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

How Does Coffee Affect the Environment?

shade grown coffee

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

Green Company Profile: Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers

Sustainable Coffee Company Provides Fair Wages to Coffee Growers

Sustainable Harvest: Making a Difference in the Coffee Industry

Sustainable Harvest: Making a Difference in the Coffee Industry

Sustainable Harvest is a company that imports coffee with a focus on building sustainable relationships with growers. One of the key tenets of sustainable agriculture is social responsibility–paying fair, living wages to workers that not only benefit the families they go to, but also their communities.

Sustainable Harvest seeks to do just that, having worked with over 200,000 coffee growers and paying more than $200 million to growers in Latin America and East Africa since 1997. As the Sustainable Harvest website states, the company also invests over “60 percent of operating expenses into farmer training, technology, and infrastructure that our supply chain partners — especially smallholder farmers — need to be successful.” Continue reading