WHAT IS ORGANIC?
Van Houtte® promotes ecological production methods by offering its clients a wide array of Organic Certified coffees. By choosing and processing the best organic beans, Van Houtte® supports environmentally sound practices.
Organic producers and processors need to strictly comply with organic standards. As producers, organic coffee growers use sustainable methods that protect the ecosystem, such as crop rotation, composting, and selective use of natural and non-chemical pesticides. Coffee beans are also grown and processed without the use of pesticides, synthetic chemical fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Van Houtte® Organic Certified coffees are certified by the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA International), a non-profit, member-owned, organic certification organization that provides certification to farmers, processors and handlers in America, Asia, and Europe. The organic certification is delivered in exchange for a yearly fee and an annual inspection. The certification guarantees that organic agricultural practices are well respected by the growers, and that the transformation facilities (roasting and packaging) meet the organic criteria.