ORGANIC PRODUCTS TRADING COMPANY

OPTCO, More Than a COFFEE Importer

Since 1990, Organic Products Trading Company has been working directly with small-scale farmers around the world to source high quality green specialty coffee. Our business is built on long-term relationships with Certified Organic and Fair Trade co-operatives as well as conventional farms that focus on improving their communities, their families, and their environment. OPTCO's mission is to support coffee producers by providing market access, in addition to collaborating on development projects, gender equality initiatives, harvest finance, and quality improvement programs. Join the effort to support coffee communities by sourcing your certified and conventional beans with OPTCO.

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Remembering Garth Smith, 1946-2015

Garth W. SmithGarth Smith, well known adventurer, coffee expert, and advocate for small-scale coffee producers around the world, passed away in the early morning hours of January 11th, 2015 surrounded by his family. It was in the early 1990's when he, with his wife Gaylene Smith, founded Organic Products Trading Company which would become a pioneer in the coffee industry, not only for providing high quality organic coffees internationally but also for the focus placed on the people who produced the coffee. A visionary in the coffee industry for over 25 years, Garth was one of the original trailblazers in the fair trade and organic coffee movements. His focus was always on social justice and awareness of the living conditions of impoverished coffee producers. As co-founder of Cafe Femenino and the Cafe Femenino Foundation, with his wife Gaylene, he worked tirelessly to educate the coffee industry and to improve the lives of those without a voice. Organic Products Trading Company mourns the loss of a leader and mentor and feels fortunate to be able to continue the work that he began so many years ago.

Garth and his wife Gay Smith, co-founders of Organic Products Trading Company, requested that all outpouring of love be in the form of donations in lieu of flowers and sent to Café Femenino Foundation through the Garth Smith Memorial Fund as a way to continue his life's work: Café Femenino Foundation PO Box 2187, Vancouver, WA 98668 or online at www.coffeecan.org/garth-smith.

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Visit us at any of the upcoming trade shows

Coffee Fest Atlanta
February 6-8, 2015
Booth #101-107
SCAA Seattle
April 9-12, 2015
Booth #8035
Coffee Fest Chicago
June 5-7, 2015
Booth #819, 821 & 823
Canadian Coffee & Tea
October 4 & 5, 2015
Booth #TBD