After water, coffee is the most popular drink in the world. I have to be honest – I’m not a regular coffee drinker. I’m more of a tea fan myself, although I do love a good espresso smoothie made with a good dark roast. But Adam aka HEN Papa, loves coffee. Especially after having children, it’s become a go-to beverage for him most mornings. The only caveat? He will only drink organic coffee, with his absolute favourite being Kicking Horse Coffee. Why organic? What many people might not realize is that regular coffee contains a ton of pesticides. And we are all aware of the many dangers of pesticides. Fortunately, there are some wonderful good eco-friendly coffee options.
Eco-friendly Coffee with Kicking Horse
What’s the harm in non-organic coffee?
Conventional coffee growers clear-cut rain-forests throughout South America, Africa and southeast Asia to create full-sun plantations. This is done because nutrients aren’t stored in the soil in tropical regions since they are used immediately by the wide diversity of plants. But once the trees have been cut, the coffee plants, sapped of nutrients, require a great amount of chemical fertilizers to feed them. Pesticides are used to keep away predators. What’s worse, the ground water supply dries up because there is no longer any canopy shade. Deforestation also has drastic consequences for migratory bird populations who come over to spend the winter in South America.
So why is organic better?
Most organic coffee growers ensure their plants are grown in the shade of the rain forest. Growing coffee in the shade means growing coffee under a light canopy of varied vegetation at high altitude, and this creates a superior coffee cherry (bean) and a more resilient ecosystem, requiring no pesticides. Organic coffee farmers also use renewable resources and conserve soil and water to help sustain the environment. By not using pesticides or herbicides, they are creating an ecosystem that’s healthy for wildlife and birds as well as humans.
And what about Fair Trade?
Fair Trade certification is also an import element in the coffee business. It means that organizations are constantly monitoring, auditing and certifying products and companies to ensure all working standards are fair and that workers are compensated and looked after. Fair Trade also benefits the farmers by guaranteeing them a fair price for their coffee. This in turn provides them with economic stability and a higher standard of living. It increases their health care and expands educational opportunities.
Kicking Horse Coffee
We’ve been fans of Kicking Horse Coffee for many years now and Adam will pretty much drink nothing else. Kicking Horse recently sent us a big can of their Kick Ass dark roast beans to try and Adam was pretty pumped. As soon as you open the can, you get hit with that amazing aroma of fresh beans. Since we use a percolator, we normally just use beans and grind them up fresh right before use. We were also sent a bag of the Kick Ass ground coffee, which is great for travelling. We are huge Kicking Horse Coffee fans and I was really excited to learn they now make organic and Fair Trade teas too. I’m a huge tea lover so I can’t wait to check out all their offerings.
Kicking Horse Coffee is now the largest Fair Trade roaster in Canada. Not only are all of their coffee and tea products certified Fair Trade, they are also 100% organic AND roasted in the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Invermere, British Columbia, Canada. I’ve read that organic coffee has a much richer and fuller flavour than conventional, and we’ve definitely found that to be true for Kicking Horse. I also feel good supporting a company that takes such big steps in the right direction and is constantly striving to be sustainable and give back to the planet and people.
The next time you reach for that cup of joe, try to keep in mind the benefits of organic and fair trade.
If you’re hoping to pick up some Kicking Horse coffee, it is available at retailers throughout Canada and the U.S and also on their online store, as well as on Amazon. If you want to keep up to date with them, you can sign up for their newsletter.
I’m giving away a prize to one coffee-loving reader! Enter below to win a big can of Kick Ass dark coffee roast (the favourite in our home) as well as a gift bag.