Shade grown coffees are grown in the shade of larger trees. They benefit from slow ripening (more sugars) and a more diverse farming culture (strengthening the soil).
We often see banana trees, avocado or macadamia used to supply shade. These trees give farmers an additional income or food for the pickers that often come only seasonally to the estates. Trees are also good for bee hives. We often see shade grown coffees (also called garden/forest coffees) in Ethiopia.
Coffee plants utilising the shade of larger trees in Antigua, Guatemala