Choosing to buy and consume an organic product is an important gesture, which increases the value of an environmentally-friendly production chain, but at the same time guarantees a high standard of quality for the consumer. Our Arcadia blend, for example, is produced in an environmentally-friendly way and has a soft taste which combines the qualities of Arabica from Brazil and Mexico, and a fine quality Indian Robusta.
But what are the characteristics of organic coffee? What extra does it offer you? Let’s find out together.
Organic Coffee, good reasons for buying it
Coffee which is certified organic comes from distribution chains which are often made up of small-medium sized companies, which grow their coffee in full respect of regulations which are fully in line with those in the EU. The import companies organize scrupulous checks on the product and other unscheduled checks may be made by the Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry to ascertain if the coffee that arrives in Italy is free from chemical residues.
Organic coffee is free from pesticides
Organic coffee is free from pesticides, substances not permitted in this type of agriculture. This has positive repercussions both on the environment and on the flavor of the coffee and on the health of the consumer. There are significant advantages for the growers, too, because they are not exposed to chemical substances.
This is a type of production which does not risk polluting the water tables, which often happens in the case of traditional agriculture: when the plants are washed, in other words sprayed with pesticides, the chemical substances can filter down into the earth and contaminate water reserves.
More taste and quality
From the moment that the coffee is grown without the use of chemical substances, there is no risk of leaving a trace of these on the coffee beans. In low-quality coffees, residues of chemical agents remain on the beans, these can be absorbed during the roasting process: as a result, the final drink could then have an unpleasant bitter aftertaste.
A product which has not been chemically treated is safer and more healthy. The organoleptic qualities of organic coffee can vary greatly compared to traditional coffee.
Organic coffee labeling
How can we be sure that the coffee we are buying is really organic? Just read the label. The indication “organic” or “from organic agriculture” appears in the product selling name, when at least 95% of the ingredients of agricultural origin are organic.
It is also obligatory for the packaging to show the Community logo and indication of the place where the agricultural raw materials that the product is made from were grown:
- «EU Agriculture» when the raw materials have been grown in the EU;
- «Non-EU agriculture» when the raw material has been grown in non-EU countries;
- «EU agriculture/non EU agriculture» when part of the agricultural raw material has been grown in the EU and a part of it has been grown in non-EU countries.
The principles of organic agriculture
In organic agriculture, as we have seen, pesticides, chemical agents and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) cannot be used. This is because the fundamental idea (formalized by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture, I.F.O.A.M.) is that of protecting the environment and its resources as much as possible, the fertility of the land, avoiding any pollution of it, and producing a sufficient quantity of food, by transforming at the same time the companies involved into a self-sufficient agricultural system, via the use of local resources.
To sum up, purchasing organic coffee contributes to feeding a virtuous circle which, moreover, offers guarantees and higher quality to the consumer.
Have you ever bought organic coffee? Did you know about all the positive aspects of this product?