UDS offers fair trade, organic and rainforest alliance coffees and espresso drinks in restaurants and coffee shops on campus. These coffees and teas are served at our Starbucks, Java City, Dunn Bros., and Caribou Coffee locations.
What is Fair Trade Coffee?
Fair trade coffee is purchased directly from the growers for a higher price than standard coffee.The purpose of fair trade is to promote healthier working conditions and greater economic incentive for producers.
What is Rainforest Alliance Coffee?
The Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers into sustainable practices.
What is Organic Coffee?
Coffee that has been grown according to organic farming standards and techniques, without the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.
What is CityKid Java Coffe?
CityKid Java coffee pays more than fair trade prices for the coffee so that families in coffee growing communities benefit as well as kids in our community. Preserving the integrity of coffee means more than just bringing you the best flavor experience; it means having respectful relations with farmers and their communities. Green beans are roasted and cupped upon arrival to ensure the consistency and quality of every batch. Whenever possible, CityKid purchases beans that are grown in the shade and processed without chemicals.
In 2012, University Dining Services purchased 66,642 pounds of Fair Trade coffee, 4,626 pounds of sustainable CityKid Java coffee, 14,814 pounds of Rainforest Alliance coffee, and 308 pounds of Fair Trade tea.