Bula Batiki Crafter Profile
Say ‘Bula’ to Batiki Island!
A near three-hour boat ride from the eastern coast of Viti Levu, and surrounded by the Koro Sea, is the island of Batiki! Nestled in the centre of the Lomaiviti Archipelago, Batiki is surrounded by its much larger neighbours: Ovalau, Wakaya, Gau, Koro, Nairai along with many other islands and islets.
Despite its small size, Batiki’s particularly fertile volcanic soil means that the island is blanketed in ‘Vu ni Niu’ (coconut palms). It is from these palms that the Batiki’s islanders can harvest the coconuts needed to make their delicious Bula Batiki organic coconut oil!
About: Bula Batiki
Bula Batiki is collective made up of the villagers of Batiki’s four settlements: Mua, Yavu, Manuku, and Naigani. It is a 100% community-owned initiative that was founded in order to bring to market their organic coconut oil.
The company was set up in 2015 with the aim of furthering their island’s economic development, and over the years has supplied books for the Batiki district school, medical supplies for the island's nursing station, and has also been invested in organic farming practices and sustainability training for the villagers to ensure the continuation of the business.
Each and every pot of Bula Batiki coconut oil is labelled by the family that made it, so you can tell who it comes from and where they live. It is the only coconut oil on the planet that can do so, and they hope that by doing so you feel a little closer to Batiki Island, wherever you are in the world — whether you’re receiving a pot from the Rasalasea family from Yavu Village, the Selabuco family from Naigani, or the Dinadina family from Mua.
Six whole coconuts go into every pot of Bula Batiki coconut oil using a method called ‘cold-pressing’, which keeps all of the nutrients intact. The process begins when Batiki’s finest mature coconuts are selected and husked and de-shelled. The white, nutrient-rich part of the coconut (known as the ‘coconut meat’) is shredded up, collected, and placed into a mesh bed.
The bed is then pressed in order to squeeze out the coconut milk, which is stored and allowed to separate. The coconut cream will rise to the top, whereas the nutrient-dense coconut oil will remain underneath. The oil is then separated once again, filtered, and then ladled into one of Bula Batiki's signature glass pots — a little taste of Batiki Island for you to enjoy!
Bula Batiki have also recently obtained a HACCP certification for food safety, which is a really big achievement for a remote community. Together with this HACCP certificate and the Organic Pasifika logo, Batiki’s organic 100% virgin coconut oil is one of the best coconut oils on the planet.
About: Bula Batiki
The Plantation supports the villagers who live and work on the island. Any profits earned from the coconut oil are invested back into its slowly expanding family of staff members by ensuring they are paid honest and fair wages. Unfortunately, Cyclone Winston in Februay 2016 wiped out all the coconut trees on the island, so stocks are limited until the coconut trees recover.
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Virgin Coconut Oil from Fiji’s Batiki Island - completely natural, organic and cold-pressed. Bula Batiki raw coconut oil is hand-made using 6 of Batiki’s finest coconuts in each jar - so pure you can eat it! Vegan and Vegetarian friendly, Gluten-free.
The sign of a great organic coconut oil is when it goes crystal clear with temperatures above 24°C like ours does.
Bula Batiki cold-pressed coconut oil is hand-made by the villagers of Batiki Island, not produced in a factory. Made from Batiki Island’s own naturally growing organic coconuts and 'Organic Pasifika' certified. NOTHING added or taken away.
We add a little tag to each jar with the name of the Fijian family and village that produced it so that you can see how personal it is to us, and exactly who you're supporting by buying Bula Batiki Coconut Oil. We’re the only organic, cold-pressed virgin coconut oil in the world that can be traced this way!
Batiki Island is nestled in the centre of Fiji’s Lomaiviti Archipelago, surrounded by its tropical neighbours: Ovalau, Wakaya, Gau, Koro, Nairai and many other islands and islets!
Raw, organic and cold-pressed keeping all of its natural coconut goodness. Hand-made by villagers from Batiki Island.
Gluten, lactose and cholesterol free. Produced on an Island free from pollution or fumes.
Why use organic coconut oil
Organic coconut oil is incredibly healthy; filled with good fats, and none of the bad ones. It contains antioxidants, medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) and vitamins. Perfect for cooking, adding to tea/coffee/smoothies, using in beauty treatments and many more.
For natural beauty, slather on to your hair and skin for wonderful hydration, use as a make-up remover or in ‘oil pulling’ to improve oral health.
Read more about Virgin Coconut Oil in our Blog Post here
About Bula Batiki
Bula Batiki was created in order to provide a sustainable income for Batiki Island, Fiji, and to implement projects aimed at developing education, healthcare and housing standards within its remote community.
We are a non-profit organisation and 100% of our profits are being reinvested back into the island community.