“The bear”, the myth, the legend! Get to know our Chief Operating Officer, David Miller and what Just Coffee Co-op means to him:
Q: How long have you been with Just Coffee?
DM: I officially started working for JCC in 2006. For a couple years before that I would come in and help out bagging coffee or cleaning up the space.
Q: What do you think are some of the most important things about Just Coffee?
DM: I feel that the relationships that we have built with the Farmers and Growers we work with is a pretty big deal. Those relationships have always been a big part of the foundation of JCC. Because of those relationships, it gives us the ability to tell the stories to the consumers. Being able to tell the stories to the consumers allows us to connect the dots all the way from the green coffee bean to the roasted coffee bean they use to brew their coffee.
Q: How do you define Fair Trade?
DM: For me Fair Trade is the idea that we want to go above and beyond what other places do to make sure the Farmers are getting what they need.
Q: What information do you share with your community about Fair Trade?
DM: When I talk to people about Fair Trade, I talk less about Fair Trade and more about what we are trying to do. We listen to Farmers and then use those conversations to help figure out how we can help. Whether it is buying and selling more coffee, raising money to send to groups, or working with On the Ground to help fund various projects.
Q: What is something that you would like to share with the farmers who grow your coffee?
DM: A big giant thank you! Without you all we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.