Jennie Kanaiyuk and Kila at Bernard Harbour, 1916 (Anderson/CMH 38997)
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.
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.
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.
Strong character and balanced flavour
Bold with a smooth and energetic finish
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.
MAKING THE KIIHIMAJUQ STYLE KAMAAK
Kaapittiaq is pleased to announce its first sponsored cultural project! Proceeds from Kaapittiaq's 2019 sales were donated to support the Kiihimajuq Kamaak program hosted by Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq. This innovative program brought together multiple communities and generations of Inuinnait to recover knowledge about the manufacture of crimped sole boots.
Visit Pitqhuhirnikkut Ilihautiniq's website to learn more about the history of crimped sole boots and the multiple workshops conducted throughout 2019 and 2020 to support their revival.
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 / Kitikmeot Heritage Society 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.
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.
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.
Based in Igloolik, Nunavut, Arctic Fresh is committed to providing Nunavummiut with easy access to fresh and healthy foods. Kaapittiaq has partnered with Arctic Fresh to distribute its coffee across the Eastern Arctic.
With support and funding from:
Pitquhikhainik Ilihainiq Inc.
PO Box 2160
Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, X0B 0C0