Triple certified coffee is something you have probably heard of or seen printed on your bag for your morning latte. It is also something worth considering if you are interested in the ethics behind your favourite coffee.
The Definition of Triple Certified:
Coffee that is triple certified means that it has been certified by three tops organisations. The combinations of these can vary. Below I will be noting the most prominent 4 organisations.
But what do these schemes mean for those producing the coffee?
Firstly, the Fair-trade Foundation ensures that coffee farms and growers can build a better life for themselves and their families. When they have the opportunity to improve the quality of their life, they gain better access to better seeds for the coffee plants. This means that over time they can improve the quality of coffee beans grown.
The Rainforest Alliance
The Rainforest Alliance is an organisation that ensures sustainable coffee farming for approximately 25 million people who rely on the production and sale of coffee beans as their primary income. They provide close support to the local communities so that they can create sustainable livelihoods so that they can look after other members of their families and communities. They also train the growers how to enhance how they grow their coffee and how to look after the land for generations to come.
The Organic Food Federation
The Organic Food Federation ensures that the coffee is certified organic, from the growers land and crop must all be certified as organic before the badge can be provided.
The Soil Association
The Soil Association is another organisation often included under the triple certification of coffee. The logo of the Soil Association signifies that no excess chemicals have been used in the soil to adapt to the growth of the coffee plant.
The next time you go to purchase your coffee it is worth considering whether it has been triple-certified or not. If you choose to buy a bag of coffee with this triple certification it ensures that you are not just supporting your local coffee shop but you are supporting the growers, the producers and every person involved in the production of those beans too. Thus, allowing them to improve their lively hood in their home country.
By making this choice as a consumer, it allows for more sustainable farming in the origin country. Ultimately it also means the beans for your morning coffee will taste much nicer too.