Kitikmeot heritage coffee sales brewing online

Kitikmeot heritage coffee sales brewing online

Coffee sales have commenced online for Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq, the Kitikmeot Heritage Society, based in Cambridge Bay.

Kaapittiaq Coffee, a product sold from Cambridge Bay, can now be ordered online.
photo courtesy of Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society

The non-profit organization created a social enterprise arm in 2017 and that spawned Kaapittiaq — an Inuit-owned and operated coffee business — in January 2019.

Coffee orders were initially filled locally, but now sales of one-pound and five-pound bags can be completed online.

Three different blends are available: espresso (called Iglu); dark roast (Inukhuk); and medium roast (Qajaq).

The beans are purchased from Indigenous people in Peru.

Seventy-five per cent of annual sales from Kaapittiaq, which means “good coffee” in Inuinnaqtun, is invested in programs that support the Inuinnait language and culture.


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