At Kalani , we hand roast, import and distribute only organically certified coffees and teas. Organic growers have made a commitment not to use synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. In addition, they practice sustainable agriculture and natural soil-building. The impact of this is far-reaching. It means cleaner watersheds, the creation of habitat for birds and animals, safer conditions for field workers, equitable pay for their labor and a chemical-free product for your enjoyment.
All of Kalani's coffee beans are Coffea arabica, the premier species of the coffee plant, thriving in the mist and cooler temperatures found in the tropics at altitudes above 1000 meters. Coffee has been traditionally grown as a shade crop, and it is in the shade the plant grows best. Organic coffees are typically shade grown, providing a more complete ecosystem which encourages natural cycles of predation and fertilization.
All 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 pest control and fertilization strategies and to implement a soil-building program. Organic certification ensures that not just cultivation but also harvesting and processing are done without synthetic chemicals. Fairtrade certification coffee ensures farmers' and workers' rights, safer working conditions, and fairer pay. Our Fairtrade certification for our customers means high-quality, ethically produced products. A certification document accompanies every shipment.