Lalo de Almeida for The New York Times
Fair Trade coffee is everywhere now; according to the New York Times, Sam's Club, Dunkin' Donuts, McDonalds and yes, Starbucks. . Not everyone approves; some say that fair trade coffee is as exploitive as the conventional kind, especially in countries that produce the highest-quality beans — like Colombia, Ethiopia and Guatemala. Others note that it works for co-operatives but shuts out employers and landowners who treat their workers and their coffee right but can't be considered fair trade.
But farmers are getting more money, using fewer pesticides, improving their farming techniques and even have to show that their children are going to school. Good introduction to Fair Trade coffee in the ::New York Times