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Local Fair Trade Coffee Company doubles capacity at new facility


Victoria-based coffee company Level Ground Trading set out to help disadvantaged farmers in 1997. After two decades of coffee sales, their success has shown that ethics does not have to come at the expense of profit.

Now, they are set to move into a new facility on Jan. 2, 2018 that will double their capacity. This includes new opportunities for viewing how they prepare their coffee.

“We’ve purpose-built the facility for tours, with 17 viewing windows into production and packaging. And, finally, it offers the chance to set up a Tasting room, allowing us [to] invite people into a beautiful space and leave with an impression of quality coffee with stories of connection behind it.” Co-founder Stacey Toews said in a release.

The Tasting Room will open in the summer of 2018. Their location will be at 1757 Sean Heights. The room provides opportunities to sample various coffees, and learn how they are made.

Level Ground Trading began by working with small scale producers in Colombia.

Four families started the company together in 1997. Their business promptly expanded into collaborations with spice farmers in Sri Lanka and vanilla growers in Uganda. Each package of coffee, comes with a face and name featuring farmers that Level Ground Trading works alongside.

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