Coffee sold by Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society is from Birds and Beans Coffee LLC and is certified by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center as Bird Friendly. This designation ensures that the coffee farms raise the coffee organically so the soil is healthy and pesticide free. It also requires that the farms have a variety of native shade trees throughout the coffee plantation. This canopy of native trees provides habitat for dozens of species of migratory birds.
Kingbird, Espresso is a wonderful blend of Nicaraguan and Guatemalan coffees - balanced, sweet, somewhat bright with good body, has dominant Mandarin orange on the aroma, with nutty sweet toffee, clean and smooth in the cup.
The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) offers a Bird Friendly certification to encourage farmers to return to the shade-grown practice. As the migratory birds we love are now beginning their journey back to the tropical regions where coffee is cultivated, offer them a habitat in which they can thrive with every sip of your bird friendly coffee.
Migrating Birds, Coffee Farms, and Our Interconnectedness by Lisa Del Rio, Bird-Friendly Coffee Coordinator
The farmers engage in a variety of practices to ensure quality and sustainability. They fertilize the soil with coffee pulp, manure, and tree debris, use tree leaves to deter destructive insects, employ shade to help balance the ecosystem and prevent plant disease, use methane from manure for cooking fuel, and take advantage of abundant solar energy for power.
WCAS is proud to sell coffee that is “Smithsonian Certified Bird Friendly” at chapter Bird Friendly Plant Sales. The name sure sounds important, but what does it really mean?
Bird species that pass through Northeast Ohio during migration or live here in spring and summer, are also found on Central and South American forested coffee plantations in the winter. Some, like the enchanting, tree-top loving Cerulean Warbler, are declining. One important reason is the habitat they depend on in Latin America is degrading or disappearing, much of it for agricultural use.
Above: Suzanne Aldrich, Bird Friendly Coffee Coordinator (left) and Betsey Merkel, Web & Marketing (right).
I volunteered because I wanted to make a difference for the birds – a noticeable difference and grow the bird-friendly coffee drinking community within Northeast Ohio. Birds and Beans LLC coffee is already known by the bird watching aficionados in the Cleveland area. But still most coffee drinkers do not know how rich bird-friendly coffee tastes, how it’s grown, how it helps the farmers and of course, how it helps migratory birds return to Ohio.
Not only is your chapter or organization receiving a percentage of chapter annual sales to support conservation activities, but promoting consumption of organic, Smithsonian Bird Migratory Center certified shade-grown coffee is a great way to connect to people who care about birds and conservation who might not be members.
Order your coffee by Monday, December 10th or purchase your coffee directly from Suzanne Aldrich, WCAS Bird Friendly Coffee Coordinator.
Drink Bird Friendly Coffee to help keep these birds returning to Northeast Ohio!
What inspired you to purchase Bird Friendly Coffee? I like the idea that coffee can be grown in areas where our migrants winter, and other birds homes have not been taken away.
Every day is an opportunity to preserve bird habitat, whether you are out on the trail or standing in your kitchen sipping a newly brewed cup of coffee. Birds and Beans links conservation and coffee together by providing Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society an annual rebate of 5% annual sales volume to put towards Ohio’s conservation projects.
During the winter, the Scarlet Tanager lives in mature forests and forest edges and often visit shade coffee plantations in the Andes, Mexico, and Central America during migration. They are hard to see because they like to hide among the wide leaves of deciduous trees in the forest canopy.
They feed mainly on insects along with some fruit and tender buds and joins mixed species foraging flocks with flycatchers, antbirds, woodcreepers, and resident tropical tanagers.
How can you help this songbird? Help by preserving birding habitat! Join the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society’s informal coffee club today and start drinking bird-friendly coffee. You’ll love the taste! Go Here
Ordering is easy! Click here.
FACT: Songbirds that migrate to Mexico and the tropics are on the decline.
TRUE: According to the North American Breeding Bird Survey, the population of chestnut-sided warblers has declined by 4% between 1966 and 2015.
FACT: Coffee plantations use various farming methods, such as full-sun to agroforestry systems, to grow and harvest coffee beans.
TRUE: According to a paper published on the "Biodiversity Conservation in Traditional Coffee Systems of Mexico" in 1999, Coffee is grown under a continuum of conditions, from rustic or traditional, to full sun, and these “shades of shade” are not equal when it comes to the health of ecosystems (Reference: Biodiversity Conservation in Traditional Coffee Systems of Mexico. 1999. Conservation Biology 13:11–21.). How do you know that every single bean in every single bag is shade-grown? Buy Birds and Beans coffee!
FACT: Coffee label lingo (Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, Shade-grown, Organic) can confuse consumers in the grocery aisle.
TRUE: Without understanding the certifications on the label, you really will not know how the beans are grown. For example, to be certified as Rainforest Alliance, farmers are to maintain shade cover of 30% or greater. According to the 2017 Consumer Report article, "The Truth About Coffee Packaging Claims", this seal means that some or all of the coffee in the bag is sourced from farms that have met standards aimed at promoting sustainability and protecting farmers, forests, wildlife, and local communities. But Rainforest Alliance standards for minimizing pesticide use and incorporating native trees are not as stringent as those behind the Bird Friendly Habitat designation. Learn More
FACT: Specialty coffee costs more than well-marketed coffee brands.
TRUE: The Whole Foods grocery store in Rocky River, Ohio, sells only one blend of organic, bird-friendly coffee, named Early Bird Blend. One 12-oz bag sells for $11.99 (ground). Birds and Beans coffee comes in many blends, grinds, and sizes. One 12-oz bag without shipping and handling sells for $9.25. With shipping/handling shared among other coffee drinkers, WCAS sells it for $11.75 a bag. Buying a bag larger than 12 oz every other month yields even more savings to you.
Learn more about joining the WCAS Bird Friendly Coffee Club here.
REMINDER: 5% of annual chapter sales support local conservation projects.
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. 2015. North American Breeding Bird Survey 1966–2015 Analysis.
Migration Underway: What Drinking a Cup of Coffee Can Mean by Bill Wilson, Co-Founder of Birds & Beans Coffee LLC
Coffee farms and children in Nicaragua. The farmers need to sell their Bird Friendly coffee to brands like Birds & Beans to stay on the land and provide their children with security. ~ Bill Wilson, co-Founder, Birds and Beans Coffee
Just to be clear, iced coffee is not brewed coffee poured over ice. It shouldn’t be! True iced coffee is actually cold brewed. Cold brewing reduces the acidity of the coffee, which in turn enhances it’s sweetness and other complex flavor notes.
Bird Friendly Coffee Preserves Neo-Tropics Bird Habitat and Northeast Ohio Conservation by Suzanne Aldrich
Every year, Birds & Beans LLC, gives back 5% of Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Bird Friendly Coffee Club sales to support Chapter bird and habitat conservation projects in Northeast Ohio.
Consider making a New Year’s Resolution to drink Bird Friendly Coffee, certified by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. It is the real deal.
Order your coffee by December 10th or purchase your coffee at the Western Cuyahoga Audubon December 5, 2017 Speaker Series Meeting just in time for the holidays.
We're building a network of shade-grown coffee lovers to lower the cost of quality bird friendly coffee (not available in stores!) -- and to benefit birds and growers.
By the time you drink your next cup of conventional coffee, acres of tropical forest will be lost. This includes the birds and wildlife that depend on it. Chemicals harmful to the environment remain legal to use in less-developed countries, including many countries that grow coffee.
Cool Off and Refresh with Iced Coffee Anytime of Year! by Suzanne Aldrich, Bird-Friendly Coffee Coordinator
A great recipe to make delicious Birds & Beans®, Smithsonian Bird Friendly®, USDA Organic, Fair-Trade Certified Coffee!
Shade coffee plantation in Guatemala. This image is typical of a traditional shade coffee plantation in which only some or none of the canopy has been removed and coffee crops have been added.
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