About South Street Coffee

South Street Coffee is an independent coffee roaster located in DeKalb, Illinois. Our coffee is the freshest available because we roast our beans to order and then deliver to you when the flavor is at its peak.

Why Buy Local?

Quality

People who take the good time and trouble to start a coffee roasting company care about the quality of the beans. We care about how they are roasted and care about the quality of the coffee that our customers are going to drink.

Ethics

There is such a thing as ethical consumption. You can actually do good through a self-interested action, namely that of consumption of certain goods if you do it in the right way. At South Street Coffee, we are serious about sourcing our beans responsibly from estates and cooperatives through industry-leading importers. All of our beans are single origin, organic, and Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance certified.

When sourced from a Fair Trade Certified producer, a fair price is paid to the farmer who grew them and the people who work there. You're helping to stimulate the economy of places where people live on a few dollars a day. Fair trade standards work to keep the planet healthy for generations to come by prohibiting the most harmful chemicals and taking measures to protect natural resources.

Frogs are indicator species, meaning that they are a symbol of environmental health, and they are found on every continent except Antarctica. A Rainforest Alliance Certification Seal indicates that the farm has been audited to meet standards that require environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Farmers must keep an eye on their farm's many social, environmental, and economic facets.

Certified farms are good neighbors and good employers. They do not use forced labor or engage in labor discrimination, and they protect the health and well-being of all of their workers. Minors below the age of 15 years cannot be hired by a certified farm. Workers are paid at least the legal minimum wage and overtime rates of the country where the farm is located, and they have access to safe drinking water, healthcare, and education. Community rights, including the rights of indigenous peoples, are fully respected.

Giving Back to the Community

Instead of lining the pockets of some multinational company, which may (read, almost certainly) have questionable business practices, then you're buying a product from a producer in your local community. This means the money you spend is also doing good for your neighborhood.

Still, none of this tells you what is in the cup: the freshest, best-tasting coffee in the DeKalb & Sycamore area!