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Organic Coffee - The Best Coffee

Organic Coffee

When you go to the grocery store to buy coffee, you may not think much about who grew the coffee you are buying. You probably stick with a certain brand or flavor that you like. However, have you ever considered organic coffee? It is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides. The traditional ways of growing include using shade trees, composting, and growing other food and cash crops alongside the coffee. Growing coffee organically keeps the environment healthy, prevents water contamination, and provides a refuge for many types of migratory birds that eat the pests that damage coffee trees.

Peru, in South America, is the main producer and exporter of organic coffee. Ethiopia and Mexico also produce organic coffee. To meet organic certification in the US, organic coffee must meet these requirements. It must be grown on land without chemical pesticides or other prohibited substances for at least 3 years. The closest traditional crop and the coffee must have proper space between them. Crop rotation must take place to prevent erosion, to ensure nutrients in the soil are not depleted, and for pest control. Growing organic coffee guarantees the health of the soil, farmers, and the forest.

Organic coffee farming is a healthy, long-term production technique that has a positive impact upon the world. Organic coffee is better for the earth and for our bodies. Most organic farms use recycling, composting, and promote soil health with their actions. Ample amounts of forest are preserved because the coffee is shade grown. More man power is used in growing organic coffee, with manual labor. Mechanical farm equipment is rarely used. Since the farmers do not purchase commercial fertilizers or pesticides, initially the cost to grow organic coffee is less. But, since it yields a smaller crop, in the end, the farm makes less money.

In 2006, 67,000 metric tons of organic coffee was sold worldwide. Since it is grown without chemical pesticides or fertilizer, organic farming methods help the environment naturally develop pest and disease control. Organic farming standards and techniques generally all use shade grown, fair trade, and organic certifications. This coffee markets well to more socially affluent responsible consumers, because it is an environmentally responsible product. Carbon free certified coffee is also available, with no carbon emissions from the start of plant growth, to when it gets bagged. Organic coffee costs more than ordinary mass produced coffee, but it is worth it.Taste it and see for yourself!