Cambridge Bay elder Bessie Omilgoetok takes home a bag of Kaapittiaq coffee from the first roasted batch of beans to arrive in Cambridge Bay earlier this year. photo courtesy of the Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society

Coffee sales have reportedly been strong for Kaapittiaq, a venture started by the Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society earlier this year.

The non-profit organization was expecting its third order of beans – a 454-kg shipment, just like the second order – to arrive in early November.

“It’s going well,” said Pamela Gross, executive director of the Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society. “We’re working on different ways to expand. We’re still in our infancy stages. We’re trying to negotiate in different areas. For now, we’ve been selling really well in Cambridge Bay.”

The product sells at the heritage centre, at Kalgen’s Dis & Dat and at the Kuugaq Cafe.

The Qayaq blend has proven popular among the percolated flavours and the espresso is also a favourite among many, according to Gross.

The coffee sales are intended to help the heritage society cover costs of its programming.

Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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