The Best Coffees

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

Fall 2004

By EatingWell Editors

The Best Coffees

For lovers of great coffee, it may be the best of times—with an unprecedented availability of good and even great brews and beans everywhere, from local roasteries to espresso bars and even upwardly mobile gas stations.

Sadly, it is also the worst of times for traditional coffee farmers throughout the Tropics, who must compete with a glut of cheap, low-quality beans from new, industrial-scale plantations in Vietnam and Brazil.

Conscientious consumers, and anyone seeking classic, full-flavored coffee, will want to look for these labels:

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