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The best coffee is small coffee.
Small Axe Coffee is dedicated to keeping it that way.
We believe the coffee you drink should come from local (as local as possible) small batch roasters, who care about what's in your cup.
In the tradition of the small axe I offer you what it means to keep coffee small, enjoyable, affordable, and accessible while maintaining a commitment to values that make the world a better place.
For the last 50 years, most of the coffee available in North America was roasted in gigantic batches from lots of questionable quality, ground, and vacuum packed. Even the best preground coffee becomes trash shortly after opening. Roasting at home or buying from small batch roasters give you access to better beans and fresher coffee.
Support the Local Economy
Whether it's a local farmer, retailer, or coffee roaster, buying local means strengthening the community. Buying coffee from a giant producer like Folgers doesn't benefit your community unless you live where they produce. Buying from Starbucks is just unconscionable to many (I won't touch this here).
The further your coffee has to be drive or flown to get to you, the more carbon you'll be burning. If you don't live in Asia, Africa, or Central America (or a couple of islands) your coffee travels thousands of miles before it's roasted. Don't make it travel any further.
Save the Whales
Okay maybe not the whales, but consider the birds and other ecosystems that exist where coffee is grown. If you can find it, consider buying coffee that's been shade-grown or has been grown in a way that minimizes its impact on the immediate environment.
Do Unto Others
In order for us to drink the highest quality coffee, we need to support the production of high quality beans. There is no better way to do this than to compensate the farmers producing it. A growing number of distributors and roasters are sourcing their beans directly from farmers and are compensating them with better than average pay. If you agree, pay more for fair trade. When we say more, we mean pennies more. Buy your coffee someplace where the barristi and employees are treated well.
In order to produce coffee en masse, many growers will use chemicals to fertilize plants and deter pests. Even if these chemicals only make it into your cup in small amounts, they aren't good for you. Organic farmers don't use these...so if you don't want chemicals in your cup, insist it's organic.