Shade Grown Coffee

What is it?

What is it?

Shade grown coffee is a way of growing coffee in concert with nature. We plant our coffee trees among the forest canopy of native trees rather than on clear-cut land in full sun.

Better for You

Better for You

The yield on a shade grown coffee tree is lower due to less sunlight exposure. However, the plant is provided better nutrition from its surrounding, which in turn provides better quality and flavor in its beans.

Better for the World

Better for the World

The combination creates healthier soil content, protects the environment for the native plants and animals, and fights global warming. In fact, wildlife and forests have been restored when we transformed acres of abandoned cattle land.

Robusta vs Arabica

Robusta vs Arabica

The two most common varieties of coffee tree are Arabica and Robusta. Arabica coffee is harder to grow and is shade grown at high elevation. Robusta coffee grows easily at low flat elevation, but has a very poor taste.

Larger coffee companies often mix Robusta in with their Arabica to save costs. Robusta coffee, while cheaper and easier to grow due to it’s resistance to pests and rough environment, has a very poor taste. It is said that the aroma of roasting Robusta coffee is the same as burning tires.

We have made a company commitment to always use 100% Arabica coffee.