Farming Practices & Community Commitment

  • We don't create good coffee, we preserve it. 

    The coffee trade is long and slow. To get that fresh cup of Kaldi's coffee to taste its best, we start by sourcing the world's finest beans. That means constantly traveling to origin to find better coffees and let farmers know what we want. 

    Luckily, coffee is grown in many different places around the world. Each of these places has its own set of cultural habits regarding coffee cultivation. 

    Coffee does grow on a tree. These trees produces small, grape-sized cherries that usually contain two seeds. These two seeds are what we will eventually roast and turn into coffee "beans."

    To start with, different coffee producing regions grow different varietals of coffee that give each seed a unique flavor trait. Next, the coffee must be harvested from the trees. Picking ripe cherries instead of unripe cherries will vastly improve the final quality of a cup of coffee. Getting farmers to take this step of quality over quantity is one of the largest barriers to specialty coffee today.

    After harvesting, the coffee fruit must be removed from the seeds. This process is done in a number of ways that involves fermentation, washing/cleaning, and drying. The type of processing used gives the coffee a very unique flavor and is usually based on cultural traditions.

    Once the coffee beans are dry, they must go through a final milling process to remove a tough layer of skin surrounding the seed called parchment. The coffee is then sorted and cleaned.

    Getting coffee to Saint Louis in a timely manner after harvest is also a challenge. The fresher the crop, the more delicious the cup. We have tried to improve upon this freshness by using new shipping materials that are less prone to aging, absorbing scents, and trapping moisture.

    When the coffee finally arrives, we sample roast and cup it a number of times to determine a roast profile. Last, we do our best every day to preserve and present that quality to you.

  • Over the years, we've been recognized by a number of local agencies and media for our great coffee. It's nice to think that people are that fond of Kaldi's, but we know that being a leader in the community isn't just about sharing a quality product, it's also about sharing your resources. For us, that has included:

    If you're interested in talking with Kaldi's about a community sponsorship or donation opportunity, please contact us.

  • Kaldiʼs Relationship Coffees offer consumers the opportunity to take a proactive and global approach to their coffee purchasing decisions. Building on the success and wisdom of Fair Trade Certified, Kaldiʼs Relationship Coffees provide even greater transparency into the otherwise complex coffee transaction chain - from coffee grower to coffee lover.

    Our philosophy is simple: premium-priced coffees should taste premium. With Kaldiʼs Relationship Coffees, we select with our palates, ensure that our farmer friends are rewarded for their efforts, and that the coffee is grown in a sustainable, ecologically sound manner.

    The goals of Kaldiʼs Relationship Coffees are simple:
    • Kaldiʼs is committed to helping quality-oriented farmers by promoting their finest coffees to customers in the Midwest and throughout the United States. This is the foundation of sustainability.
    • Kaldiʼs coffee buyers are committed to working with partners at origin; improving the lives of coffee farmers. We need the support of quality-minded consumers like you to make this possible.
    • Kaldiʼs seeks clear, honest, and mutually beneficial relationships with farmers and importers through regular contact. This direct communication establishes our quality expectations and makes us sensitive to the economic challenges facing coffee growing families.
    • Kaldi’s Relationship Coffees will always be purchased green for at least 15% above Fair Trade minimum price.
    • Kaldiʼs seeks relationships with farmers whose agricultural practices preserve the soil and protect the insects, birds, and wildlife that inhabit the ecosystem. Such practices include Certified Organic and Bird-Friendly approaches to coffee cultivation.