Organic Coffee

To sell coffee in the United States labeled as "organic," a coffee roaster must comply with several requirements established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the National Organic Program (NOP). These requirements include:

1. Organic Certification: The coffee must be certified organic by a USDA-accredited certifying agent. This ensures that the coffee is grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing factors such as soil quality, pest and weed control, and use of additives. (7 CFR Part205, § 205.100)

2. Sourcing of Organic Beans: The coffee beans must be grown without the use of prohibited substances, like certain pesticides and fertilizers, for three years before the harvest used for organic coffee. (7 CFR Part205, § 205.400)

3. Roasting Process: The roasting facility must also be certified for handling organic products. This ensures that there is no cross-contamination forbidden products. (7 CFR Part205, § 205.100)

4. Record-Keeping: The roaster must keep detailed records that document the production, handling, and sales of the organic coffee. (7 CFR Part205, § 205.103)

5. Labeling: Compliance with organic labeling requirements is mandatory. This includes using the USDA organic seal and proper representation of the organic content (e.g., "100% Organic", "Organic", or "Made with Organic Ingredients" depending on the specific content). (7 CFR Part205, Subpart D)

6. Inspection and Compliance: Regular inspections are conducted to ensure ongoing compliance with organic standards. This includes reviews of the facilities and processes, as well as testing of soil and water. (7 CFR Part205, § 205.403)

7. Prevention of Contamination: Measures must be in place to prevent contamination of organic beans with prohibited substances or commingling with non-organic products. (7 CFR Part205, § 205.272)

8. Marketing and Sales: When marketing organic coffee, all claims must be truthful and not misleading regarding the organic status and practices. (7 CFR Part205, Subpart D)

Oil Slick Coffee does not have access to a certified facility that would preserve the organic integrity of an organic coffee. Therefore Oil Slick Coffee does not sell organic coffee. 

However, if you are buying a coffee that was certified organic at origin, you are buying a coffee that was grown without the use of fertilizers or pesticides prohibited by The National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.