Standards

Copper Moon® has achieved high levels of recognition. To ensure the best standards “from crop to cup” we believe being professionally recognized by our peers plays a mission critical role in the quality of our coffee. Below are the guarantees and industry associations in which we proudly participate.


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Specialty Coffee Association of America

For more than a quarter of a century, the SCAA has inspired specialty coffee professionals in their quest to learn, grow, and collaborate for the betterment of the specialty coffee industry, “because great coffee doesn't just happen.” The SCAA has also been at the forefront of developing and promoting specialty coffee. They are committed to meeting the challenges of a rapidly changing industry by setting and maintaining standards, expanding our professional standards programs, conducting industry-specific research, and providing more opportunities to connect, exchange, and work together, so our industry continues to thrive.

 

National Coffee Association USA

Passion, tradition, and collaboration: the National Coffee Association USA is proud to represent the coffee industry from crop to cup. For more than a quarter of a century (making it one of the oldest trade associations in the nation), the NCA-USA has inspired specialty coffee professionals in their quest to learn, grow and collaborate for the betterment of the specialty coffee industry. Members are comprised of companies from across the industry and represent around 1,700,000 jobs in the U.S. economy alone. Their cumulative expertise and work range from keeping ahead of the latest legislation to reviewing unprecedented coffee and health research that will benefit the entire coffee community.

 

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Fairtrade International

“Fair Trade” is an alternative approach to conventional trade based on a partnership between producers and traders, businesses, and consumers. Fairtrade International is a global organization working to secure a better deal for farmers worldwide. With over 1.65 million farmers and workers, thousands of campaigners, traders, and companies around the world, the international Fairtrade System represents the largest and most recognized fair trade system in the world. The Fairtrade mission is to connect disadvantaged producers and consumers, promote fairer trading conditions, and empower producers to combat poverty, strengthen their position, and take more control over their lives.

 

Fair Trade USA

Your cup of Fair Trade coffee can help farmers escape poverty. Most small-scale family farmers live in remote locations and lack access to credit, so they are vulnerable to middlemen who offer cash for their coffee at a fraction of its value. Fair Trade guarantees farmers a minimum price and links farmers directly with importers, creating long-term sustainability. Through Fair Trade, farmers earn better incomes, allowing them to hold on to their land and invest in quality. Fair Trade USA labeled products were made with respect to both people and planet. When you choose products with the Fair Trade label, your day-to-day purchases can improve an entire community’s day-to-day lives.

 

USDA Organic

USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) is committed to helping organic agriculture grow and thrive. USDA's National Organic Program regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced. To help meet the national goal of increasing the number of guaranteed organic operations, USDA is delivering results through its many programs which serve the growing organic sector. The USDA website connects organic farms and business with programs, services, and educational materials. The USDA Organic Seal is nearly 15 years old, and we are proud that it has become a leading global standard.

 

Orthodox Union Kosher

The OU (Orthodox Union) Kosher is the world’s largest and most widely recognized kosher standards agency, certifying close to 1,000,000 products produced in over 8,000 plants located in 80 countries around the world. For over 80 years, the OU has set the bar for the highest kosher standards. Forbes magazine wrote, “If you want to know your food is kosher, you can look for the Orthodox Union’s OU symbol.” Their 600 Rabbinic Field Representatives, located across North America and throughout the world, are proficient in modern food production techniques and chemical and biological processes, no less than the intricacies of Jewish law.

 

Safe Quality Food Institute

The SQF (Safe Quality Food) standard is an internationally recognized, independent food safety standard. SQF Standards tells the world that your Quality Management System (QMS) conforms to food safety regulations, that your organization is committed to continuous improvement of your QMS, and that your organization is a practitioner of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and Good Manufacturing Principles (GMPs) for food. The SQF Mission is to deliver consistently, globally recognized food safety and quality standards programs based on sound scientific principles, consistently applied across all industry sectors, and valued by all stakeholders.

 

Indiana Grown

Indiana Grown is more than a name and goes way beyond a label. It's about the farmers, processors, and business partners in Indiana who are making our local food movement really move. Developed by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and backed by some of Indiana’s biggest names in the industry, Indiana Grown is a statewide, all-inclusive and collaborative program promoting Indiana-produced agricultural products. The program enriches and preserves Indiana’s strong agricultural heritage by promoting locally grown agricultural products, local employment opportunities, and statewide economic growth, all while building sustainable communities.