Organic Coffee - Is it worth the price
Coffee drinkers have the option of drinking their
ordinary cup of coffee or they can go “organic”. Coffee made
from organic coffee beans have some advantages over the
non-organic version of almost the same coffee. Is it
healthier for you than its traditional counterpart? Is
organic coffee really worth the price?
Organic coffee is created using beans that have been
cultivated and harvested without the use of synthetic
pesticides and harsh chemicals. Also herbicides are not
used, which can be harmful to both growers and consumers.
The yield of organic coffee is less than that of traditional
coffee and tends to be more expensive than regular coffee.
In growing organic coffee emphasis is placed on earth
friendly recycling, fair trade purchasing, composting, and
soil health, as well as a healthy environmental conditions.
Most of the organic coffee certification is done using a
third party certification organization called the Organic
Crop Improvement Association. This certification cost money
to do so guess what? The price of this is passed down to the
person that purchases the coffee, that's YOU. In addition,
organic coffee is “shade grown”, which reduces the amount of
coffee being produced per acre which also increases the
A large percentage of organic coffee is also considered
“fair trade coffee” and a special certification is required
for this status also. Fair trade coffee is traded in such a
way as to bypass the coffee trader, which is suppose to
allow better profits to the producer. The third party
certification organization that certifies fair trade coffee
is called TransFair USA . Organic coffee traded using the
fair trade method involves an agreement between coffee
importers and small farmers that says the importers will
purchase their organic coffee from smaller farmers listed in
the International Fair Trade Coffee Register.
Organic farmers are guaranteed a minimum fair trade price
for their coffee and importers provide a certain amount of
credit to growers against future sales. Again the middle man
is cut out of this process. It is also important in organic
coffee farming that the farming be sustainable which
basically means that the growth of the organic coffee is
healthy for the environment and for the people who grow and
buy it. Sustainable organic farming doesn’t destroy the land
the coffee is grown on and uses very little external energy
in the production of the organic coffee product. Believe it
or not a sustainable organic farm is designed to give back
to the land as much as it receives from it. Non-renewable
resources are avoided and pollution in the farming process
is minimized. Sustainable organic farming thinks of the
health and welfare of the workers and employees.
One example of using sustainable farming is the reuse of the
coffee husks as heating fuel rather than using petroleum or
natural gas heating. Sustainable organic coffee growing
takes steps to avoid excess energy added to the system by
using a solar coffee
drying system instead of commercial coffee bean dryers.
Water consumption is minimized in sustainable organic coffee
growing by watering just the area where the coffee is grown.
The water used is kept clean because chemicals are not used
in the organic growing process. Water from the coffee
fermentation tanks is never dumped into rivers or lakes but
is recycled. This water is filtered naturally through the
earth before being used for irrigation.
Organic fertilizer like composted coffee pulp is under and
between the coffee trees. Yields are increased and the
mineral content in the soil is maximized. For the most part
organic coffee farming is safe, healthy and good for the
environment. The consumer and end user can buy these
products in cooperatives, health food stores and also
becoming popular in the supermarkets here lately.
certification and growing increases the prices of the coffee
at the consumer level by about 15 to 20 percent. Is it worth
the extra price to get healthier coffee plus pay the farmers
the extra money for them to make a decent living. Maybe it
just makes you feel good. If it does then it's worth it I
What Is Organic Coffee!
- To start off, "organic coffee" means that it has been grown without the use of
different pesticides and chemicals.
Fair Trade CoffeeWhat does the term Fair Trade mean?
- Fair Trade is an organized social movement with a market based
approach that aims to help producers and farmers in developing countries by
giving them and their workers a living wage for their work.
Gourmet Coffee What is Gourmet Coffee? What makes it so special? Is it really a
different experience? -
Gourmet Coffee is sometimes called
"specialty" or "premium" coffee and is usually made from very high
quality coffee beans grown under ideal climate conditions.