Jennie Kanaiyuk and Kila at Bernard Harbour, 1916 (Anderson/CMH 38997) 

CULTURE

THROUGH COFFEE

Kaapittiaq means 'good coffee' in Inuinnaqtun, and that is what we produce. We source green beans from Indigenous farmers in Peru and transform them into the Arctic's finest brew.  

We are an Inuit owned and operated business dedicated to supporting the survival and revival of our culture. Each year, 75% of Kaapittiaq's revenue is used to create programs promoting Inuit culture, language and knowledge.

 
 

OUR BEANS

Kaapittiaq ensures that its product lives up to its Inuinnaqtun name of 'good coffee.' We source our Arabica beans from a high altitude valley in northern Peru through direct trade with Indigenous farmers. 

 

Green beans are grown in naturally-forested and bird friendly environments, and are harvested by families through century old traditions.  

 

To keep our beans fresh, we roast and package our coffee in small batches throughout the year. 

ALTITUDE GROWN 

DIRECT TRADE

SINGLE ORIGIN

OUR ROASTS

At Kaapittiaq, we drink a lot of coffee. Out at the cabin, in the office, and on the land, visits with friends and family are not complete without a cup. For those that enjoy good coffee as much as we do, we've designed a brew that is meant to be shared.   

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IGLU KAAPIA
Bold with a smooth and  energetic finish

INUKHUK KAAPIA

Full bodied

and rich

QAYAQ KAAPIA

Strong character and balanced flavour 

 

OUR PROJECTS

Kaapittiaq coffee was created to promote Inuinnait culture and language.  As a social enterprise, Kaapittiaq donates 75% of its annual revenue to the Nunavut-based non-profit Pitkuhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society to revive and mobilize Inuit knowledge, and ensure its transfer to future generations.

Each purchase of Kaapittiaq directly contributes to programs supporting the wellness of Inuit culture and communities. Learn more below about specific projects currently being funded through our coffee.   

The Elders In Residence program upholds traditional roles of Elders as community educators, counsellors, and knowledge holders. It hires Elders to design and participate in social programming related to traditional technology, skills, language development, and land-based learning.    

The Fifth Thule Atlas is a digital tool that provides Inuit with access to documents, photos and objects collected in the 1920s by Denmark's Fifth Thule Expedition. This platform puts valuable  knowledge back in the hands of Inuit to facilitate the revitalization of their language and culture.  

Inuinnaqtun language is the foundation of Inuinnait culture, but has less than 600 fluent speakers remaining. Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun is a working group comprised of language specialists and motivated youth collaborating to bring Inuinnaqtun back from the brink.

Visit Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq's website to learn more about additional cultural and language programs being supported by Kaapittiaq coffee. 

 

OUR PARTNERS

Kaapittiaq relies on the support of businesses dedicated to the common cause of strengthening Indigenous cultures and capacity through coffee.  This partnership prioritizes the building of networks for communication, products and knowledge exchange between Indigenous groups around the world.

 

As Kaapittiaq grows, we will create more opportunities for social change and cultural revival around the world.

PITQUHIRNIKKUT ILIHAUTINIQ 

Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq is an Inuit non-profit organization based in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. They focus on documenting, revitalizing, and mobilizing Inuinnait knowledge with the goal of building wellness and capacity throughout the Nunavut territory. 

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CAFE VASQUEZ

Located in northern Peru, Cafe Vasquez facilitates the direct purchase of coffee beans from Indigenous families. The company is passionate about supporting their partnering communities, and the purchase of their coffee directly supports local farmers.

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BEAVER ROCK ROASTERY

Located in Barrie, Ontario, Beaver Rock is a private label coffee roaster that is helping Kaapittiaq access the equipment and training required to roast its beans. Through Beaver Rock's guidance, Kaapittiaq is building the knowledge and funding to construct its own coffee production facility in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.

We would also like to thank our generous funders who helped to make Kaapittiaq a reality:

CONTACT US

Pitquhikhainik Ilihainiq Inc.
PO Box 2160
Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, X0B 0C0

(867) 983-3009
info@kaapittiaq.ca

 

© 2019 Pitquhikhainik Ilihainiq Inc.