‘Fair Trade Coffee’ the subject of URI lecture Dec. 4

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. — November 26, 2003 — Rick Peyser of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in Vermont will discuss how “fair trade coffee” is helping coffee growing communities in Central and South America in a lecture at the University of Rhode Island on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.

Sponsored by Students for Environmental Action, the event will be held in the 193 Degrees coffeehouse in the URI Memorial Union. It is free and open to the public.

“Fair trade coffee’ is a purchasing practice that ensures that small coffee growers are paid a fair price for their crop regardless of international market prices, thereby protecting the livelihood of the growers and the health of their communities. Fair trade coffee growers use natural gardening techniques, few pesticides, and other environmentally sustainable practices.

URI was one of the first universities in the country to serve fair trade coffee in its dining halls and other eating establishments on campus.

Peyser is the public relations director for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. He is also an officer of the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s board of directors, president of Coffee Kids, and on the board of Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International, which brings the benefits of fair trade practices to more than 800,000 small-scale farmers around the world.

For more information about the lecture, contact Audrey Albrecht of Students for Environmental Action at cruella17@yahoo.com or Lorraine Keeney in the URI Office of Student Programs at 874-4947.