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The range of Alter Eco’s coffees.

Alter Eco’s coffees are made from pure Arabica coffee beans, with diverse characters, linked to their origins. Organic, they provide superb aroma and balance; some delicate, some full-bodied. Picked at the heights of lands in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the beans that make up Alter Eco cafes are an invitation to rediscover authentic flavours and pure thoughts. But they are also treasures from lands full of history, embodying millennia of hope, now necessary more than ever, to rebuild the destruction of recent times.

Coffee is the flagship of fair trade. The South American farmers are emblematic of the struggle that producers worldwide face for their survival, dignity, destiny and autonomy. The fact that coffee is the second most heavily traded commodity in the world after oil explains why the ability for producers to obtain a fair financial return for their crops places so much at stake locally as well as globally. Twenty to twenty-five million families depend on coffee around the world. Most of them receive, for their crop, a price below their cost of production. In the period from 1990 to 2003, while sales of products on the coffee market in the North increased from 30 to 80 billion Euros, incomes of exporting countries rose from 5.5 to just 12 billion Euros. With each cup of coffee we drink we should be reminded of the role that each of us plays in the horrendous gaps in wealth that remain in our world.

"The prolonged crisis in the coffee markets has resulted in the destruction of the livelihood of more than 20 million households in areas where coffee production by small-hold land owners is a source of capital income"
Global Report on Human Development - UNDP 2005