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IOCongress Partner Highlights

Allegro Coffee Company comes to IOCongress2018 with Smithsonian Bird Friendly Coffee  

At the 2018 IOCongress, you’ll find sponsor Allegro Coffee Company’s Organic Early Bird Blend served throughout the congress as the house brew. Organic Early Bird Blend is certified by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center’s Bird Friendly® program. This program certifies coffees grown from farms with “foliage cover, tree heights and biodiversity that provide quality habitat for birds and other wildlife. Organic Early Bird Blend is a medium-dark roast grown on Certified Organic Latin American farms and features delicate hints of roasted nuts and cocoa. You can find it at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide and at

We wanted to dig a little deeper into why the Smithsonian’s Migratory Bird Center cares so deeply for our winged friends and how we as citizens can help with their mission.

Allegro Coffee Company Q&A with  the SMITHSONIAN MIGRATORY BIRD CENTRE

Allegro Coffee Company: How are birds and coffee connected?
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center: Wildlife lives in the places where food is grown. Bird Friendly® coffee is guaranteed to grow under a forest canopy that provides important habitat for birds and other wildlife, too.

Allegro Coffee Company: Why do birds matter to coffee?
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center: This quote sums it up nicely: “If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big environmental problems in the world.”- Thomas E. Lovejoy.

Allegro Coffee Company: There are many certifications out there, and each offers something unique—why is Bird Friendly® different?
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center: Bird Friendly® is the world’s only shade-grown coffee certifiaction created to protect forest habitat for birds and wildlife where coffee is grown. You can trust our scientific standards, which are rated "Highly Meaningful" by @ConsumerReports

Allegro Coffee Company: How can I find Bird Friendly® coffee?
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center: Look for the Bird Friendly® coffee certification seal. It’s easy to remember: the gold seal represents the gold standard in conservation. You can also find a list of Bird Friendly® coffees on our website:

Allegro Coffee Company: Besides buying Bird Friendly® coffee, what can we do to help support migratory birds on their journey? 
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center: 
You can join a nature organization that supports bird conservation, as well as our Neighborhood Nestwatch Program Also, did you know you can make your backyard bird friendly? Learn how here: