Peace Coffee's mission is to make exceptional-tasting, organic fair-trade coffee that sustains the livelihoods of the people who grow, roast, and sell it; preserves and protects the environment that produces it; and delights the taste buds of those who drink it.
The story goes that Peace Coffee was born out of late-night conversations between our parent organization, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), and a group of Mexican farmers. One thing led to another and soon IATP was the serendipitous founder of a fair trade coffee company.
The year was 1996, coffee prices were at all-time lows, and fair trade certification had yet to make its way to the U.S. Since then, the challenges facing coffee farmers continue to evolve and we continue to lead the way in finding innovative, collaborative solutions to those problems in partnership with coffee growers.
From that first 38,000 pounds of Mexican coffee, the company has grown dramatically; what has remained is our uncompromising commitment to coffee farmers and to innovation in trade. While many companies source their beans via a broker's cupping table, having gone straight to the source the first time, we couldn't imagine doing it another way. To further those goals, we co-founded an importing co-op, Cooperative Coffees, to allow us to buy our fair trade, organic beans directly from the farmers who grow them.
We travel regularly to origin to visit the growers we work with. Knowing the hard work that goes into each step of the coffee's processing as it travels towards us inspires each of us to do our best every day. The efforts of everyone who roasts, packages, and delivers our beans are focused on highlighting and preserving the best in each unique coffee. Our crew of dedicated baristas at our Wonderland Park location completes our supply chain, ushering our stewardship of the bean to its conclusion: a finely crafted cup.
As we move forward and grow, we’re eager to continue coffee's centuries-old tradition as a centerpiece of conversation and community.
We believe that exceptional-tasting coffee is the result of collaboration. We work with our partners from bean to brew to create outstanding coffees.
We believe in supporting the communities that support us. We trade fairly, pay small-scale farmers industry-leading prices, and pay our staff a living wage. Peace Coffee was founded as a project of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and a portion of our profits support their programs fostering sustainable food, farm, and trade systems.
We believe in minimizing our impact on the planet. We buy only organic coffee and we place a high value on our producer-partners’ land stewardship. In our own operations, we strive to be as efficient and earth-friendly as possible.
We believe that companies should be open and honest about the way they do business. We regularly exchange information and share resources with our partners, from farmers to coffee drinkers. We offer diverse opportunities for people to see the faces, places and certifications behind their favorite brew.
We believe that organizations function best when they reflect more than one person or identity — much like coffee tastes best when it contains a complex array of flavors. We encourage all our employees to contribute their unique voices and styles to our operation, and we foster a workplace that is diverse, positive, respectful, and participatory.
Where can you find EcoBonus stamps on packages of Peace Coffee?
The 12-digit EcoBonus code appears on the front of specially marked packages of Peace Coffee products.
Peace Coffee participating products include:
Peace Coffee in Action: Commit to Your Beans
Did You Know?
Peace Coffee’s delivery bikers ride enough miles in one year to get from the Peace Coffee roaster in south Minneapolis all the way to Sydney, Australia—that’s half way around the globe.