Certified Bird-Friendly coffee

by on March 5, 2010

I have a rotating list of recommended coffee roasters and retailers at the bottom of this page. They are all sources of sustainably-grown coffee, with online ordering available. These roasters have been chosen based on criteria which I’ve outlined in this post. Many of them carry certified organic, Rainforest Alliance, or Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) Bird-Friendly® (BF) coffee, some do not. There are many reasons why coffee from farms with excellent environmental practices are not certified, and why many coffee roasters cannot afford to carry only certified coffees.

However, I understand some consumers prefer to buy only certified coffee. SMBC has the strongest shade/biodiversity criteria by far, so I have compiled this list of online sources of Bird Friendly® (BF)-certified coffee. I tried to find sources that regularly offered at least two varieties of BF-certified coffee, but remember that coffee is seasonal and there are not many certified farms, so availability may fluctuate. Be sure to check that the offering says it is BF-certified.

You can search for a retailer on the SMBC web site, and you can also verify that the source/farm listed is really a BF-certified farm with a look-up on the SMBC web site.

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Revised on July 8, 2014

Posted in Certifications,Retail and specialty roasters,Smithsonian Bird-Friendly

Joseph Gerardis March 6, 2010 at 10:08 am

We look for and often roast bird friendly and SMBC coffees.

Jörg March 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Is there any certified birdfriendly coffee trader in Europe?
We would be interested to start with birdfriedly in Germany.

Julie March 9, 2010 at 11:01 am

Jörg, let me email you and put you in contact with SMBC.

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