Certifications

Studies in the Rainforest Alliance impacts reports hint at why some criteria in the proposed standard may be weaker.

The Rainforest Alliance impacts report says 82% of coffee farms comply with current shade requirements. Yet they have said that most farms do not fully implement these requirements, and that’s why they proposed weakening this requirement. What’s going on?

An update on the upcoming revision of the Rainforest Alliance standard.

Revised on April 12, 2016

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 January 25, 2016

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

Revised on April 10, 2016

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 August 20, 2015

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 March 5, 2016

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 May 31, 2016