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WE-CAN participant Alix Carr-Harris brewing up success with local specialty coffee

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Alix Carr-Harris, co-owner and founder of Haymaker's Coffee Co.

Alix Carr-Harris is the co-owner and founder of Haymaker’s Coffee Co. on Wolfe Island and a participant in various WE-CAN programs, including the Rural Mentorship program and the LEAD program for women entrepreneurs. Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation leads the WE-CAN Project, which receives support from the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund through FedDev Ontario. The mission for WE-CAN is to inspire and empower existing and aspiring women-identifying entrepreneurs, through the provision of tools, resources, expert mentors, networks and building of community, to expand existing businesses and to launch new ventures.

A working mom of two, Alix and her partner roast single origin, micro-lot coffees on their rural property.

Micro-lots are special lots of coffee specifically selected for their high quality and unique flavour profiles.

Typically grown by innovative producers on smaller farm “lots”, micro-lot coffee is produced in limited quantities, and picked and processed separately from the other farm lots. This extra planning, effort, labour and attention to detail is reflected in the cup.

“At Haymaker’s, we’re inspired by the beauty of our Island and the rad humans of our eclectic community,” she says.

To learn more about Haymaker’s Coffee Co. follow them on Instagram.

Follow the WE-CAN Project on social media @WECANQueensU.