Organic coffee is grown without the use of synthetic chemicals and pesticides. The farmers apply methods of composting, inter-cropping and terracing to build a healthy soil base for the coffee plants. Coffee is a shade-loving shrub and works out better when planted under taller trees. To enhance the area that the coffee is grown, the coffee farmers plant canopy trees, usually lime, orange, banana, and avocado trees. Organic farming is the most natural way to grow coffee trees.
There are many environmental benefits from organic farming. Organic farming maintains soil fertility by the use of natural methods, such as, adding animal manures to the soil. It provides wildlife and migrating birds the proper refuge. Pests and diseases are controlled through the use of ecological methods. Soil erosion becomes less of a problem in organic farming areas because the forests are better utilized. The coffee farmers are very careful in protecting the vegatation that is native to their areas. The water systems are maintained by recirculating the water through anaerobic digestion systems to eliminate any pollution. You can say that they farm the “old-fashioned way”, in harmony with nature.
Buying organic coffee should make you feel good. You are acknowledging the farmers that are committed to organic farming. The farmers recognize the importance of the environment. Family farms are saved and economic independence is sustained in poor rural areas. And, finally, purchasing organic coffee helps preserve biodiversity on our planet.
What is the benefit of organic coffee to the coffee-lover? Besides it being an excellent tasting cup of coffee, this chemical-free cup of coffee that provides numerous health benefits. Caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees are a major sources of antioxidants in the diet. Short-term memory can be improved by drinking coffee and it can increase your metabolism. Coffee lowers some types of cancers and Type 2 diabetes can be reduced. There are reports that show coffee is good for the teeth, showing that the antibacterial effects from roasted coffee beans can lessen cavities. And coffee, is also reported to prevents or stops headaches and migraines.
As you sit back with your cup of coffee, think of all the positive benefits that it has created. Cheers, enjoy a great tasting cup of organic coffee!