About Birch Bark Coffee Company

Birch Bark Coffee Company
is First Nations owned and operated. I am Ojibwe and a Band member of Whitefish River First Nation located on Manitoulin Island, and I am proud to offer a product that gives back to my communities. 

In starting this company, I wanted the name to have a connection to my Indigenous heritage, but also about a passion to help others just as the Birch Tree has done for centuries. Birch trees have been relied upon for many centuries by First Nations people, European Settlers, and Voyageurs. They remain an iconic resource today and throughout Canadian history and they have increased the quality of life in so many ways, for so many people, and ironically I found there to be many similarities in the historical stories and legends of the quintessential coffee bean.


Our coffee is Certified Organic and Fairtrade which means we are supporters and believers in sustainability and healthy choices.Birch Bark Coffee Co. wants to stand out in the coffee industry being a role model to First Nation, Inuit and Metis communities and demonstrate that through self-determination and perseverance changes can and will happen through people-driven initiatives.You can expect freshly roasted coffee beans to your door within days of roasting depending on where you're located. Let’s face it - coffee off the shelf or coffee beans in a hopper are not always as fresh as they appear. Birch Bark Coffee Company takes the worry out wondering when your coffee was freshly roasted.


Nbiish (water) is a sacred element that we have been blessed wit
h upon mother earth. As we continue to pollute our waters with contaminates, our water continues to struggle as it tries to purify itself. Water in so many ways is connected to our very existence, yet we forget water to be one of our greatest medicines.

Leaving a clean ecological footprint, is fundamental for positive changes in our communities, especially for future generations. It is about making this world a better place and seeing the smiles on our young children as they are cared for. Creating a purpose or meaningful life for our children shows them that we lead by example and in turn, they will learn the importance of caring for mother earth. 

Our footprints we leave planted on the ground must be good ones, as our young ones will follow. Our footprints must hold faith and dreams for a better future. They must hold encouragement and family support. Our footprints must hold the medicines of mother earth and the knowledge to care for her so the lands and waters may flourish. Our footprints must have a balance to ensure we are emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally connected.

Lastly, our footprints must contain the 7 Grandfather Teachings, Love, Respect, Humility, Bravery, Truth, and Honesty in order that we may live a good life, the path we choose will make a world of difference for all our relations, waters, and lands to follow. Birch Bark Coffee Company is a platform for Indigenous change through a vision of “Coffee Making a Difference”.

Chi-Miigwetch, Nia:wen, Hai Hai, Merci, Kinanaskotmitin, Qujannamiiktch,
Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow
Founder of Birch Bark Coffee Company