The Presbyterian Coffee Project is an innovative way to reach out to small-scale farmers in the developing world while enjoying fellowship and an excellent cup of coffee. As Christians we can address a consumer dilemma by buying coffee that is fairly traded. Presbyterian congregations that participate are supporting practices which help farmers in Latin America, Africa and Asia earn a fairer share of income, obtain access to credit and technical support, and gain a trading partner they can trust, a fair trade organization called Equal Exchange.
Being a good steward and a lover of good coffee co-exist wonderfully when you drink a cup of Equal Exchange."
- Pastor Paul Lang, Peace Presbyterian Church, Winterville, NC
In your congregation, a women's group, youth group, mission committee or peace and justice committee might sponsor the Presbyterian Coffee Project. Then, as your congregation enjoys this high-quality coffee, take time to learn more about its impact on the people who grow it. Read about coffee farmers and the ways in which the church is helping people like them. Discuss issues of justice in the global marketplace and take action in the spirit of love. Long-term congregational commitment has sustained Presbyterian and ecumenical ministries of relief and development for more than 50 years. With such commitment, we can also make a difference in this new way.
For more information, visit http://ww.pcusa.org/coffee, call 1-888-728-7228 x5626 or write the Presbyterian Church (USA) at 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202-1396.
Join our Interfaith partners who support Authentic Fair Trade.
How to Order
ON THE WEB:
The easiest way to order for your congregation, office , or organization is on the web at the Equal Exchange Web Store.
BY MAIL OR FAX:
Download an order form for the Presbyterian Coffee Project (in pdf format)
To receive an order form and information in the mail, email your address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What You Can Do
- Serve fairly traded coffee, tea and cocoa at church events and during fellowship hour, and make it available to members for home use.
- Offer gift baskets of fairly traded products for new members, holiday presents, or other occasions.
- Create fundraising projects offering fairly traded coffee, tea, cocoa or chocolate.
- Discuss Fair Trade issues in Sunday school and study groups. Provide local businesses with information about offering fairly traded coffee from Equal Exchange.
- Order additional resources. For copies of the Presbyterian Coffee Project brochure, call 1-800-524-2612 and request PDS#74365-04-316. Table tents, posters and other educational materials are available from Equal Exchange or by calling 1-888-728-7228 x5626.