Organic coffee

The Power of Organic Coffee

by JulieCraves on December 8, 2016

This article originally appeared in the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s member publication, the SCAA Chronicle.

Revised on December 25, 2018

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

Revised on May 18, 2019

Canada now has its own certified organic standards and seal.

Revised on October 4, 2017

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

Revised on December 1, 2018

Review: PT’s Kenya Kia Ora

by JulieCraves on November 22, 2010

Organic coffee from Kenya accounts for less than 1% of exports. Here’s a review of one of the first widely available offerings, from a surprising source.

Revised on May 31, 2019

The North American Organic Coffee Industry Report 2010 by Daniele Giovannucci shows that the North American organic coffee market topped $1.4 billion dollars in 2009. The report is available from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and was announced at an…

Revised on December 11, 2018

Organic coffee and yield

by JulieCraves on January 20, 2010

Critics often argue that a major barrier to farmers producing organic coffee is that yields often decrease dramatically, preventing profit. How much yield is lost under organic coffee farming methods, and what causes it?

Revised on November 12, 2012

At least 10% of farmers in northern Latin America have returned to using pesticides because consumers are unwilling to pay more for organic coffee.

Revised on December 11, 2018

In May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its decision to ban any residue of the pesticide carbofuran on food. The rule becomes effective December 31, 2009. Carbofuran (sold under the name Furadan) causes neurological damage in humans, is…

Revised on August 22, 2019

Is incorporating shade criteria into organic certification standards a good thing?

Revised on June 17, 2018

A recent article notes that more producers in central Kenya are turning to organic coffee in order to take advantage of price premiums. This is welcome news, as over the last 15 years or so, Kenya has been one of…

Revised on May 2, 2016

Last week I posted about the recent U.S. Department of Agriculture ruling which will require every farm in a cooperative to be inspected annually in order to receive organic certification. It was feared this would make organic certification too expensive…

Revised on February 22, 2015

An article in Salon outlines a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture ruling which will require every farm in a cooperative to be inspected annually in order to receive organic certification. Previously, about 20% of the farms were inspected annually. The…

Revised on February 14, 2015

Some recommended reading

by JulieCraves on April 13, 2007

Book: Organic Coffee: Sustainable Development by Mayan Farmers by Maria Elena Martinez-Torres. This book is based on a PhD dissertation, but has been skillfully adapted and is very readable while still preserving the excellent information including tables, charts, and references….

Revised on December 11, 2018

Last month, a number of coffee bloggers, including C&C, received an offer from a public relations firm offering samples of Millstone Coffee Company’s organic line. Millstone is a coffee brand of the global conglomerate Procter & Gamble. There are five…

Revised on December 11, 2018