Coffee grows in more than fifty countries. It provides employment for around 25 million people – from tiny family run farms in African countries to giant mechanized estates in Brazil. Over two-thirds of the world’s coffee comes from farms of less than twenty acres where the steep slopes and remote forest areas necessitates that people, not machines, pick the coffee. Picking the beans is hard, physical work. A picker can often harvest around 55 pounds of green beans each day. Fair-trade coffee is not valued according to commodity market prices, which are often well below the costs of production. Rather, fair-trade coffee reflects an artificial floor price that guarantees farmers a living wage. Guaranteeing a floor price for coffee benefits small independent growers directly. Supporting fairly traded coffees means that you are helping improve the roaster-producer relationship, which brings developing world coffee farmers out of poverty. Fair-trade organic coffees guarantee fair wages and democratic working conditions for coffee farmers all over the world.