Bird Friendly® Coffee Certification

For your Bird Friendly® inspection and certification, growers should contact one of the following agencies.

These companies are organic certification agencies that appear on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's accreditation list for the National Organic Program. This accreditation provides an important "first cut" for us in terms of providing quality control and verifiable audit trails.

In addition, the inspectors working with these agencies have been trained by Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) staff in how to evaluate shade coffee systems. The companies listed have all signed agreements with the SMBC, and can arrange for an inspector to visit your farm or cooperative.

Since Bird Friendly® certification also requires organic certification, combining the inspections may save you money—all these companies also do organic certifications.

Certification Period Changed to 3 Years

The certification period applied to shade cover on Bird Friendly® farms has been increased to 3 years. Shade cover does not change that much from year to year, and growers can ill afford any added costs associated with unnecessary inspections and certifications. Therefore, effective 2007, shade certification for the Bird Friendly® coffee seal will be valid for 3 years.

The organic inspector who visits a BF farm or coop during years when the shade inspection is not scheduled will need to visually confirm that no changes in shade management have been made. Moreover, if a farm or cooperative wants to bring new areas into the BF program during this time, the normal inspection and certification process must be applied to these areas.

Any questions about these changes can be directed to Robert Rice at 202-633-4209 or email

Listing of Coffee Certifying Agencies:

CompanyAddressContact
BOLICERT General Gonzales 1317 Casilla 13030
La Paz, , Bolivia  
Grover Bustillos
(591)2-249-0747
bolicert@mail.megalink.com
IMO-LA Calle Pasos Kanki No. 2134
Cochabamba, , Bolivia  1836
Roberto Moyano Aguirre
(+591) 4 4456880
(+591) 4 4456882 (fax)
imola@imola.com.bo
ECOCERT COLOMBIA Cle 140#16-59 - Of. 201
Bogota, , Colombia  
Xavier Cevallos
0057 1 274 43 40
0057 1 614 92 00 (fax)
Eco-LOGICA Montelimar 300 Norte
San Jose, , Costa Rica  
Guillermo Saborio
(506)297-3164
(506)235-1638 (fax)
ecologica@racsa.co.cr
BCS OKO-GARANTIE Cimbernstrasse 21
Nurnberg, , Germany  
Peter Grosch
0911/42439-0
0911/492239 (fax)
info@bcs-oeko.de
CERES Vorderhaslach Nr. 1
Happburg, , Germany  
Albrecht Benzing
49 (0) 9158 - 92 82 92
49 (0) 9158 - 92 89 862 (fax)
ceres@ceres-cert.com
MAYACERT 6a. Street 3-22 Zone 10
Guatemala City, , Guatemala  
Noe Rivera
(502)2-361-8201
(502)2-3628726 (fax)
info@mayacert.com
CERTIMEX Calle 16 de Septiembre, Número 204
Ejido Guadelupe Victoría, Oaxaca, Mexico  
Taurino Reyes Santiago
9515200617
certimex@certimexsc.com
BIO LATINA S.A.C. Av. Arenales #670
Lima, , Peru  
Roxana Priego Flores
0051-01-4232924
0051-01-4247773 (fax)
central@biolatina.com.pe
Control Union Peru Av. Rivera Navarrete 762 Piso 15
Lima, , Peru  
Katya Castro Orrego
51 1 7190400
51 1 4217573 (fax)
kcastro@controlunion.com
Control Union Indonesia
, , The Netherlands  
Winaryo Suyono
winaryo@controlunion.com
OCIA INTERNATIONAL, INC. 6400 Cornhusker Highway
Lincoln, NE, USA  68507
Brian Kozisek
(402)477-2323
(402)477-4325 (fax)
info@ocia.org
QAI, INC. 9191 Town Center Drive Suite 5100
San Diego, CA, USA  92122
Kristen Holt
qai@qai-inc.com
QUALITY CERTIFICATION SERVICES PO Box 12311
Gainesville, FL, USA  32604
Marty Mesh
(352)377-0133
qcs@qcsinfo.org

Norms for Production, Processing and Marketing of Bird Friendly® Coffee