Finding Fair Trade: East Bay

Both urban and agricultural, the parts of the East Bay closest to San Francisco have many resources for fair trade food but as you move east those resources start to dry up. You can still find stores carrying one or two fair trade items but usually only coffee or chocolate and with limited choices. The good news, if you don't want to travel too far, is that online sources don't care what your zip code is.

Product Review

Fair Quinoa Vodka and Coffee Liqueur.

Purchased at Andronicos in Berkeley.

Fair Trade Spirits

Vodka usually has no flavor making it dangerous to drink. This Vodka however has a nutty, toasted flavor. I mixed the Vodka and Coffee Liqueur in a cocktail called a Flutter:

2 oz. Tequila
1 oz. Coffee liqueur
1.25 oz Pineapple juice

Fair Trade East Bay


Alameda Natural Grocery, Alameda
Andronicos, Berkeley (two locations)
Arizmendi Bakery, Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland
Berkeley Bowl, Berkeley (two locations)
Berkeley Food Collective, Berkeley
Bica Coffeehouse, Oakland
Blue Danube Coffee House 1333 Park St, Alameda
Cafe Rumi, Castro Valley
Caffe Diem 2224 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
Coracao Confectioners, Berkeley
Edible Love Chocolates, Emeryville
Farmer Joe's, Oakland (two locations)
Global Exchange, Berkeley
House of Produce 4020 MacArthur Blvd Oakland
Mandela Foods Co-op, Oakland
McLaughlin Coffee Company, Emeryville
Monterey Market, Berkeley
Mr. Espresso, Oakland
Nature's Best Foods 1431 Jackson St, Oakland
New Leaf Market, Pleasanton
Peerless Coffee Company, Oakland
Raley's Supermarket, Pleasanton
Scarlet City Coffee, Oakland
Spritzers 734 Central Ave, Alameda
Sprouts Farmers Market, Fremont
Sweet Bar Bakery, Oakland
Sweet Maria's Coffee, Oakland
Temescal Produce Market, Oakland
The Beanery 1650 Park St, Alameda
Valley Java 20515 Stanton Ave, Castro Valley
Whole Foods, Oakland, Berkeley & Fremont
Yasai Produce Market 6301 College Ave, Oakland
Zocalo Coffeehouse, San Leandro

Contra Costa

Cost Plus World Market, Walnut Creek
Draeger's Market, Blackhawk
La Boulange, Danville, Lafayette & Walnut Creek
Marley's Coffees, Walnut Creek
Nature's Bounty Cafe, Antioch
Pascal's French Oven
Peet's Coffee, Danville & Pleasant Hill
Raley's Supermarket, Antioch, Brentwood & Oakley
Sprouts Farmer's Market, Dublin & Walnut Creek
Whole Foods, Lafayette & San Ramon