In 1919 our founder, H. Norman “Cap” Saurage, closed his local convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to start Community Coffee Company. Through our company’s history, we have been focused on giving back to our local communities that started it all. Over the last century, we have been focused on ways to serve our community locally, nationally and internationally.
Serving Our Children
In 1988, Community Coffee started the Community Cash for Schools® program. This program allows local k-12 grade schools to submit proofs of purchase labels from Community® coffee products in exchange for cash. Schools are allowed to spend this money however they see fit. Now in its 28th year, we have seen schools buy textbooks, purchase technologically and academically advanced programs and even build chicken coops.
Serving Our Heroes
There are 2.2 million men and women serving in our military. We understand the value of their work and the sacrifices their families make. So over a decade ago, we started the Military Match program. Our Military Match program allows friends and family members to buy four bags or boxes of coffee and we match that order with an additional 4 bags or boxes of coffee and send it to their loved one overseas. Since its inception, we have sent 5.1 million cups of Community® coffee to our service men and women.
Serving Our Farmers
Our newest endeavor is our partnership with Southwest® Airlines. This project has taken into the communities where we buy our coffee. For every cup of Community® coffee enjoyed on a Southwest® flight, Southwest® Airlines and Community Coffee fund educational programs to support the children, families and farmers in Mexico where Community’s high quality Arabica coffee is grown. In 2016, a team from Community Coffee and Southwest® traveled to the villages of Tierra y Libertad and Buena Vista in Chiapas, Mexico to see first-hand the benefits the educational programs will bring to these communities. The project provides grade-school education via satellite learning, as well as access to agricultural, technological and academic training for anyone interested. Residents can now access a university education remotely.
The Gulf Coast, not only our home, but home to 81% of America’s wetlands. Every year, Louisiana loses 16 square miles of wetlands. In order to combat Louisiana’s chronic land loss, Community Coffee has partnered with America’s WETLAND Foundation and the Coastal Restoration Coalition of Louisiana (CRCL). Community Coffee participated in the first phase of America’s WETLAND Foundation’s Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) Shoreline Stabilization and Restoration Project near Larose in Lafourche Parish. The team helped fortify four miles of shoreline with recycled plastic matrix material, which forms a base for plants to grow along the shoreline. Recently, a group of Community Coffee team members embarked on a coastal restoration mission in Port Manchac to plant 1,000 trees to aid soil retention and promote land growth with CRCL. These trees will aid land retention around Lake Maurepas.
Without our local community’s support almost a century ago, we wouldn’t be able to give back today. As our Company continues to grow, we intend to continue to support our children, our military, our farmers and our environment.