Firestorm Cafe & Books is thrilled to announce the launch of a new partnership with fellow worker-cooperative Equal Exchange, the oldest and largest Fair Trade coffee company in the United States. Please join us on Monday, February 27th for a celebration, including free coffee all day.
We've been told for years that we serve some of the best coffee and espresso in town, so we don't take a change in beans lightly (no pun intended). Although Equal Exchange, a company firmly rooted in social movement, seemed like a natural choice for us philosophically, we spent nearly twelve months exploring the potential partnership, during which time we researched their business practices, sampled a wide array of their roasts and twice met with representatives from their cooperative. What we found was extremely exciting.
Founded with the goal of fostering a Fair Trade movement with teeth, Equal Exchange has been an unwaivering ally of small farmer co-operatives and sustainable farming around the world. Our new cooperative partners operate a market network of over two million producers, workers, investors, merchants, activists and consumers. Over the years they have used this standing to publicly speak out against agricultural child trafficking, push back against attacks on the organic certification standard and, most recently, take a lead role in opposing the dilution of the Fair Trade standard by domestic certifier Fair Trade USA.
But what about the beans? We know that all the values in the world won't make weak coffee taste strong at 7:30am on a Monday morning. We've got great news! You are going to love our new taste. Equal Exchange employs strict quality control, working on site with producers to develop rigorous cultivation standards while cupping each coffee throughout the production process. In fact, the average coffee roast will have been cupped by members of the Equal Exchange QC team 70 times before it arrives in your mug. Thanks to the work of our new partners, we're able to offer a house French Roast with a flavor profile familiar to our long-term patrons and, for the adventurous, a rotating light or medium roast from Equal Exchange's prestigious 61 Beans program.
Equal Exchange was recently named one of the world's "Most Democratic Workplaces" by WorldBlu and, like us, has publicly supported the #Occupy movement. It seems only fitting then that we should announce this partnership in 2012, a year that is being promoted by the United Nations and major cooperative federations as the International Year of the Cooperative. Please join us on Monday, February 27th to sample our new roasts and join the conversation!
April 25, 2015
We're Hiring! Have you ever wanted to own a bookstore or a cafe? Like a generous helping of egalitarianism in your workplace? Wake up every day hoping to challenge and be challenged? If so, read on!
March 19, 2015
Nueva Colaboración Our collective is thrilled to announce that we'll be launching a partnership with the Coalicion de Organizaciones Latino-Americanas (COLA) when we open the doors in West Asheville this Spring.
February 23, 2015
Call for Trade Skills In anticipation of our move into 610 Haywood Rd next month, we are seeking individuals with trade skills. If you have professional experience with carpentry, lighting design, plumbing or electrical work, please give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 3, 2015
Expansion Media Coverage Since announcing our new location on Haywood Road and launching our crowdfunding campaign two days ago, our co-operative has received some great local media attention!