Can you believe the coffee industry is the third largest user of toxic herbicides and pesticides globally? The solution is simple, and we consumers have the power to get it done: simply switch from industrially produced coffee beans to organic, shade-grown beans. Coffee trees grow naturally in the shade of rain forests as part of a complex, sustainable ecosystem. Hybrid trees introduced in the 1970s produce more beans, but require direct sun (in other words, clearing those rainforests) and mega-doses of chemicals.
Let’s choose better coffee: varieties that are both organic and shade-grown: organic, so that you know your coffee is not the result of a massive chemistry experiment, and shade-grown, so you know that forests were not clear-cut to make way for an unsustainable plantation.
Coffee is a great place to green your daily life – a little effort yields a large benefit to our environment (read our blog post here), and it builds a sustainable economy. These small roasters are real craftsmen, blending art and science, roasting high-quality, organic beans in small batches to bring out the unique qualities of each batch and ensure that your beans are the freshest possible. Many also offer monthly subscriptions.
Similar issues affect tea production. When you consider that most tea leaves are never rinsed between the moment they are harvested and the moment you brew a cup or pot of tea, imagine what you are extracting from the tea leaves along with that wonderful tea flavor!