There’s nothing better than finding a business that you feel shares your values. Not only do you ‘click’ with their product, but you feel good supporting them because, after a while, you come to trust that they are at least trying to do the right thing by their staff and suppliers.
Whether you value ‘green’, ‘organic’, ‘sustainable’ produce, or seek some other positive change in society, Byron has always had some strong leaders in the field.
For Bun Coffee’s David Kennedy, who roasts Fair Trade, organic, single-origin and Rainforest Alliance coffees sourced from all over the world in his Byron premises, the main question in adopting more ethical business practices has always been, ‘Why wouldn’t you?’
‘When I am at the roaster, my sole focus is on producing the very freshest, most flavoursome coffee for the actual drinker,’ says David. ‘It’s my passion. I love to see people trying a single origin, or one of my unique blends, at our roastery door.’
But a great deal of thought goes into selecting which hessian sacks of beans arrive at the roastery door, and how the farmers and other producers of those beans are treated by suppliers. ‘There are roughly 25 million smallholder coffee-plantation farmers,’ says David. ‘It’s about creating stable prices, decent working conditions, empowerment of farmers and workers, better environmental practices, and regeneration of resources to help make the coffee industry we love so much more sustainable and viable in the long term.
‘We offer over 40 single-origin coffees – I started doing that in 1989 but I think the coffee drinkers have now come to value that connection to the regions and the growers. We have been the chosen supplier at Bluesfest since 2012, and owing to the high turnover we don’t do single origin, but rather our 100 per cent Certified Organic Coffee.
And, unlike other coffee cups that can’t be recycled in the yellow bins, all the takeaway cups and lids are fully compostable and biodegradable in the green bins.
If you like the coffee, which is now sold around the world, you can order it online (free delivery within Australia when you spend $100 or more!) or at their premises at 1A Banksia Dr, Byron Arts & Industry Estate (Mon–Fri 8am–4pm). buncoffee.com.au