When it comes to your morning cup of java, do you ever think of its impact on our environment? No? You should. Coffee is the world’s 2nd most traded commodity and it is a commodity that millions of people in the tropics rely on economically.
When purchasing coffee, please consider choosing shade-grown, organic, fair trade and Rain Forest Alliance certified coffee. Shade-grown means the coffee is grown traditionally, under a canopy of trees. (delightful, right?) By choosing Rain forest Alliance certified coffee you support coffee grown on farms where forests, rivers, and the soil are protected and wildlife conserved. The workers are treated with respect, paid a fair wage, have the proper equipment, and are given access to medical care and educational services. Fairtrade means it’s grown by family farmers who are paid a fair wage and treated well.
So next time you purchase coffee, consider making a change for the better. You will enjoy your morning Cup o’ Joe more knowing that you are respecting the planet, as well as the local farmers and wildlife that live in the rain forest.
Sip slowly and enjoy it.