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Saija – Giving Back With Coffee

Victoria is a coffee town. We are spoiled for choice here, but all too often the coffee we love produces a lot of waste, especially when it comes to its packaging.

If you are looking for a way to change this while still enjoying your daily dose of caffeine, you should give Saija a try.

Saija is a eco-conscious coffee company founded by two young entrepreneurs, Saje & Aija. They launched their company earlier this year and offer ethically sourced beans roasted by a local company with packaging that is 100 percent compostable.

The packaging is also vegan, non-GMO, non PLA, BPA free & does not contain harsh chemicals. It’s made up of mostly wood cellulose and a mixture of cassava and potatoes. Even the package zipper can break down. Check out their instagram to see how the packaging degrades in their condo composter. 

In addition to providing a solution for wasteful packaging, a dollar from every bag of single origin coffee sold goes to a charitable organization. 

Inspired by a trip to Africa as a child, co-founder Saje chose the Kenyan Kids Foundation as one of the first organizations to receive a donation. He says it’s easier than you think to set up this kind of charitable gift. 

With monthly tastings to seek out new flavours, Saija offers a different blend of coffee every month. Currently they are offering a Kenyan blend and a Yuca espresso. Recently they had a pop up tasting at Public Mercantile and plan to do more in the future. 

When they’re not at home having coffee, their go-to local coffee shop is Saint Cecelia on Yates. Saje says at Saint Cecilia “They just really know their coffee and they consider every small detail to make you the perfect drink”.

To find out more about Saija and their plans to expand their coffee empire check out their site for more info.