Bird-friendly Coffee Found in Chicago-area Stores Jan ’19

Buying shade grown coffee means you are financially rewarding the farmers who have chosen to preserve forests and bird habitats by growing their coffee under the tree canopy, rather than clearcutting vegetation to grow coffee in full sun. Many of our migrants winter on coffee plantations.

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center certified Bird Friendlymeans that beans were grown 100% organically with a variety of native shade trees. Criteria include a canopy at least 12m high with the dominant tree species being native, minimum 40% shade cover, and at least 2 layers of vegetation made up of at least 10 woody species. This certification has the most robust shade/habitat standards of any certification.

The Rainforest Alliance is an NGO with programs in several areas that promote standards for sustainability. Their sustainable agriculture program certifies many crops, including coffee. It covers a number of ecological issues as well as community relations and fair treatment of workers. There are no criteria for shade management. Criterion is for native vegetation coverand is not required for six years, perhaps longer. Therefore it is important to note that Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee may or may not be shade grown. There is no organic requirement.

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Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center Bird Friendly

Café Fair, various types

Target, Mariano’s

PapaNicholas, various types

Jewel, Walmart, Mariano’s, Valli, Sam’s Club, Pete’s Market, Sunset Foods, Caputo’s

The G.O.A.T. Coffee: Catalyst

Valli Produce, Sunset Foods

Allegro Coffee Organic Early Bird

Whole Foods


Rainforest Alliance Certified


Verena Street, various types

Sam’s Club

Zavida Coffee Roasters: Hazelnut Vanilla Premium Whole Bean Coffee


Caribou Coffee (various types)


Gevalia Kaffe Special Reserve: Costa Rica Course Ground (60% RA certified)

Trader Joe’s

Shade Grown Ground Espresso Blend

Whole Foods

Allegro Coffee: Organic Continental Blend, Organic Espresso Sienna, Organic Italian Roast

Bulletproof Coffee


Valli Produce

Eight O’Clock: 100% Colombian Peaks (50% of beans RA Certified sources)

Caribou Coffee: Rainforest Alliance Certified (includes Keurig)

Lavazza: Gran Selezione Dark Roast  (incl. Keurig)


Caribou Coffee (various types)