There are coffees whose packaging bears the following label: certified organic coffee. But what does this mean? What sets this coffee apart from the rest? Is it healthier? Tastier? Details.
What is organic coffee?
Every certified organic coffee comes from a plantation without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides. Third-party organizations verify the existence and compliance of these practices – think of it like a HACCP certification. The rules are quite strict, making obtaining this certification difficult.
However, the consumer society is changing, becoming more willing to pay a few extra forints to protect our planet. So, the flag is increasingly raised by those who cultivate organic coffee!
Criteria for certified organic coffee
- In addition to coffee plants, companion plants are continuously grown to maintain biodiversity. Fruit trees are often planted between coffee rows to ensure this!
- Coffee farms recycle everything (much of the compost is often made from unused fruit pulp after extracting the seeds)
- At least 95% of the ingredients in fertilizers and composts are organic,
- and artificial pesticides cannot be used against animals and plant pests.
The impact of organic coffee
The impact of organic coffee is not significantly different from traditional coffee, but its beneficial effects are stronger, while its potentially harmful effects are milder.
- Coffee from certified coffee plantations can provide various health benefits.
- It may help prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and type 2 diabetes.
- Coffee can stimulate brain function.
- It can support a healthy digestive system and liver.
- Drinking coffee from certified plantations may even reduce the risk of gallstones.
So, organic coffee is healthier – whether it’s tastier is not guaranteed, but at least we know it doesn’t contain artificial colorings, flavor enhancers, or additives.
Whole bean and instant organic coffee
There are more and more vegan options among whole bean coffees, but when it comes to instant and capsule coffee, it still needs to be common for them to be organic.
This isn’t surprising – capsules are already environmentally polluting due to the amount of waste they generate. While coffee capsules are not being recycled, refillable capsules aren’t widespread enough.
However, a Nespresso capsule, Peru Organic, has recently been introduced to the market, meeting all the requirements. This limited edition capsule might only stay in the lineup for a short time, so try it soon if you’re a fan of coffee capsules!