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Why It Is Important To Be Rainforest Certified

Rainforest Alliance Certified

The Rainforest Alliance works with sustainable coffee farmers to improve their livelihoods and the health and well-being of their communities.

Rainforest Alliance is a non-government organization that is working in 60 countries. The basic purpose of this organization is to promote sustainable farming that keeps the environment safe and helps the farmers to gain more profit. They are trying to create a world where human beings and the environment prosper in harmony. An American environmental scientist, Daniel Katz, is the founder of this alliance which began in 1985. The Rainforest Alliance works with all groups of farmers whether they have small, medium, or large farms.

The basic purpose of this standard is sustainable agriculture, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and social responsibility. It is a product-based certification and is not a certification of the farmers. This standard includes the protection of wildlife, ecosystem conservation, protection of waterways, and its guidelines about the use of agrochemicals. Their basic purpose is to reduce the use of agrochemicals as they harm water-living animals as well as pollute the environment.

1888 Coffee’s Family Reserve is grown on a micro lot on their farm and meticulously cared for from plant to package. Every bean purchased is of the highest quality and will have earned a 100% Rainforest Alliance certification. Founder’s Premium also contains over 30% Rainforest Certified coffee in its blend and all beans are from its high mountain farm.

The standards that the Rainforest Certification upholds conserves biodiversity, ensures that soils, waterways and wildlife habitat is protected and that farm workers enjoy decent housing, access to medical care and schools for their children. Farms must commit to a process of continuous improvement and are audited each year in order to maintain their certification.

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By following these standards 1888 Coffee is also preserving the species of the beautiful 88 Butterfly that can be found in the states of Veracruz, Puebla, Oaxaca & Chiapas. The butterfly’s nickname comes from the two 8s that appear on the front of its wings.

Sustainable coffee is the coffee that is certified as fair trade, organic, and Rainforest Alliance. In 2001, there was a downfall in process of coffee and then the idea of sustainable coffee came into existence.  As per the report of the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) IN 2003, sustainable coffee provides opportunities to growers who face difficulties in process and production conditions, that otherwise can keep them in the phase of poverty.

Sustainability is the basic focus of Rainforest Alliance Certification and sustainability is for the environment as well as the grower. It provides a state of equity to all the growers and all the growers can trade in the same market and make themselves economically stable and create a suitable environment for other creatures. Rainforest certification is the name of the economic and social welfare of society.

By shopping for products bearing the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, consumers can support a healthy environment and help to improve the quality of life for farm families. To learn more about the Rainforest Alliance, visit

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Why Single Origin Coffee is Preferred?

single-origin coffee

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Coffee is a drink prepared from roasted coffee beans. Coffee may be of a single type of beans or a mixture of different beans that come from the same origin, and sometimes a coffee blend is made up of coffee beans that come from different origins or countries. Single-origin coffees may come from a single farm, multiple farms from the same country, or just a blend of the coffees grown from that country. Nutrition-wise, coffee may contain fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It may also contain many antioxidants such as neochlorogenic acid, ferulic, and caffeic acid.

Single-origin or single source coffee’s name itself defines a coffee that is planted in one specific origin or country. In other words, single-origin coffee is the coffee that does not contain part of coffee grains that are growing in any other origin or country.

Single-origin coffee is preferred due to many reasons. Consumers are often interested in where their coffee is coming from. Drinking a single-origin reveals the coffee’s story, people and farm behind each cup. This factor makes it easy for the retailer or manufacturer to make value-added coffee if they use a single-origin coffee. It makes it easy for customers to discover the place from which their favorite breakfast beverage comes from.

Another reason would be single-origin coffee gives a specific bold taste and is not changed with season or time. People often prefer their favorite coffee to have a consistent taste rather than a variation in taste with time.

Safety and quality have become two important aspects for selecting food and beverages. Quality is something that depends on consumer preference, and safety is something that ensures that consumables are prepared by using safe methods.  There are much more chances of adulteration in coffee that is not of a single-origin, as they are prepared by using different blends. Some companies use additives or adulterants to increase their profit.

From seed to roast 1888 Coffee’s Founder’s Premium is produced in only one region in Veracruz and is shade grown. Blessed by high altitude along with tropical sun and rain, the land’s rich, volcanic soil provides the ideal environment for the cultivation of its Arabica beans.

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Do Hand Picked Cherry Beans Lead To A Better-Quality Coffee?

Handpicked Cherry Beans

Production of the best quality coffee requires several careful processing steps. A delightful specialty coffee needs distinction and special care at each step of the production and supply chain.  There are countless steps and decisions from seed to cup whose true potential is determined by extensive research and experimentation. The first step for transferring cherries to our cup is harvesting. The final coffee product should be made from the ripest cherries.

Hand picking and mechanical picking are the two commonly used methods for the harvesting of cherry beans. Coffee producers can mechanically strip harvest the cherries or opt hand pick mechanism. The selected method affects the social impact, production cost, and quality of the final coffee product. In hand-picking mechanisms, only fully ripened cherry beans are picked manually by the labor and filled in the baskets hung around their waist while the mechanical method involves all beans stripping in a single move by machine regardless. In the mechanical method, all the cherry beans are picked whether these are ripened or unripened.

Hand picking of the cherry beans leads to the production of better-quality coffee in comparison to the mechanical picking beans product. In hand picked method, only the fully ripened cherries are picked with a chance of minimum harvesting of unripened beans that’s the most important for the quality of the final coffee product.

Moreover, the quality of coffee is significantly influenced by the texture, size, and shape of the raw beans. Hand picking provides much better control on these parameters in comparison to mechanical picking, hence resulting in better quality coffee. In contrast, in mechanical stripping, as discussed earlier, the cherry beans are stripped by the machines regardless of the ripening stage that results in the lower quality final product as opposed to the hand-picked cherries product.

The proven, all-natural coffee-farming techniques of 1888 Coffee used to cultivate the evergreen coffee plants have been refined and perfected over more than 75 years. To this day, coffee beans are handpicked and gently roasted in small batches to produce the premium coffees offered by the 1888 Coffee Company.

Sanitization Is a Priority With 1888 Coffee

At 1888 Coffee we have the highest standards when it comes to the cleanliness and sanitization of our facilities. Our roasting facility is fully certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF).

Manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to NSF International for the development of public health standards and certification programs that help protect the world’s food, water, consumer products and environment. Their mission is to protect and improve global human health. As an independent, accredited organization, their standards group facilitates the development of standards, and their service groups test and certify products and systems.

The cleanliness of 1888 Coffee’s operation is guaranteed by the Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000), which is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). With this certification we are able to ensure that our coffee has been produced, prepared and handled according to the most recognized standards. It also demonstrates a commitment to our quality processes and continual improvement

We are committed to the safety of our employees and customers. Our entire 1888 Coffee staff is trained with up to date quality and sanitization processes on a regular basis. We test our raw coffee and finished products to ensure that quality and food safety standards have been met.

As a grower, roaster and purveyor we maintain tight controls on both the quality and delivery of our coffees. We have superior customer service and will meet or exceed your expectations.

1888 Coffee Company’s line of coffees are:

  • 90% higher quality than most coffees found in the U.S. market
  • Single-origin, shade grown and hand picked and roasted in Veracruz
  • Competitively priced and supported with marketing

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1888 Coffee – A Freshness Like No Other

Something that is very unique about 1888 Coffee Company is that we air ship our small batch, freshly roasted beans directly from our farm in Veracruz, MX to our café in Oakland, CA. From there, it’s either brewed fresh for our customers or shipped priority mail directly to customers who purchase online.

Every bean is treated as a prize from the moment it is picked to the moment it is packed and delivered to you. From when the cherry bean is first handpicked, to when it is dried and green, to when it is brown and roasted it’s never allowed to sit for weeks at a time because 1888 Coffee oversees and handles every part of the detailed process.

The importance is that 1888 Coffee’s coffee is not handled by any other company but our own. Most all commercial brands of coffee cannot guarantee this aspect. Most coffee, including specialty coffees, are traded by big companies all over the world. They gather coffee from many growers and processors and it sits for months in their warehouses. Additionally, when the green coffee beans are sold they can spend up to 6 weeks traveling by boat if they are coming from continents such as Africa or Asia. Then you have to include the time it takes for all of the logistics to go through US customs and to distribute the coffee. All of this takes a significant amount of time and then it stays for some additional weeks in roasters stock before being roasted and dispatched to the final destination. So, when a coffee reseller is promoting their “freshly roasted coffee” it may be recently roasted, but the beans themselves are probably dated.

1888 Coffee’s Veracruz coffee is a direct trade coffee which is freshly processed in our farm and freshly roasted right before it is air shipped to California. Our single-origin, 100% Arabica beans’ flavor is full and vibrant which allows you to optimally taste more of the flavor characteristics. You can expect the highest quality from 1888 Coffee’s freshly picked, processed and roasted coffee.

Brew at home – Relax – Enjoy.