Yesterday’s Detroit News had a great feature on Chris & Jody Treter and their Higher Grounds Coffee Trading Co., Michigan’s only 100% organic and fair-trade coffee producer. After having first year sales of just $60,000, Higher Grounds is now approaching half a million dollars. It sells about 100,000 pounds of coffee each year throughout Michigan.
Chris says “Most coffee in the world is grown off the sweat of extremely poor peoples’ backs. If consumers could travel and see those families, most would change their habits.”