Blog

14 Aug 2015

A price increase on our signature product is typically not the way to thank our patrons for 20 years of loyalty.  So, needless to say the decision for a coffee price increase was not taken lightly.

Our coffees are purchased largely from small-scale Indigenous co-ops committed to organic farming, with whom we have maintained long-term relationships for several years.  The prices we negotiate with our partners come from an understanding of the quality of bean we are looking for, and the price the co-op requires to cover the costs of production, meet the needs of the farm families, and invest in their communities.  For example, the typical price per pound for fair trade organic green coffee beans is US $1.90/lb.  The average price that Just Us! pays is close to US $3.05 per pound.

We visit our producer co-ops regularly to discuss costs of production, increased costs of living, as well as other increased costs based on community projects. The reality...

11 Apr 2014
So Long East Coast Organic Milk Just Us! is incredibly disappointed that East Coast Organic Milk has been unable to make a successful business. If policy-makers and marketing boards could have been more supportive it may have actually worked. You can listen to ECO Milk dairy producer, Frazer Hunter...
04 Apr 2014
Having just returned from my trip to Sumatra, I’ve had an opportunity to mull over the curiosity that is Sumatra. Most of our partnerships with small farmers are in Latin America so it’s certainly thought provoking to explore a completely different coffee growing culture that exists on...
28 Mar 2014
I was about to submit a blog entry about our recent trip to Sumatra but when this letter came to my inbox last night I felt immediately it would have to take priority. UCIRI Co-op, of Oaxaca Mexico, is one of our longest standing producer partners in Latin America and our co-founders, Jeff and Deb...
12 Mar 2014
Just Us! is always working to remove unnecessary pieces of the coffee buying chain. Last year we purchased nearly 80% of our coffee (by weight) directly from about 70% of our relationships. That’s 11 out of 16 co-ops. By "directly" we mean we negotiate our own contract directly with...
26 Feb 2014
This year, Just Us! Coffee Roasters is celebrating women in agriculture.  Over the course of the years and many visits to producer cooperatives with whom we partner in the Global South, we have witnessed the role of women in all the stages of coffee production.  Their hard work is...