• Tips To Earn Cash For Your School

    by Savannah Ortego | Nov 19, 2019
    With the 2019-2020 school year in full swing, our team wants to help our Community Coffee Cash for Schools® participants reach their earnings goal. On most Community® coffee products, there is a Proof of Purchase (POP) coupon with a point value. The point values range from one to five depending on the product. Everyone in your school community can help contribute earning cash for your school! Engage your community members to help maximize savings and reach your school goal.  

    Community Coffee Company has seen many creative tactics throughout the years for collecting even more POPs. To help get you started on your earnings, we’re sharing some of our favorites!  

    • Remind students and faculty in the daily announcements to continue to save POPs form their favorite Community® coffee products. 
    • Reward top-saving classrooms with pizza parties to celebrate their contribution!
    • Draw for prizes! Students can be entered in the drawing once they bring in a certain amount of POPs.
    • Hold special events after school for parents and faculty members to socialize while cutting and organizing POPs for submission. 
    • Include reminders about the POP submission deadline (January 31, 2020) in school newsletters and emails. 

    By implementing your own creative tactics, your school can exceed the expected goal and raise more money! The more POPs each school submits, the more money you will earn for new textbooks, playground equipment, learning tools or any other resources your school needs.  

    Learn more about the Community Cash for Schools® program at CommunityCoffee.com/CashForSchools.


    DISCOVER MORE HERITAGE | QUALITY | CONNECTIONS | GIVING BACK
  • Retiree Reflections: Part II

    by Amy Cimo | Oct 24, 2019
  • Military Moment: Paris Mintz

    by Amy Cimo | Oct 24, 2019
  • Celebrating Community Cash For Schools

    by Savannah Ortego | Oct 09, 2019

    The 2019-2020 Community Cash For Schools® program is kicking off! We’re excited for what’s in store for this year’s top earners.

    This past May, our team traveled to Lafayette to celebrate Sts. Leo-Seton’s record-breaking accomplishment as the 2019 top-earning school. Not only were they the top-earning school for 2019 – they also earned the most money in the 30 year history of Community Cash For Schools®. Representatives from Community Coffee Company were excited to reward Sts. Leo-Seton with a celebratory party and a check of nearly $8,000. School benefactors then offered to match the check amount, resulting in the school’s total earnings being just shy of $16,000!

    The school plans to use this money to add safety padding to the basketball court, as well as reward hard-working teachers with mini-grants for classroom support. Thanks to the supportive community at Sts. Leo-Seton, every member of the faculty and staff, along with the parents and students, can pride themselves with the title of Top-Earning School in Community Cash For Schools® history.

    Reflecting on the success at Sts. Leo-Seton, we encourage all Community Cash For Schools® participants to think outside the box, have fun and collect more proofs of purchase than ever before. Be creative and invite your school community to help you accomplish the goal!

    We’re always looking for ways to honor more of our top earning schools, and this year Community Coffee is extending the celebrations to Texas, Mississippi and Georgia to recognize those schools that earn the most money in each state. Now is the time to start saving your Community® coffee proofs of purchase for the 2019-2020 school year so you can have the celebration at your local school!

    Learn more about the Community Cash for Schools® program at CommunityCoffee.com/CashForSchools.


    DISCOVER MORE HERITAGE | QUALITY | CONNECTIONS | GIVING BACK
  • Military Moment: Rhianna McCloud

    by Amy Cimo | Oct 07, 2019
  • Showing Heart To Communities

    by Amy Cimo | Oct 07, 2019
  • Military Moment: Justin Montfort

    by Amy Cimo | Sep 17, 2019
  • Military Moment: Kenneth Bell

    by Amy Cimo | Sep 17, 2019
  • Retiree Reflections

    by Amy Cimo | Sep 16, 2019
  • Military Moment: Colonel Justin Swanson

    by Amy Cimo | Sep 16, 2019
  • Extended Family

    by Amy Cimo | Jul 31, 2019
  • Cheers To 100 Years

    by Amy Cimo | Jul 31, 2019
  • Community Love Story

    by Amy Cimo | Jul 31, 2019
  • What Does "Community" Mean To You?

    by Amy Cimo | Jul 03, 2019
  • Trivia Time

    by Amy Cimo | Jul 03, 2019

    Are you a Community Coffee Superfan? Take your guess at these trivia questions!

    (Answers at the bottom of the page.)


    Question 1:  What flagship coffee blend was our very first product?

    Question 2:  What puppet-master and show founder created two puppets for a series of Community Coffee TV advertisements in the 1960s?

    Question 3:  True or False? Community Coffee was the first company to use vacuum seal technology in its coffee packaging.

    Question 4:  Who founded Community Coffee Company?






    mic-ourstory2df0faa2407562c8ac81ff0000f875ac




















    Answer 1:  Signature Blend Dark Roast
    Answer 2:  Jim Hensen
    Answer 3:  True
    Answer 4:  Cap Saurage
  • Supporting Legacies with Every Sip

    by Amy Cimo | Jul 01, 2019
    More than one million servicemen and servicewoman make up the United States active military force. They put their lives on the line and make the ultimate sacrifice for us. While we have holidays to honor service members, we can’t forget about their families back home that might need help.

    In an effort to help serve those who serve us, we’re pleased to introduce the new American Classic blend—a special medium roast in honor of the men and women who have served and still serve our country. Through July 2019, Community Coffee Company will donate a portion of proceeds to Folds of Honor for every bag and single-serve box of Community® American Classic™ coffee purchased. 

    What is Folds of Honor?
    Founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional and F-16 fighter pilot in the Air Force Reserves who served three tours of duty in Iraq, Folds of Honor is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.

    Since its inception, Folds of Honor has awarded almost 20,000 educational scholarships to recipients in all 50 states. In 2018 alone, Folds of Honor awarded nearly $20 million in educational scholarships. These educational scholarships support school tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents. Learn more about Folds of Honor and its mission in our blog post here.

    What is Community® American Classic™ Coffee?
    Made from only 100% select Arabica coffee beans, the new American Classic™ blend delivers a rich and balanced cup of coffee. Smooth and flavorful, this expertly blended medium roast is perfect for any time of day.

    How Can I Help?
    To participate, just purchase a bag or single-serve box of the new American Classic™ blend in stores or online. We’ll donate a portion of proceeds to Folds of Honor for every bag and single-serve box of Community® American Classic™ coffee purchased between May and July 2019. For more information, please visit www.communitycoffee.com/foldsofhonor.


    DISCOVER MORE HERITAGE | QUALITY | CONNECTIONS | GIVING BACK
     
  • Birthday Wishes from the Stars

    by Amy Cimo | Jun 03, 2019
  • Celebrate National Iced Tea Day with These Tasty Recipes

    by Amy Cimo | Jun 03, 2019

    While tea has been enjoyed for thousands of years, iced tea is a relative newcomer to the U.S. beverage world. Iced tea first became popular in the early 1900s, after making a splash at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis due to the hot summer weather. However, it wasn’t until Prohibition that iced tea truly secured a spot in the American beverage market. Clubs and hotels needed a substitute for the hard liquor they could no longer serve, so they turned toward strong iced teas—a delicious, flavorful and legal beverage.

    In fact, according to a 1921 book, The Spice Mill, Prohibition increased tea consumption in 1920 to 1,496,236 pounds more than the previous year!

    Since the 1920s, iced tea has remained a popular refreshing drink. Today, approximately 75-80% of tea consumed in the United States is iced. We’ve even created a holiday, National Iced Tea Day, in honor of the beloved drink! To help celebrate this delicious day, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite iced tea recipes below:

    Apricot Lemonade Iced Tea
    Serves: 12 / Prep: 10 mins / Cook: 5 mins

    Though you can’t go wrong with a classic Arnold Palmer, try mixing it up by adding a touch of smooth and sweet apricot to it. We recommend our Porch Breeze™ Signature Iced Tea for this refreshing recipe by Taste of Home.

    Ingredients:

    • 4 cups water
    • 7 Porch Breeze™ Signature Iced Tea bags
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 12 ounces frozen lemonade concentrate, partially thawed
    • 1 cup chilled apricot nectar
    • 4 cups cold water
    • Ice cubes
    • Mint sprigs

    Directions:

    1. In a saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil; remove from heat. Add tea bags; steep, covered, 5 minutes.
    2. Discard tea bags. Stir in sugar until dissolved; cool slightly. Transfer to a pitcher; cool completely.
    3. Add lemonade concentrate and nectar to tea; stir in cold water. Serve over ice with mint.


    Coconut Lime Iced Tea
    Serves: 12 / Prep: 5 mins / Cook: 20 mins

    If you’re looking for a unique drink with a tropical twist, try using coconut water in addition to regular water to brew your iced tea.

    Ingredients:

    Directions:

    1. In a large pot, bring the 4 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; let stand for 10 minutes. Discard tea bags.
    2. Pour tea into a large container, mix in coconut water and lime juice. Serve over ice with the lime zest on top.


    Sweet Citrus Iced Tea
    Serves: 12 / Prep: 5 mins / Cook: 10 mins

    If you prefer green tea, this Sweet Citrus Iced Tea recipe from Taste of Home is for you.

    Ingredients:

    • 14 ½ cups water, divided
    • 10 Porch Breeze™ Green Tea bags
    • 1 ½ cups sugar
    • 2/3 cups lemon juice
    • ¼ cup thawed orange juice concentrate
    • Ice cubes

    Directions:

    1. In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; let stand for 10 minutes. Discard tea bags.
    2. Pour tea into a large container. Stir in the sugar, lemon juice, orange juice concentrate, and remaining water. Refrigerate until chilled.
    Serve over ice and enjoy!  


    DISCOVER MORE HERITAGE | QUALITY | CONNECTIONS | GIVING BACK
     
  • 7 Unique Coffee Drinks From Around the World

    by Amy Cimo | May 28, 2019

    No matter where you are around the globe, chances are you can catch someone enjoying coffee. In fact, coffee is the most popular beverage in the world, with an estimated 400-500 billion cups consumed each year! How we drink and prepare a coffee beverage can vary greatly, though.

    The United States is mostly known for its drip coffees and Americanos, for example. An Americano is a coffee drink prepared by diluting espresso with hot water. This allows it to have a similar strength, but different flavor.

    Keep reading to learn about some of the unique coffee drinks you can find around the world.

    1. Greece: Frappé

      In almost any coffee shop in Greece, you will find a drink called “frappé” listed. Not to be confused with the popular Frappucino drink, this is a frothy iced drink made with instant coffee, cold water, sugar and evaporated milk.

    2. Italy: Cappuccino

      One of the most popular and widely-known Italian coffee drinks is the cappuccino. This espresso drink is prepared with steamed milked and is only enjoyed in the morning. Italians consider a cappuccino to be a breakfast drink which should not be ordered after a meal or past eleven o'clock, according to HuffPost. The reasoning? Many believe that drinks made with milk hinder the body’s ability to digest food if consumed after a meal.

    3. Turkey: Türk Kahvesi

      Türk Kahvesi, or turkish coffee, is treated like a dessert instead of a pick-me-up. This delicious drink is usually served after dinner with a chewy candy. Türk Kahvesi is brewed in a copper or brass pot called a cezve. This drink is special because it’s unfiltered—meaning the grounds settle to the bottom of the pot.

    4. Spain: Café Bombon

      This is the perfect drink for those who like sweet coffee. Café Bombon is made with equal parts condensed milk and black coffee. When served, the drink appears separated, with the condensed milk in the bottom of the cup and the hot espresso sitting on top. Just stir and it’s ready to drink!

    5. Hong Kong: Yuenyueng

      Yuenyueng is one of the more popular coffee drinks in Hong Kong and consists of coffee and milk tea. Milk tea is just that: a combination of milk and tea. Some variations include more ingredients like sugar, cardamom or honey. The drink can be ordered hot or cold and there are a variety of milk teas to choose from. To make this drink, it takes three parts black coffee to seven parts milk tea.

    6. Mexico: Café de Olla

      Café de Olla is a traditional Mexican coffee beverage prepared in a clay pot to give the drink a special flavor. The clay pot isn’t the only factor that gives this drink a distinct flavor, though. The coffee is also made with cinnamon and piloncillo (dark brown sugar) to add some spice. The spice adds a fiery, healthy kick to a regular cup of coffee. We love this drink so much that we made it into a blend! Check out our Café de Olla coffee for a smooth blend with hints of cinnamon. Sweeten it with sugar or cream for an indulgent coffee treat!

    7. Vietnam: Cà Phê Trứng

      Cà Phê Trứng, also known as Vietnamese egg coffee, is a delicious drink that could also pass for dessert. Egg yolks, condensed milk and sugar are whisked together to create a custard-like topping. This custard can be used with any strong dark blend, but for the most part, it’s typically made with stronger-tasting Robusta beans. It can be served hot or cold!


    DISCOVER MORE HERITAGE | QUALITY | CONNECTIONS | GIVING BACK
     
  • Q Grading and Coffee

    by Amy Cimo | May 20, 2019
    Recently, two members of the Community Coffee Company team earned an elite "Arabica Q Grader" certification from the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI): Myrna Rombado, Green Coffee Buyer, and Jenny Fontenot, Traffic & Logistics Administrator.  

    There are over 5,000 Q Graders worldwide and only about 400 in the United States, and Community Coffee Company is home to eight of them!

    What is a Q Grader?
    Similar to wine and sommeliers, a Q Grader is a person certified by the CQI as being able to grade and score coffee through smell and taste. Q Graders must pass a week-long intensive examination comprised of 22 different tests to become credentialed by the CQI.

    How Do You Become a Q Grader?
    The Q Grader test is rigorous—it has a less than a 50% pass rate and has often been compared to passing the bar exam for a law school student.

    The Q Grader certification process tests general coffee knowledge and the ability to accurately and consistently identify quality coffee, which includes appropriately grading green and roasted coffee, evaluating roasted coffee from around the world, recognizing 36 aromas associated with coffee, blind cupping and identification of varying coffees, identifying roast progression characteristics, and discerning salty, sweet and sour at varying intensities and combinations.

    What Does a Q Grader Do?
    The CQI and the Specialty Coffee Association created the Q Grader Program in 2004 to help provide a consistent, credible and verifiable evaluation process that is utilized worldwide to evaluate coffee.

    Q Graders score coffee on various qualities like aroma, flavor, and texture. This score is then used to help determine the value of that coffee.

    Community Coffee Company’s group of Q Graders utilize their talents in the quality control process, ensuring that the Arabica coffee Community Coffee Company buys, roasts and distributes tastes its absolute best.


    DISCOVER MORE HERITAGE | QUALITY | CONNECTIONS | GIVING BACK