Try Organic Coffee

What is organic coffee?  Good question and one that can be confusing at times.  Put simply, organic coffee is coffee that is grown on land NOT treated with chemicals or pesticides.  If fertilizer is used it must be 100% organic (think mulch or manure), any use of herbicides or pesticides will remove the organic label.  The enforced guidelines also require that the land used for growing the beans must have regular crop rotation, isn’t exposed to chemicals and pesticides from other crops and has a buffer between the coffee crop and another crop grown nearby.

After years of cheating by some unethical growers and sellers the USDA took over the labeling of organic coffee and instituted strict guidelines to make sure that an organic label meant organic.  Today you can have confidence in the organic label on your coffee’s bag.

Why Buy Organic Coffee?

Another good question!  You probably won’t notice any difference in the taste of organic coffee compared to traditionally grown coffee.  The chemicals and pesticides used by old-school growers don’t usually affect the taste of the coffee bean.  The major difference comes in the benefits of organic growing to the land, water and animal life around the crop.

Coffee is one of the heaviest fertilized crops in the world and these fertilizers can do horrible long term damage to the soil, water and wildlife.  By following organic methods the coffee grower is not polluting the water sources with chemical runoff, the soil has a chance to re-generate between plantings and the birds, insects and other wildlife will be feeding on chemically-free natural foods.  The downside of organic growing is a reduced yield per acre but the acceptance of higher prices for organic foods is helping to eliminate this issue for growers.


So grab your favorite organic coffee, brew a pot and sit back to enjoy the taste of fresh-brewed coffee, knowing that the coffee you are drinking is making a difference in the environment of the country that the beans were grown in.  Enjoy!