Organic. Organic. Organic. The word is everywhere in our lives! We understand the importance in our food and farming, but how important is it for coffee? Is the coffee you have been drinking for years any different than organic coffee? Let's explore this.
What is Organic Coffee?
Coffee can be deemed organic when grown without fertilizers - both chemical and synthetic, pesticides, or harvested from bushes produced from GMO seeds.
Suppose your beans have been exposed to pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and harmful fertilizers; would that taint your taste and enjoyment of your morning cup? For many, it does! For those brewers, organic coffee is a sure way to guarantee the cleanest coffee experience while being better for the environment.
There will always be those who argue that the 'organic market' is just a fad, and there are checks and balances in place to ensure the quality of the food/drink being sold to consumers, making the organic label somewhat of a scam.
Conversely, there is an argument that food/drink regulations are not created equal internationally, creating the need for organic produce and products to be regulated.
We bet you, like INVITO, would rather be safe than sorry!
Is Organic Certification Important?
The certification process differs from country to country, and the process can be long, drawn-out, and costly for farmers. Our beans originate from our family farm in Costa Rica, which does not have a certification process currently available. Because of this, we employ organic farming practices and give you our word that we are complying. Until an official certification process is in place, you will need to trust us! This is why we say INVITO is organic but not 'certified organic' because we have not been certified at this point.
How Organic Coffee Differs
With 200+ pesticides used on conventionally grown crops, it is no wonder that non-organic coffee is a heavily chemically treated crop, many times more than any other agriculture crop in the world.
Commercial coffee beans are in direct sunlight all day which weakens the plants immune systems and creates a susceptibility to insects and pests.
To combat this, farmers then spray large amounts of pesticides and insecticides directly onto the crops (including the coffee beans), which then end up in your cup many times a day.
The INVITO Difference
It is essential to know how your coffee is grown, and at INVITO, we ensure that all processes on our farm are compliant with organic farming - we wouldn't have it any other way.