Why Organic Coffee?
Organic Coffees are sweeter tasting and have less caffeine. But “organicness” is not just a taste, it is a process. Organic farming not only helps replenish and rebuild out world’s topsoil, but also protects human and animal health.
What does Organic means?
It means the coffee is grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. But organic coffee goes beyond that. It means the the coffee is grown using methods.
Organically grown coffee is labor intensive because everything is done manually. Farmers must use ground and deep-rooted, secondary crops, such as bananas, oranges and avocados for shade. The farmers cut down weeds with machetes, fertilize with compost and introduce natural predators and disease-resistant mulch. They grow the seedlings, pick the “coffee cherries” dry the fruit, separate and clean the beans, then fill the burlap bags to be taken to market.
To reach certification, organic farmers sign on to a three year program. During this initial phase, they avoid the use of pesticides, utilize the waste products of the coffee to fertilize the soil, prevent erosion and protect the water supply from pollution.
Certified Organic assures you that the product has undergone a rigorous certification process – through growing, processing, shipping, roasting and packaging – by an independent agency.