The morning joe made quite a journey to get to your mug. The coffee beans that produced it were probably grown in a country that doesn't regulate the use of pesticides and fertilizers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture organic label means harmful chemicals weren't used in growing or processing the beans.
But there's more to consider than just the organic label here. Look for the Fair Trade Practices label that most organic coffee carries. That designation means the people who produced the coffee beans were paid fairly and treated well.
One more item to consider before you take another sip -- is the coffee package shade-grown? Shade-grown coffee is just what it claims to be -- grown underneath the canopy of forest trees. In addition to preserving the majestic trees of the rainforest, this practice gives birds, bats and other animals a home.