Jon Ferguson our Coffee Quality Specialist, spoke with Tg-Lab —a Guatemalan owned and operated coffee laboratory dedicated to the creation of specialty coffee — about Agroforestry on a recent trip to Guatemala. Jon explains how agroforestry impacts the way we farm and produce coffee. Shade-grown coffee offers numerous benefits to the surrounding environment and is more sustainable than coffee grown under the sun. The quality of the coffee bean is higher when it’s grown under the shade of trees because coffee ripens at a slower pace, allowing sugars to develop inside the coffee cherry.
Learn more about Arbor Day Foundation coffee and what we’re doing to preserve rain forests.