Roasters and Distributors

Every day more and more consumers are demanding shade-grown coffee and are willing to pay a few more cents to enjoy a great tasting cup of coffee with the satisfaction of knowing that they are supporting bird conservation, a healthy environment, and the livelihood of many small-scale farm owners.

Everyday more and more coffee plantations are being certified with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) "Bird Friendly®" seal of approval because it is the only 100% organic shade-grown coffee certification available.

Benefits of "Bird Friendly": (some due to its organic and/or fair trade status)

Those farmers, roasters, and distributors that carry the "Bird Friendly®" seal of approval are benefiting from:

These are only some of the benefits you as a roaster or distributor may profit from. For a detailed list or more information on the benefits to you of the "Bird Friendly®" seal of approval, please contact: Robert Rice.

How to Join the Program:

If you are interested in joining with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in its efforts to promote shade-grown coffee via the "Bird Friendly®" coffee program, here are the simple steps involved:

  1. Contact Bob Rice with an email.
  2. Read over the contract and decide whether you want to participate.
  3. If you decide to participate, ask Dr. Rice to arrange an agreement with Smithsonian's contracting office specific to your company—he'll need all your contact information in order to do this.
  4. Sign the agreement he sends you and return it to his office.

Your Responsibilities

Your Benefits

Who Grows It?

Are you a distributor in need of a certified farm or farmer?