We at Bean North are passionate about high quality certified organic and fair trade coffee. Our team is dedicated to providing you with great coffee and great service.
Michael King - Manager & Owner
I started in the coffee business in 1997 along with my partner Helen and two friends. For the last almost 20 years Helen and I have been building a coffee roasting company that is dedicated to striving for the best in both the quality of our coffee and helping to improve the lives of the farmers and families who grow it. My passion for farmers extends beyond the coffee lands; I am passionate about building healthy soils and grow local produce using organic methods - I can often be seen tending to the many gardens that surround the café. My goal is for our business to help put a face on the coffee famers and their communities and at the same provide folks with a great cup of coffee.
Helen Voogd - Owner
I arrived in the Yukon in the summer of 1990 intending to stay for just one summer. However, the spell of the north drew me and after a quick return to Vancouver for a final year of university, I returned to Whitehorse for good. In 1997 I ventured into the fair trade coffee business with my partner Michael and two friends. Conducting business in a fair way with the producers of that product, the coffee farmers, just made sense. Years later, I'm still passionate about what we do. I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit coffee farmers in their home communities in several countries and have a much better understanding the challenges farmers face.
Bruce Macdonald - Head Roaster
I was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia where I spent most of the first part of my working life aboard fishing boats on the North Atlantic. At 33 I moved to the Yukon in search of spirit and adventure. I was not to be disappointed, as all the time I have been looking, adventure always come my way. I have always strived to do the very best at whatever I have decided to take on in my life. Roasting coffee and being a part of Bean North is no exception. I am very proud to be part of a business, and a group of people, who promote fairness in the world.
Judith van Gulick - Communications & Customer Service
My first cup of coffee in Whitehorse was a delicious Bean North espresso. Could this amazing coffee that's grown by beautiful people, and roasted by a social enterprise be the reason I moved to the Yukon? The larger-than-life nature shares the first place. Originally from The Netherlands (we love our coffee!), I'm excited to be part of a small business that does good for the world. My recent visit to our producers in Central America was inspiring & fun and gave my work a new dimension. Every day I'm excited to share Bean North's work with you - make sure to follow us on social media for great photos & stories!