Rainforest Alliance

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

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Revised on March 18, 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.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

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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Revised on March 23, 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.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

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

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Revised on March 20, 2013

Results of the December 2012 Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality competition.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Rainforest Alliance requires companies using their seal for less-than-90% certified content to increase that percentage over time.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Winners of the April 2012 competition covering Latin America, India, and Ethiopia.

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Revised on March 22, 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 March 23, 2014

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 December 11, 2011

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

The Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality award breakfast at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) annual trade show is always the first function we attend each year at this […]

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Revised on January 15, 2014

Report on how much certified, sustainably-grown coffee was produced and sold worldwide in 2009, broken down by certification.

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Revised on January 6, 2013