We all know in theory that organic coffee is better than the coffee produced through more widespread mass coffee production. But many people are stumped when it comes to listing off all the reasons why this is so. If you aren’t already familiar with the benefits, we’re sure you’ll enjoy your next cup of organic coffee all the more after knowing these facts.
So let’s get a quick lowdown on organic coffee.
Better for the Environment
Firstly though, let’s back the track. Organic coffee farming is not really anything new. Before mass farming, it was the only way in which coffee was grown. Growing coffee organically differs quite a bit from what has now become standard coffee production. Organic coffee farming requires fewer trees to be cleared, the coffee plants are grown alongside a variety of plants rather than as a monocrop and so there is a much lesser overall impact on the natural environment and the wildlife it supports.
Put simply, coffee grown the ‘old-fashioned’ way is much kinder to our ecology. This is increasingly recognised not only by coffee growers but environmentally-aware coffee drinkers who get to decide what kind of coffee they want.
There is a lot that goes into preparing the soil and growing conditions for organic coffee farming. That includes ensuring the soil does not contain any non-organic substances for a minimum of three years, among other intricate modifications and processes mandated for the coffee to be certified organic. It is for this reason that organically grown coffee costs a bit more than non-organic coffee.
And while organic coffee farming tends to produce a lesser overall yield than standard production, multiplied by the millions of coffees drunk daily across the world, the degree of environmental impact adds up substantially over time. So if that coffee you’re sipping on is organic, that’s something to feel good about.
There is coffee, and there is coffee. To get that delicious, full, deep, satisfying taste, the coffee plants are grown in ideal tropical conditions – both in terms of temperature and altitude – before being dried and roasted to particular specifications. As well as being grown organically, the variety of coffee also matters: beans from the Arabica coffee plant produce fuller flavoured, more aromatic coffee which also contains less caffeine. Other varieties, such as Robusta coffee beans are of inferior quality and are not considered gourmet. They also accordingly cost less.
The taste of organic coffee is widely known to be superior, and that is why quality confectioners select organic coffee to enhance the flavor of any treats they make which involve coffee flavor.
Better for You
Considering that organic coffee production minimises the use of chemicals in fertilisers and pesticides, the soil is not toxic and allows nature to take its course, creating a fertile, healthy, self-perpetuating soil system with natural nutrients. This same system flows right through to the cup of coffee you drink, so you are ingesting more of what is natural into your body. And that matters a great deal for health-conscious coffee lovers.
Gold Coast-based organic coffee roasters Cre8ive Coffee obtain gourmet coffee beans from around the world and roast them locally to perfection. With all this in mind, try the Cre8ive Organic Jungle Bean for yourself. And if you haven’t already, consider ‘going organic’ with your choice of coffee.