What to look out for when buying coffee in Australia
A new Australian research paper has identified several key indicators that can help you determine whether your coffee is a good fit for your budget.
Key points:The study found that coffee that is sourced from the highest-quality farms, is grown on environmentally sound plantations and meets rigorous organic certification requirements are generally good for the environment and for the consumerIt is important to note that Australia is an open, fair and transparent market with an active marketplace where the farmer, consumer and retailer all benefit from a good quality, local coffee.
In the new paper, researchers from the University of Adelaide and the Australian National University have examined the environmental, health and social impact of different coffee types and varieties, their sustainability impact, and the quality of coffee that farmers are willing to sell.
They found that while some coffee is high in chemicals and nutrients, many of the coffees are low in caffeine and antioxidants, while most coffee in Australian supermarkets is processed and roasted with a higher concentration of chemicals.
“It’s important to remember that the majority of coffee in the supermarket market is from farmers that are willing and able to sell to consumers, but this does not necessarily mean they have been able to produce good quality coffee for their customers,” said lead researcher Dr Chris Pannell.
“So, if you buy from a farmer that has a lot of chemicals in their coffee, then there may be a risk that they may be using more of the chemicals in the coffee that they produce and this could be a concern.”
Dr Pannard said the results of the study would be important to consumers looking to buy coffee in supermarkets.
“We are aware that coffee consumption has been declining for decades, but the amount of coffee being produced and consumed is increasing,” Dr Pannill said.
“For example, the coffee grown in the Western Sydney metropolitan area is currently being used by many cafes in the area to prepare their daily meals, which is a healthy, delicious, and cheap alternative to traditional, high-quality coffee.”
“Our research shows that a lot is at stake when buying a cup of coffee.”
What the researchers found:The researchers found that the environmental impact of coffee production is not well understood.
They said that the study looked at the environmental impacts of various coffee types, and found that some of the coffee varieties were not sustainable for the long term, but some were suitable for a long time.
“The research shows there are three types of coffee: high quality, high volume and low volume,” Dr Brian Taylor, senior scientist at the University, said.
This study suggests that there are some high-volume coffees that are not sustainable.
For example we found that, while some of our high-level coffee types are not high in caffeine, they do not contain enough antioxidants and nutrients to provide a safe, quality coffee.
“These high-end coffees have the potential to provide customers with a healthier, more energy-efficient coffee and we believe this is a great opportunity to provide coffee to consumers that will provide them with the healthiest, most sustainable alternative to coffee they can buy.”
While the researchers say there is a need to be careful with what you buy, the study suggests some of this may be down to the quality and taste of the products being sold.
“Our coffee comes from high-value, high quality farmers that we are confident in and that have been approved by the Australian Government,” Dr Taylor said.”[But] these high-risk, high price points make us very cautious about buying from coffee growers that we do not trust or trust to produce a good product.”
The study also looked at how much coffee was exported, the amount consumed, and how many of these were in supermarkets, but found there were no significant differences in these statistics.
“There are some good reasons to avoid buying from farmers, and one of those reasons is the quality, quantity and cost of coffee available,” Dr Tania Williams, research fellow at the university, said in a statement.
“However, our research shows consumers should be very careful when purchasing from coffee farms, particularly in the short term and for higher-volume coffee.