We would like to introduce ourselves and our family business, Java Planet Organic Coffee Roasters, to you.
We are located in Tampa, Florida and have been in business since 2009.
Mike and I met in Tampa in 1989 when we both were in Information Technology. We were married in 1991 and have three children, Jeremy, Alex and Tiffany (not the Tiffany you will meet in a minute), and three grandchildren, Lillian, Tyler and Archer.
One of the things we shared when we first got together was our love of coffee. Over the years we tried different brands of coffees, different roasts of coffees and eventually got into green beans and roasting coffee at home.
Mike had been home roasting coffee for us for several few years. We kept getting bigger and bigger home roasters and soon friends and family were asking for bags of Mike’s home roasted beans.
In 2008, we decided to take our passion for a great cup of coffee and to make it into a business. As coffee lovers ourselves we wanted to create a company that supported our goals; to support a healthy body, a healthy planet and one that ensures the coffee growers are compensated fairly for their green coffee beans.
We did a lot of research before we started our company and learned a lot about how conventional coffee and organic coffee were grown to ensure the goals of our company would be met.
We were surprised to learn that conventional coffee is among the most heavily chemically treated foods in the world and that it is drenched in synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. We also learned in addition to how this can make the coffee taste bad but how the environment suffers from the heavy spraying as well as people who live in the area, especially the farmers during the harvest of the coffee, not to mention the people that drink the coffee after it is roasted.
In researching more about organic coffee, we came to understand that there are no synthetic fertilizers or chemicals used in the growing or production of the coffee. It is grown only with organic fertilizers, which results in a cleaner coffee bean and does not contaminate the air, land or water in and around the farms. We also found that organic coffee has more antioxidants - some of the highest you can consume.
We also researched, roasted and sampled both Arabica and Robusta coffee beans and determined that the best tasting beans were Arabica. Arabica beans grow at a higher elevation and tend to have the best taste with an aromatic and flavorful cup of coffee.
The choice was clear, we decided to only roast and sell 100% organic Arabica coffee beans. We further researched and learned what it took to become certified organic through the supply chain starting with the farmer and ending with us, the coffee roaster. We further researched and obtained approval to roast and sell coffees that were not only organic, but certified Fair Trade, Bird Friendly and/or Rain Forest Alliance.
We hope you love our coffee as much as we do and will continue be a valued customer for years to come!