That’s because it’s good for the ecosystem. A coffee plant is naturally an understory plant that requires shade. The small coffee shrubs grow under a canopy of trees. This is also the traditional method of coffee farming, imitating how it grows in the wild while still preserving the local habitat.
However, in the 1970s sun-tolerant strains of coffee were developed to increase the yield and profit. This allows for single crop, high density planting, but it also has a negative affect on the ecosystem. These sun-grown plantations replace the native flowers and plants, and along with them, the natural habitats of birds and small mammals.
So, it’s easy to see how the natural, shade-grown coffee farms help the environment.
Although we are not in the coffee farming business, Maxitrol worldwide does work with a number of coffee roaster equipment manufacturers that use our EXA Series and CV Series gas control valves. And clearly, shade-grown coffee beans roasted with clean burning natural gas equipment is an environmental winner. Maxitrol’s EXA valves are highly accurate and precise modulating gas control valves. They provide repeatable process control with minimal hysteresis throughout the entire range of modulation. The CV series are combination gas control valves with integrated pressure regulators.