The Best Coffees

By EatingWell Editors, Fall 2004

Understanding coffee labels such as organic, free-trade, shade grown and single origin.

"I'm sure we all have our favorites but after spending time traveling through much of the world please make my cup of coffee Costa Rican. Shade grown Arabica from Costa Rica mixed with 100% Columbian provides the smoothest most flavorful...


Most of the best, heirloom coffees are cultivated in the understory, or shade, of larger trees, where wildlife diversity is high. Also labeled as “bird-friendly,” these eco-superior coffees are promoted by Smithsonian, Audubon, the Rainforest Alliance and others.

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