Use the 7-day WCAS Free Shipping Code 'FREEOCT' from Oct 26-Nov 1 2020 at Birds & Beans Coffee. Weekend plans? Enjoying the sun with a good book and a cup of Birds & Beans!
Use the 7-day WCAS Free Shipping Code FREESEPT from Sept 21-27, 2020 at Birds & Beans Coffee. Weekend plans? Enjoying the sun with a good book and a cup of Birds & Beans!
Shade-grown coffee benefits the farmers because trees on shade-grown coffee plantations have a lifespan double that of trees on plantations of sun-grown coffee.
Years ago, a coffee roaster told me that coffee brewed to be iced should be brewed stronger than one that is for drinking hot. Based on his suggestions, and my brewing over the years, here is how I make iced coffee.
Use the 7-day WCAS Free Shipping Code WCAS20 from June 29-July 5th, 2020 at Birds & Beans Coffee. Weekend plans? Enjoying the sun with a good book and a cup of Birds & Beans!
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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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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Visit the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Virtual Conference Center for a listing of programs. Download the Free Desktop & Mobile Apps-Version 2
ABOUT VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS with Michelle Brosius, Director-at-Large and Field Trip Co-Coordinator, WCAS.
WATCH Introduction to, 'Urban Ag for People, Birds, and Wildlife'
WATCH Overview of 'WCAS Birding Challenges Fall 2020'
The WCAS Fall Warbler Challenge extends through October 31, 2020 and offered along with it is a schedule of interactive programs and digital resources to help you stay sharp on bird identity, informed on Northeast Ohio birding hotspot locations, engaged with LIVE bird banding broadcast, bird photography and much more! The WCAS Fall Warbler Challenge is a fundraising event to support chapter conservation education programs for the public. Check the Fall Warbler Challenge 2020 Schedule
The Dead Tree Birding Challenge is over but we hope you'll join us for the Wrap Up with Nancy Howell on Sat Sept 26, 2020 from 7:00-8:00pm at the WCAS Virtual Conference Center.
Speaker Series Tue Oct 6:
“Bird and Moon: Comics With a Naturalist’s Knowledge”,
Rosemary Mosco, Naturalist and Artist. REGISTER
WATCH WCAS Member Meeting and "Hybridization of Cerulean and Parula Warblers", Sept 1, 2020.
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