Fair Trade Coffee Benefits

The concept of fair trade coffee began in the Netherlands in 1988 at a time when coffee prices were severely depressed. Many coffee farmers could not make a living because they could not sell their coffee or sold at a loss. Initially, fair trade certification was meant to artificially raise the prices for local coffee farmers to protect them from devastating market fluctuations. The first fair trade coffee benefits were to small farmers and cooperatives that were able to make a profit and thus stay in the businesses that their families had run for generations. From the Netherlands the fair trade movement spread across the globe. Today Fair Trade International is the main certifying organization while Fair Trade USA is an American competitor and Fair Trade America is allied with the international organization. Today there are more fair trade coffee benefits to coffee farmers as the movement has matured.

Better Farming, Better Living, Better Coffee and Better Prices with Fair Trade

Fair trade organizations need to market the coffee that they buy from fair trade certified farmers. They need to sell coffee at a higher price than the market for regular coffee in order to pass the benefits back to the coffee grower. This is most easily accomplished when the coffee farmer is producing high quality coffee, especially healthy organic coffee, shade grown coffee or shade grown organic coffee. And because many local coffee farmers do not know what is required for organic coffee certification the fair trade organizations put in place programs to teach them sustainable agriculture. Thus the first of the fair trade coffee benefits is better and more sustainable coffee farming. Fair trade organizations also insist on restriction of child labor and availability of education and health care for children. So, the second of the fair trade coffee benefits are better and healthier living.

Sustainable agricultural practices preserve the land, protect the water table, and result in a better cup of coffee with fewer unnecessary impurities. Better coffee from healthier land is the third of the fair trade coffee benefits. And, of course, the original of the fair trade coffee benefits still stands. Coffee farmers and farm cooperatives receive a better price for the coffee they sell as fair trade certified.

Fair Trade Coffee Benefits for the Consumer

If you believe in the conservation of natural resources then you believe in things like organic coffee, sustainable farming practices, and stewardship of the land. These are things that fair trade organizations promote. They teach and they certify coffee farmers whose coffee they market. When that coffee ends up in your coffee cup, you are supporting their efforts to make the earth a better place and improve the lives of small coffee farmers in places like the mountains of Ethiopia, Honduras, Brazil, Colombia, or Panama where coffee is grown. You do not need to go to these places to help these folks nor do you need to send them money. What you can do is buy their coffee at a fair trade price and they will take care of the rest.

And if you like high quality Arabica gourmet coffee that is commonly a benefit of buying fair trade certified coffee. When coffee farmers learn better stewardship of the land they also learn to make better coffee. And when they can reliably get their high quality Arabica coffee fair trade certified they can get a better price. And then they plant more high quality coffee, grow more high quality coffee and sell more high quality coffee that eventually ends up in your coffee cup. The end game of fair trade coffee benefits for you, the coffee consumer, is a reliable supply of great coffee.

Fair Trade Organizations

Fair Trade International certifies fair trade coffee and many other products.

Fair trade is an alternative approach to conventional trade based on a partnership between producers and traders, businesses and consumers. The international Fairtrade system – made up of Fairtrade International and its member organizations – represents the world’s largest and most recognized fair trade system.

Look for the Fair Trade International logo when buying coffee.

 

To achieve the benefits of fair trade coffee look for the Fair Trade International Logo

Fair Trade International Logo

 

Fair Trade USA

Fair Trade USA left the international organization and set up separately in the USA. You can also look for the Fair Trade USA logo when looking for fair trade coffee.

Fair Trade is a global movement made up of a diverse network of producers, companies, shoppers, advocates, and organizations putting people and planet first.

We at Fair Trade USA believe that everyone wants to do what’s right – for their families, fellow global citizens, and the planet. That’s why we’re committed to making the right choices the most obvious ones. Based on the simple idea that the products we buy and sell are connected to the livelihoods of others, Fair Trade is a way to make a conscious choice for a better world. A choice for Fair Trade Certified™ goods is a choice to support responsible companies, empower farmers, workers, and fishermen, and protect the environment. In other words, it’s a world-changing way of doing business.

 

In the USA look for the Fair Trade Certified seal for great fair trade coffee

Fair Trade USA

 

Fair Trade America

When Fair Trade USA left the international organization Fair Trade America came into being and retained their affiliation with Fair Trade International.

You have the power to make a difference every day with Fairtrade.

It’s about choosing Fairtrade products that change lives, a simple way to support the people growing the things we love to build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

In the end each of these organizations works to provide fair trade coffee benefits to growers and consumers as well as the earth we live on.

 

Fair Trade America provides Fair Trade coffee benefits for farmers.

Fair Trade America Logo

 

Other Certifications with Similar Missions

Although these are not specifically fair trade organizations both UTZ and Rainforest Alliance work to improve conditions for farmers including coffee farmers. They educate and gradually bring their farmers up to standard for coffee and other agricultural products. They both work to improve coffee grower income and lives and they work to preserve the natural habitat while providing you with a great cup of coffee.

 

UTZ Certified Coffee Seal

UTZ Helps Organic Coffee Farmers

Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance

Organic Coffee Benefits

Considering that organic coffee can be more expensive than regular coffee and also hard to find why would you want to drink it? What are the organic coffee benefits that make it worthwhile? Is organic coffee healthier? Is organic coffee better for the environment? And, where to buy organic coffee can be an issue as well. Let’s look at the health benefits of coffee first of all. Go to the link and read the article for the details but here are some of the regular and organic coffee benefits for your health.

  • Protection against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases as well as dementia
  • Reduction of risk of getting several kinds of cancer
  • Prolonged life compared to non-drinkers of coffee
  • Better athletic performance in endurance and strength sports
  • Substantial reduction in risk of getting Type II diabetes

 

Does Coffee Enhance Athletic Performance - Tennis

Coffee and Sports Performance

 

Organic Coffee Benefits vs Regular Coffee

There are two kinds of organic coffee benefits relating to quality and purity.

The vast majority of organic coffee is Arabica coffee. Arabica is the top grade coffee with the best aroma and flavor. If you want gourmet coffee you want Arabica. And ideally you will buy organic because of purity.

In our article about Organic Coffee Certification we noted the strict standards to which certified organic coffee is held.

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.

Perhaps the most important of the organic coffee benefits is that more than a hundred different chemicals and other impurities that can be found in a regular cup of coffee are not to be found in organic coffee. So, is organic coffee healthier? You bet it is.

Organic Coffee Benefits for the Environment and the Small Coffee Farmer

The type of farming used for organic coffee is called sustainable agriculture. Sustainable coffee production results in great organic coffee although not always USDA certified organic coffee. Why is that? It costs money to have your coffee farm certified and periodically recertified. Thus, as we have noted several times before, there are lots of coffees that are organic in fact although not organic in name. Coffee farmers may have been following organic and sustainable practices for generations. But, if they have been unable to find a buyer for their organic coffee they end up selling at the regular price and cannot afford certification. A couple of organizations that help farmers in this regard are UTZ and Rainforest Alliance.

UTZ

UTZ certified coffee is often organic certified as well.

Individuals looking for organic coffee may run across the UTZ Certified label. This label says that the bag of coffee you are buying came from a coffee farm that employed sustainable agricultural practices, good environmental practices and efficient farm management. A key feature of the UTZ Certified label is that UTZ Certified coffee is traced from grower to roaster. UTZ certified coffee is sold in North America, Europe, and Japan, in nearly fifty nations. According to UTZ,

The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment. Through the UTZ-program farmers grow better crops, generate more income and create better opportunities while safeguarding the environment and securing the earth’s natural resources.

Organic coffee benefits for these farmers include learning how to care for the land and earning a better income.

 

Organic coffee benefits with UTZ include farmer education

UTZ Helps Organic Coffee Farmers

 

Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance certified coffee is similar to that of UTZ. These folks help small farmers learn how to maintain organic principles, protect the land and earn a better income.

An alternative to organic coffee certification is for a grower to be Rainforest Alliance certified. The Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organization that works to conserve biodiversity. It does so for agricultural products by influencing consumers to buy what is good for the environment and good for small farmers. Rainforest Alliance certified means that the coffee that you buy was produced using good land use practices. Rainforest Alliance certified coffee is part of a broader sustainable agriculture program of  tropical crops, including coffee, bananas, cocoa, oranges, cut flowers, ferns, and tea. Certified coffee farms meet a strict set of environmental standards that include preservation of the ecosystem and reduction in use of synthetic chemicals of all sorts.

 

Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance

 

A common practice for farmers growing their coffee on steep slopes is to intersperse coffee with bananas or plantain. We wrote about increased income with coffee and bananas.

This approach increases coffee farmers’ incomes and moves away from industrial scale growing of coffee back toward a shade grown coffee approach.

Although growing coffee may be a labor of love it is also a business. Growing a crop like bananas alongside coffee gives the farmer two sources of income. And it protects from one or the other crops failing or having its price drop with the harvest.

Where to Buy Organic Coffee

You can find organic coffee at the store but you need to look for USDA or other certification. Your coffee roaster likely has organic coffee as well. And if you want to avoid the risk of a too-long supply chain and old coffee, you can get your Colombian Arabica organic coffee directly from Colombia. Contact us for details.

 

Buy Arabica Coffee Directly from Colombia

Arabica Organic Coffee from Colombia

 

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Buy Arabica Coffee Directly from Colombia

When we wrote recently about Colombian Arabica organic coffee we received several requests for information and pricing from folks who wanted to buy Arabica coffee directly from Colombia.

If you want good coffee, drink Arabica. If you want great coffee, look for Arabica coffee from Colombia. And if you want the best, look for Colombian Arabica organic coffee. If you want this great coffee shipped directly to you, contact us at Buy Organic Coffee.

The folks who contacted us after the article ranged from people who were simply interested in Colombian coffee to roasters across the globe who were interested in prices and the specifics of getting bulk wholesale green coffee beans shipped from Colombia. With our readers’ and clients’ questions in mind here is some useful information about our business connecting Colombian Arabica coffee growers to coffee lovers everywhere.

 

Buy Arabica Coffee Directly from Colombia

Arabica Coffee from Colombia

 

Yes you can buy Arabica Coffee Directly from Colombia

Colombia ranks only behind Brazil in volume of Arabica coffee production. And Colombia only produces Arabica coffee varieties, no Robusta coffee beans. Much of Robusta production goes to provide caffeine for soft drinks. Colombian Arabica coffee beans go to make the best coffees in the world. The Colombia “Eje Cafetero” or coffee growing axis is also known as el “triangulo de café” or the coffee triangle. It is located west of the Colombian capital city of Bogotá and centered in the departments (states) of Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda. Parts of this region were involved in the decades-long Colombian Civil War and now as peace comes to the coffee producing regions are coming back into production. This is a mountainous region (Andes) with rich volcanic soil, lots of rain, and clouds which are conditions ideal for growing great coffee.

 

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Map of Colombia

 

Is Your Colombian Coffee from the Store Fresh?

Years ago the Colombian Coffee Growers Association trademarked the Juan Valdez name and logo. When you see Juan and his burro on the label that means you are getting 100% Colombian coffee. Colombian coffee is always good coffee but Colombian coffee can get old just like any coffee. We just wrote an article about how long fresh roasted coffee beans last. In the article we noted that green coffee beans store longer than whole bean roasted coffee and whole bean roasted stores longer than ground coffee. And we noted that an issue is just how old the green coffee was when it got roasted. Coffee has a supply chain and it can be long. In Brazil, for example, due to an expensive local currency, coffee farmers put their green beans into storage for years and only sold them when the price, in the local currency, went up. Unfortunately, this green coffee was poor quality despite going into storage as high quality. If you want to be guaranteed fresh green coffee from Colombia it might just be best to buy Arabica coffee directly from Colombia.

Buy Colombian Coffee Directly from Colombia

Besides loving coffee and incessantly writing about coffee, we have come to know folks in the coffee industry in Colombia. Our focus has not been on the huge companies that dominate much of the industry but on small family operations that have been growing, processing, and roasting great Colombian Arabica coffee for generations. We mentioned one such operation in our article about coffee from Manizales, Colombia. Roasting is an art and coffee is their life in this part of the world.

 

Buy Arabica Coffee Directly from Colombia

Roasting Coffee

 

It used to be that the easiest way to get your fresh Arabica coffee from Colombia was to visit Manizales and bring back a suitcase filled with bags of coffee. Of course, one had to pass inspection by the soldiers checking luggage and their drug sniffing dog! But, a couple of years ago Colombia streamlined its export procedures for coffee which has made it easier for mere humans, instead of multinationals, to export coffee from Colombia.

Thus we are pleased to help our clients with getting freshly roasted Colombian Arabica coffee in smaller quantities delivered by air freight within days of roasting.

And, we are pleased to help clients buy commercial quantities of Arabica green coffee beans, ones that are fresh and not ones that have been in storage for years like the story about Brazil.

We have been asked for a price list. We do not maintain a price list. We do not have a warehouse full of coffee that we purchased last year and are trying to sell. When a client wants high quality Arabica coffee from Colombia we contact one of our suppliers, like the family operation in Manizales, and get the best price for the best coffee. The base price for coffee is set by the futures market in New York and if you are in the agricultural office in a village like Chinchiná, Colombia there will be a video monitor on the wall showing the up-to-the-minute New York price. That price is the base price from which all prices are calculated. The price for Colombian coffee goes up with the size of the bean. Arabica coffee grown at high altitudes ripens more slowly and grows larger. This is typically a finer coffee.

Colombian Coffee Grades

Green coffee is run through a series of screens with openings starting at size 17 = 17/64 inch. Larger beans are typically better and the largest are from Arabica grown more slowly at higher altitudes which are typically the best quality.

And coffee roasters need uniform bean size when roasting a batch, otherwise the small beans are over-done and the batch is bad.

The largest bean size in Colombian coffee is Supremo = size 17 followed by Excelso = size 15-16, USG (usual good quality) = size 14 and Caracol = size 12.

 

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Coffee Screens

 

Organic, Coffee of Origin, Standard Colombian Arabica Coffee

There is a lot of Colombian Arabica coffee and it is relatively easy to find a decent price for our clients. Organic coffee is grown in smaller quantities and much of the organic production is already spoken for as buyers have agreements in place to take all of a farm’s production. We can still find organic coffee for you but quantities will vary and the price is higher. If you want to find an organic producer and set up your own supply chain we will be happy to help. Coffee of origin is a popular choice as the various parts of the coffee growing district will produce coffees with differing tastes, much like with wine. And, like with organic coffee, quantities will vary and the price is higher.

Getting the Coffee from Colombia to You

We are pleased to help coffee gourmets who want smaller quantities or green beans to roast or freshly roasted Colombian Arabica coffee. Our supplier will simply arrange to send to you via air freight. This service is typically for gourmet coffee lovers for whom price is little object. The coffee is still reasonably priced but the cost of shipping is typically as much or more than the cost of the coffee!

Coffee roasters from anywhere in the world can go through us to buy Arabica coffee directly from Colombia. Contact us and let us know what quantity of green coffee beans you want.

Our usual arrangement is FOB shipping. This term means “free on board” and means that we and our supplier are responsible for getting the shipment to the port for shipping. And then your shipper will take over to store the coffee, load it on the boat, handle export/import and deliver to you in the end.

FOB Delivery to Colombia Ports

Colombia has two main ports, Cartagena on the Caribbean Sea (Atlantic Ocean) and Buenaventura on the Pacific Coast. To avoid the extra price of shipping through the Panama Canal it is best to pick Buenaventura for shipments to the west coast of the America, Australia, and Asia. Shipments to the US gulf coast and East coast as well as Europe should ship via Cartagena.

If you wish to have us handle shipping from Colombia our suppliers can do that but at an extra cost. Your best bet is to use your own shipper who speaks your own language as well.

If you have questions about how to buy Arabica coffee directly from Colombia please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We can typically provide you with a price quote in a day or two. Of course the price of coffee goes up and down, so all quotes are time limited.

A Land of Volcanoes That Produces Arabica Coffee

Colombia has an ideal climate for growing coffee. Coffee needs lots of water but the water should run off. Thus coffee in Colombia grows on hillsides and mountainsides and even on the slopes of volcanoes like Nevado Ruiz which looms over the city of Manizales.

 

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Nevado Ruiz Volcano Overlooking Manizales

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Coffee from Panama

If you are thinking of healthy organic coffee think of coffee from Panama. Panama is the country on the isthmus that connects Central and South America. It has two sea coasts, a central mountain chain, and highlands covered with fertile volcanic soil. Coffee from Panama comes from the Chiriquí Highlands. Extending down from the foot of the extinct 11,000 foot volcano, Volcan Baru, the lands around the villages of Volcan and Boquete are forested, often somewhat cloudy, and rich in nutrients. Thus much of the organic coffee from Panama is also shade grown and grown under overcast skies much like high quality Colombian Arabica organic coffee. Panama is a small country and coffee from Panama is almost entirely grown in the province of Chiriquí. So, Panama does not rank with its next door neighbor, Colombia, which is the third leading producer in the world, or Mexico (#5), Guatemala (#8), Honduras (#9), or Peru (#10). However, premium coffee from Panama can sell at auction for a hundred dollars for a one pound bag, attesting to the quality of the product.

 

area map of coffee from Panama

Map of Panama

Coffee from Panama, like coffee throughout the world, is either Arabica or Robusta. Most production in Panama is Arabica although there are a couple of high end producers of gesha coffee. The coffee growers in the highlands around Boquete and Volcan, Panama tend towards sustainable agriculture and much of the coffee is shade grown organic coffee. Much of this commitment to sustainable growing practices is simple practicality. When a grower plants coffee on slopes of thirty degrees or more he is wise not to remove pre-existing trees and shrubs. Thus much of the coffee from Panama is naturally grown in a diverse habitat protecting soil, flora, and fauna.

Panama mountain grown organic coffee has been around for about a century. The Boquete region was virtually uninhabited until Americans crossing Panama on their way to the California gold fields in the mid-19th century passed through a gap (Boquete in Spanish) in the Cordillera Central, the central mountain chain. Around 1900 immigrants moved into the region, many of them coffee growers. The descendants of many of these original families still grow high quality coffee in the region and many have gone the extra step to produce certified organic coffee. This is a short step for many as they were already practicing sustainable horticulture and only needed an agency like Bio Latina to certify their growing, harvesting, and processing practices.

A substantial number of coffee growers have Bio Latina organic coffee certification. This agency certifies for the USDA, the Japanese Agricultural Ministry, and for the European Union, among others. Thus organic coffee from Panama is likely to be certified organic coffee able to bear appropriate labeling in the major coffee markets of the world. Coffee from Panama is not always easy to find in the US, EU, or Japan, however. Many growers are small and, despite following appropriate growing practices, have not found a ready market outside of the country. For those who would like a nice cup of organic coffee from Panama a reliable route is to contact Buy Organic Coffee.org for delivery of good organic coffee from Panama directly to your home.

Details and Price of Excellent Coffee from Panama

To place an order go to our Contact Us page.

If you want ground coffee instead of whole bean coffee please specify this in your order.

Samples

We will be pleased to send you sample bags sufficient for two making cups of coffee for $4.99 a bag plus the cost of shipping for any of our coffees.

Individual Bags

Our price for individual bags of coffee is the base price plus shipping

Coffee from Panama

Panama Gourmet Coffee #1: Cafés de la Luna Base Price: $22.50

This coffee is grown on a reclaimed seven acre coffee farm in the highlands of western Panama. The volcanic soil, high altitude and overcast weather favors some of the best coffee in the world. The Dos Jefes farm where this coffee was grown has been in operation since 2004 and aims for healthy, natural and flavorful coffee.

 

Cafes de la Luna

Cafes de la Luna

 

Panama Gourmet Coffee #2: Hartman Estate Coffee Base Price: $20

This shade grown and bird friendly coffee is likewise grown in western Panama in volcanic soil. The cloudy weather and forested habitat result in growing coffee in the shade and a fine gourmet coffee. The farm boasts of having seen 273 species of birds on their coffee farm. As a point of reference 904 bird species have been seen in Panama and the entire USA has 888 bird species.

 

Coffee from Panama Hartmann Estate Coffee

Hartmann Estate Coffee

 

Panama Gourmet Coffee #3: Finca Lerida Base Price: $22.50

This Panama natural coffee producer is one of oldest continually operated coffee farms in Panama. Finca Lerida exported coffee to Germany in 1929! This is another producer of high quality coffee in small amounts in the highlands of western Panama.

 

Finca Lerida

Finca Lerida

 

Panama Gourmet Coffee #4: Hacienda Fennario Base Price: $22.50

Premium gourmet coffee from Hacienda Fennario is “naturally cultivated without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. It is estate grown, harvested by hand and roasted in small batches.”

 

Hacienda Fennario Coffee

Hacienda Fennario Coffee

 

Panama Gourmet Coffee #5: Bajareque Base Price: $22.50

This producer of Elida Estate coffees grows coffee at high altitude adjacent to the Volcan Baru National Park. This park surrounds the extinct 11,000 foot volcano that is responsible for the volcanic soil in the region. The grower describes their coffee as having a hint of rich chocolate with floral top notes and dynamic complexity. This is another coffee that grows in the cool and shade of the mountains of Panama where birds thrive.

 

Bajareque Coffee

Bajareque Coffee

Large Quantities of Colombian Coffee, Organic and Export Quality

Our best and most reliable source of high quality organic coffee in large quantities is the coffee growing region of Colombia, the Eje Cafetero. The soil is volcanic like in Panama and the coffee culture is older and wider spread. Colombia is the second largest producer of Arabica coffee by volume. And Colombia is the most reliable source for high quality commercial quantities of Arabica coffee. For more information about Colombian Arabica organic coffee follow the link.

Contact us via our Contact Us page.

Organic Coffee for Diabetics

One of the great health benefits of drinking coffee is that coffee reduces your chances of getting type II diabetes. But if you already have the disease how are regular or organic coffee for diabetics? Healthline.com has some very useful information about coffee’s effect on diabetes.

For people without diabetes, coffee may help reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

Caffeine has been shown in the short term to increase both glucose and insulin levels. Because of this, people with diabetes should be cautious when consuming coffee.

Once sweetener is added to coffee, it removes the benefits of diabetes prevention. It can actually increase your risk of developing diabetes.

It turns out that caffeine and antioxidants in coffee have different effects in regard to diabetes. Many but not all health benefits of drinking coffee come from the antioxidants. In the case of Type II diabetes prevention, drinking coffee increases levels of sex hormone binding globulin which in turn is related to its effect in reducing diabetes incidence. However, caffeine has direct effects on insulin and blood sugar.

Cup of Black Coffee

Black Coffee

Organic Coffee for Diabetics

Although drinking reduces your risk of getting Type II diabetes there may be problems if you already are diabetic. Caffeine with or before a meal causes a higher blood sugar. However there appears to be a protective effect with longer term coffee consumption as coffee’s effect on glucose and insulin sensitivity reduces with continual coffee drinking. Adding sugar to coffee dampens this effect to the detriment of diabetics. Diabetics who take good care of themselves routinely check their blood sugar. If a Type I or Type II diabetic is paying attention to their blood sugars and relating any changes to coffee consumption they may decide to cut out the coffee. Coffee consumption reduces your chances of getting Type II diabetes and continual coffee intake without sweeteners may be OK in diabetics. BUT drinking coffee is not how one controls diabetes. If you have this disease, go to see your doctor and follow his or her advice to the letter.

Health Benefits of Coffee

There are lots of health benefits of drinking coffee. If you have a mild case of Type II diabetes should you quit drinking coffee and forego the long list of things coffee can do for you?

The key would seem to be good diabetes management. Drinking coffee or not is an issue but calorie intake, exercise, blood urine and sugar monitoring and medications are the mainstays of diabetic management. If your diabetes is under good control even with a cup or two of coffee a day you can probably drink coffee when you have diabetes and get the health benefits of less cancer, lower incidence of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s and less likelihood of depression or cirrhosis of the liver. Ask your doctor. By the way, coffee even improves athletic performance and sex!

Organic or Regular?

All of the information we have listed applies to both regular and healthy organic coffee. The benefits of organic coffee include the benefit to the environment and the absence of impurities too often found in regular coffee. If you are going to consider the health benefits of drinking coffee then go all the way and stick with organic coffee from Colombia.

Colombian Coffee

Colombian Coffee Helps Prevent Diabetes

 

How Do You Make Black Tie Coffee?

An exotic coffee drink is the black tie. This is a traditional drink of Thailand. A black tie contains black tea and espresso as well as a mix of spicy and sweet ingredients. Basically black tie coffee starts with traditional Thai tea and ends up with a double shot of espresso. Just how do you make black tie coffee?

Black Tie Ingredients

  • Black tea mix = 1 cup or 4 bags of black tea
  • Orange blossom water
  • Star anise
  • Crushed tamarind seed
  • Sugar ¾ cup
  • Condensed milk or cream
  • Healthy organic coffee

You can gather all of the ingredients for the Thai tea base or you can purchase Thai tea mix with tea and all of the ingredients added. An alternative is to simply use black tea but then you miss out on a lot of the taste of this exotic drink.

Black Tie Steps

Make the tea first and cool it.

  • Boil four cups of water and add tea and stir in sugar, boil for three minutes
  • Let the tea steep for half an hour
  • If using a Thai tea mix strain out the leaves
  • Or remove tea bags
  • Allow to cool and then put in refrigerator
Thai Tea

Thai Tea

Make espresso, a double shot for each glass of Black Tie

Pour tea into glasses with ice and add your double shot of espresso.

 

Espresso

Espresso

 

Top off with cream or condensed milk, pouring slowing to create a creamy layer on top of the drink and serve.

 

 

History of Thai Tea and the Black Tie

Folks in Thailand used to buy their tea from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) until it become too expensive. So they started using a semi wild tea that grows in mountainous regions of Thailand known as Bai Miang. They added orange blossom water, star anise, crushed tamarind seed and whatever other spices came to mind. They sweetened this beverage with sugar, coconut milk, whole milk or evaporated milk. This drink spread with Thai restaurants across Asia and to Europe and North America. There is little information about how people started adding espresso to this drink but a good bet is that this variation was created in a coffee house as a way to sell more espresso.

Black Tie Organic

If you want to go totally organic with this drink check our article about finding organic ingredients.

Variations on a Black Tie

This drink invites experimentation. Thai tea, which is the base of the drink, is made using a variety of spices and sweeteners in Thailand. The same applies to making it in your home. It is certainly a great drink for a hot day so make sure to prepare the tea early and cool in the frig and add a little ice before adding your espresso. Then sip and enjoy!

How Much Does Colombian Coffee Cost?

Colombia is the premier producer of high quality Arabica coffees, especially in wholesale quantities. But how much does Colombian coffee cost? Cost depends on the current coffee market, the quality of the coffee and export costs. A half-pound bag of ground coffee such as Aguila Roja in a Colombian grocery store will sell for around $2 (6,000 Colombian Pesos). A one pound bag of Juan Valdez organic coffee as a coffee of single origin from a specific part of the Colombian Cafetero will sell for around $9 (27,000 Colombian pesos) in Colombia. Unfortunately if you want to send via UPS it may cost as much as $100 for shipping of a kilogram of Colombian coffee! However, you can buy wholesale coffee from Colombia and the price is attractive provided that you deal with a trusted supplier and exporter and deal in larger volumes.

Single Origin Coffee From Colombia

Single Origin Coffee From Colombia

How Much Does Colombian Coffee Cost? If you Air Freight to the USA

If you are interested in mid-size shipments of organic green Colombian coffee, air freight arranged by a supplier and exporter in Colombia can be cost efficient. The wholesale price of highest quality green organic coffee of origin in Colombia will run around $7 a pound. Air freight Bogota to Houston will run about $1.25 a pound. Ten 60 kg bags (132 pounds each = 1,320 pounds will cost around $8.25 x 1,320 pounds = $10,890. This works out to $8.25 a pound. The cost of basic green Colombian coffee is closer to $2 a pound which works out to $4,290 for ten 60 kg bags air freight Bogota to Houston.

Shipping Containers Full of Colombian Coffee

Large orders of wholesale Colombian green coffee are usually shipped by sea. Our suppliers in Colombia ship via Buenaventura on the Pacific coast or Cartagena on the Caribbean. Shipping containers are the most cost effective way to ship. A 20 foot shipping container holds 18 tons of coffee in bags and 21 tons in bulk. Shippers say that coffee in bulk arrives in better condition than coffee in bags. Special liners are used for bulk shipping of coffee. Shipping cost per pound is pennies on the dollar compared to air freight. The most coffee way to send is FOB which means that you employ a shipper to receive the shipment as it goes onto the boat and insure that it gets to you safe and sound.

Colombian Green Coffee Beans

Colombian Green Coffee Beans

Coffee Quality

The price of regular coffee futures is quoted on the NYMEX during every business day. This is the base from which all other prices are derived. If you want export quality Colombian coffee it will commonly cost a dollar to two more a pound than basic coffee beans. If you want organic, shade grown or coffee of a specific origin this is where the price moves from around $2 to around $7 a pound.

For Starters

We suggest that if you are interested in high quality Arabica coffee from Colombia that you try a 60 kg bag shipped by air freight. In November of 2015 Colombia changed its export laws making it easier to export smaller quantities of coffee. If you would like a quote for a 60 kg bag or a 20 foot shipping container of your favorite kind of Colombian coffee please contact us at Buy Organic Coffee.

 

 

Organic Coffee for Cancer

One of our readers asked about the use of organic coffee for cancer. Here is what we know.

  1. Coffee has been shown to reduce the incidence of at least two forms of cancer.
  2. Coffee has no known use in the treatment of cancer.
  3. Drinking very hot beverages including coffee is linked to esophageal cancer.
  4. And coffee has lots of other health benefits

Cancer Prevention with Coffee

There are a lot of health benefits of drinking coffee, including reduction of cancer risk. The New York Times quotes the World Health Organization. Coffee may protect against cancer.

An influential panel of experts convened by the World Health Organization concluded on Wednesday that regularly drinking coffee could protect against at least two types of cancer.

The clearest evidence is that ovarian and uterine cancer risks are reduced by coffee consumption. Other cancers that coffee probably helps prevent are colon cancer, prostate cancer, and endometrial cancer.

Treating Cancer with Coffee

Coffee enemas are suggested by some as a way to detoxify the body and treat cancer. We went to the Mayo Clinic web site for info regarding colon cleansing.

Colon cleansing is normally used as preparation for medical procedures such as colonoscopy. However, some alternative medicine practitioners also offer colon cleansing for other purposes, such as detoxification.

But colon cleansing – also called a colonic or a colonic irrigation – for such purposes isn’t necessary. That’s because your digestive system and bowel already eliminate waste material and bacteria from your body.

During a colon cleanse, large amounts of water – sometimes up to 16 gallons (about 60 liters) – and possibly other substances, such as herbs or coffee, are flushed through the colon. This is done using a tube that’s inserted into the rectum. In some cases, smaller amounts of water are used and are left to sit in the colon for a short time before being removed.

Proponents of colon cleansing believe that toxins from your gastrointestinal tract can cause a variety of health problems, such as arthritis, allergies and asthma. They believe that colon cleansing improves health by removing toxins, boosting your energy and enhancing your immune system. However, there’s no evidence that colon cleansing produces these effects.

And colon cleansing can sometimes be harmful. In fact, coffee enemas sometimes used in colon cleansing have been linked to several deaths. Colon cleansing can also cause less serious side effects, such as cramping, bloating, nausea and vomiting.

The bottom line is that there is no place for the use of regular or organic coffee in treating cancer but cancer prevention is another matter.

Human Colon

Human Colon

Is Your Coffee Too Hot?

Last year we wrote, do not to drink very hot coffee.

The one warning from WHO is that very hot beverages are associated with a higher incidence of esophageal cancer. It’s not what you drink but how hot it is served that increases the risk of cancer of the esophagus.

In reviewing the most recent scientific evidence over the past 25 years since its last analysis on the matter, the WHO concluded that coffee should no longer be considered a carcinogen and that it may actually have positive effects for your body when it comes to two types of cancers – liver and uterine cancers.

There was another significant finding: “Very hot” beverages “probably” cause cancer. This is mostly based on studies related to the consumption of a traditional drink called mate or cimarrón in South America where the tea can be taken at temperatures around 158 degrees Fahrenheit (or 70 degrees Celsius). That’s significantly hotter than people in North America or Europe usually consume their drinks.

So, if you are used to drinking your boiling hot coffee before it cools, think again.

Boiling Hot Coffee

Boiling Hot Coffee

More Health Benefits from Coffee

Coffee drinkers are less likely to develop Type II diabetes. And the more coffee they drink, up to six cups a day, the less likely they are to develop the disease. Other conditions that coffee helps prevent include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, liver cirrhosis, and many more. Coffee drinkers tend to live longer as the antioxidants in coffee reduce the effects of inflammatory conditions seen with aging. This may well be part of why coffee helps prevent various cancers. And, along the way coffee enhances athletic performance can even makes sex better!

Does Coffee Enhance Athletic Performance - Tennis

Coffee – Athletic Performance

How Long Do Freshly Roasted Coffee Beans Last?

There is nothing like a cup of freshly roasted coffee to start the day. Ideally you would buy green coffee beans and roast your own coffee each day. Green coffee when properly stored retains its freshness for as long as a three years. So, this is the ideal route to take if you want the freshest coffee full of active antioxidants, aroma and flavor. But, most of us are pressed for time and find it easier to buy roasted coffee. Then the question is how long do freshly roasted coffee beans last? And how do you get the most freshly roasted coffee considering that your store bought roasted coffee may be months old?

Checking the Temperature While Roasting Coffee

Cooling the Beans after the Roasting Coffee

Coffee Roasters

In our Houston Coffee Roasters article a few years ago we covered the basics of why freshly roasted is best.

In search of high quality, freshly roasted healthy organic coffee? There are Houston coffee roasters from whom you can purchase a wide range of regular and organic coffees. Freshness of coffee comes down to a few facts.

    1. Properly stored green coffee beans last for about two years.
    2. Roasting coffee brings about a number of complex chemical reactions in the coffee bean.
    3. Antioxidants formed in roasting coffee are responsible for its unique taste and many health benefits.
    4. Anti-oxidants break down with exposure to oxygen.
    5. Roasted beans can maintain most of their flavor for up to six months if vacuum packed.
    6. Once they are exposed to air but kept in a cool and dry place roasted coffee beans maintain flavor for no more than two months.
    7. Once you grind roasted coffee beans you expose all of the inner antioxidants to the air and you lose flavor by the hour if not the minute.

So, if you want to preserve those organic coffee antioxidants buy and store green coffee beans to roast and grind at home or, better yet, purchase small quantities of freshly roasted coffee of your choice from any of a number of Houston coffee roasters.

So, freshly roasted coffee lasts for a couple of months when stored in a cool and dry place in your home. But, how old are the green coffee beans that the roaster is using?

Too-Old Green Coffee

Years back we wrote about Brazil coffee storage.

It appears that Brazil is going to copy a practice from United States agriculture, storing excess crop production.

Coffee farmers want the best price for their crop. When there is a good growing year there is a lot of coffee and prices fall. Farmers who are able will often store part of their green coffee crop as they wait for better prices. The problem for you, the coffee consumer, is that they may wait several years before selling that coffee. We noted that green coffee can retain a reasonable amount of freshness for up to three years. There is no way that coffee stored for longer than that will be fresh!

Long storage is also a problem for the coffee roaster who must buy in bulk and then store his green coffee until he roasts and sells it.

Freshly Roasted Coffee from Colombia

We at BuyOrganicCoffee.org deal directly with coffee roasters in Colombia. When we get an order for freshly roasted coffee, that coffee is recently picked and processed. It is promptly roasted at our request and shipped air freight to the buyer. These folks do not need to worry about how long freshly roasted coffee beans last. They only need to grind their beans and make their coffee each morning.

Colombian Coffee in the Valleys and on the Mountain Sides

Colombian Coffee in the Valleys and on the Mountain Sides and Even in Back Yards!

Should You Drink Coffee While Pregnant?

Many scientific studies have demonstrated that coffee is good for you. More coffee leads to less type II diabetes, for example. Drink coffee, live longer was the title of one our articles about increased longevity in coffee drinkers. But how about when you decide to have kids? Should you drink coffee while pregnant? How much is too much? Pregnant moms go through a lot. They need to give up smoking if that is their vice. And they need to avoid alcohol. Do they have to give up that morning cup of java as well? The quick answer, mom, is that you can have that morning cup of coffee but not six cups more.

Should You Drink Coffee While Pregnant? How Much Is Too Much?

The concern about drinking coffee during pregnancy comes from the possibility of stillbirth with moms who drink excessive amounts of coffee (like eight cups a day) and both low birth weight and miscarriage in women who drink too much coffee. So, how much is too much and is there an acceptable amount of caffeine during pregnancy? According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology up to 200 milligrams of caffeine a day are OK according to their web page entitled Is It Safe to Drink Coffee during Pregnancy?

Yes, but hold the refills. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends limiting your caffeine consumption to fewer than 200 milligrams (mg) per day. That’s about what you’d get from drinking one 10-ounce cup of Starbucks coffee.

Going over that amount could be risky. Some studies have linked drinking more than 200 mg of caffeine a day with an increased risk of miscarriage and low birth weight. And drinking large amounts of caffeine (eight cups of coffee or more a day) has been linked with stillbirth. More research needs to be done to confirm these links, but it’s a good idea to err on the side of caution when you’re pregnant.

The good doctors remind us that coffee is not the only dietary source of caffeine. Tea and soft drinks are part of the picture as well. And, if you are going to drink coffee in pregnancy stick with healthy organic coffee to avoid unwanted impurities in your cup.

Arabica versus Robusta

Coffee comes in two basic types, Arabica and Robusta. Robusta coffee beans supply the caffeine that goes into most caffeinated soft drinks and bean for bean Robusta contains about 50% more caffeine than Arabica. Arabica coffee is better tasting as well as less likely to put you over the 200 milligram limit for your daily caffeine intake during pregnancy. The amount of caffeine in an Arabica espresso is between 30 and 50 milligrams and an 8 ounce cup of black coffee house Arabica will have no more than your 200 milligram limit.

Coffee in Moderation while Pregnant

The point of this seems to be that in pregnancy as in all of life moderation is a good idea. If you are a pregnant mom. And you need your cup of java to get through the day. Drink organic, Arabica, and preferably Colombian coffee.