Caffe Ibis and fair trade

Brandon Despain has a really cool job title. An employee, off and on, for Caffe Ibis for the past 12 years, Despain has spent the last three years as Ibis’s “Director of Coffee”. That sounds as much fun as being the “General Manager of Party”, or the “Vice President of the Keg.” Recently I interviewed Despain about a “fair trade” agreement Ibis has recently entered. It was a fascinating conversation that, hopefully, will conclude with a prosperous ending for all those involved in the story. First, some background. Caffe Ibis…