cooperatives Tag

National Cooperative Month is in full-swing and we're thrilled to feature one of our favorite local co-ops today. Peace Coffee is a staple here at Valley Natural Foods. You'll find bags of ground and whole bean varieties on our shelves but also freshly brewed in our Coffee & Juice Bar and inside our handcrafted espresso drinks. Cooperative Coffees Founded in 1996, it wasn't long before Peace Coffee joined the group Cooperative Coffees - a partnership of 20 different coffee-growing co-opers throughout Ethiopia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Rwanda. This cooperative is comprised of 23 community-based roasters in the US and Canada who are committed to building and supporting only fair and sustainable trade relationships to benefit farmers and their exporting co-ops, families, and communities throughout the world. Though Peace Coffee isn't a formal co-op itself (it's actually a B Corporation), it works directly