Fair Trade & Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee

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What does Fair Trade Certified mean?

Fair Trade Certified coffee improves the lives of our family farmers by guaranteeing fair prices, safe labor conditions, and protection of the environment. We buy directly from small growers in Colombia, which enables them to earn higher incomes, invest in the quality of their product, and build thriving communities for generations to come.

rainforest-alliance-certified-seal-lgWhat does Rainforest Alliance Certified mean?

Buying coffee with the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal supports a healthier planet and an improved quality of life for farming communities. Rainforest Alliance Certified farms support a healthy environment, promote the well­ being of workers and their communities and ensure efficient farm methods. Farm workers benefit from safe working conditions, enjoy dignified housing and medical care, and access to schools for their children. Certification ensures the protection of ecosystems, including wildlife habitat, water and soil.

 

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Goal: Lifepack Colombian Coffee

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Right now, the packaging for our Colombian coffee does not use Lifepack packaging; therefore, it is not plantable. This means that the coffee bag that is used often ends up in a landfill.

However, we have plans to change this. We want to ensure that this coffee fits with our socially responsible and ecologically sustainable business model.  The way to do this is to make the coffee bag both biodegradable and plantable.

Soon, once you finish your bag of delicious Lifepack Colombian coffee, you will be able to plant it, thus reducing the amount of waste! This bag will be able to grow into a new plant that you can water and watch germinate, which is a greater alternative than ending up in a landfill.

 

 

 

Where Is Our Colombian Coffee Sold?

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Currently, our Colombian coffee is sold in Create Space and at local farmers’ markets.

Create Space

Create Space is a 501(c)(3) non-profit incubator dedicated to birthing, growing, and sustaining CREATIVE product businesses with the potential of national growth.  It consists of 18 small businesses, and we are one of them. This is a great space because it is conveniently located in the middle of the Delmar Loop in St. Louis, MO. Not only do we sell Colombian coffee there, but also Lifepack tableware sets, pens, and bracelets. Our products are always available here, and this space is open Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 8 pm. For more information, please visit http://www.createspacestl.com/.

Farmers Markets

We are at various farmers’ markets across the St. Louis area every weekend. Please refer to our Facebook page to see which ones we are at each week. Here is a list of some farmers’ markets that we frequent:

Tower Grove Farmers’ Market

Tower Grove Farmers’ Market is a 501(c)(3) corporation with a wide variety of local produce, meats and other local food products. We sell our Colombian coffee here as well as our Lifepack food packaging products. This farmers’ market occurs every Saturday from Mid-April through November from 8 am – 12 pm. For more information, please visit http://www.tgmarket.org/.

Lake St. Louis Farmers’ and Artists’ Market

Lake St. Louis Farmers’ and Artists’ Market is a farmers’ market that is at the Meadows in Lake St. Louis. We also sell our Colombian Coffee and our Lifepack food packaging products here. This farmers’ market occurs every Saturday 8 am – 1 pm April through November. For more information, please visit http://www.lakestlouisfarmersandartistsmarket.com/.

Schlafly Farmers’ Market

Schlafly Farmers’ Market is a farmers’ market that is located in Maplewood. We also sell our Colombian Coffee and our Lifepack food packaging products here. The market is open every Wednesday 4-7pm April through October. For more information, please visit  http://www.schlaflyfarmersmarket.com/.

Webster Groves Farmers’ Market

Webster Groves Farmers’ Market is a farmers market that occurs at the Gazebo Park in Old Orchard in Webster Groves. We sell our Colombian Coffee and our Lifepack food packaging products here, too. The market is open every Thursday from 3 – 6:30 pm May through October. For more information, please visit http://www.webstergrovesfarmersmarket.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

Why Colombian Coffee?

As mentioned in the previous post, Lifepack owners Claudia Barona and Andres Benavides are originally from Colombia, and moved to the US in 2014 to grow their food and beverage packaging business. When they realized that they had the opportunity to share a part of their home country’s culture with everyone, they started to sell their Colombian coffee.

Savanna style location map of Colombia.Some people say that Colombian coffee is the highest quality coffee in the world. This is because the coffee comes from 100% Arabica beans that are grown on the mountains of Colombia. To guarantee unsurpassed flavor, aroma and uniformity, farmers pick the coffee beans only went they reach the intense red color that indicates the highest development of flavors. The beans we use are hand-picked, wash-processed and sun-dried so that the resulting green coffee can be sorted and roasted to perfection.

 

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Who Are We?

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Lifepack’s co-founders Andres Benavides and Claudia Barona recently moved Cali, Colombia, to St. Louis, MO, after winning an Arch Grant in 2014 for their business. Lifepack is a company that produces 100% biodegradable and plantable food and beverage packaging. Since moving to the US, Andres and Claudia have won numerous awards for their socially responsible and ecologically sustainable business, including  the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Immigrant-Owned Small Business of the Year 2016. For more information about Lifepack, please visit http://www.papelyco.com/.

Hoping to expand their business ventures in the US, Claudia and Andres saw a need for something they missed from home: Colombian coffee. By maintaining good relationships with the farmers from home who would provide them with the raw materials to make their Lifepack products, Claudia and Andres were able to bring their favorite Colombian coffee beans to the US, where they are now available for sale.