About Our Coffee

Is it fairtrade?

Great question!  If you're not familiar with Fairtrade, here's a description from their site:

"Fairtrade changes lives by changing trade. We transfer wealth back to farmers and workers in developing countries who deserve a decent income and decent work."

MWT Coffees do not have the “Fairtrade” designation, but we believe strongly in the values of their organization. Their impact is significant with coffee farmers that trade on the global coffee commodity market. 

Most specialty coffee roasters like Many Worlds buy their coffee from importers that bypass this commodity market, allowing farmers to get more competitive offers and often set their own prices for the beans they sell. The specialty coffee importers we work with are able to give us greater transparency on the coffees we buy to ensure we’re paying and sourcing ethically, and currently the minimum price we pay for coffee per pound is over double the Fairtrade standard price.

How do you know that?

We roast our coffee in Houston, TX – a major hub for coffee trade in the US – and we are lucky enough to have local access to several specialty green coffee importers here. We work exclusively with companies that trade specialty coffee (as defined by the Specialty Coffee Association).  The coffees Many Worlds Tavern currently feature are sourced from Genuine Origin and InterAmerican Coffee.  Companies like these connect us with producers around the world, allowing us to trace our beans back to the estate, washing station, or growing region where they are harvested.

For example, from Genuine Origin we currently source a Tanzanian coffee that is part of all three of our blends along with a Guatemalan coffee that makes up the other portion of Homely House and Great Old One.  You can see fact sheets for both of them here:

Tanzania Iyenga-Mwalyego-Kimuli AB
Guatemala Candelaria

The other portion of Dragon’s Nest is made up of a delicious Ethiopian natural from the Sidama region called Shantawene (link to that coffee information here):

Ethiopia Sidama Shantawene Natural G1

Electric Sheep (our decaf offering that we're really proud of) can be found here:

Colombia Valle Del Cauca Sugarcane Decaf

Our limited-release, single-origin coffee "Treasured Realm" features a rotating coffee from one farm or small region.  These coffees are sourced from either the same or similar importers, and fact sheets can be provided on request.

What makes it "Coffee for Game Night"?

We catered the visual branding and voice to gaming culture and the sense of adventure we have when we embark on a new roleplaying adventure or get transported to another world in a board game.

We donate $1 per bag to gaming-related nonprofits.

It was really important to find a good decaf for lovers of coffee that don't want to stay up all night, and we truly think it's the best one we've tasted.

We've partnered with Swift to make instant coffee so that you can bring a sachet to game night without having to worry about the host having brewing equipment. 

And finally, we've been sponsoring a lot of small gaming content creators, going to conventions, and sharing our coffee at local game nights to try and be a positive force in the gaming community.

Green Coffee!  This is what it looks like when it gets to our door.  Many Worlds is a roasting company, so we roast this stuff to make it into the amazing brown beans you know and love.

Our roasting crew of Dean, Jake, and Savannah turn it into Many Worlds Coffee with both experience and technology to ensure amazingly consistent product.  They also package it all so it's ready to be shipped out to you!

This photo is from pre-pandemic, when InterAmerican would host monthly tastings, competitions, or education sessions for the local coffee community in Houston.  We're so lucky to work close by!

Every coffee bean in your bag of coffee has taken a long journey.  Thanks for enjoying it!