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Places Around Maastricht: Wereldwinkel

Type of Place: Fair Trade store
Location: Brusselsestraat 7

Today’s Places Around Maastricht shares with you my favorite place to buy coffee: Wereldwinkel. This small gift shop is just a few blocks from me near the Vrijthof and carries a variety of products produced in the developing world. In keeping with the tenets of Fair Trade, the producers receive fair compensation, allowing them to make a respectable living. The shop is filled with a variety of reasonably priced textiles, dishes, statues, and all sorts of other handmade odds and ends. If I had a place to hang the blue hammock in the window, I would seriously consider buying it.

Wereldwinkel is run significantly on volunteers; mostly older women who are friendly and tolerant of my crummy Dutch (a side perk is I actually feel comfortable trying out a few Dutch words there).

Wereldwinkel sells a small but varied selection of Fair Trade foodstuffs in the back of the shop, including the single-origins ground coffee that I like so well. Supporting Fair Trade in my coffee is so easy, that there is really not excuse not to and the brand sold here is much tastier than the Fair Trade or organic brands sold at Albert Heijns. The price is nearly the same too. In addition, I’m just a sucker for single-origins products. The earth the plants grow in has a significant effect on the flavor of the coffee.

Wereldwinkel is open Mondays through Friday from 1 pm to 5:30 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. They are never open on Sundays.

4 Responses to “Places Around Maastricht: Wereldwinkel”

  1. Star says:

    I LOVE Fair Trade products, and and a store dedicated to them is enough to make me want to book the next flight out! You’re right…it’s not difficult to incorporate such items into our lives (and replace, shall I say, the ones produced by often nasty and reprehensible means). How wonderful that you live so close to such a shop. I have to go online to find items like this!

  2. Amanda says:

    What surprised me is that they’ve been operating in Maastricht since the 1970s. Apparently back then people associated Fair Trade with communism and they had a tough time keeping the store open until opinion changed.

  3. Melissa says:

    I don’t know this store..will surely have to try it out…do you know the store Waar? It’s fabulous too for the same reasons…reminds me of Ten Thousand Villages from the US.

  4. Amanda says:

    I think I’ve seen that one. It’s good too if you’re in town. :)