Three-quarters of the world’s coffee farms grow their plants in the sun (source), destroying forests that birds and other wildlife need for food and shelter. Sun-grown coffee also often requires using environmentally harmful pesticides and fertilizers. On the other hand, shade-grown coffee preserves a forest canopy that helps migratory birds survive the winter.

Too few consumers are aware of the problems of sun coffee. Those who are aware may be reluctant to pay more for environmentally sustainable coffee.

Shade-grown coffee… It’s a win-win-win: it’s delicious, economically beneficial to coffee farmers, and helps more than 42 species of North American migratory songbirds that winter in coffee plantations, including orioles, warblers, and thrushes.

Sweetwater Organic Coffee is located in sunny Gainesville, Florida!  They are deeply committed to fair, direct, and transparent trading relationships with small-scale coffee farmers and their cooperatives throughout the world’s coffee lands.   They roast all of our coffee to-order in micro-batches… and all of their coffees are: 

·  Certified USDA Organic

·  High Altitude & Shade Grown

·  Specialty-grade Arabica

They are a member of the Fair Trade Federation, the association of North American retailers and importers who are fully committed to fair trade and strive to only sell items sourced according to fair trade principles.

Make sure you stop in to see our entire selection of shade-grown coffees, including the available seasonal blends!