FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Breyting Community Roaster?
Breyting Community Roaster—affectionally referred to as “Breyting,” is designed to do one thing well—coffee fundraising. The roastery is managed by seasoned coffee professionals and change-makers devoted to harnessing the support of vast amounts of coffee drinkers into a support system for organizations and people pushing for a better society.
Since 2007, the roastery partners with wonderful organizations in the areas of Environmental Protection and Conservation, Education, Economic Development, Social Justice, Human Rights, Public Health, and Animal Welfare. We have two different coffee fundraising programs that our community allies can use to support their missions. The first is our easy-to-implement online fundraiser, and the second is our traditional, more profitable wholesale fundraising program. Choose the one that best fits your needs.
Who founded the roastery?
What does Breyting mean?
brey·ting (brā-tîng) n. – is Icelandic for “change.”
How are non profits selected?
Creating and applying guidelines that do not marginalize good causes can sometimes be a challenging task. For this reason, we look at each 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. They utilize a significant portion of their donated funds towards accomplishing their primary mission as opposed to administrative expenses.
Animal welfare organizations do 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I contact you?
The roastery is located near the front entrance to Stetson University near downtown DeLand Florida. Why DeLand? DeLand has a vibrant artist and music scene and a growing community of likeminded people. We invite you to come checkout out the town and stop by and say hello.
What does the coffee taste like?
Our Breyting® Blend is a medium dark roast comprised of Arabica coffees from South America —naturally sweet and clean, with a smooth nutty finish.
Is the coffee pesticide free?
Yes. As advocates for pesticide and GMO-free foods, we understand the importance of Direct Trade and Pesticide Free Coffees. All coffees for our Breyting® blend are either certified organic or come from a source that we know practice traditional farming practices that do not use pesticides.
Do you roast your own coffee?
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 chain. These small incremental improvements have added up to a good cup of coffee and a well-managed roastery.
Who supplies you with coffee?
Over the last decade, we have developed a network of valuable relationships, mostly with small hold farms or the farmers’ appointed agents (representative or co-op), and purchase coffees from importers that share our values like Ally Coffee (www.allycoffee.com). We also purchase organic teas from Starwest Botanicals (www.starwest-botanicals.com) and high-end, specialty coffees, and teas from various small growers to serve exclusively in our coffee bar.
Why don’t you use more certifications?
Every generation has new terminologies and movements (Fairtrade, Organic, Shade-grown, Bird Friendly, Rain Forest Alliance, Green products, Eco-friendly, B-corps, etc. etc.) to force or influence people to do good. We understand the importance of these certification bodies 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.
Are you a 501C3 Non-profit?
The roastery is currently a for-profit company doing social good. However, the roastery has a succession plan and long-term operating plan intended to lay the foundation and guidance for the organization to thrive beyond the founders’ lifetimes. This plan includes establishing Breyting Community Roaster as a foundation that sustainably supports the roastery’s primary mission: to use coffee as a catalyst to support positive change.
What are your values?
We believe in creating economic, social, and environmental progress through collaboration and that ethics and our business philosophy supersede profit-making activities. That is, we intend to generate revenue and profits but not at the expense of our values. For this reason, we choose to do business with those who are in alignment with our values listed below;
- We embrace all races, genders, spiritual paths, sexual orientations, and people and their individuality, after all, every one of us wants to be heard and seen for our authentic self.
- We believe in protecting our natural environment and animals.
- We believe in treating all people with kindness and as equals.
- We believe in producing products and services that have a benefit to society.
Is there a “Pop Up Coffee Bar”?
YES! But currently on pause due to COVID. Leave behind the mundane and escape to Breyting’s delightfully inclusive coffee bar, where our baristas help you explore the connection between coffee culture and artistic expression. Each drink is handcrafted—so be prepared to take a beat, relax, and enjoy a moment in your day while your organic coffee, tea, and nom-worthy, gluten-free and vegetarian treats are being prepared.