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How do you take your coffee? Professor Oana Branzei explains why most say "socially aware"

  • Financial Post
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  • Aug 4, 2014
How do you take your coffee? Professor Oana Branzei explains why most say "socially aware"

Sustainability Professor Oana Branzei explains why 'fair trade' is no longer a differentiator in the coffee market.

“There is no coffee shop that is not a social enterprise,” she told the Financial Post. “Look at Starbucks and the way it competes by promoting the care it takes in sourcing and its social missions. When you choose a specific brew you are choosing a specific cause to support. Now even McDonald’s and Tim Hortons are trying to play up their connection to farmers. Coffee is a small statement people can afford to make about who they are as responsible consumers.”