Rainforest Alliance

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 […]

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

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

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 November 30, 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 October 21, 2016

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

Revised on March 1, 2015

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

Revised on February 20, 2016

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

Revised on November 29, 2016

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

Revised on July 1, 2016

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 […]

Revised on March 25, 2016

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.

Revised on October 22, 2016

(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 […]

Revised on November 29, 2016