Kim Berry
Snark

Arnprior, ON 

480C McCartney St.
Arnprior, ON K7S 1N2
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613.804.6886 (home)
snarkbean.com
Product Types: Freshly Roasted Fair Trade, Organic Coffee

About Us
I love roasting coffee. I love watching my beans move in my roaster. I love watching them change from green to tan, shedding their skin, morphing into the exact shade of brown that best compliments the bean and region. It’s meditative. I smell the changes. I see the quality. I hear the roasting cracks. I think of all the people, their culture, and the work that went into getting the beans from the ground, to me. I carry that respect forward as I roast, cool, bag get the beans to you. I think of you drinking this cup in the morning, throughout the day, completing the circle: our community.  

I think of how you are helping to give back to our local and global communities with every coffee purchase. Not only do you support fair-trade and organic farming, when you shop through OVFC you are supporting a growing local food enterprise. 

The concept of Snark arose from a conversation on a Cameroon mountainside during a humanitarian aid trip. We were discussing how difficult fundraising for any charity or NGO has become. “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a consumable product that people actually wanted, with a portion of the sales going back to their charity?” The idea percolated for about a nanosecond. Toss in our mutual passions of roasting, coffee, people helping people, et voila! Snark was born. 

When you order Snark from our website we send 10% of your coffee price to your chosen charity. You buy the coffee. You choose your charity. We get your coffee to you. It’s that simple. There is no increased cost to you, just a lot of increased good. 

10% may seem like a drop in the bucket. But put enough drops together and you have an ocean. Imagine that.  

Thanks for being part.  

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Ingredients
Our coffees are as ethically sourced as we can get. They are either fair-trade, organic, shade-grown, rain-forest alliance, or a combination thereof. If no certification is on the label, it is because our importer is buying directly from the farmer, and the farmer can't afford to buy the certification, even if they are using the certification's practices (coffee's little dirty secret). In all cases, all of our farmers receive either fair-trade or higher than fair-trade prices.

Practices (our standards for raising or making our products)
All coffee is freshly roasted in 12lb amounts in a fluid bed roaster. One of the many things I enjoy about a fluid bed roaster is the evenness of the roast, the infinite control I have over roast temperature, and the cleanliness of the roast: all chaff is sucked up and away from the beans, it doesn't become incorporated into the roast. You can taste the difference.

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Testimonial

Supporting local, sustainable agriculture is so important to us and the OVFC makes it remarkably easy to do so. It’s wonderful that we have the chance to reconnect with the community that we know and love even though we’re no longer living right in the valley.  The Co-op is one of the things we miss most about Renfrew County, so I was more than delighted to learn that you were adding a pick-up location in Ottawa. 

Sara Kowalski MacLellan

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