As important as coffee is to people's morning routines, there are ways to make it even more important. For example, you can buy fair-trade, organic coffee. You can also pick up coffee and related accessories that go the extra mile to give back to the greater good.
We've rounded up 10 gifts that will not only keep your fellow jittery brethren caffeinated, but will also guarantee that their daily fix goes towards a good cause.
- Alpha Blend Whole Beans, from $9 for 6 ounces at Grounds & Hounds: The official motto of California-based Grounds & Hounds is, "Every pound saves a hound," and they stay true to this by donating 20 percent of their proceeds to local shelters. They have various beans and roasts on offer and all of them are 100 percent organic fair-trade certified.
- Coffee First Thermal Mug, $19 at The Created Co.: Toting a reusable coffee mug to work in the morning is not only easier on the wallet (homemade lattes are less expensive than coffee shop ones!), but it's also way more eco-friendly. And this cute option is from The Created Co., which donates 10 percent of its net profits to help fund clean water initiatives.
- Fresh Brew Candle, $28 at OneGrid: Few things can rouse someone out of bed in the morning like the smell of coffee brewing (well, maybe the scent of bacon cooking), but it's unrealistic to have fresh coffee brewing all day long. Your friend can get that alluring smell whenever she wants it if you buy her this coffee-scented candle. For every candle purchased, OneGrid helps deliver one handheld solar light to someone living without electricity.
- Pourtables, $20 for 10 packs at Libra Coffee: Coffee is everywhere, but good coffee is not. For on-the-go coffee aficionados who can't bring themselves to settle for sub-par coffee in places like hotel rooms and office buildings, Pourtables is the solution. Each bag comes with its own self-contained filter — you just have to add hot water, and presto! You have a cup of amazing coffee. For each bag of coffee purchased, a dollar goes toward a water filter for locals without access to clean water (each filter provides clean drinking water for 100 people for up to five years).
- Peru Medium Roast Coffee, $15 for 14 ounces at Salt Spring Coffee: British Columbia-based Salt Spring Coffee has a variety of certified organic fair-trade coffees on offer (we like the one pictured!), and as an added bonus, they donate one percent of their annual revenue to 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit organization that links businesses with environmental nonprofits.
- Long Sleeve Shirt, from $28 at Land of a Thousand Hills: This company was created specifically to partner with local communities and farmers in Rwanda, pay them a living wage, and produce really, really good coffee in the process. This shirt, emblazoned with a simple mission statement, will serve as a reminder to "do good" as often as possible.
- Grano Coffee Scoop, $55 at The Citizenry: Handcrafted out of rich Tzalam wood by a group of artisans in the Yucatan in a fair-trade environment, this scoop manages to look modern and traditional at the same time.
- Colombia AMUCC Coffee, $14 for 12 ounces: California-based Groundwork sells amazing coffee (check out their monthly subscription service!), and this new specialty option helps support the production of coffee beans by (mostly female) farmers in Colombia.
- Mottled Moss Cream & Sugar Set, $40 at Ten Thousand Villages: This unique cream and sugar set — which will look great on the table or counter — is handcrafted in Nepal, through an organization that provides training and support to local artisans.
- The Level Ground Trading Co. French Roast Coffee, $18 for 16 ounces at The Little Market: The Level Ground Trading Co. employs farmers across developing nations such as Ethiopia, Uganda, Colombia, and Sri Lanka by buying their coffee at fair trade prices. The French roast is sweet and smoky, making it the perfect way to start any morning.