Organic coffees are grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides. A third party certifier is hired to monitor the growing and often assists the farmer in carrying out the most cost effective and socially responsible methods of producing their crop.
Most small organic farms are heavily vested in the practice because their entire family works the land and the use of pesticides/herbicides can have negative impacts on their families.
Crop production is often greatly reduced without the use of chemicals. Organic coffee is priced slightly higher than non-organics in order to help compensate the farmer for their additional labor and reduced crops.
Caveat: The cost for certification is often prohibitive to smaller farms and although many of our growers practice organic methods, recycling, composting, shade growth, and soil rotation – they can not use the Organic Certification.