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How Our Coffee is Regeneratively Grown

The three principles below are the foundations of Regenerative Agriculture [1].

Arabica

Grown by Kluay in Ngob, Thailand

fermented plant juice based on coffee pulps in blue barrel

Build Soil Fertility

To provide nutrients and deter pests for coffee plants, Kluay uses fermented plant juice in addition to solid compost. Coffee pulps and skins along with Bacillus bacteria are added, among other things, to the blue barrels to ferment just long enough to create a liquid with beneficial nutrients and microbes for the plants.

coffee plants grown under forest canopy

Promote Biodiversity

Depending on which parts of the farm, our coffee is grown either under the local pine forest canopy or intercropped with fruit trees like oranges, bananas, and peaches.

our partner farmers in the forest tending soil and coffee plants

Conserve Soil

Soil disturbance in our partner farm is very minimal due to the focus on creating a perennial system, requiring virtually no-tillage. The soil here is naturally protected by native grasses and leaves from the original deciduous trees kept intact for generations.

In-conversion Robusta

Grown by Oh & Tor in Kaokaen, Thailand

a machine separating coffee pulps, which will be used in compost, and beans

Build Soil Fertility

Red skins and pulps are natural by-products of coffee processing. Rather than throwing them away and relying on chemical fertilizers, our partner farmers use these leftovers as part of their compost to nourish the soil instead.

our partner farmers holding durians grown alongside coffee trees

Promote Biodiversity

Our Robusta is grown in an agroforestry system, where coffee trees stand among diverse tropical fruit trees such as the durians that Oh and Tor are holding here, longans, bananas, and papayas. Perennial herbs like bird's eye chilis and Ceylon peppers are also grown for home consumption in this dynamic farm.

coffee tree with native vegetations covering the soil

Conserve Soil

If you take a stroll around our partner farm, you will be hard-pressed to find bare soil. The land is protected by diverse living roots from native vegetations, which helps prevent erosion, retain moisture, and feed the microbes that provide nutrients for plants while mediating carbon sequestration.

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The increase in global demand and rock-bottom coffee commodity price have driven farmers to switch to monoculture and, a lot of times, expand by deforesting [2] in search of adequate income. 2.5 million acres of forest have been destroyed in Central America alone to grow coffee[3]. Growing only one crop coupled with a degraded ecosystem without natural predators also necessitates using chemical inputs to manage nutrients and pests.

1. Regenerative Agriculture Initiative, California State University, Chico, and The Carbon Underground. "What Is Regenerative Agriculture?" Regeneration International, Regeneration International, 24 Feb. 2017, regenerationinternational.org/2017/02/24/what-is-regenerative-agriculture/. 2. "2019 Sustainable Coffee Expo: Addressing Deforestation in the Coffee Sector." Rainforest Alliance, Rainforest Alliance, 2019, www.rainforest-alliance.org/in-the-field/2019-sustainable-coffee-expo-addressing-deforestation-in-the-coffee-sector/. 3. Blacksell , George. "How Green Is Your Coffee?" The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 4 Oct. 2011, www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/oct/04/green-coffee