Organic? Non organic? Does it taste better? Does it not? Is it worth the cost difference? Is it not? Is it all hype? It is time to cut right through all the misconceptions and objectively look at why organic single-origin coffee is the best stuff you can get your hands on and start your day with, from cold brew coffee concentrate or pour over coffee using a Bodum electric kettle.
What is Organic Coffee?
Before we dive into the benefits of what makes organic single-origin coffee so great, we first need to understand what it is. What makes organic coffee any better or different than non-organic coffee? Simply put, it is healthier and a higher quality product. It is healthier and higher quality because it is grown, harvested, and roasted without using any synthetic fertilizers, chemicals, pesticides, or genetically modified organisms (G.M.O.).
Rise of Non-Organic Coffee
How did non-organic coffee become so popular? It is simple… Coffee is one of the highest traded commodities in the world. According to the International Coffee Organization, 173 million bags of coffee are consumed each year, which equates to over 10 million tons of coffee.
It became much easier to mass produce coffee so the supply could sustain the demand for it. In international farmers growing and harvesting non-organic coffee, there are not just adverse affects on our own health, but it has also impacts the ecosystem in which they farm coffee. What do we mean by this? Well, in order to sustain the demand and produce enough coffee, a lot of farmers clear forests so they can use the room for large coffee growing fields. This hurts the overall ecosystem where they are farming coffee.
What Makes Organic Coffee Better?
There are a quite a few start differences between organic and non-organic coffee.
Here are some of the most notable differences:
|Non-Organic Coffee||Organic Coffee|
|Uses synthetic fertilizers and chemicals||Uses only natural fertilizers such as compost, cow manure, etc.|
|Uses pesticides and GMOs||Does not use harmful pesticides or GMOs|
|Larger carbon footprint||Smaller carbon footprint|
|Increase greenhouse gasses and emissions from deforestation to mass produce non-organic coffee||Does not increase greenhouse gasses or emissions because organic coffee is grown and farmed in shade, natural forests, and similar environments|
|Destroys the soil health the coffee plants are grown in because farmers fumigate the soil with synthetic chemicals and pesticides before planting to remove insects||Improves soil health and its environment from not fumigating the soil with synthetic chemicals and pesticides and not contributing to soil erosion|
|Farmers, their families, and surrounding communities are exposed to these harmful synthetic chemicals, pesticides, and GMOs when they spray their crops||Protects the communities of the farmers because there is no exposure to harmful synthetic chemicals, pesticides, and GMOs|
|Harms the local water supply and contaminates it from spraying chemicals to treat the plants||Protects the local water supply and does not contaminate it from not spraying chemicals to treat the coffee plants|
|Contains less healthy antioxidants which are beneficial for your health and can have adverse effects on your health||Contains more healthy antioxidants which is better for your health|
|A majority of non-organically grown coffee plants are hybrid plants with more sun exposure. This is from deforestation and setting up large coffee fields to supply the demand for coffee||Receive less exposure to the sun as they are grown in more natural environments and shade, which coffee plants flourish in environments less exposed to sun. It is more difficult to farm in densely covered areas, so non-organic coffee plants have been made hybrid plants to be able to grow in the sun, reducing its quality|
This is not an exhaustive list but some of the major differences between non-organic and organic coffee.
It is clear that organic single-origin coffee is not only cleaner and healthier for your body but it is also better for the environment, meaning cleaner air, water and soil. Banyan Coffee is committed to working with international farmers who only grow and harvest organic coffee. Rest assured, Banyan Coffee keeps the roasting process all natural as well and only roasts our coffee beans organically.
Bradenton’s Banyan Coffee has mastered the roasting process not only for a better quality product, but to keep the organic single-origin coffee train rolling. We only source organic coffee and intend to keep it that way. We do not add any preservatives during our Bradenton coffee roasting process. All of our organic single-origin coffee is natural and organic. We want each of our customers to drink coffee freely knowing what they are putting into their body
Do Not Just Take Our Word for It!
How are you sure you are maximizing the health benefits of drinking organic single-origin coffee that is also better for the environment? Well, in order for coffee to be organic, farmers must go through a rigorous process to obtain certifications. Farmers who are able to go through the process will receive a certificate signaling that in fact their coffee is organic.
Unfortunately, the process can be quite expensive. This makes it more difficult for smaller farms or underserved communities in different international countries where coffee is farmed. A lot of these farmers follow the same processes and growing practices as do the certified organic coffee farmers. When Banyan Coffee works with farmers, importers and exporters, they are able to see if the single-origin coffee is organic or non organic through documentation.
Keep it Real!
Another great way to ensure you are consuming only the highest quality organic coffee is to only drink single-origin coffee. This is a very important step to ensure quality and that the coffee you are drinking is organic. Single origin means the coffee you are buying has only one origin and is not a blended coffee. Companies blend coffees to get creative, make different flavors, and experiment. The problem is that the more times you blend, the more times there is exposure to other coffee beans, increasing the likelihood of contaminants from the growing and harvesting process: synthetic chemicals, pesticides, and GMOs.
Try it Out with Banyan’s Organic Bradenton Coffee
Now that you know what organic coffee is, the benefits of it, and what it takes for it to meet the standard, now it is time to learn the best ways to consume it. If you are wondering how you can use Banyan’s organic single origin-coffee, read our blog on all the different ways to brew coffee. If you are asking yourself, “What is cold brew,” or how can I make organic cold brew, then this blog is for you!
Organic and single-origin coffee is not just a fad or trend that will fade away. Instead, it is a way to benefit your health, environment, and farmers doing it the right way. Organic does not have to always come with a hefty price. At Banyan Coffee, it is our mission to deliver the highest quality product to you at the most affordable price. Comparatively, our prices are some of the most competitive and fair within the organic coffee market. Enjoy our selection of organic single-origin coffee today. Our commitment is to bring you the best coffee from all over the world, have fun doing it, and keep informing you about coffee through these blogs. Please share them with anyone you think would enjoy them!