A Note to Our Customers About Shade Grown Coffee
The shade trees that protect coffee plants help maintain soil quality, reduce the need for fertilizers, and contribute important nutrients to the soil. These shade coffee plantations have also served as a sancturary for migratory birds whose habitats have been diminished by shrinking tropical forests.
This time honored tradition of coffee growing is now being threatenened by sun coffee production. While sun cultivation results in a higher yield, these plantations cannot be sustained without intensive fertilization and frequent plant replacement. Aside from the agronomic risks, sun coffee production poses a serious threat to the habitats of migratory birds.
Old City Coffee supports the shade grown coffee movement and will continue to make varieties of shade grown coffee available to you. If you would like more information about shade grown coffee, please ask our staff when placing your bean order or contact the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, National Zoo, Washington DC 20008; or Conservation International, 2501 M Street NW, Suite 200, Washington DC 20037, phone 202-973-2258.