Organic Coffee and Specialty Grading

Organic Coffee and Specialty Grading
05/10/2016

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Di Bella Coffee is very excited to announce the upcoming launch of a new coffee to our range of single origins – Bolivia Organic.

This specialty grade coffee has been exclusively sourced through our Crop to Cup programme and is now available to order.

In Part 1 of this 2 part blog, we’ll take a look at what organic coffee is, the rapid increase in demand for organic coffee as well as the terminology behind specialty coffee grading.

ORGANIC COFFEE

What is Organic Coffee?

Simply put, organic coffee is coffee that has been grown and processed without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers or any other manufactured chemical.

It is a common misconception that organic coffee cannot be treated by any pesticides, however there are many natural pesticides that farmers can use on their crops and still be considered organic. 

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The Rise of Organic Coffee

The demand amongst Australian consumers for organic coffee beans and other organic food products has skyrocketed in recent years. According to the 2014 Australian Organic Market Report, demand for organic products outstripped supply by 40%, whilst sales of organically grown coffee increased by 15%.

The reason for this increase in growth and demand can be attributed to Australians becoming more conscious of the impact that their food has on their body. Organic products are generally perceived to be healthier for people to consume due to the absence of additives, hormones and synthetic pesticides. 

SPECIALTY COFFEE CERTIFICATION

Strictly Hard Bean

Our Bolivia Organic coffee has been graded as “SHB”, which stands for Strictly Hard Bean. This means that the coffee has been grown at an altitude of at least 1,350 meters above sea level. Beans grown at such heights take longer to mature and are harder and less porous. These qualities are highly desirable in coffee beans for their unique flavour and aroma profiles. Coffees which are classified as SHB are considered to be specialty coffee and of a very high quality.

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European Preparation

Another certification our Bolivia Organic coffee has obtained is “EP”, which stands for European Preparation. This specifies that a coffee has undergone additional sorting by hand at the coffee mill in order to remove any defective beans or foreign material, such as leaves or stones. Hand sorting the beans in this way significantly reduces the number of defects found in the coffee, making it more desirable to green bean buyers.   

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What can you expect from our Bolivia Organic?

The specialty grade and organic farming of our Bolivian Organic make it a truly exceptional coffee. This limited release coffee is now available to order. Our Bolivia Organic is a must try for those looking to enjoy a unique coffee experience.  

In Part 2 of this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the region this coffee comes from, learn more about the farmers who grew the crops as well as give a preview of its flavour and aroma profile.


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