Who We Are
- Provide amazing coffee that is sourced using the most ethical and environmentally sustainable practices possible
- Create good jobs and opportunities for people in Oshawa, Ontario
- Support local organisations that are working to protect the environment.
Meet Our Team
Soni passionate about birds, Soni completed his Masters' dissertation entitled "Status and Distribution of Indian Sarus Crane" at Gujarat University in 2015. Since moving to Canada, he has worked as an environmental scientist and is now half of the Aves Coffee Co. duo, specializing in coffee roasting, environmental sustainability, and brand design.
Doran impassioned about sustainability, Doran is the current Energy and Climate Change Response Coordinator for the Municipality of Clarington. He completed Doctoral research entitled “Ontologies of Nature and Energy Resources in Northern British Columbia” at the University of Guelph in 2017. He currently coordinates Aves Coffee Co.’s environmental non-profit and community outreach efforts.
Elliot devoted to community care, Elliot recently obtained their Undergraduate Degree from McGill University, where their undergraduate thesis “On Moving To, From, and In-Between: Queer Geographic Imaginaries and Realities” examined themes of queer and trans spatialities. He now studies Horticulture at Durham College and has joined the Aves Coffee Co. team as coffee shop manager and social media coordinator.
Byron born and raised in the Durham region, Byron harbours passions for his communities, for theatre arts, and for the outdoors, specifically enjoying long walks on the beach and camping. An environmentalist and artist, he has joined Aves Coffee Co. as a barista, where he enjoys discussing pressing environmental politics and issues.
Why did we start?Aves Coffee Co. emerged as the necessary entangling of environmental consciousness with quality coffee. We are driven by passions for community care, environmental preservation, and premium coffee; and are guided by a desire to make the world a better place, one cup of coffee at a time.
How did we start?Aves Coffee Co. began in the winter of 2020 as an innovative solution to the lack of bird-friendly, environmentally sustainable, and worker-conscious coffee in the Durham region. Drawing from their respective academic and professional backgrounds, Doran and Soni carefully considered the ethical and environmental elements of coffee roasting, of business ownership, and of non-profit creation. This led them to form intentional partnerships with bird-friendly and worker-allied farmers and to establish their own ideals surrounding the implementation of jobs and opportunities in the community of Oshawa. In doing so, they established the basis for delicious and ethical coffee now expertly roasted and served at Aves Coffee Co. After sourcing equipment and furniture from second-hand stores, Facebook Marketplace, and Kijiji, and after honing their craft as coffee roasters, Doran and Soni officially opened the Aves Coffee Co. doors in December 2021.
Future Goals?In the future, we hope to establish a registered non-profit to specifically address environmental considerations within the Durham region. Further, we aspire to engender the availability of bird-friendly coffee in larger retailers, thus changing consumer habits in favour of more environmentally-conscious choices. We hope to collaborate with local businesses and design products aligned with our values and to host events that bolster Oshawa’s downtown core. Lastly, we hope to offer more well-paying, safe, and inclusive jobs to the residents of Oshawa.