The Indigenous Founders

In 2017, Sean Harding & Paul Biglin met Adam Munnings of Curve Lake First Nation and immediately knew they would do business together. Over the next few years, Adam helped develop and structure the White Buffalo Coffee Co. by aligning it with Anishinaabe grandfather teachings.

Through Adam, Sean & Paul were fortunate to meet Adam's sister, April, who also joined the team. April is a proud Indigenous woman. Her bright light, creativity, and thoughtfulness solidifies the Indigenous roots of White Buffalo Coffee co. We also acknowledge Robin Louie, our Veteran co-founder from Ktunaxa Nation.

Fun fact:
Adam and April Munnings are related to Chief Elsie Marie Knott of Curve Lake First Nation, who was the first woman elected to serve as Chief of an Indian Band or First Nation in Canada. Elsie was elected in 1954, three years after the Indian Act was amended to give Indigenous women the right to vote in band elections and hold positions on council. Elsie led the way for many women nationally, regionally and locally, her remarkable legacy extends far beyond her trailblazing role as a leader. She was a visionary who dedicated her life to her community. Under her leadership, she introduced community services, educational programs, employment opportunities, and worked tirelessly to preserve and promote the Ojibwe language and culture at the Curve Lake School.

White Buffalo Coffee Company was created to share the energy, strength and power within the message of the Seven Grandfather Teachings and values.

Significance of the White Buffalo

Bison/Buffalo have always been essential for First Nations people for everything from food to clothes, shelter, tools and more. The significance of a White Buffalo comes from the Legend of the White Buffalo Calf Woman, a beautiful woman dressed in white who appeared during a time of great famine. She spoke of seven sacred rites and turned into a white bison calf, then disappeared. Shortly after, herds of bison began returning, ending the famine.

White Buffalo are a rare sight, one in a million, and it is usually attributed to a rare recessive gene similar to those in the Spirit Bears of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia.

About the Coffee

Supporting Indigenous farmers across many countries is something that is integral to White Buffalo Coffee Company's past and future. Coffee is sourced through experienced Fairtrade purchasers who are aware of the social and environmental issues in the areas they work.

As coffee is a seasonal product, we rotate our selection to ensure you are only tasting the freshest beans possible. Our coffee is roasted with sustainability in mind; we prefer our quality to speak for itself and always strive to accentuate its inherent flavours.