12 oz. Handcrafted Fair Trade/Bird Friendly Coffee
In addition to the famous culture and landscapes of Machu Picchu, the Nazca lines, and the Amazons, Peru is known for being one of the major producers of organic coffee beans in the world.
The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has developed the only 100% organic and shade-grown coffee certification available: Bird Friendly.
With widespread clear cutting for sun coffee plantations, it is imperative to protect the tropical forest that remains and rehabilitate degraded ecosystems. Every cup of Bird Friendly coffee you drink encourages more farmers to grow in the shade, which is good for birds and for people.
First, the program manages a healthy soil base by applying no harmful pesticides to the coffee that could otherwise run off into streams and rivers. This helps reduce the billions of pounds of noxious chemicals injected annually into natural ecosystems that support wildlife and communities.
But this program goes a step further, requiring a variety of native shade trees throughout the coffee plantation. Through decades of research, we have learned the combination of foliage cover, tree height and diversity needed to provide suitable migratory bird habitat while maintaining productive farms. Producers must be re-certified every three years to ensure they continue to meet these requirements and can truly call themselves Bird Friendly.
This results in better-tasting coffee—its rich flavor comes from beans maturing slowly in the shade. Farmers protect water sources for their communities and sequester carbon by managing the forest-like system, which also provides a host of other products like cacao and spices. And the premium prices they fetch for Bird Friendly coffee supports their families and local economies.
This coffee is produced by a cooperative of small farmers in the remote Chanchamayo region of northeast Peru. It is shade grown at an altitude of 4,600 – 5,000 feet above sea level and is prepared by the wet method and sun dried outside on cement patios.
Our Peru La Florida is a grade AA specialty coffee. For a brighter taste experience, try this coffee in our Crisp Light Roast.
Peru is the largest producer of organic coffee in the world and La Florida’s production is certified as such. Much is also Fair Trade certified. Additionally, this coffee meets the sustainability criteria of Utz Certified. Mindful of the environment, care is taken by La Florida during pulping, fermenting, and washing to protect the area’s biodiversity. The cooperative promotes agricultural harmony with nature, practicing soil conservation. Varietals produced are original Typica, Bourbon and Caturra, all 100% Arabica. Shade is provided by Inga and other native forestall trees the additional Fair-Trade revenues enable La Florida to fund various programs for education, environment, health, and other social initiatives.