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Best Organic Coffee Brands
Are you willing to pay extra for a cup of coffee that is organic? Then you might as well go with the best organic coffee brands. So, first of all, what do high quality organic coffees have in common? And what makes one organic coffee different from another? Are there other factors besides coffee brand that you should pay attention to? And finally what are some of the best organic coffee brands?
What Do the Best Organic Coffee Brands Have in Common?
Climate, soil, elevation
A culture of growing coffee
Aroma, flavor and antioxidants
Dedication to growing the best coffee
Best Organic Coffee Brands Have These Things in Common: Mountains, volcanic soil and overcast with rain
It is not a coincidence that the good coffee in the world is grown in the mountains. Nor is it just luck that coffee regions have or have had active volcanoes with rich volcanic soil. The best organic coffee brands come from these regions where it is also cloudy and where it rains a lot.
Coffee grown at higher altitudes where it is cooler grows more slowly and this results in more taste.
Volcanic Ash Soils
The University of Hawaii at Manoa writes about volcanic ash soils which are called andisols.
Mineralogy: Volcanic soils largely consist of non-crystalline (amorphous) minerals, such as allophone and imogolite. These minerals form strong bonds with organic matter. As a result, organic matter generally accumulates in the surface horizon. In addition to organic matter, volcanic soils may also contain high amounts of volcanic glass material with the possibility of amorphous iron and aluminum minerals.
Physical Traits: Andisols are usually light and fluffy and are easily tilled. Like a sponge, these soils also hold a lot of water.
Fertility: When not highly weathered, volcanic soils are typically very fertile soils.
The short version is that volcanic soils are highly fertile, easy to cultivate, hold water well, and tend to retain other organic nutrients near the surface where plants can use them.