Monthly Archives: November 2012

Community® Coffee Employee Spotlight: Henry Watson

You have probably heard the saying “If these walls could talk,” but how about “If these boards could talk?”

According to Community Coffee Company’s quality assurance technician, Henry Watson, the 100+ year-old cypress wood boards he uses for his art have a lot of history to share. While a normal day for Henry at our Port Allen Manufacturing Facility includes testing and inspecting Community® products to ensure a great tasting cup, his other waking hours are spent in his workshop. Ask anyone around and they will tell you he does it all with an infectious smile on his face.

Henry grew up in the small community of Valverda, La., where he spent many afternoons with his blind grandmother. They would ride around the back roads of Louisiana and Henry would be her eyes, describing everything he saw as best he could. It was because of her that Henry says he was truly able to see and why he became an artist. He set out to create artwork that would allow his grandmother to see not with her eyes, but with her hands.

Henry was 15 when he began carving wood and has been using a chisel and mallet to create three dimensional works of art that tell the story and history of Louisiana ever since.

Henry now works on his pieces in his wood carving studio located next to Parlange Plantation on False River in Livonia. His work not only hangs in the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion, but his portrait of Pope John Paul II is on display in the Vatican and other works also have traveled worldwide.

We are so impressed with his talent and look forward to seeing his future creations. Visit his website to see more of his impressive art work.

Need an Energy Boost for Black Friday?

With Black Friday just around the corner, it’s time to scout for the best sales in your city and prepare to shop the day away. When you rise at the crack of dawn to hit the stores, it’s important to energize yourself for the shopping marathon that lies ahead. Below we’ve compiled a list of the best Community® coffee blends to help you keep your energy up and stay alert throughout Black Friday.Cafe Special

Café Special

After a long day of credit card swiping, there’s nothing you will want to do more than relax. Sit back and enjoy a cup of warm, delicious Community coffee! Our Café Specia is sure to please with its full-bodied yet smooth taste and distinctive aroma.Holiday Jazz

Holiday Jazz

With Thanksgiving behind us, Black Friday is the perfect time to begin to embrace the Christmas season. What better way to get into the holiday cheer than with a seasonal blend? Our Private Reserve® Holiday Jazz  coffee carries hints of floral aromas and spices, bringing with it visions of sugar-plums and Papa Noel.

Cinnamon RollCinnamon Roll

After the workout of carrying all those shopping bags home, you will have earned a tasty treat. Try a cup of our delicious Private Reserve® Cinnamon Roll  coffee! With its snappy aroma and flavor of cinnamon sticks and just the right marriage of Central American coffee intensity, it’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Flavored Coffee Myth: Even if you prefer your coffee black, it’s important to add sugar and cream to any flavored coffee. The flavor will be accentuated with the addition of sugar and cream and is the best way to enjoy your flavored coffee.

Happy shopping!

Community® Coffee Marinated Rack of Lamb

Tired of turkey?  This Thanksgiving, consider treating your guests to this Community® coffee marinated rack of lamb from Chef Jeremy Langlois of Houmas House Plantation and Gardens.

  • 4 four bone racks of lamb, Frenched
  • 5 cups Community coffee, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Place racks of lamb in a container and completely cover with Community coffee. Marinate between 12 and 24 hours. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove lamb from marinade and pat dry with a towel. Season lamb generously with salt and pepper. Heat a large sauté pan over high heat and add olive oil. Sauté lamb on each side until the meat is golden brown. Place on a roasting pan and cook in the oven until the internal temperature is 130 degrees, about 12 minute. Remove the lamb from the oven and allow the meat to rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes. Slice the meat between the bones into chops and serve.

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours!

Honoring All of Those Who Have Served

Veterans Day is a time to remember and recognize those brave men and women who have gone into harm’s way and the sacrifices they have made to protect our freedom. Community Coffee Company would like to say THANK YOU to all our veterans past, present and future!

The History of Veterans Day

To commemorate the ending of World War I, an “unknown soldier” was buried in the highest place of honor in both England and France. Both of these ceremonies took place on November 11th and in 1921, the United States followed suit by lying to rest the remains of a World War I American. This site became known as the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.”

In 1926, Congress adopts a resolution declaring November 11th Armistice Day, and in 1947, Raymond Weeks, of Birmingham Ala., organized the first “Veterans Day” parade to honor all of America’s veterans for their service, not just those from WWI. Shortly thereafter, Congressman Edward H. Rees (Kansas) introduced legislation to change the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day and in 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day.

We encourage you to take time today (and every day) to thank a veteran or contact the Department of Veterans Affairs for other ways you can show your appreciation.

Community Coffee Company proudly continues our Military Match program to show our support for those bravely serving in our armed forces. You can also get the kids involved by coloring our “Thank You” cards. You can find the cards and mailing instructions here. All cards received will be used in Military Match packages shipped overseas.

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