Best Organic Coffee Beans

Nothing wakes you up in the morning (or in the afternoon after lunch), like a nice cup of Joe. As wonderful as that feeling is, wouldn’t you like your coffee to be made without chemicals or filler ingredients? We thought so. So we figured you would want to know the best way to make the most of your coffee. And that is to go organic.

And this is not just about being responsible towards the planet or supporting sustainable and fair trade practices that are beneficial to the farmers who grow the beans, which it is.

Organic coffee also does plenty of wonders for your body. For instance, because your coffee no longer has artificial additives, you will get the natural energy kick you have been looking for without an acidic beverage floating around in your stomach.

It is also high in antioxidants along with minerals and vitamins that are good for the immune system. And if you have not figured it out already, organic coffee is free of pesticides and fertilizers which reduce the risk of you ingesting harmful chemicals.

So, here is a list of the healthiest organic coffee brands and the specific coffee beans that will get you out of the vicious chain of depending on chemicals. Take a look.

Our Top Organic Coffee Recommendations

For those who are looking to start out with organic coffee, this is a great selection of clean coffee brands – so let’s take a look at what made it in our round up of the best organic coffee brands.


Volcanica Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

Ethiopian Coffee Yirgacheffe OrganicVolcanica has one of the widest ranging choices of organic coffee and after testing we were suitably impressed by one of their offerings in particular. Their Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is actually one of their best sellers and it is easy to see why this South Ethiopian organic coffee is such a hit with their customers. Made with a traditional arabica that is grown on wild coffee trees, this coffee has an almost wine like complexity with fruit-like flavors of blueberry and blackberry on the palate.

This coffee is both Fair Trade and Kosher certified and topped our list when it came to flavor. Volcanica will give you the full back story of this coffee on their website but from a taste point of view, you can’t go wrong with this medium to light roast coffee.

We tested the whole beans and ground them finely to make a standard coffee using an Aeropress and this produced excellent results. We also tested the Colombia Geisha light roast organic coffee from Volcanica and this was also very good. We’d suggest choosing based on the type of roast you prefer but with 10+ types of organic options to choose from you can’t go far wrong with Volcanica.


  • Flavor: Lemon, Blackberry, and Blueberry
  • Item Form: Choice of 4 options
  • Ingredients: Arabica coffee
  • Certified: Yes
  • Source: Grown by small farmers from the Gedeo Zone of Southern Ethiopia

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  • Topped our taste test
  • Truly ethical coffee with a real story behind it
  • Four choices of grind to choose from (we tested whole beans)
  • Washed process
  • Fast shipping when you buy direct

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  • None


Equal Exchange Organic Ground Coffee

Equal Exchange Organic Ground Coffee, Breakfast Blend, 12-Ounce BagThis is a bag of classic ground coffee from Equal Exchange. If you like your coffee sweet with a blend of cream and maybe just a touch of chocolate brownie and roasted nut and caramel, you have truly hit the jackpot. This is a medium roast and French roast blend that you will come to love instantly.

It is also 100 percent Arabica coffee which is grown sustainably by farmers from cooperatives in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. This coffee is gourmet quality and certified kosher.

Speaking of being certified, those of you who love fair trade will also enjoy learning that this one qualifies as such and is also certified as organic by the USDA. The manufacturer recommends just a couple of tablespoons for six ounces of water.


  • Flavor: Breakfast blend
  • Item Form: Ground
  • Ingredients: 100% Arabica coffee
  • Certified: Yes, by the USDA
  • Source: Grown by small farmers and collected at farmer co-ops

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  • Value for money
  • Perfect for those who like their coffee between watery and bitter
  • The mild chocolate flavor is a great selling point
  • Can be consumed without cream or sugar

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  • Comes pre-ground


Lifeboost Medium Roast Ground Organic Coffee

Here’s another ethically sourced coffee for those who are tired of the stuff coming out of big labels. The first exciting thing about LifeBoost is that this coffee is low in acid and high in flavor along with being a non-GMO product.

Lifeboost Coffee Light Roast Ground Coffee - Low Acid Single Origin Usda Organic Ground Coffee Beans - Non-Gmo Ground Coffee Light Roast Third Party Tested For Mycotoxins & Pesticides - 12 Ounces Now, the beans are sun dried and watered in spring water. You get the taste of pure and natural coffee from the mountains of Central America because that is where it’s grown.

The company works with exclusive farms that are bird friendly. You will also like the fact that the beans are all individually hand chosen to make sure the purity of the product is not compromised.

About the acid factor. If you didn’t know it already, coffee is generally quite acidic which is why your stomach might sometimes feel weird after a cup. You are probably also well aware of the dental problems that this wonderful beverage can cause.

Luckily for you, LifeBoost takes care of that with this antioxidant-rich organic coffee. You can enjoy your cup without worrying about the obvious problems caused by a harmless cup of coffee in the morning.

It has also been tested by a third party to ensure there are no pesticides, heavy metals or toxins in the product that are present in inorganic coffee products. In fact, the manufacturer is so confident that if you don’t like what you have tasted, they are happy to give you your money back within 30 days and they say they highly doubt it.


  • Flavor: Medium roast
  • Item Form: Ground
  • Capacity: 12 ounces
  • Dimensions: 8.31 x 4.69 x 1.02 inches
  • Source: Mountains of Nicaragua
  • Tested: Yes, by a third party

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  • Third-party testing for pesticides and mycotoxins makes it all the more reliable
  • Low in acid levels and helps avoid teeth issues
  • Non-GMO product
  • The manufacturer offers a money-back guarantee
  • Hand washed and hand-selected coffee beans

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  • Customers have complained about orders being mixed up
  • Relatively expensive


Subtle Earth Medium Roast Organic Coffee

Here’s another organic coffee brand that is 100 percent Arabica coffee. You will experience a rich depth of chocolate with every cup and since it is low 2LB Subtle Earth Organic Coffee - Medium-Dark Roast - Whole Bean - Organic Arabica Coffee - (2 lb) Bagon the acidic values, you might have trouble stopping at one cup. The coffee comes in whole bean form which is what gives it that velvety edge.

You will taste smooth milk chocolate in every cup and if you are an aficionado, you might even notice a smidge of honey, caramel, and cocoa. It is slightly caramelized which makes the beans taste a bit roasted with a sweet aftertaste. You will find this coffee in light, medium-dark, and dark-roasted variants.

This is also a non-GMO product and comes from Honduras as part of a Sharing Certified Program. And you might want to know that the manufacturer is confident enough in it to offer a refund. This Subtle Earth whole bean coffee is certified to be organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) which comes under the US department of agriculture.


  • Flavor: Whole bean coffee with rich milk chocolate and medium roast
  • Brand: Cafe Don Pablo
  • Item Form: Whole bean
  • Specialty: GMO-free
  • Capacity: 2 pounds
  • Dimensions: 4 x 5.5 x 11 inches


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  • No chemicals are used in the processing
  • Tastes fresh and is value for money
  • Rich in flavor

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  • One customer found it to be too strong and/or burnt
  • Another customer said they found a stone in the bag
  • A third customer said that the quality has dropped in the recent times


Kicking Horse Medium Roast Whole Bean Coffee

If you are looking for medium-roast, whole bean coffee, this is a winner. The Kicking Horse Coffee is smooth and savory at the same time. The coffee beans are an homage to the trio of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Kicking Horse Coffee, Three Sisters, Medium Roast, Whole Bean, 2.2 Pound - Certified Organic, Fairtrade, Kosher Coffee Now, the beans themselves are well rounded and you will be able to detect a hint of sweet tobacco, cocoa, and stone fruit in the flavor. This coffee is pretty great whether you opt for a French press, a drip machine, or a pour over and cold brew. These are also the recommended methods of making coffee with these beans.

The beans come from Indonesia, Central America, and South America and are grown carefully by environmentally responsible farmers. Also, these farmers are connected to sustainable businesses which are how the beans made their way to the bag in front of you.

The ingredients are not just certified to be 100 percent organic, but also fair trade and kosher. And yes, this is also Arabica coffee. It is an excellent choice whether you are thinking about yourself, the farmers who grew the beans, or the planet.


  • Flavor: Toasted coconut, sweet dried fruit, chocolate malt; medium roast
  • Capacity: 2.2 pounds
  • Dimensions: 3.78 x 6.14 x 11.57 inches
  • Item Form: Whole bean
  • Certified: Yes

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  • The bag comes with airtight storage capability
  • Fresh beans
  • Rich and aromatic flavor
  • Value for money
  • Relatively less acidic

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  • One customer said they got a bag that was four months old so it wasn’t fresh
  • Be sure to check the size of the bag before ordering because some customers had a bad experience with that


365 By Whole Foods Market

This one comes from a rotating blend of beans produced by small farmers all across the Pacific Rim Islands and Latin America. You will see that 365 by WFM, Coffee Vienna Roast Pacific Rim Ground Organic, 24 Ounceinside the bag, the beans are well roasted and are in a chocolate brown color. And it’s not just the color, your cup of coffee will have a rich taste of chocolate and caramel.

The acid is not very tame so if you are looking to calm your stomach, this might not be the one for you. Since it comes from Whole Foods you can rest assured that the ingredients are premium level even when the price won’t burn a hole through your pocket. This is also certified organic and is a kosher delight for your taste buds in the morning.


  • Flavor: Chocolate, Caramel
  • Brand: 365 by Whole Foods Market
  • Item Form: Ground
  • Specialty: Organic, Kosher
  • Capacity: 1.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.25 x 3.75 inches

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  • Value for money
  • Fresh beans
  • Rich flavor

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  • Not low-acid coffee
  • Not everyone likes the deep brown texture


Mayorga Organics Café Cubano Roast

This is a Cuban-style coffee with a dark roast and a touch of vanilla for sweetness. You will also get a smoky, syrupy taste in your cup thanks to the bold but smooth finish of the coffee beans. This is low-acid coffee that is easy on the way down and stays that way in your stomach.

The beans come from Nicaragua, Honduras, and Peru and are put through a slow roasting process which gives the coffee a signature taste. It is high-quality 100 percent Arabica coffee 2LB Mayorga Organics Café Cubano Roast, Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee, Specialty-Grade, USDA Organic, Non-GMO Verified, Direct Trade, Kosher, 100% Arabica Beansthat is shade grown too.

They are sourced from certified organic small farmers which is another win for the little guys with the cooperatives. The quality is inspected and certified to be non-GMO along with being organic by the USDA. The manufacturer is confident in the product and offers a money-back guarantee within 30 days if you are not happy with what you got.


  • Brand: Mayorga
  • Item Form: Whole bean
  • Type: Dark roast
  • Capacity: 2 pounds
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 6 x 4.5 inches
  • Specialty: 100 percent Arabica and shade grown
  • Origin: Nicaragua, Honduras, and Peru

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  • Ingredients are of high quality and free of GMO
  • Coffee is low in acid and rich in flavor
  • Sourced responsibly from small farmers
  • Money-back guarantee offered
  • Value for money

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  • Lack of bold flavor is not for everyone
  • Some customers said the quality is inconsistent


Java Planet Organic Coffee Beans

Java Planet, Organic Coffee Beans, Colombian Single Origin, Low Acid, Gourmet Medium Dark Roast of Arabica Whole Bean Coffee, Certified Organic, Bird Friendly & Rainforest Alliance, Non GMO,1LB Bag Our penultimate recommendation for an organic coffee brand is this single-origin coffee from Guatemala. This is Java Planet’s second most popular low-acid coffee that is shade-grown under banana and guava trees. That’s why this coffee is likely to have delightfully fruity undertones.

It is medium-roast which keeps the chocolate and caramel flavor of the beans intact. It is also certified to be 100 percent Arabica coffee which means no more pesticides and GMOs are used in the process. It is also grown on bird-friendly farms and all the ingredients are fair trade which is great for the farmers and the planet.

Whether you go for French press, pour over, or espresso, you will not be disappointed.


  • Flavor: Chocolate, Caramel
  • Brand: Java Planet Organic Coffee Roasters
  • Item Form: Whole bean
  • Certified: Yes, for being organic and GMO-free
  • Dimensions: 8.27 x 4.17 x 2.72 inches
  • Capacity: 1 pound

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  • Smooth and fully flavored coffee beans
  • Roasted in small batches for consistency
  • Available in three different sizes

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  • Some customers said they received a bag that was too old
  • Not as fresh as advertised


Death Wish Dark Roast Coffee Grounds

DEATH WISH COFFEE Ground Coffee Dark Roast [16 oz.] The World's Strongest Coffee - Organic, Fair Trade, Strong Coffee Grounds from Arabica, Robusta (1-Pack) Last but most definitely not the least, in the manufacturer’s own words this is the world’s strongest coffee. But even some customers said that one doesn’t need drugs, prescription or otherwise, to stay on red alert if you have these coffee beans in your kitchen pantry. So, if you like your coffee to have a little extra kick in the morning, this is the one you have been looking for. It is bold, delicious, and intense.

A sip of this coffee will make it almost impossible for you to go back to the cafe-bought coffee because of its smooth and subtle blend with a rather unique cherry and chocolate flavor profile.

This bag contains both Arabica and Robusta coffee beans which are very craftily blended by experts for a dark roast ground coffee experience. It is also made of ingredients that are fair trade and certified to be organic by the USDA.


  • Brand: Death Wish Coffee Co.
  • Item Form: Ground
  • Dimensions:  4 x 3 x 9 inches
  • Capacity: 1.03 pounds

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  • Value for money
  • Dark roast for those who like strong coffee
  • Low-acid coffee
  • Aromatic
  • Does not have an unpleasant aftertaste

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  • Not well suited for those with heart conditions


All You Need To Know About Organic Coffee

If you are a newbie in the business of organic coffee brands, you will need a tiny little guide to help you understand the specifications that each manufacturer is extremely proud of. If you don’t know what they are talking about, don’t worry. There is a first time for everything and here’s all you need to know before you figure out which brand is the one for you.

Why Care About The ‘Organic’ Part Of Coffee?

Apart from the health benefits, there are quite a few things about the growing and processing of coffee beans that you need to know. In the past few years, many organic coffee brands have populated the market. Here’s what they mean when they call themselves organic.

Organic Soil: Growing coffee beans organically does not just mean that no pesticides or other harmful chemicals are used in the process. For your coffee to be truly organic, the soil it is grown in has to be organic.

In some countries, that means that it should have been free of chemicals for three to five years until the residue chemicals from the previous batch of crops wear off.

In some other countries, it just means that this particular crop is treated without chemicals. So, you need to know where the beans are sourced from and how their governments define organic soil.

Shade Grown: Then there is the matter of pest control which you might think is a necessity. But if the coffee beans are grown in shade there are fewer chances of a pest attack which means the crop actually does not need pesticides to be safe.

Then we move on to processing which is about how the beans are collected and processed. Coffee beans are processed in both wet and dry methods and they can both be organic.

Wet processing takes a lot more time and water when done without harmful chemicals which means those products can be more expensive. On the other hand, dry processing is relatively easier.

What To Know About Coffee Roasting

The specifications of all organic coffee brands also talk about how the beans were roasted. If you are looking at regular coffee beans, you will notice that dark roasts are very popular because they eliminates low-grade options. But when you are looking at specialty beans, roasting is a process that makes the flavor come alive.

Light Roast

You can see this for yourself. The beans are usually in a dark tan color and do not have any oils on the surface. As the name suggests, these have been roasted very little and retain the original flavor quite well compared to the others.

If the coffee beans are supposed to be fruity or floral, this is the best way to roast them. Lightly roasted coffee beans are not bitter and have a lovely aroma to them. But it is also tough to grind these beans because they are still dense. Be careful when you put them in the grinder.

Medium Roast

These beans are usually light brown in color and also lack surface oils. They carry the unique features of the farm or the place they were grown which gives them a smoother flavor.

This roast is typically used for beans that are likely to have exotic flavors. The idea is to trim the rough edges and keep the original characteristics alive and well. Medium roast beans often have sweetness in the form of honey or caramel. The roasting process also keeps the acidity at bay. The beans might be a little bitter but that’s usually meant to be part of the flavor (or the brand’s charm).

Dark Roast

When specialty coffee beans are put through the dark roast, you will see that they are still not as dark as commodity coffee beans. That means they will have a dark brown color but you can see some surface oils. Dark roast does not retain any of the original characteristics of the bean but they do have bright acids and some exotic flavor notes.


Q: What Are The Health Benefits Of Drinking Organic Coffee?

A: Organic coffee that is certified to be 100 percent such by the USDA comes with health benefits that are worth mentioning. This is because it is said to contain more minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants than your regular, commodity coffee. These antioxidants are good for the immune system. But you should know that this is not a whole lot different than regular coffee.

Q: What Are The Toxins In Regular Coffee?

A: Regular coffee is grown and processed with a lot of help from harmful chemicals that we could all do without. All the pesticides used in the process are toxic for human consumption. So, that’s one point. Now, a lot of these crops are also sprayed with synthetic pesticides that target and destroy specific pests which might be great for certain crops but is, in general, catastrophic for the planet (and for the consumption of humans).

Some (not all of them) synthetic pesticides also contain carcinogens, among other things, which are harmful to those who are working in these fields. 

Q: What Is Arabica Coffee?

A: The specifications in quite a few of the products we mentioned proudly talk about being 100 percent Arabica, if not a blend. Why does it deserve a special mention? Well, for starters, these plants do not grow a whole lot of coffee cherries and are delicate.

That’s a good thing based on simple logic which is that when the plant has fewer branches, each bean gets full attention and is well-nourished. This is kind of like having a classroom with a fewer number of students so each one gets the teacher’s full attention. This kind of nourishment gives the bean a great complexity in terms of flavors, which is absolutely boast-worthy.

But not all of them taste the same. Arabica coffee is also known to have a diverse range of flavors with crisp acids and sweet sugars which makes it a popular item on the ingredients list of many specialty coffee shops across the world.

Wrapping Up

There is a lot more to talk about when it comes to organic coffee. For instance, you might have also noticed single-origin versus blended coffee.

Single-origin coffee comes from one farm and the flavor is usually consistent. This means no extra effort needs to be made in the processing to even it out. These are usually seasonal and last about two months. Their blend is also relatively less consistent than blended varieties because of the lack of focus on this point during processing.

Blended beans come from different places, and manufacturers usually find interesting combinations to create a unique taste. It keeps things exciting for you and the manufacturer. The downside is that the flavor doesn’t have as much density and the exoticism might get a bit too adventurous once in a while.

Hopefully, this information has guided your path towards supporting sustainable farming practices while enjoying your delicious Java every day.

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