Welcome to Mead’s Corner, a Fair Trade Coffeehouse. Mead’s Corner is more than just a coffeehouse and entertainment venue. Mead’s Corner is a place where Church and community cross paths. Mead’s Corner is a place where people spend time together over coffee, lunch, a latte, a dessert or conversation, in a place that demonstrates love for others, a passion for mission to people in need, and an environment rich in arts and live music. Browse our website to find out more about us. Thanks for dropping by!
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A fantastic way of getting involved at Mead’s is to act as a volunteer. Our coffeehouse is volunteer driven! It takes a small army to accomplish what we’re setting out to do. From cleaning tables, greeting customers, service prep, to even drink and food creation, there’s a place for you. Come and meet fantastic people and make a difference at this unique coffeehouse!
Outreach, missions, serviceâ€¦ these seem like staple words for the religious community. But hereâ€™s a thought, the church doesnâ€™t own these terms!! In fact, isnâ€™t it everyoneâ€™s responsibility to care for those in need and make a positive impact in our world? Wouldnâ€™t it be amazing for a group of like minded individuals to create a team to do service for our community? Or perhaps travel to a foreign country to serve those who are suffering? These things happen a lot in the Church but they can happen outside of the Church too! If youâ€™ve ever had a passion for doing something radical to change out world, come talk to us and weâ€™ll see how we can make it happen!
Jesus was all about serving others (check out Mark 10:45). The Church is all about serving others (check out James 1:27). Meadâ€™s Corner is all about serving others and fostering community. To do that we needâ€¦ community! Our vision is to organically create teams of like minded individuals who want to make our city and world a better place. Some of this vision can be fulfilled here at the corner of Emporia & Douglas. The rest of this vision needs to be fulfilled throughout the city and abroad. Regardless, there is an opportunity for you, religious or not, to serve!
Fair Trade is much more than a fair price! Fair Trade principles include:
- Fair price: Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.
- Fair labor conditions: Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.
- Direct trade: With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
- Democratic and transparent organizations: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade revenues.
- Community development: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement trainings, and organic certification.
- Environmental sustainability: Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmer’s health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.
Our coffee supplier, PT’s Coffee Roasting Co., is committed to working with coffee farmers who are true artisans of coffee cultivation and practice their craft with dedication, skill and passion. We work with, and offer our support to, these skilled artisan farmers for the sole purpose of presenting our customers only the highest-quality coffee.
We believe there are a number of critical factors contributing to the growth of a truly exceptional coffee, and that farmers are one of the key factors. Therefore we believe those who do great work should get a great price; we do not believe in coffee subsidies.
Working with producers to deliver the highest-quality coffee for our customers requires that we listen and give feedback in their creation.
We believe that an artisan coffee farmer who grows an award-winning coffee should be given all the credit. Recognition develops dedication to craftsmanship, skill for production and passion for the harvest quality.
We know that great coffee can be produced through sustainable methods. We only work with farmers who think long and hard about economic, social, and environmental conditions of their farms and their communities. Sustainable does not have to mean organic, but it certainly could.
We seek to deliver the highest possible return to farmers and require our importers, exporters, cooperatives and farmers to agree upon the financial distribution prior to harvest and act transparently in the execution of distribution, allowing us to monitor the committed delivery price to the farmers.
We believe our goals are more effectively achieved when the number of individuals or organizations between the coffee farmer and PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. are minimized to allow for better communication. Through our Direct Trade Coffee program we feel we can achieve an excellent quality coffee and promote a sustainable coffee crop.
PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. – Direct Trade Coffee Criteria
- Coffee quality must be exceptional. All decisions flow from the quality of coffee in the cup.
- The verifiable price to the farmer or the local coop, not simply the exporter, must exceed the C Market price and or Fair Trade price by a minimum 25% for any coffee scoring above 88 on the cupping table.
- The farmer must be committed to sustainable-quality coffee, healthy environmental practices and responsible community practices.
- PTs Coffee Roasting Co. representatives must visit the farm or cooperative at least once per harvest season. We may visit two or three times per year: pre-harvest to craft strategy, during the harvest to monitor quality, and post-harvest to review and celebrate the successes.
- All Direct Trade participants must be open to transparent disclosure of financial deliveries back to the individual farmers.