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What is organic coffee?

Organic coffee is grown without the use of harmful pesticides or chemicals using processes and materials that have a natural impact on the environment. Recycling, composting and healthy soil are some of the environmental benefits. This is a healthy long-term farming method that is impacting the world. Coffee is the world’s second most valuable “traded” commodity (petroleum is the first). We drink it every day so organic does make a difference. It is estimated that 11 million hectares of the world’s farmland is dedicated to coffee cultivation and the annual consumption of coffee has expanded to 12 billion pounds.

Why drink it?

Let’s face it, organic is better for the earth and better for our bodies. Most of us drink at least one cup of coffee a day. By drinking organic there is lower risk of ingesting synthetics or chemicals that are used in a normal coffee bean growing process. Organic coffee is better for you, the farmers that grow it and the environment.

Does it taste different?

Organic coffee farmers use practices that follow coffee's natural growth cycle. Organic cultivation and fertilization provide trees with the proper nutrients to produce a rich, healthy crop - which in turn creates rich, enjoyable coffee containing less chemicals and pesticides. Shade grown organic coffee is grown under a canopy of trees and the filtering of sunlight slows the ripening process of the coffee trees. It often produces a fruitier, softer tasting coffee. There are many different types of organic coffees to choose from including light roast, medium roast, dark roast, green coffee as well as gourmet flavored coffees. The choices are just the same as regular coffee. It all comes down to personal preference.

Is there a price difference?

There can be a price difference anytime you buy organic. This is due to the manual effort of growing the coffee naturally. It takes more man-power to grow organic as the use of mechanical farm equipment is limited. The great thing about buying online is that you can find some amazing organic coffee beans for an economical price. Even better – you can purchase organic coffee that you have never heard of and may not be available locally. You can do all this in the comfort of your home and have everything delivered right to your door.



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