“Okay, sir, I’m going to have to ask you to step away from the turkey.” I said, “step away from the turkey!”

The other day a gentleman gave me a sample of coffee and told me it went “beyond fair trade.”

I’m not sure what to think, because, as I envision it, fairness is like a see-saw. When things are fair the see-saw is perfectly balanced. When things are unfair the see-saw has a fat man on one end and a squirrel on the other. For things to go beyond fair, the squirrel would have to figure out a way to catapult the fat man high into the air as he shot off the rising end of our figurative tipping point.

So, what I’m trying to say is that if coffee goes beyond fair-trade, doesn’t that meant that I, as the buyer, am being taken for a ride?