“Quality, Fairness, Sustainability,” is Brazuka Coffee Roasters’ motto when it comes to their organic and fair trade coffee. Owners Gregg and Cheryl Butler take pride in the fact that they purchase only the best quality beans that are sustainably farmed. As a newly City of Ventura Green Certified Business, this family-owned and operated business also makes coffee-roasting an art.
“Several years ago we wanted to take on a new business venture, one that we could have fun at, travel, and that we could do sustainably,” said Gregg.
“As business owners, it’s important to be aware of how we’re impacting our community as well as the world,” continued Cheryl. “We have to consider what we take out of the earth, how we use it, and how we put it back.”
Cheryl admits that as new grandparents, they’re also concerned about securing a healthy world for future generations.
“In the 80’s and 90’s, a wave of enthusiasm for specialty coffee began,” said Gregg. “We thought, hey, we could be a small organic coffee roaster and appeal to people who really cherish quality coffee like we do.”
The Butlers believe it’s important for coffee to be organic because it is not only better for your health, sustainable farming practices can make a positive impact on a global scale.
“Our beans come from all over the world,” said Gregg. “Countries like Peru and Sumatra. These are countries that have been stellar in developing organic and fair trade models and by purchasing only organic beans, we’re ensuring farming practices in other countries remain organic and operate responsibly,” added Gregg.
“On a local level, we’re making a modest footprint operating using sustainable practices by using the least exposure to chemicals, and efficient use of energy and water,” said Cheryl.
Their clients determine many of Brazuka Coffee Roaster’s sustainable in-house manufacturing practices with strict guidelines for their vendors such as Whole Foods.
A sampling of other green practices include: recycling whatever they can, reducing energy demands, using eco-friendly cleaners, purchasing recycled content paper, invoices are digital vs. printed whenever possible. To save energy, they recent became part of a SoCal Edison program to change out all their office lights to LED.
“When it comes to waste by-products from the manufacturing of our coffee, we work with the Air Quality District of Ventura very closely and the chaff that is produced when the beans are roasted is collected in a vortex and we use it to make great mulch.
“We do what we can, and if everyone does the same, it really begins to add up,” said Cheryl. “Ventura is known for being a community that is far-thinking, and part of that mindset is thinking green, and as a local business, it’s great to be recognized for our green initiatives,” said Gregg.
–Maryann Ridini Spencer for SustainableVentura.TV