Why You Should Care About Where Your Coffee Comes From (PHOTOS)

Coffee is one of those things that a large majority of us feel like we can’t live without. We can barely get out of bed in the morning without it, but how much do we really know about the people who grow it? There are several reasons why I think you should care about where your coffee comes from. From the coffee hills of Burundi, here are some of the most important…


    When you know where your coffee comes from, you are helping to sustain coffee farming families and helping to eliminate poverty. The more speciality the coffee is, the more likely it is that the growers are benefiting.

  • WAR RECOVERY 2 of 7

    In countries like post-war Burundi, when you support their coffee you support the entire economy. Coffee is Burundi's number one export, when you support it you support the hope and restoration of a nation.


    The more detailed your coffee roaster is about WHERE they get their coffee, the more likely they are to care about who farmed it and to pass premiums on their growers. These premiums ensure farmers are not taken advantage of.

  • CONNECTION 4 of 7

    When your coffee shop connects with farmers, they begin to build a relationship that can provide entire communities with heath care, better education and clean water… just to name a few benefits.

  • IT’S ARTISINAL 5 of 7

    Producing great coffee is artisanal. If you buy mass produced coffee, you miss out on the opportunity to taste and experience a handcrafted product.

  • IT FEELS GOOD 6 of 7

    It feels good to know that your coffee came from, "The third hill on the left." It makes you feel even better when you can picture the farmer on that hill. As humans we crave connection with what we consume, that's why we love farmer's markets, right? When you drink coffee from a specific origin, you get connected. So we could almost argue that it's healthier for you ;)


    It's not hard to find growers and buyers at origin who maintain a social and environmental conscience. We are working with good practices that we keep improving on , and many other Burundi coffee producers are too.

Read more from Kristy Carlson at Long Miles Coffee Project. For daily updates of her adventures in Africa, be sure to follow her on FacebookTwitter and especially Instagram. 

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