ADITI is authorized to conduct inspections and work with Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center to certify farms according to the Bird Friendly criteria.
The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has developed the only 100% organic and shade-grown coffee certification available-"Bird Friendly." This seal of approval ensures tropical "agroforests" are preserved and migratory birds find a healthy haven when they travel from your backyard to those faraway farms producing the beans you so enjoy every morning.
First, the coffee is certified organic, which means managing a healthy soil base and applying no harmful pesticides to the coffee that could otherwise run off into streams and rivers. This helps reduce the billions of pounds of noxious chemicals injected annually into natural ecosystems that support wildlife and communities.
This program goes a step further, requiring a variety of native shade trees throughout the coffee plantation. The combination of foliage cover, tree height and diversity needed to provide suitable migratory bird habitat while maintaining productive farms is very important part of the program. Producers must be recertified every three years to ensure they continue to meet these requirements and can truly call themselves "Bird Friendly."
Resulting in better-tasting coffee—its rich flavor comes from beans maturing slowly in the shade. Farmers protect water sources for their communities and sequester carbon by managing the forest-like system, which also provides a host of other products like cocoa and spices and the premium prices they fetch for Bird Friendly coffee supports their families and local economies.