Organic Coffee From Latin America
And not only are Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Honduras producers of large amounts of coffee they are also first line producers of organic coffee. USDA organic certification in Latin American is typically done by agencies such as Bio Latina on contract for the USDA.
Organic certification verifies that your farm or handling facility located anywhere in the world complies with the USDA organic regulations and allows you to sell, label, and represent your products as organic. These regulations describe the specific standards required for you to use the word “organic” or the USDA organic seal on food, feed, or fiber products.
Organic Coffee from Latin America
Coffee grows best in the regions that Latin Americans refer to as the land of eternal spring. This term refers to the mountainous spine of the Americas that, within Latin America, extends from Northern Mexico down to Tierra del Fuego. In the tropical regions of Latin America between three and six thousand feet elevation coffee grows well on soil enriched over the eons by volcanic eruptions. Some of these eruptions were even very recent. For example, 17,000 foot high Nevada del Ruiz on the outskirts of Manizales in the Colombian cafetero erupted in 1985. It was the worst volcanic disaster in recorded Latin American history resulting in 25,000 deaths. Continuing eruption of ash from still-active Nevada del Ruiz and other active volcanos serves to enrich the soil of the Colombian cafetero and provide nutrients for some of the best organic coffee from Latin America.