PORTLAND – Boyd’s coffee of Portland will be the first roaster in the country to sell “Harvested by Women”-certified coffee.
It's a worldwide verification system that makes sure the coffee is grown, harvested and sold in a way that promotes a fair and sustainable lifestyle for the women involved in coffee production.
The certification also ensures those women are fairly compensated. Spokeswoman Katy Boyd Dutt said the company is willing to pay a premium for the beans if it’ll help to keep those farms sustainable.
“It's close to my heart, being a woman and knowing it is harder in a male-dominated industry,” she said. “We've been able to do it and we're in our fourth generation here.”
She said the “Cafe Libre” beans will be ready for sale at New Seasons and Lamb's Thriftway stores this fall. For each bag sold, Boyd’s will donate 25 cents back to Harvested by Women. Boyd Dutt said Café Libre will cost the same as the company’s other roasts.