Barren Ground Coffee is a proud sponsor for a number of northern initiatives, athletes, artists, adventurers, and coffee enthusiasts. Here is a sample of some of our on-going work in the north!

Mezi Community School, Whatì

BGC is proud to support the student run cafe at Mezi Community School in Whatì. The junior high and high school students brew coffee, make lattes, bake, learn about food handling, improve business skills, and foster entrepreneurship.

For more info, check out the CBC and NNSL articles.


Donny Boake

Donny is another high performance NWT skier who is training down south with Team Telemark in Kelowna. Donny works for BGC when in town.

Nicolas Bennett

Nico is a coffee loving athlete who skies in Canmore every weekend representing the NWT on the Alberta World Cup Academy. He is chipping away at a degree of psychology at the University of Calgary. Nico works for BGC when in town.

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Quantum Tangle

Quantum Tangle combines the wide-ranging artistic visions of Greyson Gritt and Tiffany Ayalik who draw from their respective Anishinaabe-Métis and Inuit backgrounds to create a fusion of old-world sounds and new-world flair. Proudly and boldly displaying their roots, the pair tailor their music to examine systemic racism and colonialism, while offering ways to empower marginalized groups.


robbie craig

Inspired by the untouched and rugged landscape of Canada’s north, Yellowknife-based visual artist Robbie Craig captures the essence of the North’s beauty in his own unique style.