This was observed twice and months apart. Others noticed the same thing so it seemed to be the norm.
Having "Fair-trade" coffee that is more expensive, probably, shows more of a mentality of wealth and doesn't seem to put "collection plate money" to good use. In fact, bringing a thermos of coffee from home is more "Catholic" than using Fair trade coffee and might be more appropriate to put on the front page. But this might be just a matter of opinion.
Here are some links on the subject.
Archdiocese Serving Fair Trade Coffee
|Employees at the Archdiocese of Portland pastoral center stop for a coffee break.|
“Fair trade coffee supports farmers in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized,” says Matt Cato director of the archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace. “Fair trade guarantees that small-scale coffee bean farmers in Third-World countries achieve a fair price for their beans.”
Cato says fair trade promotes the dignity of workers by ensuring fair wages and by helping vulnerable producers maintain their livelihoods when traditional economic structures shut them out.
“Fair trade is Catholic,” Cato says. “Fair trade coffee costs a little but more, but it is the right thing to do.”