Shade-grown Fare Trade Organic Coffee
Sustainably grown coffee beans come from farms that are environmentally friendly and socially responsible. The coffee bushes grow amongst trees which protect wildlife and the environment. The varied vegetation of shade-grown coffee provides suitable habitat for migrating neotropical birds, as well as year-round habitat for mammals, amphibians, plants, fungi, and invertebrates. Farmers receive a fare wage and conserve natural resources. For in-depth info refer to Natural Resources Defense Council's The Green Life. The following stores sell at least one type of shade-grown, fare trade organic coffee:
- Cherry Alley Cafe - 21 N. 3 St., Lewisburg, 570-524-1234
- Natural Food & Garden Store - 2724 Old Turnpike Rd. (Route 45) Lewisburg, 570-523-0808
Save your coffee grounds to sprinkle on ground around acid loving plants such as azalea, rhododendron, blueberry bushes. Sprinkle grounds on soil around these plants to maintain/increase soil acidity. Keep grounds container next to coffee pot so you will remember to save grounds. To avoid paper waste, use permanent metal filter cup. When I clean my filter out I rinse it over our kitchen compost container on counter to save water for our outdoor compost bin.