Certifications

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 […]

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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.

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Keurig Green Mountain is buying more and more coffee, but less of it is eco-certified.

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Revised Code of Conduct weakens encouragement for shade coffee, emphasizing that this is not an “eco-certification.”

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5.1% of world coffee production is 4C certified, the weakest, lowest-bar standard available.

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

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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.

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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.

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Whole Foods Markets is making a commitment to Smithsonian Bird-Friendly certified coffee — if it’s successful with customers.

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Coffee leaf rust: a disease that may also threaten organic coffee.

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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.

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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.

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The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has announced the first Bird-Friendly certified coffee from the Caribbean, from Spirit Mountain Coffee in the Dominican Republic.

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McDonald’s buys more eco-certified coffee and has a stronger commitment to coffee sustainability than most big coffee companies.

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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.

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