Retail and specialty roasters

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 May 18, 2019

Starbucks will discontinue their Organic Shade Grown Mexico coffee when their new Blonde roasts are rolled out early next year.

Revised on December 21, 2018

Sips: Starbucks news

by JulieCraves on November 18, 2010

News from Starbucks, featuring the announcement of a company-operated farm in China.

Revised on May 31, 2019

Starbucks CAFÉ Practices

by JulieCraves on September 22, 2010

A review of the environmental criteria in Starbucks green coffee sourcing guidelines finds they are as good as or better than some other popular certifications.

Revised on December 11, 2018


by JulieCraves on July 17, 2010

Order from a variety of great coffee roasters from one site.

Revised on December 11, 2018

Caribou Coffee recently announced that it will be sourcing all of its beans from Rainforest Alliance certified farms by the end of 2011.

Revised on December 11, 2018

Starbucks news

by JulieCraves on March 21, 2010

Some recent sustainability-related news regarding Starbucks: Starbucks has a new Conservation International-branded loyalty card. Every time a customer uses a CI Starbucks card from now through the end of 2010, five cents will go to Conservation International for forest preservation….

Revised on August 22, 2019

A handy list of roasters who regularly carry Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center Bird-Friendly-certified coffee.

Revised on December 11, 2018

For every bag of the Finca Nueva Armenia Holiday Blend purchased by a Coffee & Conservation reader from now through December 21, 2009, I will donate $1 to the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

Revised on December 1, 2018

By now, Café Femenino coffee should be available in many Kroger grocery stores across the nation. Café Femenino was founded in 2004 by Organic Products Trading Company (OPTCO, the exclusive […]

Revised on December 11, 2018

Last year, Counter Culture Coffee launched its Direct Trade program. They also strarted rolling out their current line of packaging: brown kraft-like valve bags with a sleeve that has nice origin-appropriate art, a map on one side panel showing the…

Revised on December 1, 2018

Caribou Coffee sources over 50% of its beans from Rainforest Alliance certified farms, and they are included in at least eight of their offerings; their Guatemala El Socorro is 100% RA certified. On April 22, 2009, in honor of Earth…

Revised on December 11, 2018

National Geographic is introducing a line of coffees called “Terra Firma.” Remarkably, none of them are certified organic or shade grown.

Revised on November 17, 2017

Plainspoken Coffee. A Coffee Review for Ordinary People by Ordinary People, #41. Starbucks Organic Shade Grown Mexico is produced by around 900 small farmers on 3200 ha of land in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas [1]. Many of the…

Revised on December 21, 2018

Birds & Beans now available

by JulieCraves on February 21, 2009

The Birds & Beans: The Good Coffee web site is now up and running. Since I posted about this initiative, which offers only Smithsonian Bird-Friendly certified coffee, there have been a few tweaks and changes. For a limited time, you…

Revised on December 11, 2018