For Johan Säf, it’s completely natural to bake organically — as well as important, he says, for the sake of the environment, producers, and customers. He believes that organic grains are best for sourdough and consequently create tastier bread. A dedication to organic ingredients applies to most things used in the bakery; everything from flour, milk, butter, and cream to eggs, seeds, nuts, and fruits. Locally sourced also weighs heavily in choosing ingredients. He picks plums, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries himself for all food production. The grain for the flour is grown, harvested, and ground in Halland. And the dairy products are purchased from Hjordnära. The quality of the ingredients is ensured through a constant dialogue with the mills since the flour changes and alters its character all the time. Säf Bakery serves brewed coffee from Balck Coffee in Kalmar and Solde Coffee Roastery (Solde Kaffebar & Rosteri) in Malmö. In addition, Säf sells its own lemonade and apple cider from the Kitchen Garden in Falkenberg, which uses its own apples. The tea is organic and purchased from Åsö.
Who are some of the producers and suppliers you work with that share your values?
Limabacka Kvarn, Balck Coffee, Biodynamiska Produkter, Valdéngårdens Mandelmassa, Solde Kafferosteri and Olsegården.
How do you minimize food waste?
When there is bread left over, we donate it to the church, which distributes it through their food bank for families in need. Buns become crusts for baking.
How do you prevent bullying, sexism, and other intolerable behavior in the workplace? Is there a clearly-stated policy?
Right now, only my partner and I are the ones on staff. It’s not an issue.