Aki Organic Blend
Our Aki Organic Blend honours the indigenous peoples of our region. The Ojibway First Nation, part of the larger Anishinaabeg culture, have a long and storied relationship with Muskoka. Indeed, it is almost certain that the name Muskoka is derived from Mesqua Ukee, an Ojibway chief, also known as William Yellowhead.
Aki is the Ojibway word for Earth. As an Organic coffee that is 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified, Aki Blend treats the earth with a full measure of respect. Your palate will also be rewarded by a coffee that is sweet, with hints of honey, and a medium body.
The Aki Organic Blend was created in partnership with the Parry Sound Friendship Centre and Ojibway artist Jim Oskineegish.
The Parry Sound Friendship Center seeks to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal people in an urban environment. They look to support programs and activities which encourage equal access to, and participation in, Canadian society while respecting aboriginal cultural distinctiveness. We are proud to partner with the PSFC as you can see by their logo displayed on our bag.
Jim Oskineegish, from the Eabametoong First Nation (also known as Fort Hope), is a second- generation woodland style artist. Through his art, he aims to promote healing and understanding across all of humanity. The turtle, showcased on the Aki Organic Bag, represents North America while the flowers represent the earth, nature and wildlife we are so lucky to be surrounded by. Finally, each of the seven birds illustrated represent one of the 7 Grandfather Teachings - Humility, Bravery, Honesty, Wisdom, Truth, Respect and Love - which serve as the guiding principles for living a good and happy life.