Chris Mallinos: When is "Fair Trade" Really Fair Trade?: "In grocery stores and shopping malls across the country, products of every kind are competing for your conscience. &..."
This was a great post from another blog that was worth a read.
We often discuss the fact that our main coffee supplier doesn't have a certification of fair trade with our customers. They are too small at this point to be able to afford that process however they are as fairly traded as can be. In fact they are what we call direct trade. They ship the beans from their own family's farm and over the years a few of the other families in the village in Nicaragua have began to work with them to provide the best possible quality coffee with prices set by the farmers themselves. Check them out if you've got a chance - it's an inspiring story.