Fair Trade Benefits

Who benefits from fair trade? The coffee shop I frequent sells fair trade coffee, so I can feel good about supporting it, even though the only reason I really go there is because I can walk to it.

Honestly, I'm ambivalent about these types of issues. All my "real world" experience has taught me that everything is a tradeoff. If something sounds good (like fair trade coffee pays workers more) there is problemably a down side that most people don't realize. I'm not saying everything is a zero sum game, because that's not true. But I do believe every decision has negative factors that people are unaware of, or just flat out ignore.