Ecological coffee is also known as organic coffee.
The biggest guarantee that the customer has about the ecological origin of coffee is checking if coffee has compulsory guarantee stamps (does not matter if it is called organic, ecological, sustainable or shadow coffee).
But, what are these stamps that organic coffee and all of those coffees which come from ecological agriculture need?
These kinds of products use stamps which are called “ecological accreditation stamps”.
Furthermore, these products are controlled in a national level, in Spain this is controlled by the Autonomous Communities.
Hence, whether coffee has been produced in Spain it will be stamped by the Autonomous Community appropriate.
Normally, Autonomous Community certifications needs: a certification´s name, the code of district entity and the Ecological Agriculture inscription.
In these origin countries organic coffee production is controlled as well.
Additionally, there are private certification stamps that specify some certification aspects.
In Europe, food classification´s regulations add and protect “eco”, “ecological”, “org”, “organic”, “bio” and “biological” terms.
Market control competences have been transferred to Autonomous Communities. Each Autonomous Community has its Regulatory Committee which depends of its Counseling or Agriculture Department. Hence, Autonomous Communities has direct control competences about production and ecological certifications.
European Union and Autonomous Communities stamps are the single organic coffee guarantee.