New and seasonal organic coffee blends and treats such as organic espresso chocolate bars are perfect for holiday gifts and seasonal entertainment events, according to participants in the Organic Coffee Collaboration, a project of the Organic Trade Association (OTA). And they are easier than ever to purchase - organic coffee products, including decaffeinated, caffeinated, flavored and instant coffees and new chocolate espresso bars are widely available at retail outlets nationwide and direct from roasters via the Internet.
To make holiday entertaining the most delicious, Collaboration participants are providing recipes for festivities that highlight the quality and flavor of the organic products which are made from some of the rarest and tastiest coffees from around the world. The recipes can be found at: http://www.ota.com/organic_and_you/coffee_collaboration.html
Consumers have the choice of what kinds of gifts they give and the kinds of beverages they provide their holiday guests, said Caren Wilcox, executive director of the Organic Trade Association. By choosing organic coffee, consumers are offering delicious, high-quality products while supporting organic agriculture at home and around the world.
Organic coffee is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic farmers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production.
Organic coffee is grown in more than 30 countries, including the United States. Data from the May 2006 Organic Trade Association's 2006 Manufacturer Survey indicate that United States organic coffee sales totaled $89 million in 2005, up 40 percent from the previous year.
Wilcox notes that in 2005, organic coffees won Cup of Excellence competitions in Bolivia, Brazil and Nicaragua. The prestigious award program, managed by the U.S.-based Alliance for Coffee Excellence, results in the selection of the best coffees produced in a particular country in a particular year. Read More...