How To Pick The Perfect Cup Of Coffee

Swarthmore Co-op Blog

Coffee is more than a bean. It’s enjoyed with friends and family, sipped over a homemade breakfast, and a daily regimen for most of us. But, whether you’re a regular coffee drinker or a coffee newb, the amount of blends, origins, and roasts can take you for a whirlwind if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The information below outlines the differences between origins, roasts, blends, and varieties. Pick the perfect cup every time by following this guideline.


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Fair Trade

Like other foodstuffs, fair trade coffee stems from social responsibility. While there is no universal guideline, fair trade standards typically include:

  • Protecting water resources and natural vegetation areas
  • Promoting agricultural diversification, erosion control, and no slash and burn
  • Restricting the use of pesticides and fertilizers
  • Requiring a living wage for all employees
  • Requiring proper management of waste, water and energy

Shade Grown

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