Cafe Altura - Organic Coffee Fair Trade Dark Blend - 12 oz (339g)
Cafe Altura Organic Coffee Fair Trade Dark Blend is a blend of three dark-roast coffees from around the globe: South America, Indonesian and Central America. Cafe Altura Organic Coffee Fair Trade Dark Blend certified Fair Trade. The Fair Trade movement advocates the payment of a higher price to farmers as well as higher social and environmental standards.
- USDA Organic
- Fair Trade Certified
- Certified Kosher
Cafe Altura Organic Coffee - family owned and operated since 1979 - knows that great coffee starts with the farmers. Fair Trade coffees ensure a minimum price for coffees purchased from around the globe. The Fair Trade Program benefits the farmers who tend and care for the Arabica beans and the land it is grown on. By purchasing Cafe Altura organically grown Fair Trade coffees, customers can be confident that they are supporting not only organic cultivation methods but also a socially conscious organization that ensures your purchase benefits those at the source.
Cafe Altura imports and roasts only coffees certified organic by the USDA’s list of accredited agencies . Their small, batch-roasting facility in Santa Paula, California is also certified as an organic production facility. Their imported coffees and the roasting facility are inspected annually to assure compliance with organic standards.
The certification of organic coffee follows the bean from farm to cup. In order to label their yield as organic, all farms must meet a stringent criteria for organic production which audits everything from mulching techniques, soil quality, pest management and water conservation to processing and transportation. With the added costs of organic cultivation techniques comes an increased premium for the beans on the open market. The extra cost paid by Cafe Altura and that of their customers supports products that aim to achieve great quality without sacrifice to the land, the workers or the fauna.
The care needed to provide the best organic coffees has as much to do with what's overhead as it does with what's underfoot. A healthy shade canopy of mixed native trees provides benefits to both the consumer and the ecology of the farm. Consumers are rewarded with increased flavor complexity as a result of the longer ripening times and nutrient rich soils, and the surrounding ecosystem benefits by using the trees as a home and natural corridor between plots of natural habitat.
The habitat created by the trees is arguably most appreciated by the birds which live on and around the farm. By protecting against soil erosion, brutal sun exposure, over drying of soils and loss of native animal habitat with the use of native trees, organic farmers continue to find sustainable solutions to problems using techniques developed by nature.
Cafe Altura was founded on and continues to operate on the premise that, in order to create the best coffees, the human element of the supply chain needs to be tended with as much care and attention as the coffee itself. Cafe Altura’s founders visited the Finca Irlanda in Chiapas, Mexico thirty years ago and witnessed first hand the successes of a farm where plants, animals and humans lived and worked together.
Long before Fair Trade was a certification one could use to label their product, they sourced their coffees from family farms dedicated to the community and its health. Today, they are grateful to have a certification agency that can regulate and oversee the well being of the farmers in countries around the world. Fair Trade certified goods are just that. Fair.
From far-away farms to your cup, coffees labeled Fair Trade come from farmers and workers who are justly compensated. Your purchase helps farmers in developing countries build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Cafe Altura different?
Cafe Altura was started in 1980 when the viability of organic companies and the nation’s interest in organic products was still unknown. Cafe Altura was founded to support the principles of organic farming – sustainability, living wages for farmers and stewardship of some of the worlds most verdant and beautiful landscapers – and to provide an avenue for the quality organic beans to reach the U.S. marketplace. Cafe Altura has remained small in both production capacity and management style to ensure that these concepts remain guiding principles.
Is Cafe Altura a shade grown coffee?
Yes. The shading of the delicate Arabica coffee trees is an important element in the organic management of the coffee farms. The Ecosystem in and around the trees, such as, birds and insects, as well as, the micro level biodiversity in the soil beneath, all benefit from having native trees in the system. As consumers, we see a benefit from the longer ripening times of the cherries providing a more complex flavor.
Does Cafe Altura roast their own coffee?
Yes. We roast and package Cafe Altura in an Organic Certified roasting facility in Santa Paula, California. All of their coffees are small batch roasted to ensure cup quality and integrity. Their coffees are roasted to order and Cafe Altura maintains minimal standing inventory of coffees roasted only days before.
Who certifies their coffee as organically grown?
The Demeter Association has been certifying Cafe Altura since 1982. They have recently started a subsidiary called Stellar, which certifies Cafe Altura as organic today. The Demeter association is a national, independent, non-profit, non-tax exempt corporation committed to assuring that Biodynamic and Organic products in the United States and Mexico are grown with the highest integrity and care. The Demeter standards of evaluation are used world wide. The association oversees the production and processing of labeled products by enlisting the services of consultants in a program of annual written reports of farm and processing facilities. The consultants are approved by the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association of Kimberton, Pennsylvania.
How long has Cafe Altura been in business?
Cafe Altura began in 1980. They were the first company to import organically grown coffee in the United States. They were also the first company to have independent third party certification.
How much caffeine does Cafe Altura have? How much caffeine is left after decaffeination?
Cafe Altura has 1% caffeine. This is standard amongst all high grown (Arabica) varieties of coffee. The decaffeination process removes 97% of the caffeine from the 1% caffeine it contains. Cafe Altura drip brewed coffee contains 50 to 63 milligrams of caffeine per 6 oz. cup.
Is Cafe Altura high in acid or acid free?
Cafe Altura is a high grown Arabica coffee. Coffee grown in altitudes of 1,000 or more meters will be naturally lower in acids than coffee grown at lower altitudes. This high grown coffee is also more flavorful and gives brightness to the flavor. A darker roast coffee will be lower in acid content as it burns out most of the chemicals which cause the acid sensation. Preparing coffee with a coffee “Toddy” takes most of the acid from the ground coffee as it filters out the acid. If acid free coffee is needed, this type of preparation is preferable.
Is it the acid that makes my stomach hurt?
When coffee is brewed and left on a hot plate (burner) for more than twenty minutes, the liquid will concentrate the acids in the coffee. This may contribute to stomach discomfort. Try storing freshly brewed coffee in an air pot or thermos.
Coffee the Way Nature Intended
Cafe Altura Fair Trade coffees are organically grown at altitudes above 3000 feet on small farm cooperatives in developing countries, without the use of harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The Fair Trade system gives local farmers direct access to international markets, assists in their business development and promotes a balanced and healthy growing environment that replenishes the topsoil and provides a winter home to many species of migratory birds. Cafe Altura pays a "Fair & Just" price for the coffee, allowing a higher standard of living, community development, educational opportunities for children, and providing an alternative to the cultivation of illicit drug crops.
A story as old as the land...
When coffee was discovered a thousand years ago, it was a preciously guarded secret, so valuable the beans were used as currency. In 1980, a group of coffee lovers in Ojai, California heard of a family farm in the mountains of Mexico which grew coffee naturally, the same way it had been when first found in the wild. Setting off on an adventure, these coffee lovers found a place where self-sustaining agriculture produced a smooth and aromatic coffee with no trace of bitterness. They came back and started Cafe Altura, the organic coffee, so you can taste coffee the way nature intended.