Do you automatically assume that organic coffee is better tasting and more environmentally friendly?
Many people do.
In fact, many people expect all organic coffees to be better than non-organic coffee beans. But as it turns out, this isn't always true!
Most people don't know that some of the best graded specialty coffees in the world are not certified organic. Much of this coffee is grown by small-scale growers in family-owned farms. These are often called "natural" coffees because they rely on the natural environment to provide nutrients to plants without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
The result is a cup of coffee with outstanding flavor, complexity, balance and nuance - qualities you won't find in most commercial organic coffees!
Picture by Hacienda La Esmeralda, a coffee farm from Panama, showcasing one of the worlds most expensive coffees, that tastes like peach, litchi fruit and jasmine.