What is in Your Cup?

At Spirit Bear, we specialize in the finest quality organic, fair trade and naturally certified coffees. Our extensive experience in the green coffee trade allows us to select our suppliers carefully, requiring them to be highly regarded, certified and licensed traders.

Why Certified Organic Coffee?

People ask why they should choose Organic Coffee over conventional coffees. The fact is coffee farmers worldwide use an enormous amount of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides on their crops that affect not only the earth and the plants but also the plantation workers who work in these fields every day.

Additional benefits to Organic growing practices is that when a farm commits to the certification process there becomes a greater emphasis of the workers on the tending of the crop. The result is a superior and higher quality product when compared to other varietals from that same region.

What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade is a partnership that seeks to provide greater equality in the global marketplace. The Fair Trade Certified label guarantees that farmers and farm workers from developing countries receive a fair price for their crops and products.

What is Relationship Coffee?

At Spirit Bear Coffee Company, our belief is relationship coffee differs from the traditional green coffee contract. It is based on a direct connection between the roaster and the supplier. The price mechanism for a relationship coffee is not tied to the world market, but is solely based on what it costs the supplier to produce exceptional coffee. A relationship coffee has the additional benefit of concern for how to sustain the economic efforts of the farm through pricing that reflects the true excellence and value of the coffee.

Is Coffee a Health Food?

When does coffee become a health food? While there is no simple answer, as published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry… 19,000 primarily positive scientific studies should meet the toughest criteria. Coffee has been through the scientific ringer, so to say, and has almost invariably come out with flying colours. Over the past few decades, not only have old myths about coffee gone the way of the Edsel, but significant positive health benefits have been uncovered through intense and exacting scientific inquiry.

Does coffee contain antioxidants?

Probably the best-kept secret is that coffee has four times the antioxidant content of green tea, according to a study conducted in Switzerland by the Nestle Research Center and recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Green coffee beans contain about 1,000 antioxidants, and the brewing process adds about 300 more. The roasting process creates its own set of healthful compounds which, like some antioxidants, are unique to coffee alone. The study found that coffee also outruns cocoa, herbal teas, and red wine. Of course, precise antioxidant content varies from cup to cup. Factors influencing levels are the type of bean, and the level of “soluble” in the cup, which determined by the brewing method, time and amount of coffee used.

Does coffee help enhance physical performance?

Research has also proved that, in addition to protecting against disease, coffee has a positive functional impact on an array of human activities. A study published in Current Sports Medicine Reports found that the caffeine in coffee improves performance and endurance during prolonged, exhaustive exercise. To a lesser extent, it also boosts short-term, high-intensity athletic performance, as well as enhances concentration, reduces fatigue and heightens alertness. The reason lies in caffeine's effect on brain receptors, enabling better energy uptake.