The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) is revising the standards used for Rainforest Alliance certification; this review process takes place every few years. Over the last decade, revisions have introduced a […]
In return for financial support that represents a tiny fraction of profits, large corporations are receiving “endorsements” in the form of product badges promoting health benefits or sustainability efforts — despite the fact that many of these corporations have rotten sustainability records.
Revised on March 24, 2015
Keurig Green Mountain is buying more and more coffee, but less of it is eco-certified.
Revised Code of Conduct weakens encouragement for shade coffee, emphasizing that this is not an “eco-certification.”
5.1% of world coffee production is 4C certified, the weakest, lowest-bar standard available.
Revised on February 13, 2015
An important and potentially crippling change is being proposed for the eco-standards applied to coffee for Rainforest Alliance certification.
Revised on June 15, 2015
Despite buying exclusively eco-certified, specialty coffee this year, we paid the lowest price per cup in our five-year tracking history, just $0.44 a cup.
Revised on January 2, 2014
Rainforest Alliance recently announced the release of an important study outlining an overlooked benefit for farmers of achieving certification: the ability to get larger and more frequent small loans.
Revised on March 23, 2014
Whole Foods Markets is making a commitment to Smithsonian Bird-Friendly certified coffee — if it’s successful with customers.
Revised on March 23, 2014
Coffee leaf rust: a disease that may also threaten organic coffee.
Revised on March 23, 2015
Results of the spring 2013 Cupping for Quality competition for Rainforest Alliance certified coffees, highlighting the linkage between sustainable farm management practices and cup quality.
Revised on June 12, 2014
Recent actions by the new owners of Caribou Coffee (Joh. A. Benckiser Group, a private German holding company), seem to indicate a move towards away from sustainably-sourced and 100%-certified coffees. Just what I was afraid of.
Revised on April 20, 2015
The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has announced the first Bird-Friendly certified coffee from the Caribbean, from Spirit Mountain Coffee in the Dominican Republic.
McDonald’s buys more eco-certified coffee and has a stronger commitment to coffee sustainability than most big coffee companies.
Revised on March 1, 2015
In their latest corporate responsibility report, Nestlé has made it clear they are not interested in third-party coffee certifications, and that their way is better. Whatever that is.
Revised on June 24, 2015