3 Calgary Coffee Roasters That Give Back

These coffee companies donate a part of the proceeds from sales of their beans to causes close to their hearts.

Calgary Heritage Roasting Company co-founders Mike Wenzlawe and Jamie Parker. Photo by Mariah Wilson.

Calgary Heritage Roasting Company

Co-founders Mike Wenzlawe and Jamie Parker used to be wildland firefighters, so it’s fitting the roastery works with the Blue Green Planet Project and Summit Reforestation to plant one tree for each purchased bag of beans. More than 101,000 trees have been planted, and the team aims to reach one million trees by 2030.



Kingdom Coffee

The Kingdom Coffee team uses part of its coffee bean sales to provide weekly coffee, food and supplies to those in need on Calgary streets — a mission inspired by the owner’s late father, who struggled with addiction and homelessness during his life. Kingdom also has a food bank that accepts monetary and food donations.



Motherlode Coffee

This women-led and 2SLGBTQIA+ team gives back through two non-profit organizations. Part of the proceeds from sales of the No Closets Pride bag help 2SLGBTQIA+ refugees through Calgary’s End of the Rainbow Foundation, while all other coffee bags support post-secondary education for Peruvian women through the Peruvian Hearts organization.


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This article appears in the January 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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