Certifications

Starbucks has been assessing the impacts of its CAFE Practices coffee sourcing program. While other big coffee companies trumpet their empty sustainability claims, Starbucks has been releasing these reports with a minimum of flag-waving and no attempt at greenwashing.

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Revised on June 12, 2014

The Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality award is designed to recognize exceptional coffees carrying the Rainforest Alliance seal and to highlight the linkage between sustainable farm management practices and cup […]

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Revised on June 12, 2014

How much eco-certified coffee do the world’s major coffee roasters purchase?

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Revised on February 23, 2015

All the coffee sourced by Caribou is 100% Rainforest Alliance certified. How this stacks up against other major coffee buyers, with a footnote on Caribou stock ownership.

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Revised on April 18, 2012

(Updated) Finca Platanillo in San Marcos, western Guatemala is the first coffee farm to be verified by Rainforest Alliance (RA) for compliance with the Climate Module of the Sustainable Agriculture […]

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Revised on February 14, 2015

The Fair Trade USA/FLO break-up and its ramifications is seeping into the mainstream media. Recently, for example, the New York Times published an article on the debate on the future […]

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Revised on February 8, 2013

A recent announcement by Fair Trade USA qualifies as major news that changes the meaning of “Fair Trade” certification in the U.S., and which may mean changes to environmental standards for coffee certified as FT by Fair Trade USA.

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Revised on February 15, 2015

Canada now has its own certified organic standards and seal.

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Revised on February 8, 2013

What does “certified organic” mean when it comes to coffee? What chemicals are allowed?

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Revised on December 28, 2013

From my accounts of previous trips, readers know I have a soft spot for Nicaragua. So I’m happy to report that the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has now has three […]

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Revised on June 12, 2014

Sips: Fair Trade debate

by on July 16, 2011

There are so many great voices in the fair/Fair trade movement, I keep out of it aside from environmental aspects of certification and occasional links. Here are a few of […]

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Share it or spare it?

by on June 21, 2011

Intensifying production while conserving biodiversity Food security and the ability of agricultural lands to feed over 9 billion people by 2050 is an increasingly-discussed topic. Part of this issue is […]

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Latest update February 2015 When sales and market shares of various certified coffees come out, I try to put them together in a post. Each certification scheme tends to announce […]

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Revised on February 22, 2015

Rainforest Alliance will require companies that use less than 100% certified beans in their coffees to increase that amount by a set percent each year until they reach 100%.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

As promised in the last post, here are the winners of the Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality awards from the April 2011 cuppings, which covers countries in Latin America, Ethiopia, […]

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Revised on March 21, 2014