07.05.2020 - 06:00 to 23:59
Turun yliopisto

Let’s celebrate a common Fairtrade Coffee Break on 7 May

Join us for a common Fairtrade Coffee Break on 7 May.

University of Turku is a Fairtrade University, and now, when it is not possible to spend a coffee break together at the office, university students are challenged to take a part in remote coffee break.

– This year, we are challenging university students with a common theme #olereilukotonakin, says Minna Kivento, Chair of the Fairtrade Support Working Group of the University of Turku.

Last year, a record number of 80 197 participants from Finland took part in the coffee break, including representatives from different businesses, schools, parishes and unions. This year, the coffee break is moved from workplaces and public spaces to home sofas and remote workstations.

– A Fairtrade coffee is meant for everyone who cares about the origin of coffee. Together, we can ensure that the coffee we drink is produced responsibly and in an environmentally friendly way, and that the farmer is paid a fair wage, says Mirka Kartano, Communications and Marketing Manager at the Fairtrade Finland association.

Due to corona crisis, the coffee break will shift from public spaces and workplace coffee rooms to home sofas and online meetings. During a pandemic, the theme of this year’s coffee break (caring), is also highlighted.

– The pandemic hits the poorest people the hardest, so now more than ever it is important to support the world's coffee growers. Fairtrade coffee tastes like genuine caring, Kartano reminds.

There are still some serious problems with coffee production: poverty, child labour and exploitation, discrimination against vulnerable people and the overconsumption of natural resources. Fairtrade is the solution to many problems, and Fairtrade already covers more than 800 000 coffee farmers in 30 different countries. Fairtrade coffee producers always receive at least a Fairtrade guaranteed price for the coffee they sell, which in turn covers the costs of sustainable production. In addition, farmers are paid a Fairtrade supplement, and use of it is decided by the coffee farmers' cooperatives themselves. Using those supplements, for example, schools and wells have been built.