Kitikmeot business sprouts from beans

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Kaapittiaq Coffee, a product of the Kitikmeot Heritage Society made with beans purchased from Peru, was sampled at a recent community launch celebration.

The product will hopefully be on store shelves by the end of this month, says Brendan Griebel, a research associate with the organization.

In the meantime, the society is working on making online sales available. Whole beans and roasts will be on offer: Qayaq Kaapia (medium roast), Inukhuk Kaapia (dark roast), and Iglu Kaapia (espresso) in one-pound bags or in K-cups.

Several restaurants and events have also expressed interest in serving the coffee, Griebel added. The initiative will help the non-profit Kitikmeot Heritage Society cover costs related to its programming.

Brendan Griebel of the Kitikmeot Heritage Society shows the kaapi for the first time to elders Ann Wingnek and Annie Atighioyak. photo courtesy of the Kitikmeot Heritage Society
From left, Ann Wingnek, Annie Atighioyak, Pamela Gross, Bessie Omilgoetok and Mabel Etegik sample Kaapittiaq coffee on Jan. 25, ahead of the community launch held on Jan. 27. photo courtesy of the Kitikmeot Heritage Society
Elder David Amagainek enjoys the aroma of Kaapittiaq coffee, which officially went on sale as of Jan. 27. photo courtesy of the Kitikmeot Heritage Society
Mabel Etegik models her new Kaapittiaq hoodie at the coffee’s launch party in Cambridge Bay. photo courtesy of the Kitikmeot Heritage Society
Julia Ogina happily displays her new Kaapittiaq tote bag. photo courtesy of the Kitikmeot Heritage Society

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