Bird friendly, Organic, Fair Trade…coffee has a lot of certifications. Here’s what they mean.

While it’s always important to be critical of whether or not companies actually renew these certifications, this is a useful compilation of what these qualifications actually entail.

Coffee with the Queen

Good for the earth? Good for the workers? Good for the ecosystem? Good for all? Coffee certifications are numerous, diverse, and given to you with little or no explanation. Today, we are going to remedy that. Keep reading to learn more about coffee’s primary environmental and social certifications.


Bird Friendly

Bird Friendly is a certification created and monitored by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Established in 1996, this unique certification was created to preserve migratory bird’s, including the beloved songbird’s, natural habitat, which is vital to their survival. Without the large forest canopy trees, may of these migratory birds would face persistence threats, including extinction. Bird Friendly certification is the only certification that requires coffee be organically grown under a natural shade canopy.

Primary focus: Migratory birds; indigenous shade trees.

Certification criteria: Farms must be Certified Organic with healthy soil and no pesticide use. Certified farms…

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