Kune is a café and bar in the beautiful east of Leipzig. In summer you can indulge yourselves with a freshly tapped beer on our wonderful patio and in winter it gets cosy with blankets and heaters outside or inside on a rustic corner seat with your friends.
We see ourselves as a good place for our neighborhood. This means that we make sure to care about us, our guests and the neighborhood, but also our suppliers and the environment.
First of all, our products must be delicious. Then we aim everything to be produced and traded as regionally as possible, fairly and, if possible, made from organic quality. And yes: if we can, everything is vegan. Currently, we are at approx. 98% of our products. Why? Because we as a company are also multipliers and process higher quantities- so we have more responsibility. As we know veganism can be a sensitive issue and even produce defensiveness in some, we decided not to stress this too much in our offers. We found, this found more acceptance in a broader social group than targeting only those cusomers, who already know that vegan products are no less delicious. Furthermore, we have put a lot of effort into aligning the products, food and drinks we offer for a more sustainable environment and we will continue to deepen this. This is an essential part for what we work.
Our Zapatista Durito espresso bean, which we have in the bar, comes from the Kaffee Libertad collective. The coffee farmers are treated fairly and sell their beans from self-organized collectives in Mexico, Honduras and Colombia. The raw beans are roasted in Hamburg using a drum roasting process. This is particularly slow and gentle and helps to develop the wonderful chocolate notes, which you can enjoy in a creamy cappuccino at Kune.
We use oat milk from oatly and alpro as well as cow’s milk from the Gläserne Molkerei. After some pros and cons, we decided together as a team not to charge extra for plant milk. In fact, plant milk currently costs almost twice as much to buy as cow’s milk. A logical calculation would mean that a cappuccino, which consists mainly of milk, would also have to be almost twice as expensive. A surcharge of 30 cents would still be too little so that we earn as much with the cow’s milk cappuccino as we do with the oat cappuccino. Many companies face that dilemma wanting to do the right thing while needing to be economically sustainable. We think that sometimes the right behavior doesn’t pay off immediately and it takes some ingenuity and faith in the future to be daring. So we talked to our suppliers for better prices and conveyed why this is important to us with oat milk. This has also led our suppliers to introduce more vegan assortments overall and thus invest in the needs of tomorrow. Thanks Metro for the support! As a further point, we have adjusted the starting prices for all milk drinks upwards – so the calculation overall makes sense for us, too. From the perspective of our guest you don’t have the feeling that you are being penalized for the environmentally friendly alternative with a surcharge. After some time, we noticed that we were serving more and more oat milk drinks. We are even so far that oat milk has overtaken cow’s milk first place. This is very unusual, but we are all the more pleased.
Basically, it’s like this: cow’s milk shouldn’t be that cheap in the first place. The resources that are necessary to produce one liter of cow’s milk are incredibly resource-intense for people, animals and the environment. On the other hand, it is only due to subsidies from the state, that it is possible for everyone to buy a liter of cow´s milk for less than 1€. Since we make our own living selling hand-made food and drinks, we cannot support how such a manufacturing-intensive food can be sold so cheap.
For us this is not a card that we want to play for the future. And we have the impression that more and more guests see this as a common strength.
Of course, we still have way too much packaging. Nevertheless, we have already made a good step forward on our journey to reduce packaging waste.
Let’s start at the end: When you order a cappuccino to go, you usually get it in a paper cup, cold drinks also sometimes in a disposable plastic cup. It’s incredibly comfortable when you’re on the move and you have one less thing to think about in your life. But that’s reason enough for us to think about how we can offer you a more resource-efficient solution that is still flexible and comfortable. So we did extensive research and then had oekocup produce our own returnable cups made of approx. 90% recycled plastic. They don’t cost you anything, because you get the full deposit back when returning the cup. This has the advantage that you don’t have to think about taking a mug with you in the morning, because sometimes you don’t know that you will be thirsty for coffee later. The cups also keep your nice beverage warm for an extralong time, are very light and yet stable. So after enjoying your cappuccino, they fit in your pocket. And we take care of the hygienic cleaning with our extra-hot professional dishwasher. We ordered our first batch of cups at the beginning of 2020. So, we were prepared for the to-go- Lockdown-phase during the pandemic could thus save a lot of packaging material. In the meantime, we have already been able to convince some of our colleagues from the neighborhood to take part and built up a small network so that you can easily refill your cups or give them back anywhere.
For example, our friends from Café Bubu, Fredos Eisdiele, Stammbar and Analog.Cafe are part of the team.
Feel free to ask us so that we can give you your favorite drink with a lot of love and very little packaging material on your way.