What is "Fair Trade"?

What is Fairtrade?

Imagine that you are a farmer, and at 4 am, you wake up and sluggishly get out of bed, forcing yourself to push the buttons on the coffee machine to get your hot cup of coffee ready. You scratch your face and yawn, rub your eyes as the wrinkles on your face appear with definition and you decide to get dressed for the day while the coffee is brewing. You head to your room, and put on your denim overalls, you two pair of socks to keep your feet warm in the morning and a long-sleeved t-shirt. You head to grab your cup of coffee, head outside and check the shack and look at your basic equipment that you use on your farm every day. You glance over your land and realize it is finally time to harvest. You put in about 12 hours of hard, back-breaking labor a day, with no breaks, and decide to sell your crops to a local manager who has forced you into a contract to sell, regardless of the buying price. You are told that this year, your crops will sell for twice below market value simply because of pay cuts from crop managers.

If you are like us, you see the term, "Fair Trade Certified" vividly displayed at most coffee houses, including Yimmies. What exactly do these coffee houses mean by Fair Trade? The FairTradeUSA.org defines Fair Trade as, "Fair Trade Certified products were made with respect to people and planet." Simply, Fair Trade certified products ensure that contractors, such as Monsanto for example (boooo!), cannot taint products and trap farmers into a income cut-forced contract that does not allow farmers to live on a fair wage. Fair Trade allows individuals to:

  • Make a livable income;
  • Provide a healthy crop for harvest, free of hazardous chemicals;
  • No GMOs;
  • Ensure a safe working environment for all farmers;
  • Help surrounding farmers and business' thrive within their community;
  • Build long and lasting relationships between business' and farmers;
  • Not forcing farmers into fixed worked schedules;
  • Help build smaller businesses in third world countries such as hospitals, food markets and much more..;
  • No Child Labor.

 

The good from utilizing fair trade is far beyond the coffee community, helping farmers of all products such as sugar, flour, rice and many more. It spreads the good that we are able to utilize within our country to others, that may find impossible to accomplish. Yimmies prides ourselves to know that all products and goods we purchase will come from a Fair Trade Certified business or raw good market in which we can help and reach out to other communities in other countries that will help grow the world into a more organic and enriched culture. It means doing more with our money and our daily tasks with a strong cycle of helping those that feed us, so that they can feed their children and their communities.

If you would like to find out more about Fair Trade Certified and how the process all starts, head to FairTradeUSA.org to find out how you can donate, or help the communities around you, or certify your business to be fair trade certified.

Do good, drink coffee, and smile!

 

Thank you to reddit user @NewClearHollowCost for the topic of discussion.

Top 3 Coffee & Tea Equipment

Yimmies Coffee Tea Top 3

       

     Old coffee equipment is the bane of our existence. Every morning we use the same old coffee & tea brewer that has been tortured for the past 5 years, slugging along at that good old cup of Joe. But, what if I told you that, your good old cup of Joe, is actually a bad cup of Michael (Joe's great uncle). You'd be furious! How could your eyes have been deceived?! I must find Joe, and I need a good old cup of Joe!

All jokes aside, who doesn't love a freshly brewed cup of coffee or tea, that just starts your day off right. There are others ways that some might find their new favorite way of brewing their roast or leaves! Below, we rank our top 3 favorite home coffee equipment.


1. ChemEx

 Source: https://www.stumptowncoffee.com/brew-guides/chemex

Source: https://www.stumptowncoffee.com/brew-guides/chemex

The ChemEx is commonly used for a pour over, or simply, a single-cup brew. The ChemEx is the most organic way to produce a hot cup of coffee and the process is simple. Take your coffee filter, put it on the top of the ChemEx, then simply scoop in your desired amount of coffee into the ChemEx. Next, you poor hot water over the coffee and wait for the coffee to drop into the ChemEx glass base. Most ChemEx equipment come with a wooden glass divider so that when the user is ready to drink the coffee, he/she may dispose of the filter & grinds and pour from the wooden grip, so that you do not burn themselves. Simple, clean and the closest you can get to a fully organic brew, ChemEx is a beautiful selection to add to your library of coffee and tea equipment.


2. Moka Pot

 Source: www.homegrounds.co/best-coffee-for-moka-pots/

Source: www.homegrounds.co/best-coffee-for-moka-pots/

     The Moka Pot is our personal favorite. Such a beautiful and deep process that truly utilizes science. A Moka Pot is usually made of solid steel, with 3 separate pieces that make up the Moka Pot. First, is the base, or the, 'Bottom Chamber', where the reservoir of water is. Second, is the, 'Tube & Basket', or the, 'Funnel & Filter' as we like to call it. The tube & basket holds the coffee, tea or espresso, and is fitted into the bottom chamber. Combined, makes one whole piece. Water is poured into the bottom chamber, then the tube & basket is inserted into the water, then the grinds are poured into the basket. Next, is the 'Top Chamber', which contains a filter at the bottom. The filter's purpose is to prevent any grinds from entering the top chamber, where the beverage ends up.

Now that you understand the pieces, the process works at follows. Once the water is on the bottom chamber, the tube & basket is inserted into the bottom chamber, and the top chamber is screwed onto the bottom chamber, you simply put it over a stove around medium heat.

The brew is created when the heat vaporizes the water, and the heat causes the water to rise, through the tube into the basket, moistening the grinds in the basket. Once the heat continues to build up, the vapor shoots up the tube, into the basket, through the filter and onto the top chamber! Science! The process ends once no more vaporization appears, usually the bottom chamber is empty. The top chamber fits the same amount of liquid at the bottom chamber.


3. Samovar

 Source: www.marigoldhouseware.com/kitchen/persian-samovars/mulex-germany-2-ltr-persian-samovar-electric-tea-machine.html

Source: www.marigoldhouseware.com/kitchen/persian-samovars/mulex-germany-2-ltr-persian-samovar-electric-tea-machine.html

     Ahh, the Samovar, or pronounced by some as, 'See-maw-ahr'. The ancient piece of beautiful equipment is commonly known throughout the Middle Eastern and European for it's fashionable ability to produce large amounts of tea or coffee (sorry espresso, you aren't welcomed here.) The Samovar is commonly used for larger parties as the quantity it produces is at large, and does not seem convenient for a single individual. As a matter of fact, Yimmies will be serving our tea in our Samovar that will be held within the store.

Samovar's where heated or brewed through coal & charcoal, but as convenience and technology meet the 2000's, the electric Samovar became the thing of the year. Some Samovar's have a built in tea bucket that holds large amounts of tea, others come directly with a removable tea kettle.

For built in tea baskets, water is heated through the middle chamber and once heated, it rises and filters through the tea basket and pours to the bottom of the chamber, which is connected to a spigot. There usually is a glass valve on the exterior that informs the user of the amount of tea left in the samovar.

For removeable tea kettles, the process is simple. The water is heated through the base, which can be accessed with a heat-proof spigot on the bottom of the container which dispenses hot water, then the individual can poor tea by handle of the tea kettle. Simple, clean, fast and can be used to serve amounts of people!

 

AND THAT'S IT! Our selection of Top 3 Coffee & Tea Equipment! Let us know what you think, send us a message on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram! Thanks for reading, stay tuned for the next blog and any big news that comes up. Coffee shop is opening soon.

Yimmies' Top 5 Favorite Drinks

What would you rather choose, a classic cup of coffee, or a stick that tastes like a banana? Of course in this scenario a classic cup of coffee is, a cup of coffee and the stick that tastes like a banana is a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, which actually contains no pumpkin, doesn't make sense, right?...

*Mic Drop*

Here at Yimmies, we love to promote clean and authentic coffee. Gone are the days of non-filtered syrups, false advertising and 1,020 calories of Jamocha Pop Pepperment Mocha Whipped Frappumamajama lattes. We love the classics. Of course, nothing is wrong with a sugar craving here and there, by all means, knock yourself out.

You probably are asking by now, "So, beautiful, masculine and smart Yimmies editorial person, what do you prefer to drink?" And we knew you'd totally ask that! So we went ahead and ranked our top 5 favorite caffeinated beverages, with all the whipped cream and sprinkles included.


1. Latte

The latte, very classic, very traditional. The classy drink that never goes out of style, is a blend of perfectly pulled espresso, and the smoothest milk you can find. Always number 1 on our list. Of course, we also recommend ceramic.

 Source: baristaexchange.com/photo/latte-art-837?context=latest

Source: baristaexchange.com/photo/latte-art-837?context=latest


2. French Praline Latte

Hazelnut, Vanilla, Brown sugar and Pecans, how delicious does that sound? Combined with some espresso which compliments well with hazelnut and pecan, they pair perfectly. Definitely a Yimmies special, we plan on selling in our coffee house. Not too sweet, not too bitter, perfect for the sweet tooth.

 Source: cafepalazzo.com.au/product/200g-flavoured-coffees/french-vanilla-coffee-6x200g-pack

Source: cafepalazzo.com.au/product/200g-flavoured-coffees/french-vanilla-coffee-6x200g-pack


3. Cafe Au Lait

French, which literally translates to, "Coffee with Milk". Now, this isn't your typical coffee with half and half, definitely not. Cafe Au Lait is a beverage with half of it being rich skim or whole milk and the other half being coffee. This hot or cold drink leaves huge room for creativity, as you can make, for example, Horchata Cafe Au Lait, replacing the milk with Horchata which sounds delicious now that you think about it. Actually... we think we'll go make one now, be right back.

 Source: pinterest.com/pin/193725221444461298

Source: pinterest.com/pin/193725221444461298


4. Caramel Cafe Americano

Translates from Italian to, "Coffee with Water". Americano is a delicacy, not for the light hearted. This caffeine packed beverage simply provides a +1 shot of espresso than the usual size, with a combination of hot water. Over the years of our coffee crafting experience, we have constantly indulged ourselves for this drink, but who knew caramel would work wonderfully with this beverage. Doubling as a creamer and a sweetener, a Caramel Cafe Americano is the perfect beverage for a hot day, or the cold winters as it can be done both iced and hot. We prefer the Caramel Cafe Americano iced.

 Source: fiveelementscafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Americano

Source: fiveelementscafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Americano


5. Cappuccino

Ahh, the classic and original Cappuccino. The sister of the Latte, the beautiful and voluptuous foam complements the espresso with the up-most delight. This benchmark barista training beverage has coffee written all over it, and is the classic treat of hand crafted beverages. This drink leaves huge room for creativity often calling for art with syrup, foam stamps and 3D Art. Cappuccino's are definitely on our top 5 list for the luxury it provides in taste, thickness of milk, foam and espresso that just works oh so well with each other, and complements greatly with any flavored syrup. Enjoy.

 Source: pinterest.com/pin/101260691594557338/

Source: pinterest.com/pin/101260691594557338/

That's about it, for now. Of course, we love all beverages, but these are on our top 5 beverages that we love the most! If you think there is a beverage that should of made it on the list, tell us why! Oh, and we have some honorable mentions below!

Honorable Mentions:

- Espresso

- Toffee Nut Latte

- Caramel Cold Brew

- Sarah White (Yimmies Exclusive)

- Cold Toe