• Supporting Their Legacy

    by Amy Cimo | May 17, 2019
  • Happy 100th Birthday, Community Coffee Company

    by Amy Cimo | May 17, 2019

    This is no April Fool’s joke—Community Coffee Company turned 100 years old April 1! In honor of this centennial anniversary, we’re taking a look back at how Community® became the brand it is today.

    The History of Community Coffee Company

    It all began in 1910, when Henry Norman “Cap” Saurage opened a small general store in the Dixie neighborhood of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 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 named the blend “Community” out of appreciation for his community of friends and the customers he served. Four generations later, the company is still operated by the Saurage family and has grown from a regional favorite to the largest family-owned and operated retail coffee brand in America.

    While we continue to innovate and grow, we still hold our values close. Here are a few key events that have shaped Community Coffee Company:

    • 1910 – Cap Saurage opened his general store in Baton Rouge, LA
    • 1919 – Cap began to grind and package his own coffee
    • 1923 – Community® coffee became so popular that Cap closed the general store and converted his backyard barn into a coffee grinding mill
    • 1924 – Cap drove delivery trucks himself to get Community® coffee to local grocery stores
    • 1934 – The company expanded into Lake Charles, LA
    • 1935 – Community opened a branch in Houma, LA
    • 1941 – The Saurage family opened their own proprietary roasting operation
    • 1955 – Community became a direct importer of Brazilian coffee
    • 1988 – Community launched its Cash for Schools® program
    • 1970 – The Saurage family built a modern roasting plant in Baton Rouge overlooking the Mississippi River
    • 1977 – Community developed the first vacuum-sealed coffee bags in North America
    • 2008 – Community started the Military Match program
    • 2019 – Community Coffee Company celebrates its centennial anniversary

    Celebrate with Community Coffee Company

    Though we’re proud of our history, we’re even more proud of the relationships we’ve built with our incredible customers and their communities over the past 100 years. We asked you to send in “Happy Birthday” wishes and your personal memories with Community on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Check out the stories below, and let us know how Community® coffee has played a role in your life.

    “Our Aunt Paula turned 100 last week. People always ask her what her secret is to longevity. Her reply, ‘Community® Coffee with Chicory, New Orleans blend and lots of chocolate.’ Good things in life last a long time.”—Michael W.

    “Community is the definition of family. Drinking Community with my father while my mother made coffee milk for my children then enjoying coffee milk with my grandchildren in later years. Hearing my granddaughter asking, ‘Maw, teach me how to make coffee so I can fix you a cup.’ It’s then setting up auto ship for my grandson in college because we all know nothing is better than a good cup of coffee to help replenish the soul. We are a four-generation family that celebrates life-changing events with a cup of Community® coffee....Thanks, Community for being a part of my family.” – Pearly L.

    “As soon as I could hold a cup, my Mom would wake me in the morning with a cup of Community® coffee. I can still see her sitting on the bed watching me drink my coffee. I didn’t realize then, what a cherished memory that would be.” –Lynette M.

    “I remember spending the night with my grandparents and my Pawpaw bringing cups of coffee for him, my Mawmaw, and myself before the sun ever came up. I would sit on a rug on the floor next to the bed drinking my coffee while they drank theirs and talked. I remember crawling back in bed after I finished. Good memories. Sure wish I could drink a cup with them again like that!” – Tonya J.

    “Fell in love with Community® coffee on our first visit to Louisiana. Because we couldn’t buy it locally, we used to buy 10 pounds every six months. Then used the internet to get it. Now it’s locally available and we love it!”—Hugh S.

    “My relationship with coffee began when I moved to New Orleans in June 1961. My real relationship with Community® coffee began in June 1962 when I changed colleges and enrolled in Newcomb College of Tulane University. My father gave me a challenge... to learn to drink my coffee black (no sugar, no milk or cream)…I started drinking the Community® Dark Roast and fell in love. So, I'd say this June will be my 56th anniversary with Community’s Dark Roast. I've tried your flavors at times, and even your instant flavored blends, but Dark Roast and French Roast are still my favorites. I think 56 years is a great length of time to have a solid relationship.” – Nedra E.

    “My grandfather had a local grocery store and sold Community® coffee. When I was a child, my grandmother would make me a cup of coffee milk that was wonderful! I have been drinking Community coffee for six decades! To me, it’s the very best coffee I have ever had!”—Kathy W.

    “Community® coffee always goes where I go! It was ALWAYS the first and only choice for coffee for my Great-Grandparents, Grandparents, and Parents. They always said never leave home without your Community® Coffee.”—Donna F.


  • Try These Delicious Coffee-Inspired Desserts

    by Amy Cimo | May 13, 2019

    Memorial Day is right around the corner, which means outdoor gatherings and BBQs are, too. If you were tasked with bringing the dessert this year, skip that same old recipe and save the day with a delicious secret ingredient: coffee!

    Though many may think of affogatos or iced coffee drinks when they think of coffee desserts, coffee makes a great ingredient and can be an easy way to add a unique complexity to a variety of dessert recipes.

    Coffee and chocolate are a classic pairing for a good reason—coffee intensifies and enhances the flavor of chocolate. Coffee can also add depth to spices and dried fruit. (Visit our blog post here for more tips on cooking with coffee!)

    Keep your friends and family guessing what your secret ingredient is with some of the delicious coffee-inspired desserts below.

    Cream Cheese Swirled Mocha Brownies
    Serves 12-16 / Prep: 15 mins / Cook: 45 mins

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup unsalted butter
    • 5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons Community® Signature Blend Dark Roast coffee, ground
    • 1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
    • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
    • 6 large eggs, divided
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
    • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350o. Spray a 13x9 inch baking pan with baking spray with flour.
    2. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat butter, chocolate and ground coffee over low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
    3. In a large bowl, whisk together chocolate mixture, 1 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add 5 eggs, one at a time, whisking until glossy and smooth.
    4. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture, whisking until combined. Spread batter into prepared pan.
    5. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add remaining 1/3 cup sugar, remaining ½ teaspoon vanilla and remaining 1 egg, beating until combined.
    6. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with only a few moist crumbs, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


    Browned Butter Pecan Cookies
    Serves 24 / Prep: 1 ½ hours / Cook: 25 mins

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup unsalted butter
    • ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon Community® House Blend coffee, ground
    • 3 tablespoons water, divided
    • ¾ teaspoon salt
    • 24 pecan halves
    • Optional confectioners’ sugar as garnish

    Directions:

    1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook until butter turns a medium-brown color and has a nutty aroma, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Refrigerate until almost firm, about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
    2. Preheat oven to 300°.
    3. In a large bowl, beat browned butter, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla with a mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add flour, ground coffee, 2 tablespoons water and salt, beating until combined. Add remaining 1 tablespoon water, if needed. Roll dough into 24 balls. Place balls 1 inch apart on a large ungreased baking sheet. Place pecans on dough balls, pressing to adhere.
    4. Bake until bottoms of cookies are lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack. Garnish with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Enjoy!


    Mocha Cupcakes
    Serves 12 / Prep:  25 mins / Bake: 20 mins

    This delicious recipe by Taste of Home elevates a traditional dessert with cold brew. With a smooth, yet bold flavor, our Signature Blend Dark Roast coffee is the perfect choice for brewing your own batch of cold brew for this treat.

    Need a refresher on making cold brew coffee? Visit our blog post here for brew instructions, tips and more!

    Cupcake Ingredients:

    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup cold brewed coffee
    • 1/2 cup canola oil
    • 2 large eggs
    • 3 teaspoons cider vinegar
    • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    Mocha Frosting:

    • 3 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
    • 3 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1/3 cup butter, softened
    • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons brewed coffee
    • 1/2 cup chocolate sprinkles

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat sugar, coffee, oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla until well blended. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into coffee mixture until blended.
    2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool.
    3. For frosting, in a microwave, melt chips and butter; stir until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and enough coffee to achieve desired consistency. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Top with sprinkles; gently press down.


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  • 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!



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  • Coffee Experts: Colombia Cooperative

    by Amy Cimo | Apr 30, 2019
  • 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!


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  • 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.

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  • Wall Of Fame

    by Amy Cimo | Apr 19, 2019
  • The Story Begins

    by Amy Cimo | Apr 19, 2019
  • 100 Years, 100 Reasons: Masters of Their Craft

    by Amy Cimo | Apr 19, 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.


  • Plan the Perfect Easter Brunch

    by Amy Cimo | Apr 15, 2019

    Easter is a just a hop, skip and a jump away, which means Easter entertaining is, too. If you’re hosting an Easter brunch this year and feel a bit overwhelmed, have no fear! These easy tips will help you plan the perfect Easter brunch.

    Start Early
    There are many tasks you can complete the day before your bunch to help your morning run smoothly, like setting the table, prepping dishes, picking out serve ware or putting up any decorations. This will help avoid the added stress of rushing to finish a task before your guests arrive.

    Be Picky
    Try to pick recipes that don’t require your full attention. For example, AllRecipes recommends that instead of making crepes and omelets, which need constant watch and care, opt for casserole or a strata. Or, pick dishes that can be prepared in advance so you aren’t spending most of your time in the kitchen. Muffins and scones can be frozen in advance, and breakfast casseroles and quiches can be prepped the night before and baked in the morning. This way you have more time to host and are free to chat with your guests while your food finishes cooking.

    Add a Self-Serve Station
    To further take the stress off of yourself, plan a few dishes that can be self-serve. Have a bagel and toast station where your guests can toast their own items and pick from different spreads, or add a fruit station with a variety of fresh fruit. You can also create a coffee bar with a variety of your favorite Community® coffee blends.

    Don’t Forget the Drinks!
    Though many of us focus on the food when entertaining, the drinks are just as important. Decide what beverages you want to serve beforehand—whether it be lemonade, tea, fresh juices, water, or coffee—and how you’re going to serve them. An easy way to elevate your meal? Provide coffee pairings for some of your dishes.

    • Bready breakfast foods like fruit or tart pastries, muffins, croissants and waffles, pair great with lighter roast coffees, like our Breakfast Blend, which makes a fragrant, sweet and mellow cup of coffee. For an extra sweet treat, pair these with our spring-inspired Sugar-Dusted Beignet coffee. Light and sweet with a delightful finish, this exclusive blend captures the flavor of one of New Orleans’ tastiest traditions—perfect for entertaining!
    • Creamy dishes and sweet cakes, such as cheesecake, work well with semi-sweet, full-bodied coffees.
    • Pair rich treats like brownies, pralines or chocolate cake with premium dark roast coffees, like our Signature Blend Dark Roast or French Roast.
    • A good rule of thumb when it comes to pairing coffee and food: the richer the food, the darker the roast.

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  • 7 Tips to Make Spring Break Travel a Breeze

    by Amy Cimo | Apr 08, 2019

    Packing. Snacks. Itinerary. Saving. The list goes on and on when trying to plan the perfect spring break vacation. Your next trip doesn’t need to be hectic and you don’t need to break the bank in order to have fun! Check out the tips below on making spring break travel a breeze.

    1. Stick to your budget

      Plan ahead—determine how much money you want to spend on your vacation and stick to it. Consider which items during the trip you would be willing to spend more on, like experiences, food or souvenirs.

    2. Pack what you need, skip what you don’t

      We all know it’s easy to over pack for a trip. Don’t waste space in your luggage with items you won’t use each day, and try to be mindful of how many pieces of clothing you’re packing. To prevent packing clothes that you might not end up wearing, plan an outfit for each day and pack it together so it can be easily reached.

    3. Travel on less popular days

      Most of the expenses in any vacation are racked up by travel and lodging. To cut costs on airline travel, try to book on less popular travel days. Airline tickets generally cost more on the weekends. If you can make it work with your schedule, try to travel midweek to lower flight costs.

    4. Book a travel package

      Different travel websites offer discounts when you buy both your hotel and airfare in a single package. Before buying, use websites like Travelocity.com, Expedia.com or Kayak.com to compare prices and get the best deal for your travel plans.

    5. Don’t reveal too much over social media

      Burglars aren’t only searching for houses that look empty. They also use social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out who will be away from home and when. To prevent this, CBS News suggests travelers adjust their privacy settings and think before checking into places on social media.

    6. Be wary of marketing labels

      Some websites will label certain airlines and hotels as “top picks.” However, this does not mean they have the best reviews or are a superior quality/value. Most of the time, the company is a business partner of the booking site, and for this, the company will be placed at the top of your search list, according to Real Simple.

    7. Have a plan, but be flexible

    Before traveling, try to create a loose itinerary or have an idea of which sites you’d like to see and which restaurants you want to eat at. If you have any popular tourist spots on the agenda, check if you need to make reservations in advance or book tickets beforehand.

    Even though a plan keeps your trip organized, delays or changes are inevitable. If there is an interruption in your plans, don’t let it irritate you and ruin your day. Adjust accordingly and have fun!



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  • Happy 100th Birthday, Community Coffee Company

    by Amy Cimo | Apr 01, 2019

    This is no April Fool’s joke—Community Coffee Company turned 100 years old April 1! In honor of this centennial anniversary, we’re taking a look back at how Community® became the brand it is today.

    The History of Community Coffee Company

    It all began in 1910, when Henry Norman “Cap” Saurage opened a small general store in the Dixie neighborhood of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 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 named the blend “Community” out of appreciation for his community of friends and the customers he served. Four generations later, the company is still operated by the Saurage family and has grown from a regional favorite to the largest family-owned and operated retail coffee brand in America.

    While we continue to innovate and grow, we still hold our values close. Here are a few key events that have shaped Community Coffee Company:

    • 1910 – Cap Saurage opened his general store in Baton Rouge, LA
    • 1919 – Cap began to grind and package his own coffee
    • 1923 – Community® coffee became so popular that Cap closed the general store and converted his backyard barn into a coffee grinding mill
    • 1924 – Cap drove delivery trucks himself to get Community® coffee to local grocery stores
    • 1934 – The company expanded into Lake Charles, LA
    • 1935 – Community opened a branch in Houma, LA
    • 1941 – The Saurage family opened their own proprietary roasting operation
    • 1955 – Community became a direct importer of Brazilian coffee
    • 1988 – Community launched its Cash for Schools® program
    • 1970 – The Saurage family built a modern roasting plant in Baton Rouge overlooking the Mississippi River
    • 1977 – Community developed the first vacuum-sealed coffee bags in North America
    • 2008 – Community started the Military Match program
    • 2019 – Community Coffee Company celebrates its centennial anniversary

    Celebrate with Community Coffee Company

    Though we’re proud of our history, we’re even more proud of the relationships we’ve built with our incredible customers and their communities over the past 100 years. We asked you to send in “Happy Birthday” wishes and your personal memories with Community on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Check out the stories below, and let us know how Community® coffee has played a role in your life.

    “Our Aunt Paula turned 100 last week. People always ask her what her secret is to longevity. Her reply, ‘Community® Coffee with Chicory, New Orleans blend and lots of chocolate.’ Good things in life last a long time.”—Michael W.

    “Community is the definition of family. Drinking Community with my father while my mother made coffee milk for my children then enjoying coffee milk with my grandchildren in later years. Hearing my granddaughter asking, ‘Maw, teach me how to make coffee so I can fix you a cup.’ It’s then setting up auto ship for my grandson in college because we all know nothing is better than a good cup of coffee to help replenish the soul. We are a four-generation family that celebrates life-changing events with a cup of Community® coffee....Thanks, Community for being a part of my family.” – Pearly L.

    “As soon as I could hold a cup, my Mom would wake me in the morning with a cup of Community® coffee. I can still see her sitting on the bed watching me drink my coffee. I didn’t realize then, what a cherished memory that would be.” –Lynette M.

    “I remember spending the night with my grandparents and my Pawpaw bringing cups of coffee for him, my Mawmaw, and myself before the sun ever came up. I would sit on a rug on the floor next to the bed drinking my coffee while they drank theirs and talked. I remember crawling back in bed after I finished. Good memories. Sure wish I could drink a cup with them again like that!” – Tonya J.

    “Fell in love with Community® coffee on our first visit to Louisiana. Because we couldn’t buy it locally, we used to buy 10 pounds every six months. Then used the internet to get it. Now it’s locally available and we love it!”—Hugh S.

    “My relationship with coffee began when I moved to New Orleans in June 1961. My real relationship with Community® coffee began in June 1962 when I changed colleges and enrolled in Newcomb College of Tulane University. My father gave me a challenge... to learn to drink my coffee black (no sugar, no milk or cream)…I started drinking the Community® Dark Roast and fell in love. So, I'd say this June will be my 56th anniversary with Community’s Dark Roast. I've tried your flavors at times, and even your instant flavored blends, but Dark Roast and French Roast are still my favorites. I think 56 years is a great length of time to have a solid relationship.” – Nedra E.

    “My grandfather had a local grocery store and sold Community® coffee. When I was a child, my grandmother would make me a cup of coffee milk that was wonderful! I have been drinking Community coffee for six decades! To me, it’s the very best coffee I have ever had!”—Kathy W.

    “Community® coffee always goes where I go! It was ALWAYS the first and only choice for coffee for my Great-Grandparents, Grandparents, and Parents. They always said never leave home without your Community® Coffee.”—Donna F.



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