• Daylight Savings Time

    by John Knotz | Jan 20, 2021

    Let’s face it. Most of us out there are not huge fans of “falling back” from Daylight Saving Time to standard time on first Sunday of November. We say goodbye to that extra hour of daylight in the evening, enjoying sunsets on the patio and kids playing in the yard until well past seven. We begrudgingly accept headlights for the homebound commute, the end of evening walks around the neighborhood and our offspring cooped up in the house from 5:00 till bedtime.

    To make matters a little worse, moving the clock resets our 24-hour natural cycle, or circadian rhythm. Sure, we may fall asleep a little easier given that our bodies think it’s an hour ahead, but that sometimes leads to making it a little harder to “get up and go” in the mornings considering our bodies think it’s an hour earlier. In fact, during early November and beyond, many people get up earlier, have more trouble falling asleep, and are more likely to wake up during the night.

     While we here at Community Coffee Company certainly encourage maintaining your morning coffee along with another coffee or tea after lunch to keep you sharp, we have additional suggestions to help make it through the time shift. (As an added bonus, most of these actually apply when you “spring forward” next April. They’ll still be on our blog then, too.)

    Wake Up at a Normal Time the Sunday Morning of the Time Change
    In fall, many people see the extra hour as an excuse to stay up later and sleep in longer. But sleeping through the Sunday morning sunlight can leave you feeling out of sorts for the start of the week. Instead, try to get up at the same time. Use the extra hour to go for a morning walk or make a hearty breakfast.

    Eat Right and Exercise
    Really, eating right and exercising is advice that applies to the entire year, but it’s especially important to help your body adjust to its new sleeping pattern. An active lifestyle and a healthy diet can work wonders for your sleep. So, during the first week of the time change, exercise for at least 30 minutes during the day and make sure you eat balanced meals.

    Get a Good, Normal Night's Sleep Sunday Night
    Make sure your room is cool, quiet and dark. Turn off the laptop, tablet and phone. Hit the hay at your usual bedtime, even though it will be dark one hour earlier.

    Know That Your Body Will Adjust 
    Some people have a harder time adjusting and it might take a few days to feel 100 percent normal, but don’t worry: Your body will become accustomed to the new light-dark cycle.

    However you choose to take on the time change, employ some of these tips and you’ll adjust easier. And get some rest. The holidays are just around the corner!

  • The History of Coffee & Chicory

    by Amy Cimo | Jan 15, 2021

    If you’ve ever had a cup of coffee in New Orleans, chances are you’ve enjoyed a longstanding NOLA tradition: chicory coffee.

    Chicory is a blue-flowered plant in the dandelion family, and its roots have been cultivated and used for food and medicine as far back as ancient Egypt.

    Though when people first began mixing coffee with chicory is unclear, the use of chicory in coffee became particularly popular in 19th century France after Napoleon initiated the “Continental Blockade.” This trade blockade caused a major coffee shortage in Napoleonic France, so to make their limited supplies of coffee stretch, the French began roasting, grinding and mixing chicory root with coffee.

    Though chicory root lacks caffeine, it was widely available at the time and shares a similar flavor to coffee when roasted, making it a logical additive. Some even used chicory as a substitute for coffee altogether.

    After the embargo was lifted in 1814, the use of chicory as a coffee additive continued to grow throughout France and its areas of influence, like the French-founded city of New Orleans. By 1860, France was exporting 16 million pounds of chicory.

    However, it wasn’t until the American Civil War that coffee and chicory became truly popular stateside. When Union naval blockades cut off the port of New Orleans, one of the largest importers of coffee in the United States at the time, desperate Louisianans began mixing chicory with coffee to stretch out their supply. Even after coffee became readily available again, the practice stuck, giving way to one of our favorite coffee traditions.

    For a taste of this tradition, check out our bold and flavorful Coffee & Chicory blend. Try it café au lait style with steamed milk for an even more traditional flavor!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Test Your Coffee Taste Buds

    by Amy Cimo | May 07, 2019

    At Community Coffee Company, our experts cup our beans every week to test, taste, rate and discuss our coffee on every step of its journey. Cupping is a technique used by coffee producers and buyers to assess the quality of the coffee. This process involves tasting several blends and noting different aspects of the coffee in mouthfeel, sweetness, and flavors.

    Cupping doesn’t have to be reserved for the experts, though—you can easily try this at home! Put your taste buds to the test and decide which roasts you prefer.

    By cupping coffee, you will be able to learn more about flavor, aroma and body. Read the steps below to set up your own cupping experience.

    Cupping Coffee at Home

    To start, you will need three to four different coffees, identical cups, a spoon for each taster, scales, and a bowl to collect wet grounds. The first step is to set up your glasses for the cupping process. We suggest setting up in an area where there is ample room to move around, like a dinner table.

    Place identical glasses around the table with a sticky note on the bottom detailing which coffee blend will be in that cup. This way, you can’t see which coffee is in each cup and aren’t influenced when cupping. Once you have finished setting up, it’s time to start the process!

    1. You will need two glasses per coffee you are tasting. The ratio varies based on what you prefer, but a starting ratio is 8.25g of coffee per 150mL of boiled water, according to the Specialty Coffee Association.
    2. Boil filtered water on the stove.
    3. While the water is boiling, grind up the beans for each cup individually. Make sure you brush out the grinding chamber and empty out all remaining grinds each time. You don’t want the coffee grinds to mix and disrupt the pure flavor of each blend.
    4. Once the grounds are in their respective cups, sniff the grounds to get a sense of the various scents.
    5. When the water comes to a boil, remove it from the heat for 25 seconds.
    6. Pour the water into the cups based on which coffee was ground first. Fill the cups from the oldest to newest. Make sure each cup is filled to the same level.
    7. Set a timer for four minutes. After four minutes, the coffee grounds should start to settle and a “crust” will form at the top of the cup.
    8. You are now going to break the “crust.” Use the back of your spoon to puncture the crust, like you would with a crème brûlée. Put your face close to the cup and waft your hand to your nose to smell the aromas. Take note of any new scents you notice.
    9. Rinse the spoon you used to break the crust in a glass of hot water and continue on to the next cup.
    10. Once you have broken the crust on the remaining blends, make sure to remove any floating grounds.
    11. Fifteen minutes after the first pour, your cups should have cooled and you will be able to taste more flavors. Take a spoonful of each coffee and slurp it quickly. By slurping, you aerate the coffee so it coats your palate and you will taste more flavor and aroma.
    12. Make note of the different flavors you taste.
    13. Rinse your spoon between each slurp.
    14. Once you’ve tasted all the blends, taste each of them one more time. Try and see if you notice other flavors that you missed before.
    15. If you are tasting with other people, it is finally time to discuss! Compare notes and see what other people perceived that you missed.

    Are you ready to try cupping coffee? Test out your taste buds with some of our favorite blends!

  • Coffee 101: The Body

    by Amy Cimo | Apr 29, 2019

    When people describe coffee we often hear the word “body” thrown around. In addition to the roast, the body of a coffee can be one of its main descriptors. But what does the “coffee’s body” actually mean?

    What is Body?

    The term “body” refers to the mouthfeel of the coffee, or the weight/viscosity of the coffee on the tongue.

    A coffee’s body can be described by many characteristics, but some of the most common include “thin,” “watery,” “syrupy,” “heavy,” or “buttery.” Just think of your favorite milk type and how you would describe it—skim milk tends to be “watery” while 2% milk tends to be heavier or “buttery.”

    The bean, where it was grown, roast levels and the brew method can all affect the body of a coffee. While there are variations in body based on the bean and its growing altitude, the brew method can cause the biggest change to body.

    A stove-top coffee maker will give you the fullest-bodied coffee, whereas coffee makers that use a paper filter typically strain out the oils that add to the body and flavor of the coffee, resulting in a lighter body.

    Types of Body

    Here at Community Coffee Company, our experts test, taste, rate and discuss our coffee on every step of its journey. All of our coffee beans go through a rigorous scoring system for body, balance, flavor and aroma.

    The “body” of a coffee is typically divided into three categories: light, medium or full-bodied. Heavy, full-bodied coffees retain more of their flavor and have a thicker mouthfeel. These coffees are usually grown in higher altitudes or in volcanic soils. Our Signature Blend Dark Roast, Coffee & Chicory and Café Special® blends are all great examples of full-bodied coffees.

    A light body coffee has a thinner consistency with little residue or texture on the tongue. Most coffee beans that are grown at a lower altitude and in soils with fewer nutrients will have a lighter body.

    A medium body coffee falls in-between light and full-bodied, and tends to have a balanced, smooth mouthfeel, like our House Blend or Amber Sunrise™ Blend.

    Now that you know what a coffee’s body is all about, try guessing what your next cup of Community® coffee is. Unsure or need confirmation? Just check the packaging of your blend or look it up on our website!

  • How to Stay Healthy On-The-Go

    by Amy Cimo | Apr 22, 2019

    When life gets hectic, it’s easy for your food, exercise, and wellness choices to go out the window. In fact, a recent study found that less than 3 percent of Americans meet the basic qualifications for a healthy lifestyle!

    Being busy doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice healthy choices, though. Check out below for some easy steps you can take to make sure you stay healthy with a hectic schedule.

    Focus on the Food & Drinks

    Planning or cooking a meal is often the first thing to go when we’re running short on time—but coming home late or squeezing in a fast snack usually means we’re reaching for convenient, unhealthy options. Instead of running through a fast food joint on the way home, use these tips to plan ahead.

    • Meal prep on the weekend for easy weekday meals. To make the most of your time in the kitchen, choose easy recipes that can be reheated like soup, stew or pasta. Or, try to pick versatile ingredients that can be used in a few different dishes, like quinoa or roasted chicken.
    • Keep healthy snacks at your desk on in your work space. To prevent you from running to the vending machine, opt for snacks that will satisfy a specific craving (like salty, sweet, or crunchy) and are filling. Nuts, fresh fruit, trail mix, freeze-dried fruit and whole-grain crackers are all easy, better-for-you options.
    • Stay hydrated. Drinking the recommended eight glasses a day will not only keep you hydrated, but will help you feel more full, energized and focused, too. Set an hourly goal for how much water you want to drink, or set a reminder on your phone.
    • Drink coffee. Don’t skip that morning sip: coffee beans are packed with immune-boosting antioxidants and phytochemicals, and moderate coffee consumption (both caffeinated and decaffeinated!) has been associated with a lower risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more. A great on-the-go option? Our new ready-to-drink Iced Lattes. Available in Mocha and Vanilla, Community® Iced Lattes are made with real, natural ingredients like pure cane sugar and contain zero artificial flavors or coloring.

    Find Time for Fitness

    We all know that exercise is essential for a healthy life. But exercise doesn’t mean you have to run miles or hit the gym for a few hours. Activity throughout the day can keep your body healthy and help relieve stress.

    • Start off easy. If you’re sitting at a desk all day, try to stand up every hour for at least a minute. Take a walk around the building or down the hall to stretch your legs and get a few steps in.
    • Make sure you stretch! Stretching keeps your muscles flexible, strong and healthy, according to Harvard. Regular stretching can help people with balance problems avoid falling. If you don’t stretch, your muscles can become tight and that could cause joint pain, strains or muscle damage.
    • Exercise while you watch TV. If you’re watching live TV, use the commercial breaks as an opportunity to get a quick workout in. Try easy moves that can be completed without a lot of space, like jumping jacks, lunges, crunches, pushups or high knees.
    • Dedicate a specific time to exercise. By creating a schedule and sticking to it, you can make your workout a habit and prevent interruptions from others. Whether you’re taking a brisk afternoon walk or working out for 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening, keeping to a schedule will make working out a part of your day.

  • 100 Years, 100 Reasons: Masters of Their Craft

    by Amy Cimo | Mar 18, 2019

    Craftsmanship. It’s what takes a product from good to great. From producing coffee to making mugs, Community Coffee Company celebrates craftsmanship across all industries.

    Craftsmanship in Coffee
    Community Coffee Company’s coffee buyers and experts are true masters of their craft. Not only do they have decades of experience as tasters, but they also have the expertise of four generations behind them. Our coffee experts are not just company, local or regional experts—they’re global specialists with relationships that span the industry and the world.

    Our experts test, taste, rate and discuss Community® coffee on every step of its journey. Every week, we sit around the cupping table to grade and discuss choice blends in the last stage of quality assurance. All of our coffee beans go through a rigorous scoring system for body, balance, flavor and aroma. Only then can they be considered specialty-grade and fit to bear the Community® name.

    Our lead roaster, certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America's Roasters Guild and seasoned by decades of experience, has mastered the secrets of time and temperature that make our ground and whole bean coffee bold and rich, bright and surprising or smooth and subtle.

    Experts in Farming 
    Many of the coffee farmers we work with have grown coffee for decades and take great care to provide the best coffee beans possible. In Chiapas, Mexico, the coffee beans are grown, nurtured and harvested by fourth-generation coffee producers at Finca Monte Grande. The Finca Monte Grande Moises family constantly monitors temperature, moisture and shade levels and harvest their coffee berries only by hand.

    In the department of Huila, Colombia, a region famous for its high quality and specialty coffees, our farmers use innovative techniques and new technology to remain at the top of their craft. On our recent visit to this region, we watched our farmers utilize innovative equipment such as brix meters to measure the concentration of sugars in the coffee cherries to ensure they are harvested at the peak of ripeness. They are also experimenting with different colored mesh covers on their drying beds to see which ones provide the optimal amount of solar heat for even drying.

    Ceramic Artistry
    In honor of our centennial anniversary, we recently teamed up with local ceramic artist Jaime Miller to create limited edition Centennial Mugs. Each mug was individually handmade and skillfully crafted by Jaime in her studio, nestled behind a bungalow in the Garden District in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From platters to bowls to vases, Jaime has been crafting pottery for almost a decade. Her work can be found throughout southeast Louisiana in specialty gift stores, taverns, arts markets and festivals.

    To continue celebrating our 100 Year Anniversary, we want to hear stories about the masters of craftsmanship in your community. Check out the stories below, and let us know how Community has fueled craftsmanship in your life on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #100Years100Reasons.

    “Since I'm juggling two jobs, being a mama and running my business, coffee is an absolute MUST every day, and Community® coffee has not only become a part of my morning routine, but also my nightly routine (and also sometimes afternoon!)”—Lauren V.

    “I was flying on Southwest®. Once I found out they were serving Community® coffee, I asked for two cups (yes, two) and sketched a community of my own (a row of houses) in my sketch book.”—Parker S.

    “I discovered Community® coffee while in Louisiana. I went in a truck stop to get coffee. Thinking it was just regular coffee, I got a cup and went back to my truck. Boy was I wrong. I tasted it and was like WOW! I sent my wife in for another cup because I drank almost half of it before pulling out to deliver my load. So whenever I was in Louisiana, I made sure to get a cup. Then I started purchasing Community® coffee to make in my truck. I've been stuck since day one!” –Marquis T.

    “My first thought when I wake up is always COFFEE… and my go-to is Community® coffee. Caffeine is essential to my morning routine: upon waking up I start heating up my kettle, ground fresh coffee beans, and enjoy the aroma as they soak in my French press. Then I find a cozy corner to sit in, while I start taking on my inbox for the day.”—Rachel H.

  • Celebrate Pi Day The Right Way with Cold Brew Coffee Pie

    by Amy Cimo | Mar 11, 2019

    Are you planning to celebrate National Pi Day this year? Founded in 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw, Pi Day is celebrated annually on March 14 in honor of the mathematical sign “pi.” Shaw chose this day because the date in numerical form (3.14) represents the first three digits of pi.

    The first Pi Day celebration took place at 1:59 pm—the pi numbers that follow 3.14—on the floor of a science museum in San Francisco. It featured a circular parade and the eating of fruit pies. Though the tasty festivities quickly caught on, it wasn’t until 2009 that Pi Day became an official national holiday when the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation.

    While the first Pi Day celebration was over 30 years ago, ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes (287-212 BC) discovered the number more than 2,000 years earlier. Today, people celebrate Pi Day worldwide to reward their sweet-tooth and increase interest in math and science.

    Looking for an easy way to celebrate this delectable holiday? Check out the quick and indulgent recipe below by Kristy Norrell for Cold Brew Coffee pie. With a smooth, semi-sweet flavor, our Private Reserve® Colombia Toledo-Labateca coffee is the perfect choice for brewing your own batch of cold brew for this delicious dessert. Need a refresher on making cold brew coffee? Visit our blog post here for brew instructions, tips and more!



    • 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
    • 3/4 cup cold brew coffee
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
    • 1 prepared Oreo cookie crust
    • Whipped cream, for garnish
    • Dark chocolate covered espresso beans, for garnish


    1. In a large bowl, whisk together the instant pudding mix, coffee, and milk. Whisk until well combined and slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Fold in the Cool Whip completely.
    2. Pour mixture into prepared pie crust and smooth out the top. Freeze for at least 6 hours, up to overnight.
    3. Just before serving, pipe on whipped cream and garnish with espresso beans. Cut into wedges and serve. Enjoy!

  • All About Espresso

    by Amy Cimo | Feb 18, 2019

    From coffee shops to ready-to-drink beverages, espresso is taking the world by storm. According to a recent report from the National Coffee Association, 24% of Americans surveyed had consumed an espresso-based beverage within the past day!

    But what is espresso? And what’s the difference between espresso and coffee?


    Espresso is the purest distillation of the coffee bean. It doesn’t refer to a bean or blend, but actually the preparation method.

    With an Italian origin, espresso was created because cafes needed a faster way to serve coffee to customers. Before espresso, it could take up to five minutes to make one cup. But espresso, the Italian word for “fast”, takes only 45 seconds! Espresso is traditionally brewed in machines that generate up to 15 atmospheres of pressure to force pressurized hot water over coffee grounds to create a concentrated, deep, full-bodied coffee.


    The main difference between espresso and drip coffee is the brewing time and the fineness of the coffee beans.

    In espresso, there are many variables that go into each shot: water temperature, water pressure and how smooth the grind is. The finer the grounds are, the slower the espresso comes out. On the other hand, drip coffee is made with a coarser coffee. The water filters through the ground beans and falls into the pot. This takes more time than espresso and the water is in longer contact with the coffee.

    Though many think otherwise, drip coffee typically has more caffeine than a shot of espresso. An 8-ounce cup of coffee can have between 70 and 140 mg of caffeine, while a 1.5-ounce espresso shot averages 60 to 80 mg.


    Despite all the science behind an espresso shot, you don’t need a clunky, expensive machine to enjoy espresso. Try our Private Reserve® Espresso capsules for a high-quality, deliciously smooth espresso from the comfort of home. Expertly crafted with 100% specialty grade Arabica coffee beans, each unique blend captures a story of Community Coffee Company’s rich 100-year history and has been specially formulated to enjoy as espresso. With a rich, caramelized flavor, the Signature Espresso is roasted extra dark to create a full-bodied taste—perfect for enjoying straight or in your favorite drink. The Heritage Blend embodies the distinct flavors of Community Coffee Company’s heritage and develops a bold flavor that is both balanced and full-bodied, while the Founder’s Blend, created by fourth-generation owner Matt Saurage and inspired by Community’s founder, offers ultra-rich flavor with a subtle intensity.

    To enjoy, just place the pod in your Nespresso® OriginalLine brewer, close the lid and press the button to brew!

  • A Special Coffee-and-Dessert Pairing for Valentine‚Äôs Day

    by John Knotz | Feb 13, 2019

    If you or your customers are looking to move beyond flowers and chocolates to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a more decadent and personal way this year, a special-occasion coffee and homemade dessert is an excellent way to show you care.

    For inspiration, we turned to Bonnie Breaux, executive chef at popular Breaux Bridge eatery Café Sydnie Mae, which serves traditional seafood offerings with an upscale Cajun flair in a building that was once home to the vaunted Café Des Amis.

    Café Sydnie Mae, located just a few hundred feet from picturesque Bayou Teche, regularly features a classic creme brulee made with extra-rich Louisiana duck eggs and topped with caramelized raw sugar and raspberries for a punch of sweetness and Valentine’s color.

    The sugar on this crowd-pleasing treat can be caramelized under the broiler or with a kitchen torch. The dessert, which is surprisingly simple, can be made ahead of time and caramelized just before serving. Chicken eggs will work fine if you don’t have access to duck eggs.

    The satisfying contrast between the creamy custard layer and hard caramelized sugar pairs nicely with our Café Special® coffee, a semi-sweet, full-bodied medium-dark roast blend that’s perfect with creamy desserts like coconut custard, bananas Foster or cheesecake.

    Café Sydnie Mae’s creme brulee is just one example of the elevated comfort food at the heart of the warm and inviting eatery, which owners Chip and Lucy Durand opened last year and named in tribute to Chip's mother, the late Sydnie Mae Durand, a state lawmaker.

    “People come here when they want to have a really great conversation and company,” Breaux says. “We focus on family and people visiting with each other. A lot of people say ‘This reminds me of my grandmother.’ I want to bring that memory back to people.”

    The restaurant also proudly serves Community Coffee, which Breaux — who previously served Community at a Cajun-Creole restaurant in Tampa, Florida, where she was executive chef — says was never in doubt when they were planning the menu. “We always had Community in my home, so it was definitely our choice when we had to decide what to serve here,” she says.

    Louisiana Duck Egg Creme Brulee

    2 cups heavy cream
    10 Tbsp sugar (including 6 Tbsp of raw sugar)
    4 egg yolks
    1 tsp vanilla
    6 custard cups

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

    Heat heavy cream and 4 tablespoons of sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until small bubbles appear around the edges of the pan — about 6 minutes.

    Beat egg yolks and vanilla until smooth and light.

    Slowly add the hot cream mixture to the egg yolks, beating continuously with a mixer at medium-low speed, until well blended. Strain the mixture through a fine strainer and then divide it among 6 custard cups.

    Arrange the custard cups in a baking pan on the middle shelf of preheated oven. Fill the pan with boiling water until it comes halfway up the sides of the cups.

    Cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes, until the custard is set but still jiggles in the center. Allow the custard cups to cool to room temperature without removing them from the water bath. Once cool, cover them in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

    When ready to serve, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar evenly over the top of each dessert. Use a kitchen torch to lightly toast and melt the sugar topping until it’s brown and bubbly, about 30 seconds. Let the sugar topping cool, then top with fresh raspberries before serving.

  • Host a Winning Super Bowl Party

    by Amy Cimo | Jan 28, 2019
    Whether you’re in it for the halftime show or to root on your favorite football team, chances are you’ll be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday. With an average of 100 million viewers or more each year, the Super Bowl is consistently one of the most watched American television programs.

    If you’re planning to have a few friends and family over for the big game, check out our tips below to avoid a party fumble.

    Clean Your Television
    Dust and clean your television screen the morning of your party. “Everyone’s eyes are going to be glued to the screen, so the last thing you want is any dust or smudges blocking your view,” says Becca Napelbaum, cleaning expert at Handy. Older TV screens are usually made of glass, which can be cleaned with regular window cleaner. Newer LCD or plasma screens are more sensitive, so be sure to research the best method for your model.

    Prepare for Spills
    Though delicious, typical tailgating dishes like chips and dip or buffalo wings tend to be messy. To help with any spills, place plastic tablecloths over surfaces people will be eating around or food will be served on. Put out plenty of napkins for your guests to grab, and keep paper towels and cleaner handy just in case.

    Don’t Forget the Ice
    To prevent your guests from running back and forth to the fridge, place a few coolers around the area where guests will be gathering. Not only will this keep beverages nice and cold, but it’ll also help guests mingle. Don’t forget to keep lots of ice on hand!

    Make it a Potluck
    Instead of having to prepare a full spread yourself, invite guests to bring their favorite Super Bowl snacks. Make your prep even easier by making it a one-pot play—check out our delicious game-winning chili recipe here.

  • Celebrate National Hot Tea Month with These Tips & Tricks

    by Amy Cimo | Jan 21, 2019

    Did you know that tea has been enjoyed for thousands of years? Though the origin of tea is long and complex, consumption of this delicious drink can be traced as far back as the Tang Dynasty. Today, hot tea continues to be one of the world's most popular beverages and is associated with a multitude of health benefits, including good heart health, weight loss, and immune system support.

    Celebrate National Hot Tea Month this January and elevate your tea by trying out some of our tips and tricks below!

    Use Quality Water
    The quality of water used while brewing plays a huge role in how our tea tastes. Tap or distilled water can sometimes leave your tea tasting dull, so opt to use filtered or bottled water instead.

    Watch Your Water Temperature
    Heating your water to the optimal temperature will ensure your tea is as flavorful as possible. If the water temperature is too low, the brewing process may not extract the tea’s full flavor. If the water temperature is too high, you risk burning the leaves, which can result in a bitter taste. For Black tea like our Porch Breeze™ Black Tea, it’s safe to bring your water to a boil. For all other teas (White, Green, Oolong etc.), your water should be under boiling.

    Time Your Steeping
    Different teas require different steeping times. Steeping your tea for too long can leave your tea tasting bitter, while not steeping it long enough can leave it flavorless or watered-down. For Green and White teas, the general steeping time is one to two minutes. Oolong and Black teas should be steeped for about two to three minutes, and herbal infusions should take about three to six minutes.

    Experiment with Additions 
    Though tea is tasty on its own, mixing it up with a few additions can boost your tea’s flavor even more. For a spicy kick, try infusing your tea with a stick of cinnamon or star anise. Add a dash of cayenne for heat, or a bit of coconut milk for a smooth, creamy texture. Fresh fruit or fresh herbs are also a great way to add more flavor to your cup. 

    Pay Attention to Storage
    Much like coffee, moisture, heat and light can comprise the flavor of your tea. To prolong the life and preserve the profile of your tea, store it in a dry, room-temperature area away from direct sunlight.

  • 100 Years, 100 Reasons: Family

    by Amy Cimo | Jan 14, 2019
    Family means everything to us. Since our start in 1919, Community Coffee Company has been family owned and family operated. Many of our employees have a deep family connection to the company and can tell stories about the days their parents and grandparents came to work at Community Coffee Company. We still work with many of the same family-run farms we’ve worked with for generations, and generations of coffee drinkers have trusted us to serve them only the best.

    Community Coffee Company was built by generations of the Saurage family—a family extremely passionate about creating a coffee experience that leaves a lasting impression. In return, our coffee has extended far beyond the Saurage family name and become central to a multitude of memorable moments over the past century.

    To help kick off our 100 Year Anniversary, we’re celebrating the reasons Community Coffee Company is important to your family. Check out the stories below, and let us know how Community has become a part of your family on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #100Years100Reasons.

    "I'm very proud of my children…You know why I know that they love it? I think that I may have put a little bit of coffee milk in their bottles when they were growing up. They have been drinking coffee since they were infants. And now that they're coffee drinkers, they're tasting coffee every week to make sure that what goes into our blend is the right coffee." –Donna Saurage  

    “I treasure the memories of sitting around the kitchen table at my mother's home with my mother, grandmother and sister drinking a cup of Community coffee and catching up with each other. My mother and grandmother are gone now. I plan to continue this tradition in the future with my twin granddaughters.” –Sheryl E.

    “My mom and dad used to make Community coffee every morning in an old aluminum drip pot…She then sent me off to college with a percolator coffee pot and a few bags of Community coffee for a lot of late night studying. Now married and 2 kids later, my wife and I make a pot every morning in a Bunn coffee brewer and we both have a few more cups each afternoon.”  –Jeremy L.

     “I live in Philadelphia, and when my nephew was born 15 years ago my mom wanted to fly down to see him. I offered to go with her even though flying terrifies me. I loved it there! After 3 days of drinking coffee at different times and places I wondered why the coffee, even though it seemed dark to me, was always smooth and tasty. My sister-in-law (she's a Louisiana local) told me it was Community coffee and took me to a little market to buy some for home.” –Frances S.

    “My husband and I were first introduced to Community coffee when we were on vacation and it ended up being the best vacation ever because we found a coffee that we could both agree on (which has not happened in over 20 years of marriage). You definitely brought us closer together now that our morning ritual is spent with each other and you. Thank you.”— Chantell M.

    “I grew up on a farm next to my grandparents in the rolling hills of North Louisiana near Toledo Bend. The first scent of every day was coffee...Community coffee. I've loved it all my life. A pot first thing...a new pot every time anyone showed up...I was thrilled to be old enough to bring each guest (cousin, aunt, the preacher) a cup just the way they liked it. My daddy always took his with 2 spoons of sugar.” –Beverly L.

    “I started drinking Community coffee milk at my Grandmother’s when I was around 3. She would get up early, 3:30/4am, make it in a drip pot and then I would help her roll out the biscuits. My dad was in the Air Force, so when he couldn’t be at his mom’s in Louisiana, Community coffee would be imported in to our home, wherever that was at the time. Community coffee drinker then, now and forever. Some of my fondest memories involve that coffee!”—Patti H.

    “We are from Iowa but several years ago were traveling to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. We have a friend that is a waiter at one of our favorite restaurants in Des Moines. Since he was born and raised in New Orleans, we asked what he would like us to bring back from his home city. Without even having to think about it or missing a beat he said ‘I would just love some Community coffee.’ Of course we brought several bags back for him and we have not drank any other coffee ourselves since that day.” –Pat W. 

    “My momma's shift as an RN started at 6:15am, 30 minutes away from our home. We were bundled up in our pajamas and dropped off at Grandma’s House where we dressed for school. The only thing she had that was hot at that hour was Granddaddy’s coffee (with chicory), so we got that with lots of milk and sugar. I eventually weaned myself off of the sugar…but I must still have my coffee, chicory, and milk every day.” –Denise C.

    "Most coffees we buy are from families. They're very involved with the product itself, and what makes a great cup of coffee. It is a family to family business—to find the best coffees, we have to rely on personal relationships, knowing who to go to to find the coffees that will suit us the best; for them to know us well enough to know what our expectations are. That way we reliably and consistently get the finest coffees in the world." — Matt Saurage 

  • Visiting Origin: A Colombia Journey

    by Amy Cimo | Jan 07, 2019

    By: Myrna Rombado, Green Coffee Buyer, Community Coffee Company

    Imagine traveling around Colombia for nine days on the hunt for the best coffee beans in the region that can live up to the high quality standards necessary to become part of Community® coffees. This is exactly what the Community Coffee team did in October 2019. Nine days, 7 planes, 3 cities, 3 towns, and 12 farms later- our team’s heads are still buzzing from the coffee sweetened with panela and handmade arepas, and our hearts are full from our interactions with the hardest-working coffee farmers and their sweet families who opened their homes to us.

    colombiablog4Our team included Community Coffee’s green coffee buyers, Mark Howell, and myself, Myrna Rombado. We were also accompanied by videographers John Jackson and Robin Vucinovich to help document the trip and the different stages of coffee production from picking, de-pulping, fermentation, drying and more.

    It was in the department of Norte de Santander where our journey began. Our goal was to check in with the communities of Toledo & Labateca, two humble towns situated on opposing faces of a mountain separated by a valley. It is in these often-overlooked communities where Community Coffee discovered the great potential of their chocolatey, full-bodied and winey coffees dating back to the early 2000s.

    Once we arrived to Toledo, we were greeted by all of the students currently enrolled in the school bearing the name of Community Coffee Company’s 3rd generation owner, Henry Norman Saurage III, Hogar Juvenil Campesino Toledito. This school is a safe haven and opportunity at a better life for children of impoverished coffee farmers to receive access to education, nourishment, and community support that they otherwise would not have.

    The success stories of these students is inspiring- with the current director a formercolombiablog1 graduate of the school herself. She was able to attend university and came back to run the school that had given her and her family members an opportunity at education years ago. Over the next few days, we would continue to hear stories of appreciation, whether it was for the new computer monitors in the technology classroom, or raised solar drying beds for their coffee farms, or our coffee purchases that support their families. We had more than a business partnership- we were family now, for over 15 years and counting. Hearing first-hand the appreciation that these local farmers had for Community Coffee greatly inspired me and made me feel so proud to be part of an organization that gives back and makes such a tangible impact on real coffee-producing families.

    coombiablog2The amount of care and attention to detail required to produce the highest quality coffees in Colombia was incredible to see in person. In the department of Huila, one of the best performing areas in terms of high quality and specialty coffees, we saw farmers utilizing innovative equipment such as brix meters, which measure the concentration of sugars in the coffee cherries to ensure they are harvested at the peak of ripeness. We also saw them experimenting with different colored mesh covers on their drying beds to see which ones provide the optimal amount of solar heat for even drying. The innovation and variety of techniques were evident throughout the fermentation, washing and drying processes. I will never forget one farmer’s set-up to save him an arduous walk through the steeply inclined hills of his coffee farm. Instead of hauling extremely heavy bags of coffee from his farm to his home, he designed a delivery system powered by a motorcycle, a wooden pallet, and cable-system whereby bags of coffee are zip lined through the farm and into the farmer’s backyard.

    We left Colombia with our bags a little lighter (we had to spoil our farmers with somecolombiablog3 Community® coffee gear!) and our belts a little tighter, but our hearts full and our spirits inspired and in awe by the hard work and dedication these communities put into producing the finest coffees for our customers to enjoy. We cannot wait to go back and see what new developments are on the horizon for Colombian coffee.

  • 10 Tips for Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

    by Amy Cimo | Dec 31, 2018

    It's here! Now is the time many take to set goals for themselves in the brand new year.

    Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? If so, you’re not alone—about 40% of Americans make a New Year’s resolution each year, according to polling from the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. Though many of us start with the best intentions—whether it be to exercise more, make new friends, or finally take that dream vacation—most of us end up failing somewhere along the way. In fact, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February!

    To help keep your resolutions on track, we’ve rounded up 10 tips for achieving some of the most common resolutions made each year.

    1. Save Money

    Almost 38% of Americans plan to make this their top resolution. We all could save a little more money, especially after the toll holiday shopping can take on our wallets. To save on expenses, try cooking more at home. Adding a few healthy, low-cost meals to your routine (like soup or oatmeal) is a great way to keep daily costs in check. Don’t eat out much? Try to limit your spending on entertainment instead. Keep an eye out for free events in your community, like plays or concerts.

    2. Eat Healthier
    Eating healthier doesn’t mean you have to completely revamp your diet. Adding a fresh fruit or veggie to one meal a day can be an easy way to instantly add more nutrients to your regimen.

    3. Get More Exercise
    Fitting more exercise into your day can be tough, especially if fitness isn’t already a part of your daily life. Instead of setting a singular, lofty goal like exercising every day, focus on getting a small amount of exercise one or two days a week to help establish a routine. Feel like you’ve hit an exercise plateau? Try sipping a cup of Community® coffee an hour before you hit the gym—studies have shown that coffee can help improve athletic performance. Check out our blog post for more about the potential benefits of a caffeinated workout.

    4. Land a New Job
    Use the buddy system. Make your friends and family aware of your goal to find a new job, so they can motivate and support you, check in on your progress, and help hold you accountable. Friends and family are also a great first step in professional networking!

    5. Travel
    Taking time off of work and cost can be huge barriers to making your travel resolution a reality. If taking time off of work is a concern, focus on visiting new places that are within driving distance—traveling can be as simple as exploring a new restaurant in a nearby town. Signing up for cheap flight alerts like Skyscanner or Airfarewatchdog can make long-distance travel more affordable.

    6. Get More Sleep
    Since the blue light of phones, laptops and electronics can negatively affect sleep patterns, avoid screen time 30-60 minutes before bedtime. Going to sleep at the same time each night can also help establish a regular sleep schedule and regulate your body’s internal clock.

    7. Learn a New Language
    Learning a new language offers a multitude of personal and professional rewards, not to mention it can help keep your brain sharp as you age. As you begin to learn the basics, supplement your learnings by listening to the language conversationally, whether it’s in person or through radio and TV shows.

    8. Find Love & Connections 
    Finding love is no easy task, but focusing on being present in the moment can create more opportunities for connection, says relationships researcher Justin Lavner, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at the University of Georgia. If you find yourself in a social environment, try to eliminate distractions (like your phone) that can prevent you from immersing yourself in a conversation or engaging with those around you.

    9. Read More
    Start small. Avoid overwhelming yourself and set a goal that is easily attainable, like reading 10 minutes a day or finishing one book every month. Selecting books that genuinely interest you or subjects you know you enjoy can also make it harder to put them down.

    10. Feel Less Stressed
    Though there’s no way to completely limit the stresses of life, a few simple tricks can help you relax. Take a 5-minute break each day to focus on your breathing. Slowly breathe in through your nose, and try to breathe out of your mouth for 10 seconds. “Deep breathing counters the effects of stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure,” psychologist Judith Tutin, PhD, says. Setting aside a few minutes each day to meditate can also help ease anxiety.

  • Honoring Our Communities: A Year in Review

    by Amy Cimo | Dec 24, 2018
    In 1910, Norman “Cap” Saurage opened a small general store in the Dixie neighborhood of Baton Rouge. With a fresh pot of free coffee always available, the store became a gathering place for the community.

    By 1919, the coffee became so well-liked by the store’s customers that Cap started grinding and packaging the coffee himself. Cap decided to name the blend “Community Coffee” out of appreciation for his community of friends and the customers he served.

    Giving back and maintaining that commitment to community is more than important to us—it’s part of our DNA. In honor of the upcoming New Year, we thought we’d take a look back at how Community Coffee Company gave back to communities across the globe in 2018.

    Folds of Honor
    Through the online #CommunityCares campaign, Community Coffee Company and its amazing customers raised $20,000 for Folds of Honor. Community also donated an additional $5,000 in honor of Southwest Airlines® employees, providing a total of $25,000 to support educational scholarships for the children and spouses of fallen and disabled U.S. service members.

    Community Cash for Schools®

    This year, more than 800 schools throughout the Southeastern United States participated in the Community Cash for Schools® program and earned over $328,500 for their teachers and students. The top earning school, Sts. Leo-Seton Catholic School in Lafayette, LA, earned $6,800 alone! These funds are used for programs and initiatives that best serve students’ needs, like new playground equipment, textbooks, computers, whiteboards and school events. Check out our Community Cash for Schools® page to learn more.

    Hurricane and Flood Relief Efforts

    Together with The Salvation Army and the USO of North Carolina, we aided those affected by Hurricane Florence the best way we know how – with plenty of hot, fresh coffee. Community Coffee employees were on the ground days after the storm with the USO following the National Guard to support their rescue operations. We also supported recovery efforts related to the destruction left by Hurricane Michael in Florida. The Community Coffee trolley was in Tallahassee and Panama City, making sure that first responders, military personnel, and evacuees all had a hot cup of coffee to remind them that people care. Between Hurricane Florence and Michael, 46,000 cups of Community® coffee were served.

    Military Match
    With the close of 2018, Community Coffee Company shipped more than 6.1 million cups of Community® coffee to active-duty military personnel around the world through its Military Match program. The program, founded in 2004, puts an inventive twist on care packages and helps give troops a cup of home no matter where they are. When a customer orders four bags or boxes of Community® coffee from our Military Match program, we automatically double the order to any overseas or stateside military base address.

    In an effort to further its commitment to sustainability, Community Coffee Company’s Coffee Service Division moved to new eco-friendly ThermoLite™ cups this year. In addition, Community transitioned to LED lighting in its offices, plants and facilities, which saved 2.8 million kilowatts of energy and reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 1,900 tons. Community also continued its support of sustainable sourcing and land preservation through a number of programs and partnerships, like its Toledo and Labateca program.

    USO of North Carolina
    For the past four years, Community Coffee has partnered with the USO of North Carolina to provide coffee for each of the USO of NC’s 10 locations and to fund critical programs and services for military families. This October, Community Coffee was the presenting sponsor of the USO of NC’s annual Salute to Freedom gala, which honors outstanding service members from each branch of the military. As a sponsor of this year’s USO of NC’s Holiday for Heroes event, Community also enabled 400 military families in Raleigh, NC to receive presents from Santa.

  • How to Host More Productive Business Meetings

    by Amy Cimo | Dec 10, 2018

    Meetings don’t exactly hold a glowing reputation in the minds of most modern office workers — and often for good reason. The average worker spends 21 percent of their time on the job in meetings, and they think a quarter of that time is being wasted, according a recent survey by Accountemps, an accounting and finance staffing agency with offices around the country.

    The reality is that office gatherings are often the most efficient way to communicate, collaborate and come to important decisions, so it’s not practical to do away with them entirely. But workplace gatherings don’t have to be a monotonous drain on employee morale. It just takes the right approach to make them work for your organization.

    We rounded up some expert tips to help you plan the most productive — and engaging — meetings possible.

    Be Clear About The Purpose

    Managers sometimes get in the habit of calling meetings whether they need to or not. In the Accountemps survey, 63 percent of attendees listed unnecessary meetings as a top issue. Creating a productive office gathering means first honestly examining whether it’s absolutely necessary to schedule it in the first place.

    “Before calling a meeting, ask yourself if the information can be shared via email,” says Josh Warborg, district president of Accountemps. Sometimes a phone call will do. However, if an issue can be settled quicker and more effectively with a group discussion, then schedule a meeting.

    Without a clear agenda, meetings can go on forever, or they may end without covering the essential points. “Have a very clear intention of the help you want from the group,” says Stacey Engle, executive vice president at Fierce Conversations, a leadership-development and training company. “I recommend preparation that outlines what the issue is, why it’s significant, the ideal outcome and what specific help is wanted from the group.”

    For maximum effectiveness, post the agenda in advance so everyone can prepare for the discussion, Warborg says. The Accountemps research backs up these suggestions: 47 percent of survey respondents said they can’t prepare for meetings because they don’t know about agenda items in advance, while 49 percent said agendas are ignored.

    Experiment With Your Meeting Structure and Style

    Once you determine that a meeting is indeed required, it’s time to decide who actually should join in on the discussion. Depending on your organization, there’s a good chance it doesn’t need to involve everyone. “Keep the list of attendees small — only invite the people who need to be there,” Warborg says. Even at online tech giant Amazon, CEO Jeff Bezos reportedly imposes a rule of not planning a meeting in which two pizzas aren’t enough to feed everyone.

    Shorter, more inclusive meetings that make space for everyone to contribute productively will leave employees with a more positive feeling after the gathering — especially if you take care to ensure the content of the meeting is relevant to everyone involved.

    Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with the style of your meeting. If your team is struggling to engage in longer sit-down meetings, consider holding a shorter meeting without chairs in which participants stand up. There is some evidence that shows stand-up meetings encourage participants to work together, share ideas and produce higher-quality work versus sit-down meetings.

    Create an Inviting Meeting Environment

    Creating a collaborative atmosphere where divers ideas and opinions can be shared freely is key. The Accountemps survey shows that too many workers cite attendees interrupting each other as top drawback of office meetings. Whether it’s a decision-making meeting or a brainstorming session, make sure one opinion does not dominate so you can gather as many ideas as possible, Engle says. “Draw out the differing perspectives and don’t let one opinion dominate,” she says.

    Finally, it should go without saying, but organizations should take steps to provide comfortable physical space for meetings. That means a reasonable temperature and enough space for everyone to attend and contribute comfortably. For meetings that exceed 30 minutes, offering water, coffee or even light snacks is a great way to create an inviting atmosphere and encourage attendance. Offering a variety of options, including cold brew, can help make everyone feel welcome.

    There’s also a good chance including coffee in the meeting will lead to a more productive exchange of ideas. Research indicates that employees who drink coffee with peers before a group discussion are more likely to participate in the discussion and to have a positive view of both the discussion and their co-workers. The study also found that coffee drinkers were more alert during group discussions and provided better input. 

  • Giving a Homemade Holiday Gift

    by Amy Cimo | Dec 04, 2018

    Giving a homemade gift can be a great way to show someone you care this holiday season—not to mention it can be a bit easier on your wallet, too. Spending some time and effort on making a gift, especially if it’s a little personalized, can make it that much more meaningful.

    DIY doesn’t always equal inexpensive or thoughtful, so make sure to consider how your gift can match the interests of the recipient and check the costs of materials before you start crafting. We’ve curated 5 ideas below for easy homemade holiday gifts to DIY for your friends and family this holiday season.

    1. For the Foodie: Peppermint Chocolate Bark Who would say no to homemade treats? Anyone is sure to enjoy receiving a holiday-flavored dessert like a batch of this Peppermint Chocolate Bark, made with simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Add coffee beans on top for an added crunch, or give it alongside a bag or box of our delicious Dark Chocolate Peppermint flavored coffee for an extra minty sweet treat.


    2. For the Book Lover: Yarn Ball Pom Pom Bookmark A DIY bookmark is a cute and inexpensive gift for a student, teacher, or anyone who enjoys reading. This Pom Pom Bookmark is especially easy, requiring only scissors and yarn, and you can customize it to the gift receiver’s favorite color. To make it extra special, pair it with a book you think they’d enjoy!


    3. For the Pet Obsessed: Custom Doggie Bow-Tie We all know someone who’s obsessed with their dog. Let their four-legged friend get all dressed up for the holidays too with this DIY Doggy Bow Tie. You can completely customize the size, fabric, color and more, so it’s sure to be the perfect fit!


    4. For the Fashionista: Brass Palm Leaf Earrings For the friend or family member who always seems to be perfectly on trend, try these Wire Leaf Earrings that are both easy to make and very in style. They’re sure to be impressed by how good they look!


    5. For the Environmentalist: T-Shirt Produce Bag Look no further than your own closet for a homemade gift idea –turn one of your old t-shirts into a produce bag. Not only is it easy and free, it’s doubly environmentally-conscious to upcycle a shirt you no longer wear into a sturdy reusable produce bag that the receiver can bring to the grocery store time after time.