member criteria

Becoming a Member at Coop Coffees

Cooperative Coffees welcomes coffee roasters who are inspired by our values and cooperative way of working to join our coop. We have accepted new members throughout our history to enable us to increase our purchasing impact and build a more dynamic community. Members are expected to buy the majority of their coffee through the coop and take an active role in the governance and well-being of Coop Coffees.

The application process normally takes between 6 and 12 months, please see the detailed timeline. We take this process seriously and ask all applicants to think carefully about going into business with more than 20 coffee roasters who would be colleagues, co-owners, and potential competitors in the marketplace. Our coop depends upon our roaster/members’ continued ability to work collaboratively – even with members active in the same markets – to pursue our goal of strengthening and deepening our equitable trade relationships with a growing number of producer partners. For more information read our members’ covenant .

For roasters who might NOT be interested in becoming a member of our cooperative, but, who are dedicated to our approach to sourcing Fair Trade and Organic small farmer coffees – we do offer a selection of good quality spot coffee for sale as non-members and/or could develop a green sourcing proposal from some of our well established producer partners.

For more information about becoming a member, please contact our Member Services Committee.

Download an application form here.