Over the years we have promoted the quality and health benefits of our coffee, which is exclusively organic. With our latest container shipment from Camocim Estate (an estate we have a direct trade relationship with in Brasil), the coffee was grown using regenerative farming methods. Therefore, we thought we would explain a bit more on what that means.
Why Regenerative Organic Certified Coffee?
Regenerative organic agriculture is a collection of practices that focus on regenerating soil health and the full farm ecosystem.
In practice, regenerative organic agriculture can look like cover cropping, crop rotation, low- to no-till, compost, and zero use of persistent chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
To be truly regenerative, a system must consider all players in the farm system — from the soil microbiome to the animals to the workers.
Camocim estate has been growing coffee without the use of pesticides of fungicides since 1996 and achieved its first organic accreditation in 1999.
Honey bees on Camocim Estate Iapar 59
Their progressive take on farming has allowed indigenous animals such as the Jacu Bird (which is currently a protected animal in Brasil, due to the high rise in deforestation and chemical farming) to migrate back to the land to graze, which has helped increase numbers of this once endangered bird.
This sparked an ingenious idea from the owner of the estate Henrique Sloper, creating a coffee that has been eaten by the Jacu bird, inspired by the more well known kopi luwak coffee which is is a coffee that consists of partially digested coffee cherries, which have been eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet cat.