We are on a Mission!
Our mission is to deliver high-quality and sustainably sourced teak to hardwood lovers worldwide!

What is Burroteka?

 

Burroteka is a business that is revolutionizing the tropical hardwoods supply chain in Colombia. Our model of in-country primary transformation, principally of teak, has added value to the entire regional forestry sector, and our high-velocity, state-of-the-art sawmill facility in Montería is helping local growers get the most out of their investment. By establishing a regional hub for tropical hardwoods, Burroteka is formalizing and centralizing the industry in Colombia.

We deliver a wide spectrum of high-quality teak products, including rough blocks, flooring, and decking. Teak is one of the most durable, visually appealing, and versatile hardwoods on the market, and we focus on high-grade, high-value cuts of teak for shipment to international customers. Our seed-to-saw tracking system ensures complete traceability and sustainability.

Our mission is to build a more integrated, more sustainable, more transparent teak supply chain in Colombia. With Burroteka, growers know they can maximize the value of their timber, and international buyers know they can rely on a trusted source of high-quality cuts that meet their needs.

Our Location

Colombia’s Sinú River Valley is one of the best locations in the world to source high-quality, sustainable teak.

It features an ideal proximity to Colombia’s major ports, and its fertile soils produce wood that is famous for its high oil content and tensile strength. Colombian teak has long been recognized for its quality, durability, and beautiful, robust aesthetic that improves with age.  Ideal climate conditions along with a range of tax benefits and free trade zones make Colombia an excellent location for teak sourcing.

Since the late ’90s, the Colombian government has incentivized sustainable forestry initiatives that include specific varieties of hardwood trees, notably tectanus grandis, also known as teak. These incentives resulted in the reforestation of over 4 million acres across the country. In the department of Córdoba alone, up to 1.2 million acres of land were designated for hardwood forestry and at least 10,000 acres were specifically dedicated to teak plantations.

By creating Colombia’s first center for primary transformation of tropical hardwoods, Burroteka is introducing the world to the exquisite quality of teak from the Sinú River Valley. Burroteka is proud to offer this beautiful, versatile, and highly durable wood to the world.

Our Facility

Burroteka’s state-of-the-art sawmill is the only facility in Colombia that can produce 90° clean-cut sawn teak, and we take great pride in the velocity, efficiency, and versatility of our processing line.

Our blocks are cut to maximize teak yield, ensuring we get the most wood out of every tree that we process. The square cuts can be customized to suit customer needs, while also helping minimize waste. Once cut, the teak blocks are ready to be milled, carved, cut, or even glued in order to produce the teak product of your dreams.

If a company is looking for a durable and stylish construction material, our flooring and decking cuts are perfect for the task. Our thinner and ready-to-install teak planks are weather resistant and durable, making them perfect for marine decking and outdoor furniture.

At Burro Teka, we focus on giving our customers the very best cuts of timber, for whatever project they have in mind. Our current offerings allow for endless creativity while letting the natural beauty of the teak truly shine. While there certainly are opportunities for product line expansion in the future, Burro Teka is currently focused on delivering the best quality teak with every single cut.

Burroteka is proud to partner with local growers and teak plantations that have been active throughout the department of Cordoba for over forty years. Most of our teak will be sourced from family-owned hardwood forests and farms, which fosters both environmental responsibility and sustainable development, all while respecting the region’s rich heritage.

Apart from the rich agricultural heritage of the department of Cordoba, Burro Teka also benefits from its strategic location close to Colombia’s major Caribbean ports. Moreover, the farm operations from which we source our hardwoods are managed using the highest standards of agroforestry, and benefit from the incredibly fertile soils of the Sinu River Valley.

We are excited to be able to work closely with knowledgeable growers, allowing us to effectively contribute to our nation’s forestry programs. Together with Colombia’s hardwood experts, we are confident that we can deliver the highest quality teak, while also helping restore the savannah and rainforest in our area to its former glory.

In addition to providing valuable knowledge and high-quality commodities, our sourcing partners add value to Burro Teka’s project by hosting plantation tours and visits to our teak forests. These excursions allow investors and friends to witness firsthand our operations on the ground by visiting our state of the art sawmill as well as century-old teak forests. When visiting, our guests also get to enjoy the vibrant culture of the surrounding area, including the city of Monteria, which was awarded the prestigious Sustainable City of the Year Award by the UN in 2017.

The result? A win for investors, communities, and the enviroment.

Our Process
We believe the most important part of building a company is resilience! We expect it of our people and work hard to also ensure it for our forests.

We are a young, energetic team dedicated to commercializing teak in a sustainable manner and we are excited about the future.

We take pride in our seed-to-saw tracking system, which helps us ensure we are consistently in line with the highest conservation and industry standards. This approach allows us to guarantee the quality of every piece of wood that is processed by our saws.

Team Members
Dax Cooke
Dax Cooke
Strategic Advisor
Oscar Baracaldo
Oscar Baracaldo
Product Advisor
Adelbert Lazay
Adelbert Lazay
General Manager
Rafael Sandoval
Rafael Sandoval
Line Supervisor
Elkin Guzman
Elkin Guzman
Operator
Elcy Rocio Ibarra
Elcy Rocio Ibarra
Operator
Cesar Ruiz
Cesar Ruiz
Operator
Pedro Tirado
Pedro Tirado
Vehicle Operator
Wilder Tamara
Wilder Tamara
Vehicle Operator
Raul Rojas
Raul Rojas
Vehicle Operator
Orlando Lara
Orlando Lara
Timber Purchases Manager
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Burroteka, we source our hardwoods from forests that have varying levels of maturity. Likewise, as we replant, we make sure that our teak plantations have staggered maturity stages in order to secure a long-lasting supply.

Burroteka is a sustainable high-quality hardwoods provider based out of Colombia. Burroteka’s state of the art sawmill and processing center is based in the city of Monteria, while our teak comes from hardwood forests throughout the Cordoba department.

Burroteka is an ambitious project, years in the making and officially launched in 2018!

Yes! Our employees are paid above the national minimum wage.

 Yes! Our hardwood is sourced from forests that are sustainably maintained. We practice agroforestry at our plantations, which means that the teak forests are surrounded by other crops to avoid soil depletion and monoculture.

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