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Thursday August 18, 2022

Sustainable Coffee Farming and Storing

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A single bean of coffee goes through a long journey before it reaches your cup every morning. It begins with the farmers nurturing coffee trees for about three to four years for their first harvest. After that, the journey through various pit stops continues till it reaches you. 


But did you know that it takes millions of square inches of rainforest to satiate the soul of coffee lovers? Moreover, there is an immense loss in biodiversity due to chemical runoffs from coffee farms into the rivers. The most alarming aspect of coffee farming is the amount of water used to  harvest a good batch of coffee. According to the Water Footprint Network, 140 liters of water is required for 125 milliliters of wet processed coffee. Now, if you do the math, the number would be a baffling representation of our ever growing water footprint. 


You might wonder if this impact is reversible. It’s unfortunately not. But what you can definitely do is consume coffee that has been sustainably produced. The labels on most coffee containers will provide you with all the information you need to make your choice.


Sustainable coffee incorporates environment friendly practices like better crop and water management. It also integrates the use of coffee bean waste as fertilizer and coffee hulls as fuel. 


Sustainable coffee farmers are usually favored by International Coffee Organizations. This helps in fulfilling their business objectives and builds trust amongst their partners. Meanwhile, the use of fewer fertilizers and pesticides reduces the chemical runoffs. Green initiatives like sustainable farming also receive financial support from the Government. But the biggest factor of impact is that coffee is safe and better to taste for end consumers. 


Sustainability doesn't end after the harvest. Farmers have to be mindful about sustainable packaging and storing as well. That’s where sustainable coffee packaging from Ecotact comes in. The hermetic grain storage bags from Ecotact are popular among coffee farmers, importers and exporters.      

Ordinary coffee storage bags fail to keep the quality of coffee beans intact. That’s why hermetic grain storage bags have now replaced the ordinary coffee storage bags. 

The eco-friendly Multi Layered Hermetic Storage bags are the perfect solution for sustainable coffee farmers. These sustainable coffee packaging solutions are 100% recyclable that redefines the traditional notion of coffee bags. 

So the next time you walk into a store, read the labels of the coffee before you add them to your cart. Look out for coffee with third-party certifications. These certifications promote environmental changes and social justice. These often include farming practices, conservation, safeguarding local communities, and protecting farmers’ rights.

So, have a cup of sustainable coffee rather than one at the cost of the environment. Because at the end of the day, the choice is ours to make. 


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