Organic coffee and tea comes from beans and leaves that were grown and harvested using certified organic farming criteria, without any artificial fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. They are also grown on land that has not been severely overused, to help incentivize farmers not to damage virgin forests to grow crops. Organic coffee and teas are made from plants that have not been genetically modified. Most organic teas and coffees are also Fair Trade certified, meaning that the farmers have been paid a living wage by the suppliers.
A large portion of coffee comes from plants grown in or near the rainforest, which contain some of the highest levels of biodiversity on Earth. Purchasing organic coffee helps reduce the amount of harmful chemicals released into the environment. It also helps prevent deforestation in the rainforest and other vulnerable areas.
Some coffee or tea is distributed in single serving packages, or “pods.” While pods may contain organic coffee or tea, the amount of waste this packaging generates negates much of the environmental benefits of purchasing organic.
Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- Au Bon Pain
- Bella Luna
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
- Community Servings
- Boston Copley Marriott
- Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
- New England Aquarium
- Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
- Sheraton Hotel
- The Colonnade Hotel
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
Common Organic Coffee and Tea Brands
In The News
- “Why Now is the Time to Start Drinking Fair-Trade Coffee” Huffington Post, January 2014
- “Fair Trade in Bloom” NY Times, October 2007