Russ Lafond JusTea

JusTeam Canada: Russ Lafond

Russ Lafond

Doctor of Operations

Russ, the Doctor of Operations has been with JusTea from the beginning of the company’s inception. Being very passionate about his involvement in a start up, he helped and learned a great deal about building a sustainable and ethical business. He has travelled to Kenya twice while working with JusTea and looks forward to many more trips to come. On his most recent trip, he transported a scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast used to ferment and produce kombucha) with him to Kenya and taught Boaz how to make kombucha! Russ manages all product sourcing, production, international shipping logistics and helps with financial analysis. 

Read on to learn more about Russ and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

Russ Lafond JusTea

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea?

Cook a good breakfast

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy; maple syrup or poutine?


How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

Depends if I manage to escape out of the city.

What’s a movie you can practically quote from start to finish?

The Big Lebowski

What TV show are you watching right now?

Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea? How do you take it?

African Breakfast, just as is, sometimes with milk and sugar

Do you have any funny stories from Kenya?

Paul and I went to a restaurant on the outskirts of Nairobi and we were brave enough to try goat stomach sausage! It was so chewy (as you can see from the GIF of Paul below) and not very tasty at all!

When we were ordering in front of the grill, I asked the cook what the sausage was made of and he said: “Stomach”. I figured he meant the sausage casing was made of goat intestines, which is normal. So, I asked again and said: “No, what is the meat inside the sausage?” and he replied confidently: “Stomach, goat stomach!”.

How do you spend your free time outside of work?

Playing guitar, Yoga, Running, Home-brewing Kombucha, Beer and Wine

1 reply
  1. Kerrie Kaufmann says:

    Congrats Russ! You have my dream job- working with tea!! I love hearing about the work you all are doing, especially in Kenya. My mom lived there almost a year doing mission work. Keep up the good work and making tea!!

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