What Is a Shade Coffee Farm

What Is a Shade Coffee Farm and Where Are They?

Most of us don’t put too much thought into the cup of coffee we’re drinking beyond its taste, aroma, and ability to give us that pick-me-up that we need in the morning and throughout the day. However, that cup of coffee you’re drinking may provide a variety of additional benefits, especially in regard to biodiversity conservation efforts in El Salvador.

El Salvador produces what are known as shade coffee farms throughout the country. As a matter of fact, approximately 90% of the coffee grown in El Salvador is grown in shade plantations, and roughly 80% of the forests in El Salvador are linked to shade coffee plantations. What does all that mean? Think of it this way: approximately 10% of the country of El Salvador is forest cover, 80% of which is natural, or what is known as “cultivated shade cover” that provides some of the best locations for coffee growers. For that reason, this type of coffee farm is essential to El Salvador’s efforts at conservation of biodiversity in their country.

What difference does it make? Knowledge and education means everything, especially when it comes to conserving our natural resources. Since the 1700s, coffee growers in Latin America utilize cultivated or natural forestation until the 1970s. Unfortunately, due to the development of new coffees and prevalent concerns regarding coffee leaf rust disease, an alarming majority of coffee farms in El Salvador literally cut down their shade forests and began to grow coffee under open sunlight. Sure, this offered bigger crops, but it also wrecked havoc on biodiversity in the region and affected a variety of migratory birds as well as great losses in natural habitats.

By drinking coffee that comes from shade coffee farms in El Salvador, you’re not only enjoying a great cup of coffee, but encouraging and supporting biodiversity and alternative methods for coffee growing that doesn’t destroy our environment. Jummy Java, an independent online coffee distributor, supports any efforts of coffee growers to preserve and sustain our environment, regardless of where that environment is located. Our wide range of organic coffees have grown increasingly popular since our launch in early 2014. So the next time you choose a coffee, pay attention to where it’s grown. Organic coffees are growing in popularity, not only because of their purity, but because such coffees make a great impact on reducing our footprint in Central and South America.

Source: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/el-salvador-coffee/