Catalyst Trade is an idea, first of all: everyone who works in coffee deserves to experience the rewards of their labor through increased quality of life and more equitable profit distribution. We are a model for doing business better, a series of systems for keeping promises, and a movement of idealists embracing the messy reality of the international coffee system.

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Emily among the coffee trees
Emily McIntyre, Founder and CEO of Catalyst Trade
“Magic is desire made real. Desire manifested..."
 
Bass guitarist. Fantasy writer. Aquarius. Emily McIntyre is as multifaceted as her favorite washed Sidama coffees. No stranger to the trial and error journey of entrepreneurship, she has been in the business of business since 13 years old...
What's Wrong with the Kenyan Coffee System?
What's Wrong with the Kenyan Coffee System?
By the time we had returned from 3 weeks in Ethiopia and Kenya, I was thinking, a lot, about what people told me when I asked them: “What’s not working in the Kenyan coffee system?” We spent time with the management and day laborers at coffee factories throughout the coffee-growing regions of Kenya. Remarkably, we heard nearly the same answer from every single person.
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Downtown addis ababa