Community Funded Coffee
You’ve just made the first steps towards joining a collective eager to build equity into the coffee supply system.
When you purchase a subscription to Community Funded Coffee (CFC), you are purchasing coffee from farmers in community with others. The subscription is based on a model being used by agricultural communities around the world. Supporting farmers together means that your coffee purchase directly benefits farmers we partner with—their crops, their families, their livelihoods. Committing to the interconnectedness between us as consumers and those producing coffee can help us understand how local choices can impact global communities.
You may have heard of a produce CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), where community members can partner with produce farmers to buy shares of their harvest in exchange for shares of the bounty of vegetables, fruits, and herbs that they grow. Similarly, Community Funded Coffee (CFC) offers you a way to connect to coffee farmers, pre-financing a portion of their crop to cover production costs with a good profit margin and to minimize risk for the farmer. In exchange you will receive high-quality coffee that you’ll love drinking. You’ll receive a monthly newsletter that will provide you with an in-depth tour of the farm, introduce the farmer who is growing the coffee, and will keep you informed about the status of your share and insight into the workings of our global food system.
Under the current system of global coffee trade the earnings made from growing and selling coffee do not ensure a profit is made. In other words, coffee farmers often receive less than their cost of production (i.e., breaking even). CFC is born from our Cost of Production Covered Project, which has campaigned to educate coffee drinkers and buyers about the volatility of the industry while actively securing a profit for farmers. CFC takes it to the next level through financially investing in the coffee harvest through the model of a CSA. Each subscriber to CFC is directly contributing to the success of a farmer’s business. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about who raises the coffee that goes into your morning cup, you’re in the right place.
Step 1: Choose your preferred share size for the duration of the three month quarter.
The share sizes can be small, medium, and large. The small share receives one 12oz bag per month for three months. The medium share receives two 12oz bags per month for three months. The large share receives three 12oz bags per month for three months. Check out our share size guide on our FAQ page.
Step 2: Choose whether or not you would like us to grind your coffee for you.
Step 3: Choose the quantity of subscriptions that you would like.
The quantity is not the total number of bags that you will receive, rather it is the number of small, medium, or large subscriptions you will receive.
Step 4: Add the subscription to the cart and check out.
When you choose "CFC Subscription Flat Rate Shipping" you are choosing to have your monthly share shipped to your address. Shipping costs for the three months are combined in the total shipping cost. When you choose "CFC Subscription Local Pickup" you are choosing to pick up your share each month at Guilder (2393 NE Fremont St. Suite B., Portland, OR, 97212), so shipping will be listed as "free".
While your coffee is being raised, harvested, milled, imported, roasted, and shipped (depending on when you subscribe this can take 3-6 months), our monthly newsletter will keep you up to date on the status of your share, along with plenty of great information to connect you more deeply with where your coffee comes from. Check out estimated sign-up and delivery windows on our FAQ page.
*This project is made possible by Oatly's Big Idea Grant for the 2021-2022 pilot year. After the first year of the project, the concept will be available to other roasters to implement in their own communities.