Our Breyting Coffee™ is available in three roast levels, and one decaf—each representing a distinct coffee from a specific region, farm, or lot. As often as possible, these coffees originate from a single farm. In some cases, a specific roast is a careful fusion of coffees which share the same cupping characteristics and originate from smallholding farms within a specific region.

 

Light roast = (Africa) Delicate, winey, and floral
Medium roast = (South America) Organic, naturally sweet and clean, with a smooth nutty finish 
Dark roast = (Southeast Asia) Bold, earthy, herbal, and spicy Decaf Swiss Water® processed = Organic, rich, and smooth 

What does the coffee taste like?

 

Breyting LIGHT
Our light roast features high-altitude 1800 + MASL (meters above mean sea level) coffees from Africa: including Ethiopia, the Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Rwanda. The roasting style leans toward a shorter overall process, more delicate flavor development, and a drop temperature of 405-420 degrees. The process preserves much of the coffee’s natural sweetness, floral complexity, and creamy body, rendering a crisp, juicy cup that can be happily enjoyed with nothing added.

Breyting MEDIUM
Our medium roast features medium-to-high altitude coffees from South America and Mesoamerica: including Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru. Medium altitude coffees tend to grow faster, and have larger, less-dense seeds, and feature a more immediate flavor profile. We generally find the sweet spot to be a medium length roasting technique, dropping at 425-435 degrees. The process highlights spice notes, artisanal chocolate, and hints of baked fruit—along with a smooth, long, nutty finish to the cup. The MEDIUM also works remarkably well as a shot of espresso.

Breyting DARK
Our dark roasts are coffees from Southeast Asia, predominantly East Timor and Indonesia. Many areas in this region, especially the islands of Sumatra and Sulawesi, employ a signature processing technique called Giling Basah (or “wet hull”) to de-pulp the coffee cherries, resulting in a robust, earthy, full-bodied flavor with less acidity and sweetness. Roasting these coffees longer and darker tends to make them peak in complexity and really come into their own. We generally roast coffees from this region for 13-14 minutes with a drop temperature of 440-450 degrees. 

Breyting DECAF
Our decaf features only Swiss Water Processed (SWP) coffee beans, which uses no chemicals of any kind and leaves only trace elements of caffeine in the coffee. We roast our decaf to a medium/dark roast level with the same care and attention to detail as all of our coffees.

Always organic: Our medium roast and decaf are either certified organic or come from a source that we know honor traditional farming practices, which do not use pesticides.

Not organic: Our light and dark roasts are often conventionally grown coffees. However, as advocates for pesticide-free, chemical fertilizer-free, and GMO-free foods, we continue to work with our farming partners and their suppliers to increase our intake of organic or pesticide-free coffees, while not marginalizing small-hold farmers.

Is the coffee pesticide free?

When comparing Breyting coffee™ to other coffees please make sure you take into consideration the following aspects:

  • The origin and species of the coffee.
  • The cupping and tasting characteristics.
  • The overall quality of the product.
  • How much coffee is being sold (net weight).
  • What initiatives the coffee supports (Organic, non-profits, etc.).
  • Sustainability efforts such as packaging and on-site practices.
  • The organization’s overall ethics.
  • Shipping cost (which is a huge hurdle for all small roasters like Breyting Coffee).

When considering all the above factors, you will find at $9.75 per 10 ounce bag, our coffees are competitively priced with other single-origin craft coffees, which range from $12 -$18.00 per 10 ounce bag.

Yes. But we don’t do it alone; we work with a vibrant group of food activists, roasters, agronomists, tasters, and growers who donate their time to work with us to improve our taste profile(s) and supply chains. These incremental improvements have added up to an amazing cup of coffee, and a well-managed roastery.

Do you roast your own coffee?

Every generation has new terminologies and movements (e.g., fair trade, organic, shade-grown, bird-friendly, eco-friendly, etc.) to force or influence people to do good. We understand the importance of these certifications and, at times, engage in their programs. However, we focus our limited resources on the root issue, which is ethics. An organization with integrity and ethics will not engage in business practices that harm people, animals, or the planet. We foster and apply our company’s ethics, not other mechanisms, terminologies, or concepts.

Our 100 percent-to-causes commitment is one of our founding values. Each month we give 100 percent of our projected profits from each purchase to the causes our customers choose to support with their purchases. This percentage is calculated using the total purchase price, excluding the additional shipping cost, and taxes, as we don’t make a profit from these expenses. Throughout the year, we pay ordinary business expenses, such as our lease, payroll, cost of goods, advertising, taxes, as well as make program-related reinvestments and cover any unanticipated expenditures.

Then, at the closing of the fiscal year, if there are any profits remaining, we distribute them to the good causes within our directory. This method of disbursing funds allows us to get the time-critical funds to the non-profits each month, pay our expenses and taxes, and keep our 100 percent-to-causes commitment. In the simplest terms, we exist to support change.

Since 2007, the roastery has partnered with wonderful organizations in the areas of environmental protection and conservation, education, economic development, social justice, human rights, public health, and animal rights. Creating and applying guidelines that do not marginalize these good causes can sometimes be a challenging task.

For this reason, we look at every organization on an individual basis. However, as a rule, we seek to align our roastery with non-partisan partners that do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation. We look for philanthropic organizations that utilize a significant portion of their donated funds to accomplish their primary mission as opposed to administrative expenses. Any animal welfare organizations must not participate in breeding, entertainment, or exploitation of animals for profit.

Have a non-profit you want us to work with? Let us know at hello@breyting.com.