p21). Nowadays, whether your poison is coffee or chocolate, or even homewares, there’s a firm here that’ll hook you up while lifting up others less fortunate. And we’ll certainly clink a coffee cup to that...