You’re choosing between two flavorful whole bean blends from Central America.
- Blend A has “organic” written front and center.
- Blend B doesn’t.
Clearly Blend A is better, right?
“Organic” is a general term that can mean a lot of different things in the agricultural world.
Before Organic was a certification given out by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), it was a general principle of using natural ingredients and processes when available. This means “organic” can fluctuate from product to product.
Plus, people just assume that organic = natural = better. That isn’t necessarily true. There are many ingredients or processes involving synthetic compounds that have never been shown to have adverse health effects.
For example, in order to be called organic a crop can’t be grown using GMO seeds. That makes sense, right? GMOs are nasty and terrible for you! Or are they? A Pew Research study showed that 9 of 10 doctors believe GMOs are “generally safe.” In truth, there’s a lack of compelling evidence that GMOs are any different than regular crops.
Clearly “organic” is a loaded word with a lot of variance. What does that mean for you and your coffee
We’ll give you the complete picture in The Coffee Maven’s complete guide to organic coffee. Let’s start with the basics.
1. What is organic coffee?
Organic coffee is coffee that’s produced without the aid of synthetic substances at any part of the process from farm to roasting.
That’s a rather vague description, though. What’s really meant by “farm to roasting”? Well, it includes the following:[Continue reading]