We began Kalani Organica in the spring of 1990's with a few bags of premium organic coffee and a dream of creating an ecologically sound alternative for discerning coffee drinkers. Our coffees come from all over the world. Our interest was born of a desire to have the coffee business be entirely responsible from the coffee fields to your morning cup.
In addition to our coffees, we have a beautiful line of teas and herbals. If one enjoys a quality cup of coffee or tea, and value the contribution which organic agriculture makes to our future, this is the catalogue for you
Based on a century-old European model, our drum-style roasting machine utilizes banks of gas jets for supreme response and control. Our formula is a balance of time, temperature, air-flow and knowledge of how each variety of green coffee reacts during the roasting process. We continually extract samples to monitor progression. We watch for color change and wisps of smoke, at the same time listening for special pops and cracks indicating moisture loss and changes in flavor development. We roast an artistic way to obtain a great finish for better caramelize and sharpen the flavor components. This type of roast enhances the delicate nuances and varietal character of each coffee without a " burnt " or " baked" quality.
All of the organic growers we work with have been certified by an independent third party. These certifying organizations verify that no synthetic chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers) have been used on the crops or soil. It usually takes three years of cultivation without synthetic chemicals for certification to occur. During this transition period, the certifying agency works with the grower to create and monitor sustainable, non-chemical strategies of pest control, fertilization and to implement a soil-building program. Organic certification ensures that not just cultivation, but also harvesting and processing are done without synthetic chemicals. A certification document accompanies every shipment.
Kalani Organica buys and roasts only certified organic coffee beans. These beans have been grown free of manufactured chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and commerical fertilizers. All coffees are grown by farmers/co-operatives using sustainable agroecological practices that mirror natural systems. They are paid a premium for the growing of organics over conventional non-organic farmers. We fully support this cyclical system.