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World’s First First Bird-Friendly Coffee Farm

World’s First First Bird-Friendly Coffee Farm

Quality Certification Services has certified the first bird-friendly coffee farm in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Lava Java, a 24-acre organic coffee farm, is committed to the conservation of indigenous trees on the farm, as it is home to several endangered tree species, as well as numerous birds and other fauna. The Bird Friendly seal, developed by The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, tells consumers the coffee they are buying was produced organically and under high-quality shade. According to Center research, a combination of foliage cover, tree height and diversity, needed to provide suitable migratory bird habitat, is also necessary to maintain productive coffee farms. In addition, coffee experts say shade-grown coffees taste better than sun-grown coffees due to coffee beans ripening more slowly to produce a richer flavor. Producers must be re-certified every three years to ensure they continue to meet these requirements.