Coffee is an everyday luxury, relaxation, community and delight. The coffee manufacturer HEILANDT from Cologne wants to achieve perfect coffee moments, which already starts with the cultivation of their coffee. The manufacturer purchases, whenever possible, directly from local farmers and invests sums that amount to not only more than the global price, but also more than the fair trade price.
Through sustainable business relationships, the manufacturer ensures a foundation for future-oriented planning for farmers and is in turn also fully aware of the source of the produce. This direct trade principle is just as much a matter of the heart for this manufacturer as is the support of an orangutan project in Sumatra, which helps local farmers to sustainably run organic plantations and thereby protect the rainforest. Refraining from pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and planting shade trees goes without saying for this manufacturer. The beans are roasted at a low temperature of 210°C for up to 22 minutes, whereas large roasting houses shock roast them at 400°C for 90 seconds. Industrial coffee therefor has much less flavour and the Chlorogenic acid cannot decompose, giving the coffee a sour taste and is harsh on the stomach. HEILANDT is situated in the Belgian Quarter in Cologne. At the beginning it was a roasting house, café and shop in one, and since 2010 it is an inviting meeting point for everyone who wants to buy good coffee or simply enjoy a cup on location.
In the year 2009, four friends from Cologne sat together – probably drinking coffee – and discussed why only few coffee producers manage to make really good coffee. Thus, the idea to start a roasting house to satisfy their own demands was born. Friends became founders and soon an increasing amount of people loved the taste of HEILANDT coffee so much, that they did not want to drink any other brand. A fact that still stands to this day.