Our Coffee Certifications
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
— Updated October 17, 2022
USDA ORGANIC CERTIFIED:
The USDA Organic certification on our products signifies they were planted, harvested, and processed with great environmental care that preserves or enhances the ecosystem. This includes wetlands, woodland, and wildlife conservation. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage waste, irradiation, and genetic engineering are also strictly forbidden. USDA Organic coffee also averages a $.0255 per pound increase in market price for coffee producers.
Orthodox Union (OU) Kosher certification, also called kashrut certification, signifies our coffee is produced in our OU-inspected facility with only kosher ingredients. While coffee is inherently kosher, artificial flavorings (which we do not use) can render it non-kosher. When it comes to kosher decaffeinated coffee, the majority of our decaf offerings are either Swiss Water or Royal Select water processed, neither of which use chemicals.
DIRECT TRADE CERTIFIED:
Direct trade means we have a one-on-one relationship with the farmers we source from. Their coffee comes straight from the farms to us, without any middlemen. The direct trade model ensures farmers get paid a higher premium for their crop and we can set a higher quality standard. Because there are no intermediaries, farmers gain a larger return on the sale of their coffee.
FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED:
The Fair Trade Certification seeks to increase welfare for small farming families and communities by safeguarding ethical trade practices at every stage in the supply chain. A Fair Trade Certification guarantees a minimum market price for all Fair Trade coffee plus up to a $0.20 premium per pound. All Fair Trade premiums are designated for social, economic and environmental development projects that are democratically selected by each community based upon greatest need.
RAINFOREST ALLIANCE CERTIFIED:
The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal ensures that our coffee is regularly audited to meet strict standards of social, environmental, and economic sustainability. These standards seek to promote and continuously improve biodiversity, natural resource conservation, effective planning, and farm management systems, as well as improve livelihoods and human well-being.
SWISS WATER PROCESS:
Swiss Water employs pure water and their Green Coffee Extract (GCE), instead of harsh chemicals, in its decaffeination process to gently and efficiently remove caffeine. GCE, which has been decaffeinated as well, acts as a barrier against any caffeine molecules looking to get back into the beans. GCE helps strip away the caffeine, and it’s continuously refreshed by their proprietary carbon filters. All this translates to a full-flavored cup of coffee with 99.9% less caffeine.
ROYAL SELECT WATER PROCESS:
Similar to the Swiss Water decaffeination process, Royal Select Water Process uses pure water to gently remove 99.9% of caffeine from green coffee beans. Decaffeinating coffee without the use of chemicals, such as ethyl acetate or methylene chloride, keeps origin flavors intact, so you can enjoy everything about the coffees you love without the caffeine.