Organic CoffeesBy coffeeman • Apr 17th, 2012 • Category: Gourmet Coffees, Health, Organic Coffees
Organic Coffees taste great, and potentially are more healthy for you than regular, non-organic coffees. To buy right now, click here.
Organic coffees are farmed using organic techniques. That means that fertilizer is organic; it is usually made from organic compost, and coffee grounds. You cannot use artificial fertilizers like nitrogen or phosphate-based or non-organic ingredients. The USDA sets standards for an organic certification but USDA standards. There is also a “Three Year Rule” which states that no chemicals are used within 3 years prior to harvest. For a true, pure organic product you would never use chemicals but it is hard to know if a farmer has or has not. A big problem for the small farmer who is trying to grow organic coffees is finding organic fertilizer.
Peru, Mexico, and Ethiopia specialize in organic coffees. They cost more to grow and thus they cost more in the marketplace; and so, due to price pressures, some farmers give up on organic farming. Organic farmers not only avoid chemicals, but their organic fields must not be too close to non-organic fields; and therefore they need to do crop rotation to keep the soil environment healthy. Organic farming also makes for stronger plants, that have evolved to naturally battle disease. In countries with a lot of jungles, farmers have learned how to grow coffee amongst the trees; this is called Shade Grown coffee.
When you buy organic coffee, you are helping the environment, helping farmers, and enjoying a healthier beverage. Organic Coffees taste great, and healthier for you than regular, non-organic coffees. To buy organic coffees, click here.