All of our coffees are both certified organic (OCIA) and Fair Trade Certified (Fair Trade Canada). Third-party certification can be debated, as it is both a cost for farmers and an administrative burden, with a nominal benefit at best in terms of income. However, third party certification systems which provide for traceability all the way along the chain of custody, remain the best assurance for both coffee drinkers and farmers alike with respect to the price that was paid, and confirmation of the conditions under which a coffee was grown. We support the evolution of third party certification systems to be more farmer friendly, such as by shared inspections or use of emerging technologies.
All Bridgehead coffees and teas are certified organic. Certification means that an independent inspector has monitored the on-farm activities and has verified that all practices are in compliance with organic standards. Our coffee Roastery has also been certified by the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA). Growers of Bridgehead coffees and teas have received organic certification from respected certification agencies (e.g., OCIA), many of which are accredited by IFOAM (International Federation for Organic Agricultural Movements). For more information you can visit the OCIA website www.ocia.org.