Just Coffee Cooperative is a worker-owned coffee roaster dedicated to creating and expanding a model of trade based on transparency, human dignity and environmental sustainability. We build long-term relationships with small-scale coffee growers to bring you a truly incredible cup of coffee. Our farmer-partners work incredibly hard.
We started Just Coffee Cooperative to work with Zapatista coffee farmers in Chiapas, MX when coffee prices were at an all time low. After meeting and getting close to some radical farm families we saw that the coffee market was doing them wrong. Returning to Madison we thought that it would be easy to get local roasters and regional importers to partner up with these folks. Turns out it was not.
When we went back to Chiapas we walked to a fiesta nestled in a tiny hamlet in the mountains of Southern Mexico. We had no good news for the farmers there. “It’s alright because YOU can buy our beans then you can roast and sell it” the president of their new co-op said. And we agreed due to positive peer pressure and an intense desire to make a difference.
Back in Madison we became “reluctant entrepreneurs” trying to organize Just Coffee as people who had absolutely no business training. We thumbed our noses at anything that smelled of standard business practices. The approach did not always work well, but it sometimes worked brilliantly.
Every time we buy something we support the system that was used to get it to us. We want to get you the best tasting cup of coffee imaginable and to transparently show you where it came from, who grew it, and how your choice affects them in a real way. Through a total commitment to complete quality– from the farmer to final cup– we continue to redefine how the coffee industry can work.
Thanks for supporting all of us. Now let’s drink some coffee.