One of the more frequent questions we’re asked is, is Nunc organic? Being organic is important to us, however it isn’t a simple case of buying organic ingredients.
First and foremost, our priority when brewing our drinks is the flavour. When it comes to brewing our drinks there are a few things that are sacrosanct, regardless of the cost: Taste, Goodness, and keeping it real.
The fact is, just because an ingredient is organic doesn’t mean it is the most flavoursome. We’re passionate about making innovative, complex, progressive and exciting full flavour drinks, which means we will never purchase an ingredient simply because it is organic if it is to the detriment of the taste. Don’t misunderstand though, we’re spending hours every week searching for alternative ingredients that are organic and equally tasty.
When selecting our ingredients we also take into account “food miles”. In an ideal world we would source all our ingredients locally, but in reality that isn’t possible. So, not only are we constantly searching for alternative ingredients, we are also looking for those with the fewest food miles – even if that means spending a little more.
And then there is the elephant in the room…
The legal, regulations, red tape, whatever you want to call it. Because we ferment using only raw honey from beehives local to our fermentery (including our own) we do not know where the bees are gathering their pollen and nectar from, therefore our honey can not be categorised as organic. We could purchase organic honey, but food miles are important to us – and why would we want to buy honey from far away when we have it in our own backyard (literally)? Further, if we were to buy honey from another country or location then we have no idea how the bees have been treated, and by using local honey, not only are we supporting other small businesses, we can categorically say the honey we’re using is raw, unpasteurised, unsterilised, undiluted, and it tastes amazing. And very important, we also know the honey has never been heated above bee hive temperature so none of the goodness in the honey has been lost.
According to the UK Soil Association, to be certified organic 95% of the ingredients in our brews need to be organic – and guess what? Over 95% of the ingredients we use in our three flavours are organic.
So why aren’t we organic? Well, it costs money and as we are a small business, money is tight. So, whilst being organic is important to us, we do have other priorities right now, but please be rest assured, in the coming months our drinks will be certified by the Soil Association as organic.
Whenever possible we will use organic ingredients, but it is not always possible. Rest assured we will continue to search for the organic equivalent, and we will never sacrifice the taste of our drinks.
We take pride handcrafting Nunc and we want it to be the best it can be. We’re crafting a new experience