Organic food is food as it was meant to be grown or raised. It’s a pretty big word these days, but it’s not always pretty. Organic produce, for example, can be smaller in size and look less appetizing than its non-organic counterparts. Still, we believe food raised organically benefits people and the environment, and we know it tastes better.
Currently, 40% of our beans are organically grown, which has a number of benefits including a reduction of more than 140,000 pounds of chemical pesticide since 2005. We have been increasing our use of organically grown beans over the last few years and may use even more in the coming years.
Organic is great, but it’s not always appropriate for the food we serve. Sometimes we can find farmers who focus on responsible or sustainable practices but aren’t certified organic. We make that call market-by-market, ingredient-by-ingredient, always keeping the big picture in mind.