What you need to know about sustainable coffee

“Sustainable coffee is produced on a farm with high biological diversity and low chemical inputs. It conserves resources, protects the environment, produces efficiently, competes commercially and enhances the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.”

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, First Sustainable Coffee Congress overview paper

Choosing sustainably-grown coffee is complicated, and not just as simple as picking a bag with some kind of certification label on it.

Here are links to posts that will fill you in on the basics of sustainable coffee.

Here is where to buy organic, Smithsonian Bird-Friendly certified coffee.

At the bottom of each page, I provide a rotating list of roasters (and a link to a map of many more) that carry many sustainably-grown coffees — here is how I came up with my list of responsible coffee roasters.

Here is a list of posts that provide background on coffee growing in various countries, in alphabetical order. More will be added. Other articles that include issues specific to particular countries can be found in the Coffee Regions category.

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Revised on February 20, 2014

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