The YUM of Organic Coffee!

Organic coffee is growing in both popularity and availability. This is coffee that is grown without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Organic coffee is grown on land that has not been chemically altered and does not include genetically modified organisms (GMO).

Process

Organic coffee is processed by separating the beans from the dried coffee berries in a method called dry milling. The sun is typically used to dry the beans, although machine drying is sometimes used. Wet milling may use a large amount of water applied directly to the bean, however, no chemicals are used. They are then organically roasted without the use of chemicals or additives.

Varieties

There are different varieties of coffees depending on where the beans are grown. They include shade-grown, where the coffee beans are allowed to grow alongside natural tropical trees so that no forests are destroyed. Bird-friendly varieties simply mean that the natural habitat of native birds were not damaged during farming. Hawaii offers “100% Organic Kona Coffee,” grown on the Kona region’s volcanic soil. Organic coffee comes in a decaffeinated variety too.

100% Organic

Make sure that your coffee label says “100% Organic Coffee.”  If the label says natural, organic, or contains organic, it is not a 100% Organic product. When you purchase Organic Free Trade Coffee, you ensure that a fair portion of the proceeds goes directly to the farmers who grow the beans. Specific principles outline the way this is handled and monitored, and it includes a certification process.

You will pay more for an organic cup of coffee but if you drink a lot of coffee, this will be a healthier option!

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