Shade Grown Coffee

Concerns about the sustainability of growing Arabica coffee beans under the open sun have lead to a rise in the popularity of “shade grown” coffees. In order to maximize yields commercial farmers often dedicate entire fields to grow coffee which impacts birds, other plants, and requires the use of pesticides that damage the soil. Farmers that use the Shade Grown method at their plantations allow native plants to grow alongside their coffee plants. This method has less of an impact on wildlife, requires less pesticides, and it leaves the soil in a condition where it can recover more easily.