Not all Specialty coffee is Earth friendly but for the most part it is much more likely to be Earth friendly than large quantity commercial (many National Brands) coffees. Specialty coffee is grown to intentionally achieve a higher grade and better taste than the average which reduces the relative quantity that can be produced (as your standard rises quantity falls). Specialty coffee thanks to it's growing demand and Gourmet taste adventurous culture is also more likely to come from small Growers and exotic Counties of Origin.
So, just how does all this benefit good old Mother Earth!
Coffee can be a rather fragile plant, it becomes stressed if exposed to too much sun or not enough moisture and then will produce less fruit of lower quality.
However we know the more sun and nutrients a plant gets the faster it produces fruit, coffee beans are the seeds of the coffee cherry fruit.
To increase the quantity grown and reduce costs they simply cut down the forest, flatten the Earth, plant less tasty but more hardy varieties in straight rows so they can knock the fruit off the bush with a machine, and use fertilizers and pesticides. They can get a harvest in 6 months rather than about 9 months the natural way, that's 2 harvests per year vs one.
Naturally coffee prospers at very high altitudes where the sun is semi blocked by clouds or fog, temperatures are moderate, and often under the shade of taller trees. Forests and fruit groves provide an excellent environment for coffee if your main concern is flavor; trees provide shade that slows the fruit growth to allow richer flavors to develop, droppings from large trees and birds provide natural nutrients, birds and other animals provide natural pest control (they eat bugs). Small Growers and exotic Countries of Origin simply may not have the means to buy modern fertilizers and pesticides, or machines to do the work.
Specialty coffee Growers in their pursuit of flavor want the fruit to develop slowly, will maintain Heirloom varieties for taste, must pick the fruit by hand only when ripe at the peak of its' flavor. Coffee you buy in a coffee shop or from a Specialty Green coffee site (ok that would be us) is more likely to be Earth Friendly, we care about taste and the Earth that gives us this delightful drink.
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Our newest How to Roast Coffee Video using a FreshRoast SR300 Coffee Roaster.
This is one of the easiest and economical home roasters to use and yet it's capable of producing an excellent Roast in just minutes.
If you are new to roasting and looking for a basic machine that is easy to use and care for, watch this video to see it in action.
Handy for roasts up to about 4 1/2 ounces of Green coffee, more than enough for a huge pot or numerous French Press or Pour Over brews.
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You will get your fabulous new Baratza Grinder at the lowest price around, a pound of Jamaica Blue Mountain Green Coffee Beans, the remaining quantity of free Green Coffee for that Grinder, and Free shipping in the Contiguous 48 States.
Variety is the spice of Life!
Each Coffee Origin Country, Region, Varietal, and Processing Method provides a unique flavor, body, finish, and character without any other flavorings. Most National brand coffees come from one or two Countries, that we know of at least.
Home Roast Coffee currently offers Coffee from 24 unique coffee growing Regions each with it's own special characteristics.
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On Our site alone there are 17 Origin Coffees priced BELOW $7 per Lb that are all Specialty Grade which are better than much of what you will find in most Grocery or Department stores. Coffees of this Quality are generally found at your local Coffee Shop, high end Artisan Roasters, or Specialty Green Coffee websites like homeroastcoffee.com (us).
In most cases in Grocery, Department, or even Super stores a semi decent Bag of coffee will run $7 to $12 for a twelve ounce Bag. Yes look closely most store bag coffee comes in 12 ounces, that of course is only 3/4 of a pound.
Much better coffee available in your local Coffee Shop or from an Artisan Roaster (usually well worth it) will often cost over $9 per Lb.
When you roast your own coffee you do lose 2 or 3 ounces to moisture and separation of Chaff so you end up with 13 or 14 ounces per Lb.
You will also have shipping cost to get your raw coffee beans which you can minimize by ordering 4 to 5 Lbs, 10 to 11 Lbs, or 16 or more Lbs, which in most cases will put shipping cost around $1.05 to $1.27 per Lb, at homeroastcoffee.com 30 Lbs will usually get free shipping, contact us if you don't.
During March 2014 we even have a coupon code on our FB page for Free Shipping for orders of $75 or more, that's 12 or 13 Lbs of coffee.
So even if you buy only 5 Lbs of our Green Coffee at say $30.30 (Ave $6.06) ad $5.99 shipping, your net cost after roasting (net 14 oz/Lb) is $0.52 per oz.
The cheapest store bag coffee (by no means a comparable quality, only quantity) at $7 (12 oz) is $0.58 per oz.
Calculate the number of Lbs of Coffee you use in a year by that $1 savings (aprox) per Lb and I'll bet you can think of something better to spend it on than that old baggy store coffee.