kubé Nice Cream a brand by Creamy Coconuts, LLC Story
As partners in life, Nee-Nueh and I are both lactose intolerant with many food allergies. I have been on a healing journey to balance my gut flora with kubé raw coconut milk and nice cream. Raw coconut milk/cream, from mature coconuts, promotes a balance of good gut flora due to the immune boosting properties of lauric and caprylic acids on the medium chain fatty acids, which are anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. Nee-Nueh is allergic to dairy, nuts, mushrooms, soy, fish, and shellfish. On a trip to visit family in Ghana, we ate tropical fruit and coconuts everyday, and we were inspired to make our own fresh, cold-pressed, raw coconut cream and nice cream.
We have a passion for making delicious non-dairy, plant-based foods that transform and rebuild society with healthier and local food production practices. We know that real, fresh and healthy foods, without chemicals support healthier outcomes for all people and mama earth. This is why we value slow food, and the time it takes to grow and maintain a healthy organic vegetable-fruit garden and compost in our backyard.
Our inspiration for RAW, unpasteurized coconut nice cream developed out of our desire to create the creamiest non-dairy ice cream without the strong presence of artificial coconut flavoring. We also had a need to rebel against oppressive, broken food structures and to re-build trusted food structures that promote collective and self-determination, to revitalize and honor our health.
kubé defies artificial food norms and is disrupting the “standard international pasteurization process" of organic coconut cream and milk, which uses a toxic preservative and bleaching chemical called, sodium metabisulfite. Many people are allergic to sulfur dioxide preservatives and sodium metabisulfite chemicals, which cause gastrointestinal problems in both animals and humans.
We are creating new coconut food practices that protect the integrity of RAW, cold-pressed coconut cream to make our nice cream. We are the leaders in the RAW, coconut cream industry who will never use toxic, synthetic chemical preservatives, artificial colors, or flavors. This is why we have personally invested $85K in research and product development, along with our patent-pending commercial food-grade coconut devices. Currently, there are no machines or sturdy tools that process mature coconut fruit in the United States. As a part of self and collective determination, we have invented a 304 Stainless Steel seamless coconut scraper device.
We have an environmental sustainability model, where we give our byproducts (coconut shells and coconut fiber) to an urban regenerative soil farms and organic urban vegetable gardens in Oakland, California. Our byproducts make nutrient-dense compost for regenerative soil for organic vegetables and fruits.
"What Kai is building with KUBE is a full circle Regenerative business that looks at the triple bottom line of Economics, Equity and Ecology. Her commitment to the ways her product has positive social and environmental impacts is so inspiring and impressive. They give us their “waste” and we turn it into a soil resource to grow more food, that is the definition of Regenerative. We need to invest and support projects like this, the future of food needs this type of Regenerative approach, now more than ever."
- Benjamin Fahrer CEO, Top Leaf Farms
Kai B. Nortey
Kai Nortey is a visionary and socially conscious, Black woman, business leader who is tenaciously building an ethnically inclusive, food justice and health economy in the Oakland-Bay Area of California. She believes that there must be a paradigm shift away from supporting big, broken food companies that use and hide toxic, bleaching chemicals (sodium metabisulfite) in many common foods.
Mrs. Nortey is lactose intolerant and has healed her own gut flora issues with kubé raw coconut milk and nice cream. Raw coconut milk/cream, from mature coconuts, promote a balance of good gut flora due to the immune boosting properties of lauric and caprylic acids on the medium chain fatty acids, which are anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. As a result, kubé nice cream is both the manifestation and culmination of Kai’s health needs and her interdisciplinary professional background.
Kai holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Biology from Mills College, in Oakland, along with a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications and PR from Golden Gate University. Kai has worked in the fields of biology, bio-tech, marketing communications and PR, community activism, juvenile justice policy, and restorative juvenile justice programs for youth.
Kai strongly believes that in order to re-build healthier, sustainable food models, we must support locally resilient, artisan food systems. Artisan food systems are making a “come back” and exist to restore economic equity, health, value, dignity, environmental sustainability, and trusted relationships back to diverse communities. kubé nice cream is a conscious business that exists to restore health, dignity, and trust back to all people, particularly to folks who are lactose intolerant, the allergen population, ice cream enthusiasts, and to people of color who have been historically excluded from employment within the plant-based, food industry.
Kai defines Food justice as the right to know what ingredients are in your food, the right to determine new, healthier food systems, and the right to determine healthier outcomes for people, animals, and mama earth.
Ernest Nee-Nueh Nortey
Nee-Nueh is a first generation born Ghanaian with extensive experience in hardware and software development. His interpersonal and leadership skills are exceptional and can lead any team towards goals and success.
Having allergies to seafood, shellfish, dairy, soy, nuts and mushrooms; has caused him to always cook his own meals and search for foods that met his dietary needs. He loves cooking, especially with the fresh fruits and veggies that come out of his family's garden.
Not only does he love searching for allergen friendly foods, he has a deep passion for community development, composting, environmental programs. Nee-Nueh also strongly believes in business models that embrace diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace.
Nee-Nueh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Tabor College, in Hillsboro, KS. He has over 15 years work experience as a Sr. Technical Writer in Hardware, Software, Financial and Procurement industries. In each of his roles he has initiated foresight and strategic relationships to evolve the goals of Corporate Social Responsibility.
Fun Facts: He's hand cracked and scraped over 3500 coconuts to make kubé nice cream products.
Jenny has over two decades of experience as an attorney and advisor for mission-driven enterprises. Jenny is certified as a coach by the International Association of Women in Coaching as well as an author. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Jenny is also a fellow at Democracy Collaborative and the co-founder of the Force for Good Fund.