Cloudforest Coffee was Copper Root Collective's first ever local ingredient partner! For those of you that LOVE our " Grit and Grind" soap, you'll be happy to hear that the amazing coffee in it is from another Ottawa local social enterprise. Cloudforest Coffee is based in Ottawa with a Roastery in Hull, QC. This tasty coffee is purchased from a farmers cooperative called AACRI. The cooperative was started as an alternative to mining development in the region. The community has been resisting against mining companies for over twenty years. The cultivation of organic coffee provides an economic alternative to destructive mining for folks living in the region. Grown in a cloud forest valley nestled in the western slopes of the Ecuadorean Andes, it has a totally unique taste.
African Bronze Honey is an incredible parnter! Not only are they local here in Ottawa, their mission is also focused on development in Zambia! The African Bronze Honey Project is a for-profit, social enterprise B Corp, partnered with Forest Fruits of Zambia, committed to sustainable practice and preserving traditional heritage while creating economic opportunity for independent beekeepers and their families. 6000 beekeepers have been trained and 800 tonnes of honey are exported annually.