Birds and Beans is a Smithsonian Bird Friendly registered shade grown
coffee, considered by many to be the gold standard in shade grown coffees.
You can visit the Smithsonian website to learn more about these coffees (
https://nationalzoo.si.edu/migratory-birds/bird-friendly-coffee). I believe
that Birds and Beans is sold in 12 oz. packages in many Whole Foods stores
and also in some specialty shops, such as natural food stores. Scott
Weidensaul some years ago wrote a great article in Bird Observer about the
reasons that the Smithsonian Bird Friendly coffees are a great choice for
shade grown coffees. You can buy Birds and Beans online at their website in
two pound bags, a better price than the 12 oz bags (
Martha Steele, Arlington
On Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 3:37 PM Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...>
> With the permission of the moderator, I would like to know if people can
> recommend good (decaf, preferably) bird-friendly coffee that I could find
> at relatively normal stores, like Whole Foods or Wegman’s, or even more
> mainstream outlets.
> I find that many of the brands I look at say “organic”, but few seem to
> say “shade grown”, which I associate with bird-friendly environments, or
> Arabica. None specifically say “bird-friendly”.
> I would prefer not to order coffee by mail, but I will if necessary.
> Thanks for any suggestions!
> Stuart Walker
> Jamaica Plain