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!
Help Save the Songbirds: Scarlet Tanager by Suzanne Aldrich
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! Join the WCAS Bird Friendly Coffee Club
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.
REMINDER: 5% of annual chapter sales support local conservation projects.
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. 2015. North American Breeding Bird Survey 1966–2015 Analysis. Read More
Wood Thrush (Breakfast Roast)
$13.25 - $75.00
Wood Thrush, Breakfast Roast is a delicate, complex full flavor coffee from some of the best-run farms in Latin America. Coffee is grown 100% ecologically, as it was 100 years ago, protecting nature, with no chemicals, using natural fertilizers and spring water, and under the shade on high altitude. (Sierra de Managua/Carazo Plateau family farms in Nicaragua.)
Choose between whole bean and coffee grind options Coarse, Extra Fine, Fine or Medium Grind. There is no additional charge for grinding.
For fractional package orders: The whole bean option is not available for the pre-measured roast packs. In the check-out process, select the Shipping Method, 'Customer Pick-up'.
Photo: Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) By Hylocichla mustelina.jpg: Steve Maslowski, US Fish and Wildlife Service derivative work: Papa November [Public domain or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Medium Roast-Viennese)
$13.25 - $75.00
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Medium Roast is grown on model organic farms in Nicaragua.
Choose between whole bean and coffee grind options Course, Fine, orMedium grind. There is no additional charge for grinding. The whole bean option is not available for the pre-measured roast packs.
Photo: Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) by Jim McCormac.
Scarlet Tanager, French Roast
$13.25 - $75.00
Scarlet Tanager - French Roast. A bold, intense, smooth coffee from co-op farms. Grown by farm families dedicated to providing us with great coffee and their children with a better eco-system. (Depending on harvest cycle from Northern Nicaraguan Highlands or Northeastern Peru in the Andes - Amazon River basin slopes.)
Choose between whole bean and coffee grind options Coarse, Extra Fine, Fine or Medium Grind. There is no additional charge for grinding. The whole bean option is not available for the pre-measured roast packs.
Photo: Scarlett Tanager (Piranga olivacea) by Laura Gooch.
American Redstart (Light Roast)
$13.25 - $52.50
American Redstart, Light Roast, smooth and flavorful is the ‘Official Coffee’ of World Migratory Bird Day. (Guatemala). Choose between whole bean and coffee grind options Coarse, Extra Fine, Fine or Medium Grind. There is no additional charge for grinding. The whole bean option is not available for the pre-measured roast packs.
Photo: American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) by Tom Fishburn.
Baltimore Oriole (French Roast Decaf - water process decaffeination)
$14.50 - $75.00
Baltimore Oriole, French Roast DeCaf, is a Smithsonian certified ‘Bird Friendly®’ coffee, which is also USDA Organic and Fair-Trade certified – water process decaffeination. (Honduras)
Choose between whole bean and coffee grind options Coarse, Fine or Medium Grind. There is no additional charge for grinding. The whole bean option is not available for the pre-measured roast packs.
Photo: Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) by Dave Lewis.
WCAS Bird-Friendly Coffee Club Order Form 2020 v2.0
WCAS Bird-Friendly Coffee Club Order Form 2020 v2.0
1 page PDF download
$14.50 - $57.50
Bird Friendly® Coffee found in our newest roast, Kingbird. 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. Triple certified, shade grown Smithsonian Bird Friendly/Fair-Trade/USDA Organic. 12oz, 2lb and 5lb bags available.
Photo: Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) by Tom Fishburn.
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