Campus dining makes shift to sell fair trade coffee

Sheila Burt

When Northwestern students buy coffee next academic year, they will be getting more than a caffeine rush — they will be helping farmers in third world countries make a better living.

Dining officials announced this week that Northwestern’s Evanston and Chicago campus dining halls and other on-campus vendors will offer only Seattle’s Best Fair Trade Organic coffee, which ensures farmers receive a higher living wage for the coffee they produce.

The locations exclusively offering the coffee will include Norris University Center, Tech Express, Lisa’s Cafe and all of the dining halls.

Dana Levit, assistant director of university food service