FIRSTHAND Coffee Cooperative
What is FIRSTHAND?
Firsthand Cooperative is a fair trade coffee company located in the heart of Appalachia that is connecting mountain communities around the world. We believe everyone, especially farmers, deserve a fair share of the profits from the global coffee trade. Inspired by the principles of the fair trade movement we are committed to building a sharing economy by supplying coffees from cooperatives of small-scale growers abroad and supporting social enterprise development right here in our mountain home.
New Leaders for a New Economy
FIRSTHAND was founded by youth for youth.
Firsthand cooperative is led by and supports the development of youth leaders and social entrepreneurs who are committed to building just and sustainable economies. Co-op Affiliates on college campuses and beyond lead our team in enterprise development, educational outreach, and make democratic decisions about how we share our profits. Over the past five years some 40 youth have played an integral role in leading Firsthand and continue to carry the torch as members of our board of directors.
Beyond Fair Trade
In addition to sourcing fair trade and organic coffee, Firsthand Cooperative works to build alternative economic futures in mountain communities at home and abroad by supporting local community wealth-building initiatives. To date we have distributed more than $30,000 to projects in Nicaragua and West Virginia. We are a long-term partner of The Working World Nicaragua (La Base), the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (COFED), the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition (WVFFA), and Refresh Appalachia. Learn more here.
Campus Co-op Affiliate Program
Establish a Co-op Affiliate Group at your College
Firsthand Co-op Affiliates contribute to the educational and cooperative development mission of our enterprise. By coordinating activities, events, and sales on their campuses Co-op Affiliates contribute to the growth fair trade, promote sustainable development, practice economic solidarity, and earn decision-making power to determining how we share our profits.
Retail Affiliate Program
Make Firsthand your signature coffee and make transformative change a part of your business model.
Firsthand Cooperative is always searching for partners who share our vision for creating positive social, economic and environmental change in mountain communities and beyond. We offer a full range of fair trade organic coffees from around the world as well as full service retail support and consulting to outfit your business. We not only deliver the highest quality coffee but also offer some of the most competitive pricing around.