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Organic coffee, everything you need to know

Being a coffee lover is not an easy task these days. Not only are you faced with deciding which variety, brand and roaster to choose, you are also considering whether to opt for organic or conventional coffee. The question is, does organic quality coffee benefit consumers and nature or is it just a marketing ploy?

Different growing conditions for organic and conventional coffee

For conventional coffee cultivation, varieties that prefer direct sun are usually used. They are often grown in large fields where the plants cannot be protected against pests and diseases naturally. Next comes pesticides and artificial fertilizers that increase the yields of the fields. This not only affects nature, but also people who are exposed to chemicals. Many of them are highly toxic and harmful to human health.

Organic coffee comes from varieties that grow in a shady environment. Harvesting takes longer, and farmers cannot count on such large yields as in the case of the use of support means. This coffee is grown only with organic fertilizers such as coffee grounds, chicken droppings or compost. Growing this coffee is more difficult and the resulting coffee is also more expensive.

Why drink organic coffee?

Drinking organic coffee has many health benefits. Thanks to growing in the shade and ecologically friendly conditions, its taste is fuller, with a more pronounced flavor profile. Thanks to the absence of pesticides, it contains a high amount of antioxidants, which are responsible for protecting our body from free radicals and the effects of the external environment.

La Boheme recommendations:

BIO Colombia La Pradera Tabi comes from the La Pradera farm, which was founded in 1971. Tabi organic coffee has been roasted for you by the third generation of the family, when the coffee cherries of the Tabi variety were first anaerobically fermented for 24 ha and after crushing went through another 18-hour fermentation. Slow drying in three stages brings you intense fruity notes of raspberries, tangerines and almonds.

How to use coffee grounds

Have you ever wondered what happens to the coffee grounds after your favorite espresso? Spent coffee grounds are usually tossed in the general waste and end up in a landfill where they decompose and release methane, a greenhouse gas that is one of the main causes of global warming. See how you can effectively use coffee grounds and help nature.

Coffee peeling

You can also use the leftover coffee to make a coffee scrub, which will help you get smoother skin and remove dead cells. Just mix half a cup of coffee grounds, brown sugar and coconut oil. After mixing all the ingredients, apply to the body and wash off after a few minutes.

Fertilizer

One possible way to use leftover coffee grounds is in your garden. Coffee grounds are a rich source of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium, making them a safe soil amendment for most plants. However, their acidic nature can be detrimental to plants that prefer neutral or alkaline soil. It is best to use coffee grounds sparingly and mix them into the soil along with other organic matter to ensure a balanced source of nutrients.

Finally

By being interested in where your favorite coffee comes from, you can influence much more than you think. The market for organic coffee is growing every day thanks to customers who are not indifferent to the way the coffee got to them.

La bohème Café has a passion for quality coffee and, thanks to direct purchasing, we are in direct contact with the farmers. We can therefore guarantee that all coffee is ethically sourced and promotes fair conditions for its growers.

Celebrate Earth Day with a cup of ORGANIC coffee and support the sustainable agriculture of the coffee industry.

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