Fair Trade Organic Coffee
A family friend used to wake up early every morning to pray, read the Bible and drink his coffee. This was a time when God’s Spirit would speak, encourage and inspire. Then one day he switched to decaffeinated coffee at which point we wondered, “what happened to the Holy Spirit?” But, of course, we know that the Holy Spirit isn't in coffee... right?
Gateway serves fair trade organic coffee that we purchase through Equal Exchange Coop, which works directly with democratically organized groups of small-scale farmers in South America, Africa and Asia.
Working directing with these farmers enables them to use safe and sustainable farming and labor practices while getting a fair price (above market value) for their crops. These practices, business connections and increased economic benefits are helping these farmers, families and communities to break out of a dehumanizing cycle of injustice and poverty.
Jesus once read from the prophet Isaiah: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." (Luke 4:18-19).
Sounds a bit like maybe the Holy Spirit is in the coffee after all.