Organic Coffee

Organic coffee is produced without the use of chemical substances (pesticides, herbicides, additives). This type of coffee is  growing steadily. In the USA, this  coffee accounts for 30% of total organice beverage consumption. This  coffee demand is growing worldwide but supply is decreasing, due to various factors. The first being that it is increasingly difficult to obtain organic fertalizers. Second, organic coffee production is more time-consuming, therefor making it a more costly coffee. Third, the growing of this coffee is much slower.

Sierra Nevada Coffee is said to be one of the most valuable coffees in the world. Only 450 families in Colombia produce this coffee that grows in an área that was not originally a coffee-producing área. Few authorized distributors have it for it is extremely difficult to access those families and obtain authorization to sell.

The indigenous people of Sierra Nevada feel deeply about not harming the land and all living beings and in living naturally. 

They do not apply chemicals or synthetic products of any kind. As fertilizers, they use the fruits that fall to the ground of many trees such as avocado and banana trees, among other natural products.

It is a way of living from ancestral times, to respect Mother Nature above all. The Sierra Nevada Organic Coffee has become a Colombian reference worldwide. As time passes, the expression “organic coffee ” is becoming more and more meaningful, especially in the United States, Japan, Korea and Japan. The Sierra Nevada Coffee is also a Specialty Coffee, thus making it a double-special coffee.

The Sierra Nevada Coffee from Colombia has obtained various certifications and accreditations, under international standards of organic agriculture; For example, the ecological seal of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Fairtrade certification, which guarantees the consumer that, with his purchase, he/she is contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of the producers.

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, an ancestral land that produces Specialty Coffee 

Sierra Nevada is one of the world’s most unique regions. It is a mountain of 5,800 meters above sea level and 42km from the seashore that enjoys all thermal floors. UNESCO declared it a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site in 1979. Grown under the shade of native forests, Sierra Nevada Coffee is an intense beverage with notes of hazelnut and dark chocolate. Truly a delight to the palate. Unique and exquisite.

How does traditional coffee compare to organic coffee in taste? 

It has been proven that the taste does not really differ organic from traditional. We will call “traditional coffee” the typical coffee grown in most places. The distinction is made mainly by the fertilizers used in the process of growing the coffee. The tradition coffee uses synthetic chemical to Ward of the insects and others that may harm the coffee vean. The organic coffee uses natural fertilizers, such as chick manure and coffee pulp.

What is the difference between organic and non-organic coffee?

Organic coffee is grown in a farm where no chemical fertilizers have been used. Organic farms look like jungles, with weeds all over and the coffee beans difficult to get at. Although organic coffee is sold at a higher price, growing orgnic coffee is 10 times harder. Most of the coffee in the world is not organic.

Why would a person buy organic coffee when it is more expensive? 

For a couple of reasons. Mainly knowing that the coffee you are enjoying has not been treated with chemicals. It´s a question of perception, more tan anything else, for chemicals disappear when the coffee is roasted. It hasn´t been demostrated that this coffee tastes better. But a coffee bean that has not recieved chemicals is healthier bean, which one would think, gives us a richer coffee (not necesarilyy, it´s a question of perception).

Next reason on the list is knowing that the farmers have not had to handle chemicals and therefore, they and their families, have not been in contact with toxic substances to give us the cup of tea that we are enjoying. The families have not had to drink wáter infested with chemicals.

Third reason is knowing where the coffee comes from. Organic coffee is grown the the forest, in the shade of the trees. The tradictional coffee is usually grown in vast áreas of lands, where the trees have been eliminated to give way to more space for the grown of the coffee beans. This hence leads to destruction of the ecosystem and the nutrients requiered for a 100% coffee bean.

Do all coffee farms that are not organic, need to use synthetic (chemical) fertilizers? 

The higher up in the mountains, less problems with pests so healthier are the beans.

Coffee: Organic Coffee Organic Coffee, Sierra Nevada Coffee

Origin:  Colombia