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Victoria’s new Indigenous coffee roasting company seeds cultural connection – Sooke News Mirror

January 26, 2024

turtle island coffee’s launch helped founder David Cardinal learn about his Cree roots

As a post-grad in Vancouver, David Cardinal didn’t particularly love his job, but it allowed him to spend his downtime in cafes around the city.

He’d frequent java joints that were far from his home if their atmosphere was just right, and it was in those shops where a newfound appreciation for coffee flourished.

That was the start of a lasting love of coffee – a passion that has taken Cardinal from operating a cafe in the heart of downtown Victoria for 15 years to trekking in Toyota trucks through the Peruvian jungle to visit a remote coffee farm.

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