In many of the world’s best coffee producing regions, coffee trees grow in the shade of dense tropical canopy. The canopy serves as critical habitat for many species, including migratory birds that land in the trees and eat insects that would otherwise make meals of the coffee trees below. Shade grown trees draw birds, birds act as a natural pesticide protecting the coffee trees.
With the rise in popularity of coffee as a commodity, many farmers cleared their land of tropical canopy to plant coffee trees more densely, hoping for a greater return on their harvests. Farms with shade grown coffee became less common, impacting the migratory patterns of birds and diminishing their function as natural pest control. Farmers turned to synthetic chemicals and fertilizers to accelerate growth of new trees and control insects.
We are committed to sourcing shade grown coffee from areas where the natural habitat includes tropical canopy. We are invested in protecting habitat of migratory birds and supporting farmers that recognize their benefit as pest control eliminating the need for synthetic chemical pesticides.
Specifically, our Fair Trade, Organic, and Shade Grown Song Bird coffees are grown in Nicaragua and represent conservation programs in critically important ecosystems.
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Women we’ve met on buying trips to Central America and Africa live in remote towns and villages without running, potable water or electricity. Many women don’t have access to health care, marry young, and have children soon after. They perform much of the physical labor required to grow and harvest coffee, but have almost no influence on decisions about how family income is spent. They are typically uneducated, impoverished and disconnected from resources.
Thanksgiving Coffee began to address these issues in two ways…
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Thanksgiving Coffee Company has just renewed our commitment to help protect the last remaining 786 mountain gorillas, support the people of Rwanda, as well as offer a great coffee.
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