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Starbucks will discontinue their Organic Shade Grown Mexico coffee when their new Blonde roasts are rolled out early next year.

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Revised on November 14, 2019

Plainspoken Coffee. A Coffee Review for Ordinary People by Ordinary People, #41. Starbucks Organic Shade Grown Mexico is produced by around 900 small farmers on 3200 ha of land in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas [1]. Many of the…

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Revised on November 14, 2019

There is no set definition of the term “shade grown.” Here are the two main certifications that deal with shade coffee.

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Revised on December 11, 2018

If it’s certified Fair Trade… Over 80% of the coffee certified Fair Trade in the U.S. (by TransFair USA) is also shade grown. Organizations that certify shade grown coffee are the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Rainforest Alliance. Nearly…

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Revised on December 21, 2018

A paper in the journal Conservation Biology reports that shade coffee plantations in Mexico provide refuge for orchids from lower montane cloud forest habitats — the most endangered forest type in the country, now comprising only 1% of Mexico’s land….

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Revised on December 21, 2018

Do not use Rainforest Alliance certification as an indication that coffee was shade-grown or even particularly eco-friendly. And the new proposed rules will make it even less likely.

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Revised on July 28, 2020

For August 2009, Ken Davids’ Coffee Review takes a look at shade grown coffee. First he describes the definition of the term “shade grown” and goes on to provide reviews of 12 coffees that scored 89 or over. Three were…

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Revised on November 14, 2019

How the list of responsible coffee roasters on this site was developed, and the criteria used.

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Revised on December 21, 2018

In 2003, a number of important researchers debated the conservation value of promoting shade-grown coffee in the pages of the journal Conservation Biology. First Rappole et al. [1] wrote that if the result of promoting shade coffee resulted in the…

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Revised on December 21, 2018

What is shade-grown coffee?

by JulieCraves on February 6, 2006

It is important to understand the various levels of growing coffee under shade. This lists the five most typical categories, from the most desirable, traditional growing method, to the least diverse, most modern and technified method.

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Revised on November 14, 2019

In 2017, Rainforest Alliance announced they would merge with Utz (another certification), retain the Rainforest Alliance name, and develop a new standard — the set of rules and criteria required […]

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A new standard for Rainforest Alliance certification has been issued. Here, the changes to the “shade” criteria are explained.

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Revised on July 28, 2020

[Updates: Since this post, the standard revision, and the merger with UTZ, many of the links in this post have been eliminated; I’ve replaced them with archived links that will […]

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Revised on July 28, 2020

Support a conservation program that provides native shade trees to Nicaraguan coffee farmers.

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Revised on November 14, 2019

An important and potentially crippling change is being proposed for the eco-standards applied to coffee for Rainforest Alliance certification.

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Revised on July 28, 2020