Close-up of Urth pastries, fruits and cup of hot tea

About Us

Urth Caffe founders and owners, Jilla and Shallom Berkman standing in front of Urth Caffe logo sign

Our Story

The Dream

Urth Caffé began as Jilla and Shallom Berkman’s dream over 25 years ago. In 1989, they met a passionate coffee farmer named Jorge from a farm in Peru producing organic, heirloom coffee. The Berkmans were intrigued by Jorge’s mission. They discovered many destructive practices were used in coffee production that made it one of the most chemically treated food commodities in the world. Heirloom coffee trees are very rare and have never been genetically modified. The Berkmans decided to become pioneers in health-conscious coffee.

Farm to Table

Our practice is based on sourcing local, sustainable, and whenever possible organic ingredients. Urth enjoys many direct, special relationships with local farmers. Urth Caffé’s menu offers a fresh, healthy, sustainable way of eating, drinking and living by using 100% natural ingredients completely free of any artificial ingredients or GMOs.

We use the creamiest butter, grass-fed beef, local family free-range vegetarian-fed eggs; organic and hormone-free dairy, seasonal sustainable fruits and organic salad lettuces from the farm brought directly to our cafes each day.

Kale Caravan salad with cucumbers, pita chips, sweet potato and shaved ricotta against a backdrop of a local farm
Smiling cafe employee wearing Urth Caffe hat and Mountain Gorilla Coffee tee shirt

Customer Service

Making sure our customers are satisfied is as important to the Urth as the quality of our products. If any of the Urth’s products fail to meet your expectations, please contact Customer Service and we will gladly replace it.

Customer Service is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm PST at (213) 797-4527.


Urth Caffé is a company of growth opportunities, service, gratitude and a positive, respectful environment. We are always looking for great, kind, hardworking people to join our team and become a part of the growing Urth Caffé family! Find out now how to join our team…

Various Urth Caffe employees smiling, wearing Urth polo shirts and hats
Compilation of coffee cherries, latte with a floral design in the foam, Peaceful Mind tea, and Santa Monica cafe exterior


We have started looking for strong, qualified operators who can exclusively license and develop our brand in a premium territory. We are only considering operators with successful hospitality experience who are well capitalized to develop a cluster of multiple Urth Branches in a selected territory. If you are interested in learning more, we are happy to introduce you to our application process.

Established 1989 – Built for Generations to Come…