These programs address various aspects of sustainable coffee production. Each has defined requirements, verified by periodic third-party independent reviews.
Grown without chemical inputs, following practices that promote soil health and ecological integrity.
Resources: United States Department of Agriculture
100% organic with high standards for diverse shade and habitat protection
Resources: Northwest Shade Coffee Campaign, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
For small farmers, guarantees a "floor" price ($1.31/pound, with possibilities to earn more), paid directly to their cooperatives.
Resources: Transfair USA, Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International, Washington Fair Trade Coalition
Certifies farms of all sizes that meet labor and environmental requirements (including diverse shade)
Resources: Rainforest Alliance
Code of conduct based on economic, social, and environmental criteria
Resources: UTZ Certified
For an in-depth comparison of certification and roaster programs, recommended online resources include:
Specialty Coffee Association of America, Coffee and Conservation
A great resource for coffee related terms is the Coffee Review Glossary.
Coffee Bites and Sites Tour
Want more caffeinated indulgence? Join Savor Seattle Food Tours and explore Seattle's two most beloved beans—coffee and chocolate—on the Coffee Bites and Sites Tour! Take in Seattle's grande attractions including the Space Needle, the monorail, and Pike Place Market, all while sampling some of the city’s best coffee and chocolate treats. For more information, please visit www.savorseattletours.com or call 1.888.98.SAVOR (72867).
Sorting coffee beans (Papua New Guinea)
Photo by Aarlie Hull, New Guinea Traders