Organic coffee is coffee that has been grown according to organic farming standards and techniques, in which the use of synthetic chemicals is limited, and where restrictions are placed on the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.
The term organic can also refer to farms, or products from them which incorporate socially responsible activities such as recycling, composting, soil health and environmental protections.
Many countries now have specifications and certifications for food that need to be obtained to be certified as organic.
Personal Health Benefits
Contrary to popular belief, coffee itself is not where the health risks lie. Rather, the
risks associated with drinking large amounts of coffee can actually be traced back to the chemical and pesticide residues when
using inorganic coffee growing methods.
By growing coffee organically, health risks are dramatically decreased, simply by eliminating the artificial additives. The personal health benefits of organic coffee include:
- High in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, coffee boosts the immune system and guards against disease
- Free of pesticides and artificial fertilizers, organic coffee reduces the risk of harmful chemical ingestion
- Moderate amounts of caffeine can provide a natural energy boost
Environmental and Agricultural Benefits
Widely accepted as environmentally friendly, organic farming minimizes the dependence on synthetic material added to the soil. Under organic farming standards, natural fertilizers, such as compost and mulch, are used in the place of artificial fertilizers. This benefits the coffee crop as well as the soil.
Specifically, organic coffee will benefit from the chemical free nutrients they can absorb from the soil, greatly enhancing taste.
Typically, farmers practicing organic techniques are often closely linked with fair trade practices, which can help coffee producers in developing countries to maintain a sustainable livelihood.
Coffee House Express is proud to carry coffee that is Certified Organic by QAI as well as Fair Trade Certified™ by TransFair USA. Discover the benefits of organic coffee and try some of our organic fair trade coffees, such as Green Mountain Extra Bold Mountain Reserve Organic, Newman's Own Extra Bold Organic Coffee K-Cups and more.