What Is Certified Organic Coffee?

How do you know if the coffee you are buying is really organic? You look for evidence of certification. What is certified organic coffee? In the USA the authority for organic coffee certification is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Just what is organic coffee certification and how does organic coffee certification insure a bona fide cup of organic coffee? Organic coffee differs from regular coffee in several aspects. The soil in which organic coffee is grown must have been verified as free from prohibited substances for at least three years. In addition there must be distinct boundaries between land on which organic coffee is grown and land where pesticides, herbicides, and prohibited chemical fertilizers are used. This guarantees that drift of substances sprayed or otherwise applied on adjacent land will not contaminate the organic plot of land. Organic coffee certification includes the adherence to a specific and verifiable plan for all practices and procedures from planting to crop maintenance, to harvest, de-husking, bagging, transport, roasting, packaging, and final transport. Along the way procedures must be in place at every step to insure that there is no contamination of the healthy organic coffee produced in pristine soil with regular coffee produced on soil exposed to herbicides, pesticides, and organic fertilizers.

The USDA is the ultimate certifying authority but they delegate the actual work to other agencies because the only place where coffee is grown in the USA is Hawaii. In Latin America much of the work of certifying organic coffee is done by Bio Latina.

Bio Latina is located in Lima, Peru. The company certifies farms, ranches, and forests for sustainable practices on behalf of organizations throughout the world. Bio Latina certifies in Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Nicaragua and Venezuela as well as in Panamá, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador Ecuador and Mexico.

Bio Latina certifies on behalf of the European Union, the USDA, the Japanese Agricultural Ministry, the Canada Organic Regime, BioSuisse, the Soil Association, Global G.A. P., Starbucks Coffee, Stop Climate Change, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and UTZ Certified.

How Is Organic Coffee Better Than Regular?

Organic coffee is good for you and good for the environment. If you care about the planet you will want to eat food grown with sustainable agriculture. This way of farming preserves the soil, avoids contamination of the water table and reduces the likelihood that you will be eating things that you do want like pesticide residue in your food. Regarding things you don’t want the Australian food authority tested regular coffee and found more than 130 unwanted contaminants. If you don’t want fungicides and herbicides or residue of synthetic fertilizers in your coffee go organic. Look for these images on the coffee that you buy.


USDA Seal

 

 

 

 

 

 




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