Coffee industry

Coffee Industry
5:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Coffee Farmers: Why An Extra 20 Cents Per Pound Of Coffee Matters

From left to right, coffee farm workers Norman Gonzalez, Elio Machado, Marcos Camilo and Erwin Ochoa are seen.
Ashley Gross

Marcos Camilo of Brazil had never been on a plane before he flew to Seattle this past weekend. In fact, he’d never even seen the ocean. Now he’s seen the Pacific — something he never imagined.

Camilo was one of thousands of people from the coffee industry who convened at a conference to discuss a variety of topics, from roasting techniques to latte art. He was one of four farm workers from Central and South America joined them to pitch the benefits of buying beans that are Fair Trade-certified.

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