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Friday, 09 August 2013 15:23

Coffee Beans - Organic vs Regular

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Many people wonder whether worrying about certified organic coffee beans or regular coffee beans are much different from each other, lets set the record straight.
The use of pesticides are largely used in regular coffee production, which is one of the main differences between traditional coffee and organic green coffee beans. Normally, coffee plants are treated with pesticides before harvest to safeguard against weeds and insects. After being harvested, traditional green coffee beans are treated with even more chemicals.

Long ago, coffee was grown in natural environments underneath shade trees where the plants could grow without human interference. Today, large-scale coffee growers have abandoned this method and have taken up mass production and instead chop down trees and plant coffee in large fields. This change in methodology has brought forth the need for pesticides and fertilizers to ensure favorable yields. These chemicals seep into the ground and affect soil quality as well as the quality of the coffee beans.

Going Organic

Organic coffee beans are grown in a completely different and natural way. Instead of destroying shade trees to make room for larger growing plots, organic coffee farmers utilize these trees so that the coffee plants may grow in a protected area. This, and the use of birds to control insects, eliminates the need for harmful chemicals and is known as shade tree farming. The results are higher quality, more flavorful, fresh tasting coffee beans.

The USDA has a set of standards for organic foods and in order for a product to be certified as being organic, it must meet the USDA's regulations. Organic coffee growers must not use synthetic pesticides and must rotate their crops every several years to preserve soil nutrients. Even though organic coffee is usually grown on a smaller scale than traditional coffee and its farmers must adhere to strict USDA guidelines, the cost of organic coffee is actually not astonishingly higher than the price of regular coffee. Keep this in mind when you are choosing a new brand of coffee to try. The easiest way to buy organic green coffee beans is online, where a variety of roasts and flavors may be found.

Be aware of many labels on coffee products and other food products that claim to be 100% organic or claim to be a product of organic origin. These products often contain some ingredients that are in fact organic but also contain none organic ingredients and are still able get by regulations and claim the title of being an organic product.

So how do you know if it is USDA approved?

The world of "organic" products can be confusing to navigate. There are SO many tricks and ways that companies bend and break the rules of organic labeling. So many times you can buy something that gave you the impression that it was organic, but then you turn it around to read the ingredients and find out it has things like phenoxyethanol, vegetable emulsifying wax, "fragrance," Grapefruit Seed Extract, and other harmful chemicals. With coffee beans it is harder to get away with illegal labeling as coffee beans usually only have one ingredient (coffee beans), but it is smart to always make sure the product has the actual USDA certified logo on it and be careful of the following when shopping for your beans.

Subconscious Marketing

This one is a little more subtle. They're not calling the product organic, or have the word organic very large on the product. But they have a little slogan or other small marketing point that suggests that the product is organic. While the product has a few organic ingredients, it does not have any level of certification. This is not a breach of the law, but a reminder to always read the ingredients.

Illegal use of the seal on websites

Another trick that companies will do is to (illegally) use the USDA seal on their website, but not the product label. They're using some organic ingredients, so somehow they think that they can use the seal. But without certification as a company, this is totally illegal and misleading.

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