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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 price.

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.

This organic 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 guess?


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.

Medicinal Mushroom Coffee - are mushrooms used in the practice of medicine and are found in many natural remedies. Many species of mushrooms have been used in folk medicine for thousands of years and is best documented in the East, China and Malaysia.

Magical Flavor Of Gourmet Coffee Beans - If you drink coffee and have ever stopped to look at the different types of gourmet coffee beans, you might want to actually give some a try next time you're shopping for coffee.



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