SKETCH has been engaging marginalized youth in Toronto through the arts for 25 years!
Everything we do helps SKETCH in some way. Every purchase benefits SKETCH directly as we contribute a percentage of top-line sales for every bag sold.
We are also providing 3% of top-line sales to SKETCH artists who have provided labels for our coffee, allowing them to own their art and receive commissions for each sale directly.
In 2021 we also created Pick-Me-Up Espresso Dark Chocolate Bark, a co-owned project between SKETCH and Neighbourhood Coffee.
We value community and that's why we support SKETCH, a community arts initiative nurturing the talents of marginalized youth through the arts.
We are co-producing Pick-Me-Up Espresso Dark Chocolate Bark
We are excited to announce a brand new partnership with SKETCH where we have co-produced a Espresso Dark Chocolate Bark.
This is a co-owned brand where 50% of all gross revenue is going directly to SKETCH.
The product was created by SKETCH culinary arts specialist Quinatzin Aguilar Gutierrez (follow him on his Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/chefquinatzin/?hl=en).Quinatzin worked hard to create the highest quality espresso chocolate that you will ever taste. Pick-Me-Up Espresso Dark Chocolate Bark combines the highest quality dark chocolate with our Annex Artisanal Espresso Roast coffee to create a taste sensation that will leave you and your friends craving more.
SKETCH Artist Cilla, designed our Humber Reflections Label
"Cilla is a black queer entrepreneur of Caribbean descent based in Toronto who started doing makeup in 2014. Being unable to express herself growing up, Cilla began to use her hands to create stories and movement through art. She fell in love with editorial and fashion-based looks and how free and open it was. She began body painting and realized it would be a seamless transition incorporating patterns, shapes and odd brush strokes to the human body.
Neighbourhood Choice: I chose to illustrate the city of Toronto from the Humber Bay neighbourhood. I mixed three art disciplines together, visual arts (body painting), and photography. I decided to abstractly paint a body observing the city of Toronto and the river that leads through Humber Bay, connected to Lake Ontario because I wanted to highlight how all the cities connect one way or another. For example, Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, Mississauga, Brampton, Guelph, Toronto and many others all connect by the waters surrounding us whether it be by streams, rivers, or lakes keeping us together.
Overlooking the waters you can see the CN Tower, the AGO, the Rogers Centre, OCADU, City Hall, the ROM, and other neighbourhood houses that makeup Toronto.
The reason I chose to incorporate body art into the photo was because the city is made up of so many different people of different cultures, genders, ethnicities and body types. Everyone plays a part in bringing life into the city from artists to musicians and entertainers, doctors, students, all essential workers, activists and many more. Looking at the city from the outside in it is very reminiscent of a free-flowing work of art that depicts movement, energy, learning and unlearning, bright colours, dark rich colours, cracks, bends, and straight and uneven lines that we all carry a part of."
SKETCH Artist Pogi the artist, designed our Beaches Blonde Label
"I am a multidisciplinary artist & moved to Toronto to further my education and artistic journey. I graduated from OCAD University in 2019, and was a part of the winter SKETCH Working Studio residency for Black emerging artists, hosted at Toronto's Artscape Youngplace.
I am an abstract and conceptual artist, with a style influenced by graffiti and realism. My work consists of images of coffee, vices, brick walls, and tunnels abstractly morphed together with nature and concrete structures.Neighbourhood Choice: After deciding not to return back to Bermuda, Toronto’s buildings and small neighborhoods began to stand out to me. Which then led me to record the streets that I currently frequent and live. I derive so much inspiration from this skyline, that I am finally starting to feel at home."