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Sustainable Coffee

There is a growing trend in the coffee industry to support coffee farms and organizations that make Sustainable Practices a priority. At Port City we encourage this practice and offer several coffees that are produced with "Love for the Earth" first coffees. We are constantly looking for more coffees to add to this collection, but it's a slow process as our first priority is to make sure the coffee has outstanding taste. It's a growing area so visit back often to see our new offerings.

What are Sustainable Coffees?

It depends who you ask!! At Port City Coffee we define this as any coffee being produced in a fashion that is helping the environment, saving endangered areas like rain forests, local communities, and raising the living standards of the community in which the coffee is being grown and distributed.

There are several well known groups / certifications that we group in this category:

Rainforest Alliance

Note: All Rainforest Coffees are also certified Organic

Rainforest AllianceThe Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

More than 25 million people in the tropics depend on coffee, a crop that is the economic backbone of many countries and the world's second most traded commodity after oil. Coffee is farmed on about 12 million hectares (30 million acres) worldwide, an area larger than Portugal and nearly the size of England. Most of the farms are in areas regarded as high priorities for conservation. In 1993, the Rainforest Alliance and its partner groups in the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) demonstrated that traditional, forested coffee farms are havens for wildlife. Now, coffee lovers everywhere can support farmers who maintain these rainforest refuges simply by buying beans stamped with the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal of approval.

Fair Trade

Fair TradeFair Trade coffee makes sure that farmers receive a fair price for the coffees they grow.

The Impact of Fair Trade

Fair Trade helps farming families across Latin America, Africa and Asia to improve the quality of life in their communities. Learn more

As a non-profit, TransFair depends on the support of people like you to grow this work.

Fair Trade Certification empowers farmers and farm workers to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace.

Fair Trade is much more than a fair price! Fair Trade principles include:

  • Fair price: Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.
  • Fair labor conditions: Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.
  • Direct trade: With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
  • Democratic and transparent organizations: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade revenues.
  • Community development: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement trainings, and organic certification.
  • Environmental sustainability: Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers’ health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.

Bird Friendly - Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

Smithsonian Migratory Bird CenterBird Friendly Certified Coffees promote traditional multi-level coffee growing (also related to "shade grown") plantations. Migratory birds use the overhanging trees for nesting, etc. By buying Bird Friendly Coffees you are helping certain birds from becoming extinct.

Organic Coffees

What is organic coffee?

Organic coffee is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic farmers abide by the law.

What does it mean to be certified organic?

In order for coffee to be certified and sold as organic in the United States, it must be produced in accordance with U.S. standards for organic production and certified by an agency accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. U.S. requirements for organic coffee production include farming without synthetic pesticides or other prohibited substances for three years and a sustainable crop rotation plan to prevent erosion, the depletion of soil nutrients, and control for pests.

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