As an Inuit owned and operated company, we embrace our culture’s language, values and priorities as the core of our business. We are guided by the knowledge of Inuinnait Elders and Inuit Qaujimajaqtuqangit (Inuit traditional knowledge) as touchstones for how we engage with our clients, our partners, and environment. In translating these teachings into modern business, we forefront the values of:
Aajiiqatigiinniq: Decision making through discussion and consensus.
Avatittinnik Kamatsiarniq: Respect and care for the land, animals, and the environment.
Pilimmaksarniq/Pijariuqsarniq: Development of skills through observation, mentoring, practice and effort
Piliriqatigiiniq/Ikajuqtigiinniq: Working together for a common cause
At Kaapittiaq, it is not 'business as usual.' From the coffee beans we source, to the stores we sell it through, we strive to strengthen an Indigenous business network that supports Indigenous peoples, economies, and communities around the world.
1) Compostable packaging
We believe that nothing should be taken from the earth that can not be put back.
We are invested in minimizing our company's environmental footprint by eliminating plastics from our packaging through compostable and plant-based substitutes. Learn more about our newest generation of packaging.
2) Natural bean farming
We invest in Indigenous agricultural partners with environmentally friendly growing practices.
Depending on the farmer, this can include a reliance on small-scale planting in naturally forested and bird friendly environments, organic certified production, and the use of traditional cultivation techniques.
3) Investing in Traditional Indigenous Economies
Kaapittiaq donates to cultural programming that supports the development of land-based skills, responsible harvesting, and respect for the ecosystems that have long sustained Inuit culture in the Canadian Arctic.