One of my weaknesses is a good cup (or two) of coffee in the morning. I wrote an article a while back about how heavily coffee beans are sprayed with pesticides – and we’ve been drinking organic coffee ever since.
However, since then I have become more concerned about supporting businesses that use fair trade practices, so my eyes were peeled at Expo West for coffee brands that were not only organic, but fair trade as well.
I stumbled upon a company that did one better. Caffe Ibis offers triple certified coffee – Certified Organic, Certified Fair Trade and Smithsonian-Certified Shade Grown & Bird Friendly. It’s the first time I’ve seen a company with this triple certification, so I was obviously impressed from the get-go.
I got to taste the coffee at their booth for the first time, and they even had organic soy creamer (it was one of the few coffee booths with a non-dairy option). I really enjoyed the coffee, so I was pleased when they offered to send me 3 bags of coffee to review.
These are the triple certified coffee varieties I got to try:
This blend comes from Mexico and Guatemala, and represents a project in sustainable agriculture and social justice. The coffee is grown at altitudes of 3600-4900′ in rich volcanic soils, wet processed and sun dried. This was the lightest of the 3 blends we tried. I found I needed to use more coffee than I normally do to get the desired strength, but once we found the right balance, it was really good and very smooth.
This blend comes from the ‘Hidden Valley’ of the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala. It is grown in the mountains (at altitudes of 3600-4899′) under a biodiverse forest canopy in classic Smithsonian Shade Grown Bird-Friendly conditions. This was the strongest of the 3 blends, and Brian’s favorite. I also liked it. Even though it was stronger than the others, it was still really flavorful and smooth.
This blend is grown at an altitude of 5400′ on the Eastern slopes of the Northern Andean Mountains in the Lambayeque region of Peru. The coffee is classic wet processed and sun dried on raised beds. This one was my favorite of the three. It had great flavor and was nice and smooth. But I also love what Café Femenino stands for. The women of Café Femenino represent the first ever attempt to spotlight women coffee farmers. The Café Femenino project is a model of empowerment for rural women farmers, which has grown beyond the geographical boundaries of Peru.
If you’re looking to support a great coffee company, I highly suggest you check out Caffe Ibis. You can order directly on their website or use their Retail Locator. You can also connect with Caffe Ibis on Facebook or read reviews on Yelp.
Thank you to Caffee Ibis for providing the products mentioned in this post for review. Although I received these products at no charge, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.