Organic Coffee Company Fair Trade Decaf Gorilla Blend Coffee Beans
Full-city roasted taste that is big, strong yet mellow. Decaffeinated using the Natural Water Process.
These coffee beans have been certified "USDA Organic" by OCIA. This means they're grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. Responsibly grown on bio-diverse shade-grown farms.
All of the coffee we buy and roast is 100% Arabica coffee grown on bio-diverse farms under a canopy of rainforest-preserving shade trees at an elevation over 3000 ft, and a very large percentage of that is grown on certified organic farms. Shade grown and organic farming methods make for healthier soil, prevent water contamination and provide habitat for dozens of species of migratory birds. They also make for an excellent cup of coffee.
We never buy coffee from farms where the farmers have slashed and burned their fields to allow for full-sun penetration. This makes for higher coffee yields but badly damages the sensitive ecosystems of the tropical highland rainforests where coffee is grown. Shade grown coffee grown on bio-diverse farms, on the other hand, creates a more complex, high quality cup of coffee and maintains sensitive ecosystems.
Formal Certification versus Environmental Reality
We want to stress that our green coffee purchasing approach is to source the highest quality coffee we can find while providing direction for and encouragement of sustainable coffee farming methods. Whether a partner farm is formally certified organic, shade grown, or fair trade certified, what matters most to us is the ecological reality of the farm, its commitment to environmental stewardship, and the way it treats its workers from the surrounding communities.
To provide transparency of claims we make that our coffees are responsibly grown with respect to the environment, Daniel Cooper, of Cooper Ecological Monitoring, Inc., is surveying specific conditions on our partner farms such as presence of forest-dependent animals, including migratory birds that winter in the neo-tropical forests in Mexico and Central America.
What we think is interesting, for instance, is that some of our farms where the owners have not yet gone through the process to become shade-grown-certified (for instance, Finca La Victoria), may support as many forest-dependent bird species as formally certified (Finca Irlanda). We will continue to investigate these patterns at all the farms that supply us with coffee.