Gelpo Coffee provides access to coffees with several different certifications. At this time we have access to: Fair Trade, UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance, C.A.F.E. Practices and USDA Organic.
Fairtrade is an alternative to conventional trade which is based on the consumers’ support of the growers. Its main purpose is to reduce poverty by paying on the international markets, a fair price to the farmers. Fairtrade International (FLO) is a certification available only to cooperatives of small holder farmers.
Under the Fair Trade USA seal it is possible to certify independent farmers with individual farms.
The standards of this certification have been designed to mitigate the imbalance of power in the trade relations, the instability of the markets and the injustices of conventional trade.
UTZ Certified coffee guarantees sustainable agriculture and better opportunities for growers, their communities and the planet. It teaches good agricultural practices and takes care of families and of the environment.
Through the UTZ program farmers obtain better crops, generate more income and create better development opportunities while they protect the environment and natural resources.
The Rainforest Alliance certification alleviates the consequences to the growers of market fluctuations, helping them to manage their farms better and helping them to obtain credit and better access to markets.
By implementing the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), the growers can control their costs and improve the quality of their crops.
Conservation of biodiversity is one of the key points of this certification. Well managed coffee farms make an important contribution to the life of hundreds of animal and plant species. The forests that provide shade to the coffee are of great importance to migrant birds that travel enormous distances and find food and refuge in these forests. The implementation of Rainforest Alliance certification guarantees that the coffee farms preserve their natural habitat as well as other environmental benefits which also improve the life of the farmers.
C.A.F.E. Practices (Coffee and Farmer Equity Practices) is a program for buying green coffee developed by Starbucks in collaboration with Conservation International and SCS Global Services. It encompasses more than 200 social, economical and environmental indicators. It takes into account all parties involved from the grower to the consumer. It was created to evaluate, recognize and reward the producers of sustainable high quality coffees.
Coffees with this certification are produced following the standards of the United States of America USDA National Organics Program which limits the use of pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers. These plantations have to be distant from non-organic farms to avoid contamination. It is necessary to maintain a program to prevent erosion of the soils among other criteria for sustainable agriculture.
By using the seal of certification, producers can obtain a higher price on the market, specifically in the worldwide niche for organic products.