The SCA sustainability committee today released (though dated 4/14/09) a comparison matrix of major coffee certification programs: Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Rainforest Alliance, Smithsonian Bird Friendly, Utz Certified and 4C Common Code.

Although making no value judgements or analysis of the ultimate effectiveness of these programs, the matrix does objectively evaluate the structure, history and scope of each program and will be a handy reference guide for coffee buyers — perhaps consumers, alike.

Coffee Certification Comparison Matrix

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