Association Goods

We prefer to purchase goods that come from associations. Association goods originate from organic farmers that are affiliated with growers’ associations such as Demeter, Naturland and Bioland.

We prefer goods from associations

We prefer to purchase goods that come from associations. Association goods originate from organic farmers that are affiliated with growers’ associations such as Demeter, Naturland and Bioland. 

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The certification requirements for organic associations go beyond the criteria of the EU Eco Ordinance with regard to the use of fertilizers, recycling management and the humane treatment of animals.

Only when we receive association goods all year round for a product will we write that on its packaging, such as with Demeter Plantagen Kaffee (plantation coffee). This way, we can prevent having to change the packaging several times over the course of a year: one version with the association good claim, one version without. Packaging changes are complex to deal with. They cause unnecessary warehousing and production costs that we do not want to pass on to our customers. To simplify matters, we also waive the claim about association goods contained within products for the majority of our tea and spice mixtures.

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About Demeter

Demeter, goddess of the seasons and of fertility: an apt name chosen by the Demeter association in 1924. And this association, which produces ingredients of unique quality in accordance with its strict guidelines on biodynamic farming, has done much justice to the name. 

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As per the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, the farm is considered an organism in biodynamic farming – even more so than in organic cultivation. Everything it needs, it should produce for itself. Manure? From its own properly kept animals – animal husbandry is obligatory for a Demeter farm. Animal feed? From its own field, 100% organic. Bringing in natural fertilizer from outside – like from another Demeter farm – should be an exception. Demeter’s aim in no way seems to be that the soil be fertilized, but rather that it be nurtured: “the farmer nourishes the soil life, not the plants” is how Rudolf Steiner explains the approach.

The means employed to do this, referred to as a “preparation” (Präparat) in Demeter terminology, might appear to be more mystical than agricultural to some. Cow horns that are first filled with fresh manure and then buried in the ground for half a year are quite a strange idea. Diluted with water and spread onto the soil in spring, this horn manure preparation promotes the young plants in their first stage of development. The effect of this biodynamic preparation has been scientifically proven in various studies. Plants of a special quality grow in this way. And our verdict is you can taste it, too!

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