About Holistic Roasters

We believe that Regenerative Farming is one of the most important things we can do to improve the health & diversity of all life on our planet.

Regenerative Farming's positive impact on the surrounding environment is clear – the soil is rich, the plants are vibrant, the farming communities are healthy and vital. We want every farm to be a happy farm.

 

 

Our Mission

As coffee shop owners, we know good coffee and we invest our time in perfecting the details; we see ourselves as the custodians of the “last-mile” in the journey to deliver the cleanest, healthiest and tastiest food and beverages to you. This means we cultivate a personal and equitable relationship with Regenerative Farmers, a passionate dedication to best practices, an obsession with amplifying the beauty of each bean and an earnest excitement in celebrating the benefits of this process.

This is where we decided to make a difference: supporting the people who grow the best coffee in the world and letting you know why you won't find a cleaner and more delicious cup. Help us repair the earth and empower farmers to create a better future for everyone. Your support will encourage more farms to make the switch to Regenerative Agriculture.

• Download Kiss the Ground’s Guide for making conscious purchasing decisions.

• Download the Rodale Institute’s The Power of the Plate - The Case for Regenerative Organic Agriculture in Improving Human Health 

 

What is Regenerative Farming and what are its benefits?

“A truly regenerative agriculture is one in which all the natural resources we use to produce food get renewed in the process of using them.” – Fred Kirschenmann

Biodynamic is Regenerative Farming and it's a way of growing food that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystems. It aims to capture carbon in the soil and above ground in the plants. It offers increased yields, resilience to climate instability, and higher health and vitality for farming communities as well as for the people who eat the food that is grown. 

 

Healthy Soil

Enhancing the soil’s microbiome increases its natural fertility and reduces the risk of pests and diseases

Healthy Plants

Cultivating healthy, hardy, nutrient-dense plants produces coffee that is bursting with flavor

Healthy People

Growing and consuming clean coffee - free from chemical contaminants - improves human vitality 

 

Biodiversity - It starts in the soil

Biodynamic Agriculture views the farm as a living ecosystem that maintains its health and vitality from the living dynamics of the farm. Integrating livestock, building compost, and utilizing cover crops generate on-farm fertility and return nitrogen to the soil. Biodynamic Farmers also set aside at least 10% of the total farm acreage for biodiversity – riparian zones, wetlands, grasslands, and forests. These practices are considered an integral part of the life of the farm. They result in and depend on healthy, vibrant soil full of microbial life.

But, while healthy soil has a positive impact on agricultural yields, water conservation, pest and disease outbreaks, today soil degradation poses a threat to more than 40% of the Earth’s land surfaces. Let’s be clear, there is no food security without healthy soil.

The good news is that your support for Regenerative Farming is reversing this trend. Read more at Scientific American, "How Dirt Could Help Save the Planet"

Sequestering Carbon – It's not complicated

According to the Rodale Institute, switching to Regenerative Farming could sequester more than 100% of the world’s annual CO2 emissions. And the French 0.4% Initiative advocates that increasing the world’s agricultural soil organic matter (carbon) by just 0.4% will halt the annual increase of atmospheric CO2.

Demeter certification now includes soil testing for carbon sequestration. Aggregating this data across all farms will give voice to power about Biodynamic Farming’s ability to mitigate climate change.

In addition, the soil’s ability to hold water has an immediate and direct effect on crop failure, erosion, floods, droughts, and desertification. Every 1% increase of organic matter improves the soil’s ability to retain 20,000 to 70,000 gallons of water. Allowing the soil to better absorb water also replenishes underground aquifers. This is one reason why soils richer in carbon are more resilient to the impacts of extreme weather such as drought.

Social Responsibility – It's about people

We believe that fair trade is best captured through personal relationships based on respect and mutual support. We develop partnerships with producers through origin visits and in solidarity with family-run farms and cooperatives. We are committed to paying our coffee farmers a price that allows them to live well and to invest in and protect the ecology & biodiversity of their land so that they can focus on producing the very best coffee in the world for you.

Social responsibility extends to our customers as well. Our Biodynamic Coffee is 3rd-party tested in a lab for mold (mycotoxins), heavy metals and other biological contaminants. When combined with the Regenerative Farming practices and 100% compostable packaging, it underscores our commitment to providing you the cleanest, tastiest and healthiest coffee on the planet.

Clean Food – It's tasty & nutritious

Trees and plants pull carbon out of the air and return it underground, feeding the soil’s microbiota. The microbiota return the favor by releasing minerals and trace elements that feed roots, encourage worms, build soil, and deliver the taste and nutrition to the food that you need to stay healthy. It's a clean, holistic approach to farming that eliminates the need for herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and chemical fertilizers. The result is healthy, nutrient dense coffee plants that produce great tasting coffee!

Benefits of Nutrient Dense Plants Include:

  • More complex and intense flavor
  • Longer shelf life
  • More disease and pest resistance
  • Greater yield 
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