Archive for the ‘Shade Grown Organic Coffee’ Category


Is Organic Coffee Shade Grown?

One of our readers recently asked, is organic coffee shade grown? Here is the short answer. More often than not shade grown coffee is organic but organic coffee does not need to be grown in the shade. Read on for more info about healthy organic coffee and shade grown coffee. Healthy organic coffee has been [...]

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Cheap Pound Expensive Coffee

Who would have thought that one of the immediate effects of Britain voting to leave the European Union would be a pricier cup of coffee? Bloomberg reports that a plummeting British Pound has made a cup of Java more expensive in Great Britain. U.K. coffee drinkers should brace to pay more for their morning fix [...]

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What Is Shade Grown Coffee?

If you are looking for great coffee and coffee farming that helps the environment, look for shade grown coffee. What is shade grown coffee? The quick answer is that shade grown coffee is grown under the forest canopy and not in full sun. Why is that important? Shade grown organic coffee is how coffee was [...]

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Why Would You Buy Shade Grown Coffee?

The most common arguments for shade grown coffee are the ecological benefits. But there is more to why you would buy shade grown coffee. Let’s start with ecological benefits of shade grown coffee as reported by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. By reviewing more than 50 studies on shade-grown coffee farms in regions ranging from [...]

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Increased Income with Coffee and Bananas

Sustainable agriculture is good for the planet and shade grown coffee is ideal. In Uganda in East Africa coffee farmers had been encouraged to cut down the highland forests to plant coffee. A new approach confirms the value of growing coffee in at least partial shade and is more profitable as well. All Africa reports [...]

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Why Shade Grown Coffee?

Years ago we published an article about shade grown organic coffee. As more and more coffee varieties are developed for full sun there are risks. Why shade grown coffee? Shade grown organic coffee has historically been grown in a mixed species forest that includes fruit and hardwood trees as well as other bushes and plants. [...]

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Ethiopia, Coffee and Injera

Coffee was discovered in the East African country of Ethiopia by a man tending his goats (which become so energetic after eating beans from the plant that they did not sleep at night). Although coffee has certainly moved on from the highlands of Ethiopia and adjacent Eritrea coffee is still part of the culture. When [...]

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Golden Triangle Shade Grown Coffee

Times are changing in the Golden Triangle, the region in Southeast Asia famous for growing poppies for heroin. Farmers are switching to coffee!  Voice of America reports the some farmers drop poppies for coffee beans in this region and why. For 54-year-old farmer Long San, growing opium makes simple economic sense. He started planting poppies [...]

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The Biology of Shade Grown Organic Coffee

Coffee has lots of great health benefits and healthy organic coffee is the best as going organic helps you avoid more than a hundred impurities that can be found in cup of regular coffee. We know that certified organic coffee is better for the environment as organic coffee farming follows sustainable practices. These practices for [...]

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What Is Bird Friendly Coffee?

There are various certifications to look for when you want healthy organic coffee. We have written about USDA certification and certification by the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ. And we have written about shade grown coffee. The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has come out with a certification for Bird Friendly Coffee! The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center [...]

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