Coffee made in the shade |

Coffee made in the shade

Dear Editor:

What do bird lovers and coffee lovers have in common? An opportunity to support habitat for migratory birds! All we need to do is ask, wherever coffee is sold, if it is “shade-grown” (or even better yet, ask if it is shade-grown, organic and fair-trade!). Coffee traditionally has been grown under the canopy of trees in Central and South America, thus providing much-needed habitat for birds.

Over the past 30 years the traditional sustainable coffee farm has given way to “sun-grown” coffee, which encourages the destruction of habitat and calls for the use of fertilizers and pesticides. If you, like many of us in the Roaring Fork Valley, are trying to make environmentally sustainable lifestyle choices, please consider requesting shade-grown, bird-friendly coffee from now on. To be sure, look for the “bird-friendly” or “Rain Forest Alliance” seals. At present, Roaring Fork Audubon knows of only two locations where shade-grown coffee is sold locally: Carbondale Food Co-op and Vitamin Cottage should be commended for offering shade-grown coffee. Please let us know if it is offered elsewhere in the valley! Residents who wish to obtain shade-grown coffee over the Internet can order it at

Even our wonderful local coffee shops can participate in this effort by adding shade-grown to their offerings.

For more information, Google “Shade grown coffee/Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory/the Smithsonian.”

Roaring Fork Audubon board of directors

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