Does Starbucks Have Organic Coffee Are They Fair Trade

Does Starbucks Have Organic Coffee? Are They Fair Trade?

Coffee enthusiasts often wonder and ask does Starbucks have organic coffee? And start to question if their coffee is full of pesticides.

Health conscious coffee lovers are always asking the right questions and coffee drinkers are increasingly looking for speciality coffees that are organic and pesticide free.

Let’s face it, we all know organic food is tastier and healthier, so, does the coffee giant have organic coffee?

Keep reading to find out!

Can You Get organic Coffee At Starbucks?

Without beating around the bush, Starbucks coffee is not organic. Most of their coffee beans, literally all of them, are not certified as organic. Also, the milk that is used is not organic, neither is the sugar and other sweeteners.

To be fair, they do have a range of organic coffee beans that you can buy and take home with you. To make it truly organic, be sure to use organic milk and sweetener.

Can You Get organic Coffee At Starbucks
Starbucks Organic coffee

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Is Starbucks Coffee Full Of Pesticides?

Starbucks has no control at all over how many pesticides or what pesticides are used on the coffee farms that they get their beans from. They don’t own the farms, but they may have contractual agreements regarding the use of pesticides and which ones. This is something that is rare in the industry though.

They are probably the biggest coffee purchasers in the world. Few companies will purchase more than they do. The fact they are one of the biggest buyers of coffee it tells us straight away that they do not grow their own. Rather, they have a preference for ethical sourcing and fair trade coffee.

Still,

they have zero control over the amount of pesticide that are used by the individual coffee farmers. Being entirely balanced and fair, Starbucks does not have any more pesticides or containments in their beans than any other brand or coffee shop.

If you are concerned, then you should either stop drinking coffee or focus on organic coffee only.

There are some very good organic coffee brands that are worth a try. They sell good single origin coffee as well.

Is Starbucks Coffee Full Of Pesticides
Coffee cherries often are covered in pesticides

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Is Starbucks Coffee Mold Free?

Starbucks’ coffee is very well processed and roasted in house by themselves and their own facility which them gets shipped to their outlets. Obviously, when they get to their outlets, their beans are in top condition, well stored and well taken care of.

This is not to say that their coffee cannot develop mold. All coffee can develop mold if it is not well taken care of. It is not know if Starbucks screens for mycotoxins, which are formed by moulds. Purity coffee is one brand that screens for mycotoxins and ensures their beans are free from them.

Most countries do have strict standards in regard to the screening of toxins like mycotoxins. It is not particularly an issue.

Essentially, what I am trying to communicate well here is if you buy and store your beans poorly, regardless of which brand, and they grow mold it is not necessarily the fault of the brand.

Buy a proper coffee cannister that is airtight and has a vacuum pump to vacuum seal it and a one way valve.

Is Starbucks Coffee Fair Trade?

Yes,

Starbucks is one of the biggest purchasers of fair trade certified coffee in the world. That is an undisputable fact. This is not to say that fair trade coffee is exploitation free. I can only comment on my own experience from 10 years ago and comments made by Thai coffee farmers.

They were, to be quite frank, not at all pleased with the low price paid by the company. Some felt it was rather exploitative given the price paid for a cup of coffee in their outlets.

Is Starbucks Ethically Sourced?

Yes,

Starbucks are very socially responsible in their approach to coffee and are C.A.F.E certified, Coffee And Farmer Equity, practices and have long term contracts with those that supply them with high quality coffee. This is very beneficial and has a positive impact on coffee farmers.

As pointed out earlier, my direct experience with Thai coffee farmers, their comments suggest this may not be the case.

Is Starbucks Ethically Sourced
Starbucks is a socially responsible company.

What Is Starbucks Yukon Blend?

Starbucks Yukon blend is an organic coffee from the world’s most famous franchise coffee company. The beans come from Sumatra and Latin American coffee beans. It is earthy, lively in acidity with a lingering spiciness that is herbal and goes well with chocolate, cinnamon and oatmeal.

It is, I’ll be straight with you, it is one of the better organic blends I have tried. I say this as someone who is not at all a Starbucks fan.

Starbucks Organic Coffee Pods

It is not easy to find Starbucks organic coffee pods as generally speaking they don’t have an extensive range of organic coffee or organic coffee pods.

There are a lot of other coffee companies that produce organic coffee pods and capsules for both Nespresso and Keurig K-cups.

Does Starbucks Use Organic Ingredients?

Only 1.1% of Starbucks coffee is USDA certified as organic. Unfortunately, there are GMO organisms in their coffee and ingredients list.

Frappé-Ing It All Up – Does Starbucks Have Organic Coffee?

Starbucks does have organic coffee in their Yukon blend, which is really delicious. However, only 1.1% of their coffee is organic, so the vast majaority of their coffee is not organic.

Strictly speaking, if you order a Starbucks coffee that is organic, it may still not be organic if you order it with milk as their milk is not organic.

Coffee is love, it's more than love — it's a passion of mine. I've had the luck to have travelled and enjoyed the most exotic of coffee's and unique flavors, brewing methods and techniques of making the perfect coffee from Thai hill tribe coffee to Indonesian volcanic coffee, Malaysian coffee that comes in a tea bag and the array of flavors in Vietnam, from Vanilla to Orange to Coconut to Avocado to even salt coffee and the famous egg coffee. The best part of my coffee adventures is getting to mix with the locals over a nice brew and learning how they make it! I'm cited and referenced on Google Scholar for the topic of coffee.

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