We feature "triple certified coffee," available for retail or fund-raisers. These products are listed on our Edibles and Fund-Raisers page.
Triple Certified Coffee?
It is certifed organic, no chemicals used in growing or processing.
It is certified shadegrown, grown under the canopy of trees like coffee was
orginally found in Ethiopia.
Why is this important? Because it provides habitat for plants and
animals, like our neotropical migrant birds (Wood thrush, warblers,
etc.) that summer with us in the US and winter in the tropics.
Without habitat, the birds and other animals have no protection from
predators, or food.
Most commercial coffee is now grown in full sun, increasing yields
but is devastating on the environment. Shade grown also protects
soil, providing root masses that can reduce erosion and landslides
during floods and hurricanes. It also promotes genetic diversity as
mixed agricultural regimes are more sustainable, less susceptible to
pests and allows for mixed plants and income streams. It also
produces better coffee, though lower yields.
It's certifed fair trade, the average coffee producer gets
about $1.20 per pound, nearly twice the global price. This has done
more to lift people out of poverty than nearly any other project, and
also is keeping farmers on the land stabilizing their lives and
allowing them to plan and invest in the future.