Researchers have long known about the benefits of shade coffee to migratory birds. Shade coffee plantations offer a canopy of trees and the structural diversity where diverse bird species can forage. Sun coffee plantations, in contrast, are a monoculture of plants growing at the same height. They are home to many fewer bird species. It may cost an extra buck or two, but the benefits of your purchase are invaluable.
Take action
Purchase certified shade coffee at your grocery store and when you head to your local coffee shop. Or purchase it from Environment for the Americas.
Ask your grocery store to carry shade coffee, if it doesn’t already.
If your place of work provides coffee, encourage them to purchase shade coffee.


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