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Organic Coffee Promotes Better Health

Organic Coffee Promotes Better Health
Organic Coffee Promotes Better Health

Around the world coffee is the second most traded item in the world, coming in just behind crude oil (although a distant second we’re sure). How ever as more and more people are paying attention to what they’re drinking and eating, organic coffee is sneaking up in the market share race.

Organic coffee wasn’t a real concern when coffee first gained people interest way back in 800 AD. It was a drink reserved for the wealthy and royalty, even in 1800’s when Brazil claimed the honor of having the largest international coffee crop, still no one was concerned where or with what the beans were grown.

Fast forward to toady, and there are strict rules and regulations for how any food product can or cannot be grown. Especially if you’re looking to grow an organic product. Organic coffee is primarily grown in mountainous areas, where insecticides and fertilizers can become part of the lower watershed once they’re washed down the hills from heavy rainfalls.

Many companies today are providing organic coffee, each require certification and designation as per the Organic Food Production Act set fourth in 1990. This act outlines the requirements for growing organic coffee, as well as how their testing can be carried out and what they must do to hold onto their certification.

Growing Fields Must Be Certified Organic

Now it’s not just the growing and handling that must be considered and certified organic when growing coffee. The ground that it grows in must also be free of any ingredients or non-organic substances for at least the last 3 years.

Because the act requires so many intricate modifications to the regular growing process, organic coffee will cost a little more then a non organic brand. Healthy conscious consumers are willing to pay the price for the better beans. AS most organic growers believe that growing the beans with only natural methods and no artificial chemicals helps keep the natural flavor.

Whether the taste is superior to a non-organic coffee is up to the coffee drinker, but there’s no arguing that the organic growing process produces a healthier bean for us to make our favorite cup of joe from.

Taste Hot and Delicious Organic Coffee

Taste Hot and Delicious Organic Coffee
Taste Hot and Delicious Organic Coffee

Coffee drinkers everywhere now have the option of forgoing their ordinary cup of coffee and going “organic”. Coffee made from organic coffee beans has advantages and is healthier for you than its traditional counterpart.
Organic coffee is created using beans that have been cultivated and harvested without the use of chemical or synthetic pesticides or herbicides, which can be harmful to both growers and consumers. Because the yield of organic coffee is less than with traditional coffee, this type of coffee tends to be more expensive than regular coffee. In growing organic coffee, emphasis is made on recycling, fair trade purchasing, composting, and soil health, as well as on a healthy environment.

Coffee is certified organic using a third party certification organization; most commonly, organic growers use the Organic Crop Improvement Association. There is a cost involved, cutting into the profits of the small producers that often make this type of coffee. In addition, organic coffee is “shade grown”, which reduces yield and also adds to the cost of this type of coffee.

Most organic coffee is also considered “fair trade coffee” and a special certification is required for that status. Fair trade coffee is traded in such a way as to bypass the coffee trader, allowing better profits to the producer, in general.

The third party certification organization that certifies fair trade coffee is called TransFair USA.
Organic coffee traded using fair trade methods involves an agreement by coffee importers and small farmers that says the importers will purchase their organic coffee from smaller farmers listed in the International Fair Trade Coffee Register.

Organic growers are guaranteed a minimum “fair trade price” for their coffee and importers provide a certain amount of credit to growers against future sales, keeping farmers out of debt. The middle man is cut out of this process.
It is also important in organic coffee farming that the farming be sustainable. While the definition of “sustainable”
varies, it basically means that the growth of the organic coffee is healthy for the environment and the people who grow and buy it. Sustainable organic farming doesn’t destroy the land the product is grown on and uses very little external energy in the production of the organic product.

A sustainable organic farm is designed to give back to the land as much as it receives from it. Non-renewable resources are avoided and pollution in the farming process is minimized as much as possible. Sustainable organic farming thinks of the health and welfare of the employees as well. One example of using sustainable farming is to reuse the organic coffee husks as heating fuel rather than using petroleum or natural gas heating. New trees are grown to make up for those used in heating.

Sustainable organic coffee growing takes steps to avoid excess energy added to the system. For example, a solar coffee drying system is used instead of commercial coffee bean dryers. Water consumption is minimized in sustainable organic coffee growing and the water used is kept clean. Water from the coffee fermentation tanks is never dumped in rivers or lakes but is filtered naturally through the earth before being used for irrigation.

Sustainable organic farms will spread organic fertilizer like composted coffee pulp under and between the coffee trees.

Yields are increased and the mineral content in the soil is maximized. All in all, organic coffee farming is safe, healthy and good for the environment. Consumers can buy these products in cooperatives, health food stores and some supermarkets.