Coffee Mill is well-known in the Twin Cities for delivering an exceptional office coffee experience. We design custom beverage programs to meet the unique needs of your office with a wide variety of products, including a delicious variety of sustainably sourced coffees. Are you wondering about sustainable coffee and their impact on the world? Learn about the four certifications to look for if you want to bring sustainable coffee options to your office.
Coffee is the most popular Rainforest Alliance Certified product in the world, followed by tea. What does this mean? The locations that these coffees come from meet rigorous social, environmental, and economic standards. According to the Rainforest Alliance, these farms receive regular audits to ensure sustainable farming principles. This includes: improved livelihoods and human well-being, biodiversity conservation, natural resource conservation, and effective planning and farm management systems.
What does it mean to say a coffee is organic? Farmers grow organic coffee without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. The United State Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program tests these coffees and makes sure they meet the stringent regulations.
Bird Friendly Coffee receives its certification from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. In order to be considered Bird Friendly, the coffee must be organic, and also come from farms that provide forest-like habitats for birds. These coffees are shade-grown, or planted under a canopy of trees, and the farmers do not clear the land of all natural vegetation.
Fair Trade certified farmers receive fair wages in exchange for the high quality coffee they provide. As a result, the farmer benefits, but it also provides a lot of value to the community and environment as well. Fair trade farmers in the developing world market their coffee to international buyers. This results in long-term contracts based on transparency and direct communication.
Selecting coffee with these certifications for your office brings great tasting coffee to your employees while supporting sustainable coffee farmers throughout the world. Give us a call today and let’s talk about these delicious, sustainable products.