Most coffee lovers when presented with so many different blends to choose from don’t usually question the origins of their favorite beverage or what is the environmental impact of their favorite brew. But today there is a growing awareness of the need to protect natural resources as much as possible. Because of this awareness more and more coffee companies are offering organic blends in part to lessen their impact on the environment and in part to capitalize on the organic craze and meet market demands.
Because coffee is grown so far away from it’s end user, most people don’t know that one of the by products of coffee production is a large quantity of pesticides. The coffee plants are “protected” by very strong pesticides and these pesticides then leach into the ground water and surrounding soils. These strong pesticides kill off plant and animal life. After harvesting the coffee beans are treated with even more chemicals during processing.
Organic coffee is grown differently. The coffee producers don’t treat the plants with chemicals. They are grown under the shade of indigenous trees that provide homes for the local birds and other small animals. These birds then in turn eliminate the need for pesticides by feasting on the bugs that the pesticides would kill. By purchasing organic coffee you can do your part providing habitat for birds and animals that would otherwise not have a home.
Surprisingly, organic coffee is not priced so high that the average person can’t afford it like so many other organic products. The majority of coffee producers offer organic blends from the milder breakfast blends to the richer, darker dessert blends at an affordable price, which is in reach for most of their customers.
Organic coffee is available to purchase at most local grocery stores. Local health food stores have had organically grown coffee for several years, but now it is readily available at the supermarket. Almost every major producer has an organic, so there shouldn’t be a problem in finding an organic alternative to fit your tastes perfectly. If you are a coffee lover already then you can do your part to help the environment by switching to organic coffee today. If you aren’t a coffee lover you can buy your coffee loving friends organically grown coffee and help out the environment at the same time.