Balzac's Coffee Roasters
Atwood Blend

Balzac’s is delighted to partner with Canadian author and bird lover Margaret Atwood in creating a Smithsonian Institution certified Bird Friendly® blend to help raise funds and awareness for Canada’s Pelee Island Bird Observatory (PIBO).


Pelee Island Bird Observatory

Situated in the western end of Lake Erie, PIBO is a non profit organization devoted to the study & conservation of migratory birds. PIBO’s purpose is to collect and disseminate data that will help understand changes taking place in the populations of migratory birds.

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Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center encourages the production of shade grown coffee and the conservation of migratory birds through its Bird Friendly® seal of approval. It is the only 100% organic and shade grown certification available worldwide.

To learn more, visit SMBC website
Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

One of the world’s most prolific and award-winning authors, Margaret Atwood is truly a Canadian treasure. Her deep commitment to the environment and concern for avian ecosystems make us honoured to work with her in creating this special blend.

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Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson and Diana Olsen on Peele Island

Birds Of A Feather Make Great Coffee Together

Coffee aficionados and birds alike are chirping, thanks to a local coffee company offering something different from the usual grind. Diana Olsen, founder and co-owner of Balzac’s Coffee Roasters, one of Ontario’s original microroasters and independent coffee companies, has collaborated with celebrated Canadian author Margaret Atwood in creating the Bird Friendly® Atwood Blend. To read the full article, visit Edible Toronto, Summer 2012 »

In the Wake of the Flood


Don’t miss IN THE WAKE OF THE FLOOD by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann, who chronicled Margaret Atwood’s campaign to protect birdlife.

To learn more please visit the film's website