Fair Trade reflects our faith. By purchasing fairly-traded coffee and chocolate, Bethesda improves the lives of farmers, families, and communities around the world. Benefits to farming communities include access to clean water, health clinics, and schools. Fair Trade also helps stop child labor, human trafficking, and slavery in the cocoa farming industry.
Fellowship around a good pot of coffee is very Lutheran. Bethesda serves Fair Trade coffee and tea at our Sunday morning fellowship hour and whenever we gather and serve coffee.
LWR partners with Equal Exchange, the oldest and largest Fair Trade coffee company in the US, to further its mission to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering through relationships with small farmers around the world. For each pound of Fair Trade products we order, Equal Exchange donates to LWR’s Small Farmer Fund. This Fund provides tools and training to assist small-scale farmers improve their practices and make better lives for their families.
At Bethesda, our members really enjoy Fair Trade coffee:
- Larry and Sue choose Congo whole bean because they enjoy a strong cup of coffee. “It has a good flavor and it smells so good when we grind the beans.”
- French Vanilla is Carol’s favorite. “It tastes great and has a nice, pleasant aroma.” She likes to combine it with a bite or two of Fair Trade chocolate.
- In addition to these coffees, other favorites include Midnight Sun, Breakfast Blend, and Organic Decaf. We also carry baking cocoa and hot chocolate, along with many varieties of teas like Earl Grey, Irish Breakfast, Green Tea with Ginger, and Peppermint.
Bethesda has earned a spot in the top 5% of over 5000 Lutheran Churches that participate in the Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Coffee Project. In addition to our fellowship time, we sell coffee, tea, chocolate, and other products to members on the second Sunday of each month. Check the calendar to see the next selling date.
Questions? Looking to buy Fair Trade items? Contact us by filling out the form below.
Mon - Fri, 9:00am - 3:00pm
(During the summer, 10:00am - 2:00pm)
4445 Royal Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402