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Shade Grown Coffee Benefits Birds
If you drink coffee and love birds, then you might as well
drink shade grown
coffee which benefits birds.
What is Shade Grown Coffee?
For more information about shade grown coffee, its benefits and contrasts with
sun grown coffee, go to our
Friendly Coffee page. Basically shade grown coffee benefits birds because it provides
far better habitat than sun-grown monoculture coffee plantations. On a shade
grown coffee farm, there is structural plant diversity that provides food and
shelter, not only for bird species, but for many other organisms, including
mammals, reptiles and insects.
Shade Grown Doesn't Automatically Mean Bird Friendly® Coffee
Just because a package of coffee is labeled as "Shade Grown"
doesn't necessarily mean is good for the environment
or the birds. Some shade
grown coffee is grown in the shade of non-native trees that don't attract native birds or grown on farms that rely on pesticides. So look for the Bird Friendly® seal
(from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center of the National Zoo), or do some research on your own to find out where your shade grown coffee is actually grown.
American Birding Association Songbird Coffee
Song Bird Coffee is a shade-grown coffee brand and is the result of a
joint venture between the American Birding Association (ABA)
and Thanksgiving Coffee Company. Fifteen cents from each package are donated to
the ABA. Similar to Bird Friendly® coffees, Thanksgiving Coffee uses
verified shade grown coffee. This means that its CEO or the importer has
personally inspected the farm to insure that the plants are properly grown in
the shade. The
Thanksgiving Coffee Company has been a socially and environmentally aware coffee
producer for over 34 years.
Drink shade grown coffee and create
songbird habitat...An even better way to start your mornings!