In many cases, organic coffee is shade-grown and bird-friendly. It is believed that the soil in a full-sun coffee farm is depleted of many nutrients, whereas the native soils retains its complex nutrient base. Organic coffee plants channel nutrients steadily and more slowly to the beans. As a result, organic coffee beans have a smoother, richer flavor and are considered more nutrient-rich.
Choosing organic coffee also helps preserve biodiversity. It helps support small, family farms as well as farmers with a commitment to sustainable methods.
Purchasing Organic Coffee
Organic coffees are available in just as many types, roasts, and flavors as regular coffees, but they tend to be slightly more expensive. Organic coffees are available in light, medium and dark roasts and grown around the world in Uganda, Indonesia, Guatemala, Peru, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Ethiopia. Flavored organic coffees are also available for purchase.
If you want to have a greater impact on the environment as well as the lives of organic coffee farmers and growers around the world, opt for Fair Trade organic coffee or organic coffee marked as shade-grown/bird-friendly.
Organic coffees are available at your local health food store or organic grocery store and are becoming increasingly popular in conventional grocery stores and coffee houses. They can also be purchased online through a variety or online retailers, including Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Jim’s Organic Coffee.