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Sustainable Coffee: What You Need to Know

Why Do We Need Coffee to Be a Sustainable Crop?

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According to the group Conservation International, your morning cup of coffee is at risk. The answer that they’ve come up with has everything to do with making sure that every cup of coffee that gets poured emanates from a sustainably grown coffee farm. CI’s goal is to “make coffee the world’s first fully sustainable agricultural product,” and they’ve laid out the challenge to all coffee drinkers in very specific terms. With producers and retailers already on board, the Sustainable Coffee Challenge website has already been launched.

When broken down to raw numbers, the facts around coffee’s impact are staggering. According to Conservation International, “the coffee we drink depends on the health, prosperity and well-being of 25 million coffee producers, 10 million hectares of coffee farms, and the continued ability of nature to sustain them.” All of which makes for a pretty convincing argument when it comes to creating a universally sustainable crop out of international coffee production. Continue reading

Shade Grown and Organic: How These Coffee Terms Relate to the Environment

How Does Coffee Affect the Environment?

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Coffee is a beverage enjoyed by millions of Americans. We consume it at an ever-increasing rate, but is it sustainable? The crop is highly valued all over the world, and is in higher demand than ever before. One way we can ensure that our coffee habit will not harm the planet is by checking and double-checking where our coffee originates, and the methods by which it is grown.

Coffee that is produced under organic and natural circumstances will be a bit more expensive, but will be fairer to the farmer growing it, the supplier importing it, and the customer buying it, which makes everyone more responsible to the planet in the end. But the biggest potential damage to the environment comes from the production of the coffee beans themselves.

By producing coffee beans organically, through sustainable practices like shade-growing, we can make coffee a more environmentally friendly beverage. Let’s take a look at how this works. Continue reading