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FAIR TRADE COFFEE HOUSE


8 a - 11 p daily

418 State Street - Madison, WI

608-268-0477

 

 

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FAIR TRADE COFFEE HOUSE


8 a - 11 p daily

418 State Street - Madison, WI

608-268-0477

 

 

Your Place To Be...

Fair Trade Coffeehouse is independently owned and serves up fair trade certified coffee and espresso along with panini sandwiches, soups (in season) and house-made pastries and desserts.  Established in 2004, Fair Trade Coffee house is conveniently located at 418 State Street in downtown Madison.  Just a couple of blocks down from the Capital Square and Overture Center and only two blocks up from UW-Madison we are at the heart of State Street and cater to a fun-loving, fast-paced and ever-changing downtown crowd. 

 

Visit our sister store:

Michelangelo's Coffee House

114  State Street  Madison, WI  53703  608.251.5299

michelangeloscoffeehouse@gmail.com

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Our Coffee


100% Fair Trade Certified, organic,

single origin offerings

 

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Our Coffee


100% Fair Trade Certified, organic,

single origin offerings

 

THIS IS OUR MISSION, THIS IS OUR LIFE

Photos courtesy of Equal Exchange

Photos courtesy of Equal Exchange

100% of coffee beans, including all espresso is fair trade certified.  What does that mean to you?  Maybe a little, maybe a lot.  For farmers it means a partner in the coffee business that has their back.  Will support them when prices are up or prices are down.  Brings agricultural expertise to the field when sudden challenges arise, like leaf rust that is currently devastating crops all over Mexico and Central America.  We don't just buy our beans, we are a  full-on committed partner to our roaster, Equal Exchange, and small farmers to insure that everyone wins in this crazy system called capitalism.  And that includes you...who can so effortlessly support small coffee farmers and their families by simply enjoying a delicious cup of coffee or a creamy, caramelly double espresso at Fair Trade Coffee House.  Think before you drink!

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Our Food


House-made sandwiches/bakery

and vegan options too!

 

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Our Food


House-made sandwiches/bakery

and vegan options too!

 

House-made wonderful...

Fair Trade Coffee House is baking up a storm.  Gluten-free pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, zucchini muffins, lemon bars, raspberry/cranberry bars, organic maple syrup/walnut granola and a variety of sandwiches for the meat lover, vegetarian or vegan.  We are focused on natural ingredients, serving "clean" food with no preservatives/hormones and locally sourced.  It is an evolving experience in which we are constantly experimenting with new items.  Don't find it on the menu?  We can customize.    

This is Wisconsin.  When it snows you make a snowman!

This is Wisconsin.  When it snows you make a snowman!

 

Coffee take out for Groups - in-house Special Events - Private Parties

Need coffee for an event that you are hosting?  We can provide hot coffee, cups, cream, sugar and all the fixings.  Even dessert or lite fare snacks if you need it.

Fair Trade Coffee house is a 2,000 sq. ft. cafe enabling us to handle events large and small.   We've hosted poetry slam competitions, book readings, small lectures and live concerts.  Tell us what you need and when you need it and we will put out our best effort to make it possible.

House-made panini sandwiches

House-made panini sandwiches

Vegan Chili with flat bread (soups are a seasonal offering)

Vegan Chili with flat bread (soups are a seasonal offering)

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Our People


Talented. Dedicated. Prepared.
 

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Our People


Talented. Dedicated. Prepared.
 

We are all about our customers...

Customer service is an idea we take to heart.  Every barista is not only trained to pull perfect shots for your double espresso and to steam the milk just right for an extra dry cappuccino, they are dedicated to bringing you an experience worth remembering.  We are "all-in" for our customers and no matter what you might ask for, we will do our best to bring it.  You WILL notice the difference.  Being locally owned and owner- operated means that it wouldn't be unusual for the person waiting on you to be the same person who is paying the bills.  No coffee snobs here, just real folk making an honest living.  Believe me, it is a welcome and notable difference.  

Enough of what we think, here is what our customers are saying...

 "The coffee was perfect, the food and baked goods were excellent. I will continue to come here for coffee for the rest of my trip to Madison, even though there are closer coffee shops to my hotel. "   -Trip Adviser

“Great coffee shop and local hang out!”   - Square customer

"I visited this coffee house during my stay in Madison. The space is relaxed and comfortable, with people working, studying, and talking. The coffee was excellent. My latte was superlative. And I ordered a slice of apple pie that was amazing. The menus is varied, dessert with enticing sandwiches, soups, different coffees, and relaxing atmosphere. Located near the State Capitol and the Wisconsin campus area, the coffee house is on State St. A definite place to chill. I will return on my next visit to Madison. "  - Trip Adviser

"Counter service was excellent knowledgeable and helpful. And also very kind. Thank you ."   -Square customer

"I love these people and this universe." -Square customer


We keep our machines running in tip top shape so that you can enjoy a clean, sweet espresso when you stop by Fair Trade Coffee House.  Here Ryan, from Revolution Espresso,  maintains our espresso machines so that you get the best of the best when it comes to our espresso and coffee drinks.  Great mechanic, great company, great person.

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Our Gallery


Art all over...
 

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Our Gallery


Art all over...
 

Art all over...

With ever-changing art exhibits, Fair Trade Coffee House supports artist from Madison, the Midwest region, and beyond.   Two distinct and separate spaces (front and back room) means that there are two exhitibts running at all times.  All different styles and mediums are welcomed.  While not everyone is accepted, we seriously consider all requests. Your work will be reviewed by sending photos and/or website link to:  ftch418@yahoo.com.  Please put in the subject line:  Art Exhibit Request.  Thank you. 

         Micheal Anderson, Viewpoint Photography

         Micheal Anderson, Viewpoint Photography

 

Music to our ears...

We do music.  And lots and lots of musicians have come through our doors.  Classical, African drummers, klezmer, bluegrass and good old fashion folk singers.  We are open to many styles, but only one level of quality:  excellent.  If you are interested in playing, please bear in mind that when it comes to performance, we are just as particular about quality as we are our espresso.  

Best way to find out when the next gig is at Fair Trade Coffee House?  Like us on Facebook and you will see all the announcements of upcoming performances.  

 

           Classical Revolution performer, Tori Rogers

           Classical Revolution performer, Tori Rogers

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Contact Us


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Contact Us


Open daily from 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Call us:  608-268-0477

Email us:  ftch418@yahoo.com