What is Organic Coffee?

Organic coffee is coffee that has been produced without the use of pesticides or herbicides. Although beneficial to the producer and the consumer, organic coffees tend to yield less than non-organic coffees since non-organic coffees are typically non-shaded coffees.

The term organic can also refer to farms which incorporate socially responsible activities such as recycling, composting, soil health and environmental protections. >> more

Organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed.  It includes a system of production, processing, distribution and sales that assures consumers that the products maintain the organic integrity that begins on the farm. Setting the stage for U.S. National organic standards, the U.S. Congress adopted the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) in 1990 as part of the 1990 Farm Bill. This action was followed by over a decade of public input and discussion, which resulted in a National Organic Program final rule published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in December 2000 and implemented in October 2002. >>more