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Organic Coffees
Organic coffee beans are grown in 40 countries. The leading producers are Peru, Ethiopia, and Mexico. Ethiopian coffee is the origin of all the coffees in the world. Organic coffee is frequently associated with fair trade coffee and shade grown coffee.

Bolivia FT: heavy body, spicy flavor
Central American FT: full body, exquisite aroma, pleasant acidity
Colombia: rich flavor, full body
Costa Rica: mild acidity, lively, sweet
Galapagos: medium bodied, well balanced, intriguing
Guatemala: medium to heavy body, complex acidity
Mexico: light to medium body, delicate, pleasant acidity
Sumatra: rich, full body

Pura Vida is an organization that supports fair trade, organic, and shade grown coffee. By purchasing and selling only 100% of this kind of coffee, they help ensure that farmers around the world receive a fair wage and can support their families, and that the natural habitat they live and work in is preserved.

Fair Trade Coffee:organic coffee beans, fair trade coffee

The Fair Trade movement's goal has been to ensure that the vast majority of the world's coffee farmers (who are small holders) get a fair price for their harvests in order to achieve a decent living wage. Fair Trade farmers don't have the financial ability to clear forests, buy chemical fertilizers and pesticides. They generally grow small plots of mixed-crop, shade grown coffee organically.

Shade Grown Coffee:

The coffee plant is a shade-growing plant. In 1972, new hybrid coffee plants were introduced. These plants thrived in direct sunlight. This was the beginning of the disappearance of the rainforest.

Organic Certification:

In order to be sold as organic coffee in the U.S., it must gain organic certification and meet the following requirements:

  • Grown on land without synthetic pesticides or other prohibited substances for 3 years.
  • A sufficient buffer exists between the organic coffee and the closest traditional crop.
  • Sustainable crop rotation rotation plan to prevent erosion, the depletion of soil nutrients, and control for pests.

Every aspect of growing, moving, processing and packaging coffee beans must be certified organic. This includes:

  • separating the green coffee beans from any fertilized product
  • all containers used in the roasting process must be separated
  • roasters must be purged for 15 minutes before being used to roast organic beans
  • trucks must certify that no chemicals have been transported with the coffee, and preferably that the truck has not been used to transport chemicals.

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