Not All Coffees Are Created Equal

Your morning cup of coffee provides more than a jolt of caffeine—it can have significant health benefits too!  It can protect against type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease to lowering rates of depression, to cancer protection and asthma control. For these reasons, you’ll want to choose your coffee wisely.

There are a lot of coffees out there, so understanding labels (organic, fair-sourced) and what to look for (price, value, flavor, processes and methods) is key (See this enlightening article on Equal Exchange) Besides the obvious qualities of aromatic and flavorful, you’re seeking a coffee that is organic, fairly sourced, available and economical.

Organic and Fair-sourced

Safe for you: Ensure you’re drinking coffee made from coffee beans without using any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, on a land that is given sufficient time to detoxify itself, without the aid of any genetically modified organisms and processed and packed without the involvement of any chemical. Organic coffee is addresses this concern in that it does not contain any toxic residues of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, artificial flavors or colors, or preservatives unlike non-organic coffee which may contain toxic chemicals.

Safe for the environment: No chemicals are used in the production, processing and packaging of organic coffee so it does not pollute the environment. There is also no risk of smaller animals like birds, rodents, or squirrels, etc. being poisoned and killed due to these toxic chemicals. Therefore, this coffee helps a lot to preserve the biotic environment and its healthy balance.

Availability and Awareness

The availability of organic coffee is growing, but it is nowhere near that of non-organic coffee. It’s less available than its non-organic counterpart because its process is more natural (no artificial fertilizers are used to speed up production for mass distribution). As awareness continues to grow, the demand is increasing and so is production as more and more farmers are taking up organic farming.

Value and Price

Because of the care taken in organic coffee production and process, the consumer pays an increased price for organic over non-organic. In many cases organic might not equal fair-sourced and with the rapid growth in demand for organic, consumers are left wondering how to assess value. In any case, prices for organic, fair-sourced coffee are up to 5x higher as I discovered in my 12 oz comparison of $2.89 Folgers to $14.99 City Girl Coffee, a finer organic roast. So, as you can see there is a wide variety in quality and price.

We’ve found Mountain Cabin Coffee at $9.99 (12 oz) to be organic, fair-sourced, economical, flavorful and convenient — select your variation online and it’s shipped right to your door, arriving within a few working days. Ask us how to shop this way for your next cup of joe!