To qualify for USDA “organic” label, coffee farms must be certified, and must meet certain standards, including:

  • No synthesized pesticides or any prohibited chemical substance have been used for the past 3 years.
  • Natural pest control and prevention methods must be used.
  • Use sustainable crop rotation to prevent nutrient loss in soil.
  • Pass inspections and lab testing before it is made available for commercial use in the U.S.
  • No GMO coffee beans used.

There are other requirements on how the beans and ready-to-use products should be processed and packaged.