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100% Shade Grown Rainforest Coffee


Deliciously smooth and alive with flavour. It’s a unique blend that exhibits intense aromas of fruit and flowers, and is sweet and bright with excellent acidity. It makes a complex, intense espresso and a smooth, full-flavoured milk-based coffee.


100% Shade Grown Coffee

Deliciously smooth and alive with flavour, the coffee used in this blend is shade grown on certified forested farms in Central and South America. It’s a unique blend that exhibits intense aromas of fruit and flowers, and is sweet and bright with excellent acidity. It makes a complex, intense espresso and a smooth, full-flavoured milk-based coffee. All the beans are Rainforest Alliance Certified, and grown under the banner of the Sustainable Agricultural Network, conserving ecosystems and giving growers a better quality of life.
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What is Shade Grown Coffee?

When fully grown, coffee plants are generally the height of an average adult, and tend to look like a beautiful, waxy green bush. The plant is small enough to nestle in under the much larger trees that surround it in a tropical setting. So, one could say that when coffee is “shade grown” all it means is that it’s been grown in its natural setting.

What makes shade grown coffee special?

Shade grown coffee doesn’t require the clearing of forest to make way for plantations. This makes shade grown coffee an ecologically friendlier option.

When we talk about shade grown, we aren’t talking blends or single origin coffee, we mean coffee that has been planted under the canopy of a forest. When coffee trees are planted in this manner, they do not disturb the natural ecology or biodiversity of the region. Instead, they enhance it.

Shade grown coffee plantations attract more bees, birds and insects to any part of a forest where they have been cultivated. By increasing biodiversity, this improves the forest as well as the unique flavours it imparts to the beans the trees produce.

When coffee trees lose the protection of the forest, they become susceptible to a range of diseases and conditions which destroy the coffee trees and the young cherries on them.

To avoid this destruction, farmers must turn to a range of chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers. Unfortunately, these are absorbed by the tree into the coffee cherries on them.

The result is coffee that has all the flavour and a positive impact on the environment!

Shade grown coffee beans taste better and are more ecologically friendly too

According to the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Institute – “in an age where deforestation is happening at an alarming rate, coffee that uses the ‘shade-grown’ method of cultivation provides an important habitat for birds to rest. Without these habitats, migratory birds might not be able to reach their destinations.”.

Shade grown coffee delivers other key eco-benefits too

  1. They prevent soil erosion and denudation
  2. They protect the forest in their own way given they do not need chemicals that seep into the Earth and harm the microscopic organisms that inhabit it
  3. They attract new species of birds and insects. In one study done in Mexico, there was a 64% increase in chewing insects on coffee plants grown using the shade method
  4. They open new opportunities for ecotourism which a region may previously have never enjoyed
  5. They naturally lower the number of pests in a forest by attracting birds which eat them

You can buy Shade Grown Coffee from Bun Coffee

Bun Coffee is a major roaster and distributor of coffee in Australia. With coffees from 40 different countries including Australia, our clients have come to love our shade grown coffee beans.

What makes the coffee special, according to our customers is ‘it’s unique taste. “ The forest literally comes alive on your taste buds” says one of them.

Share Grown Coffee Certification

The only true “shade-grown” certification, developed by ecologists at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Criteria include a canopy at least 12 meters high with the dominant tree species being native, a minimum of 40% shade cover even after pruning, at least two strata or layers of vegetation, made up of at least 10 woody species dispersed throughout the production area. Additionally, the coffee must also be certified organic. Bird-Friendly certification has the most robust shade/habitat standards of any coffee certification. This is a pass/fail, benchmark-oriented certification: all criteria must be met before certification is awarded.

Bun Coffee loves roasting beans

All our blends are either 100% organic, Fair Trade, Rain Forest Alliance Certified coffee, shade grown or Australian Grown coffee beans. Members of multiple eco-organisations including Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Organic coffee and the Global Coffee Platform which looks at the sustainability of coffee planting and harvesting process worldwide, we take our beans as seriously as the customers who buy them from us.

If ethical, responsible coffee that tastes as good as the forests we get it from is what you’re after, then please call us now on +61 2 6680 9798 or email

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