(For-profit organisation)

Cafédirect is a UK-based alternative trading organisation. It is currently one of the largest Fairtrade hot drinks companies in the world. As well as coffee, Cafédirect has a hot beverage range that includes 100% Fairtrade tea and hot chocolate.

Cafédirect works with over 260,000 coffee, tea, and cocoa growers in 40 registered Fairtrade producer organisations across 14 countries, affecting the lives of over 1.2 million people in developing countries.

Cafédirect was founded in 1991 by Oxfam, Traidcraft, Equal Exchange Trading and Twin Trading as a response to a global collapse in coffee prices.


Year established


About this organisation

Partnership types

Doing business with the poor

Regions / countries / territories

Europe: United Kingdom

Global issues

Trade and development

Business sectors

Retail trade