Certifications

Rainforest Alliance and UTZ (Certified), two major certifiers of coffee and other products, are merging.

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

Revised on February 7, 2017

The Power of Organic Coffee

by JulieCraves on December 8, 2016

This article originally appeared in the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s member publication, the SCAA Chronicle.

Revised on February 9, 2017

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 February 4, 2017

[Update: Post on the new standard and lack of shade canopy criteria here] The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) is revising the standards used for Rainforest Alliance certification; this review process […]

Revised on February 4, 2017

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 October 21, 2016

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.”

Revised on June 20, 2017

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 February 4, 2017

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 October 9, 2016