ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Why Buying Organic Coffee Matters

Updated on November 4, 2011

Many of us enjoy a good cup of well-brewed coffee. But, the awful truth is, if it isn’t organic, it is probably laced with chemicals…and you are doing yourself no favors for drinking a tasty brew of herbicides and pesticides. In fact, coffee is one of the most chemically treated agricultural food items in the world. The main chemical used in coffee production is a petroleum based fertilizer that destroys the soil's fertility and leaks into local water stores. Even during the commercial production when coffee beans are treated and roasted, chemicals are used to aid the process; coffee is also decaffeinated using artificial soluble chemicals that absorb the caffeine and in turn contaminate the bean itself. By buying organic, you buy coffee that has been grown naturally and processed using natural, old-fashioned methods. If you should buy anything organic, it should be coffee!

There are few convincing reasons to go organic. In essence, by doing so, you do a small part to support the independent, organic farmers whose livelihood is in the hands of consumers’ demand. Since chemicals help sustain large plantations for mainstream commercial production, organic farmers have to work harder and invest more in the production of organic coffee. This is why the cost of organic coffee is a bit higher than non-organic alternatives, and rightly so. Even communities that are based on organic coffee production benefit greatly from higher consumption of their products. By looking for a “fair trade” label, you can help these communities get a fair share of profits that are usually not fairly distributed under corrupt trade practices. By paying a dollar or two more for a bag of organic coffee or cents more for an organic cup of brew, a conscientious consumer will support the farmer’s sustenance and show support for environmentally-friendly practices and demand for healthy choices of food produce.

The environment is largely affected by commercial coffee-growing practices. It is well- documented that nonorganic coffee-growing practices lead to deforestation. Coffee naturally grows away from direct sunlight under the shade of dense rainforest. To increase productivity, the coffee industry has developed a breed of sun-resistant coffee tree hybrids that today comprise approximately 70% of the world's coffee production. As a result, rainforest land is being cleared to make room for new, sun resistant coffee trees. This is alarming, especially given that rainforests are the Earth’s natural regulators of human contribution to global warming. Another negative of the non-organic coffee production practice is that it leads to the contamination of soil and water by pesticides. The organisms living in the soil are likewise diseased, leading to the gradual and irreversible depletion of fertile and healthy soil.

The benefits of going organic are not only for health and environmental reasons, but also for better tasting and better quality coffee. Organic coffee has more antioxidants, richer taste and has a longer-lasting caffeine buzz (alertness). Buying organic coffee will make you enjoy your coffee more and will provide a peace of mind that you are helping make a difference with your consumer decisions. You are helping the farmer, the farmer’s community, the economy of the province where it is grown, the advocacy for fair trade practices, and the survival of the private coffee shop that is competing with the commercial Starbucks around the corner. Keep in mind: small consumer decisions make an overall impact in the production and supply of products that grow in demand. So go for it, buy organic!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • stephaniedas profile image

      Stephanie Das 

      6 years ago from Miami, US

      Good hub! I always forget that organic food isn't just produce, but coffee, tea, spices, etc.

    • AnesaK profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      This is such great news- makes me very happy :). Nothing better than a cup of organic coffee, mmmm. Ahh, mission accomplished for the purpose of the hub!!

    • anglnwu profile image


      7 years ago

      I just have to come back and let you know that i just bought some organic cofee today and am enjoying it as I write this:))

    • AnesaK profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks, anglnwu. I'll keep the useful info coming!

    • anglnwu profile image


      7 years ago

      I love a good cup of coffee. Thanks for educating us--I should look for organic coffee for reasons mentioned above. Thanks and rated up.

    • AnesaK profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks, everyone! I feel that being aware of better and healthier choices out there is the key to empowering oneself as a consumer. I even got my parents to switch to organic coffee, and they love it :)!

    • prasetio30 profile image


      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      You have wonderful information about coffee. Organic coffee is the best. Well done and vote up!

    • icciev profile image


      7 years ago from Kuwait

      thanks for this useful hub, for sure organic cup of coffee make our day. thanks again and voted up

    • raakachi profile image


      7 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

      Most of us, begin our early morning with a cup of coffee in order to begin it with a good start. You have given useful tips. Thanks for your sharing!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)