Whetung Ojibwa Centre
Spirit Bear Coffee
100% Indigenous, 100% Organic, 100% Fair Trade
Full Bean available in Orca-Dark Roast, 400g and Eagle-Medium Roast 400g. $18 each
Orca Dark Roast:
Orca is the First Nations symbol of Good and goodness is what this bold, medium-dark coffee is all about. Rich and intense with notes of roasted nuts and a subtle finish.
Orca is also the traveler and guardian, and Spirit Bear Coffee is committed to protecting them. Partial proceeds from the sale of our coffees support wildlife protection initiatives on land and sea.
We have committed funds to the purchase of a GPS Collar for “Clover”, a Kermode Cub (Spirit Bear Cub). This collar will aid in the research of his release and rehabilitation back into his natural home lands. From this we hope to learn many things about his movements, territory, and survival. To learn more about the shelter please visit www.wildlifeshelter.com
Eagle Medium Roast:
Roasted just slightly past medium to bring out it’s full glory, this artisan blend is what some have referred to as “the best damn coffee they’ve ever had!” We agree. But you can’t make a great coffee without the best beans. That’s why our certified Q-grader selects only the best beans of the harvest from high-altitude farms in Central and South America.
At Spirit Bear Coffee we love farmers! Especially coffee farmers. And that’s why we purchase ONLY 100% organic and fairtrade coffee. Organic isn’t just better for you, it’s better for them!
Since 2006 Spirit Bear Coffee Company has been sourcing and craft-roasting some of the finest organic and fair-trade coffee in the world. At coffee origins in South America we support the health of our farmers through organic farming methods and ensure that they are paid fairly via fair-trade premiums. Our mission is to deliver an exceptional coffee experience and to provide first nations communities and organizations who are stewards of the earth with economic assistance through fund-raising programs, donations and partnerships.
At Spirit Bear we specialize in the finest quality Organic and naturally certified coffees. Our extensive experience in the green coffee trade allows us to select our suppliers carefully, requiring them to be highly regarded, certified and licensed traders.
Why Organic Coffee?
People as why they should choose Organic COffee over conventional coffees. The fact is coffee farmers worldwide use an enormous amount of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides on their crops that affect not only the earth and the plants but also the plantation workers who work in these fields every day.
Additional benefits to Organic growing practices is that when a farm commits to the certification process there becomes a greater emphasis of the workers on the tending of the crop. The result is a suerior and higher quality product when compared to other varietals from that same region.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is a partnership that seeks to provide greater equality in the global marketplace. The Fair Trade Certified label guarantees that farmers and farm workers from developing countries receive a fair price for their crops and products.
Utz Kapeh – Certified Responsible Coffee
From the Mayan language, Utz Kapeh means ‘good coffee’. Coffee farms and cooperatives use the Utz Kapeh certification to prove that they grow their coffee professionaly and with care for their workers, local communities and the environment.
About the Spirit Bear
The Kermode bear or “Spirit Bear”
The spirit bear is a unique subspecies of the North American black bear in which approximately one in every 10 bears is white or cream-coloured. Some have orange or yellow coloration on their backs. Other Kermodes are all black. The scientific name is Ursus americanus kermodei, named after a naturalist and museum curator named Frances Kermode of the British Columbia Provincial Museum. The term “Spirit Bear” is possibly attributed to First Nations tradition, which held that the white bears were to be revered and protected. Today the Tsimshian people call it “moskgm’ol,” which simply means “white bear.”
Kermode bears may have evolved on the coast in the last 10,000 years from black bear stock that became isolated from interior black bears more than 300,000 years ago.
The white colour may be due to inheritance of a single gene for hair colour, but other more complex mechanisms may be involved. Further genetic research is needed.