Monthly Archives: January 2014

Mardi Gras: The Greatest Free Show on Earth

The carnivale season officially begins each year on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, ‘King’s Day’, with traditional balls occurring in the weeks that lead up to the big event. Spectacular parades with beautiful and creative floats begin parading approximately two weekends prior to Mardi Gras Day. And don’t forget the private carnivale clubs, called krewes, which take on royalty status and throw beads, doubloons and toys to parade goers, while visitors quickly learn to say “Throw Me Something, Mister!”

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However, the traditions of today migrated from medieval Europe and evolved in south Louisiana over generations beginning as early as 1699 when French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville arrived at a plot of ground 60 miles south of New Orleans, naming it “Pointe du Mardi Gras” since it was the eve of the holiday.

Jean Baptiste ultimately established New Orleans in 1718 and quickly instituted traditions from Rome and Venice including parading to signal the coming Lenten meat fast, which occurred on Fat Tuesday. By the 1730s, Mardi Gras was celebrated openly in New Orleans. In the early 1740s, Louisiana’s governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil, established elegant society balls, the model for the New Orleans Mardi Gras balls of today.

By the late 1830s, New Orleans held street processions of maskers with carriages and horseback riders to celebrate Mardi Gras. Dazzling gaslight torches, or “flambeauxs,” lit the way for the krewe members. In 1856, six young Mobile natives formed the Mistick Krewe of Comus, invoking John Milton’s hero Comus to represent their organization. Comus brought dazzling floats (known as tableaux cars) and masked balls. In 1870, Mardi Gras’ second “Krewe,” the Twelfth Night Revelers, was formed, with the first account of Mardi Gras “throws.”

Newspapers began to announce Mardi Gras events in advance. Beginning in 1886, full color images were printed, doing justice to the fabulously ornate floats and costumes of world-renown designers whose works were brought to life by talented Parisian paper-mache’ artist Georges Soulie’, who for forty years was responsible for creating all of carnivale’s floats and processional outfits.

A King of Carnivale, Rex, was invented in1872 by a group of businessmen to preside over the first daytime parade. Honoring visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff, they introduced his family colors of purple, green and gold as carnivale’s official colors. Purple stands for justice, gold for power, and green for faith.

In 1873, floats began to be constructed entirely in New Orleans instead of France. In 1875, Governor Warmoth signed the “Mardi Gras Act,” making Fat Tuesday a legal holiday in Louisiana, which it still is.

Like Comus and the Twelfth Night Revelers, most Mardi Gras krewes today developed from private social clubs. All of these parade organizations are completely funded by their members. Therefore, many New Orleanians call Mardi Gras the “Greatest Free Show on Earth”!

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Enjoy the “king” of all flavored coffees, our delicious Community® Carnivale Cake coffee with light vanilla and cinnamon flavoring. Available for a limited time only online or at your local grocery store.

This medium roasted Central American flavored coffee has a perfectly balanced blend of vanilla and cinnamon and is made with 100% premium quality Arabica coffee beans. Enjoy the flavor of Mardi Gras in every cup.

Tips to Enjoy Mardi Gras

Orleans_StreetFirst, start with the “king” of all flavored coffees, our delicious Community® Carnivale Cake coffee with light vanilla and cinnamon flavoring.

Next — Plan ahead: Make your hotel reservations early. Most of the Central Business District (CBD) and French Quarter hotels require 4- or 5-day minimum stays, and book blocks of rooms beginning as early as August. The key is to book as far in advance as possible. Check out recommended hotels close to the action or BestNewOrleansHotels.com.

Plan your transportation: During Mardi Gras weekend, the French Quarter is closed to vehicular traffic. Only French Quarter residents and hotel guests with special parking passes can get by the police barricades. Off-site commercial parking lots can be expensive and fill up fast, and taxicabs are more difficult to find. So make sure you know how far away your hotel will be, and ask your hotel concierge or front desk to help you with route times, traffic and parking.

Do not double-park or park in driveways, on neutral grounds (medians), in front of water hydrants, within 15 feet of curb corners, too far from the curb, or on the parade route within 3 hours of a parade. Your car will get towed away and/or you’ll receive a fine.

Get there early: For the biggest parades rolling in the evenings on the weekend before Mardi Gras, plan to get there about 4 hours ahead of time to get a great spot. Parade routes can look empty one moment, but the crowd size can swell fast within an hour or two of the parade, making that front-row spot four or five people deep.
Check the weather forecast: It can be very warm or it can be very cold, so plan accordingly. Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and layered clothing.

Catch Mardi Gras throws: Bring a large, sturdy plastic or cloth bag to hold all your caught treasure. Enjoy jumping up to catch beads, doubloons, cups, coconuts, ladies shoes, stuffed animals, etc. Feel free to yell at the float riders “Throw me something, Mister!”

Don’t reach down to pick up beads, doubloons, etc.: Don’t reach down to pick up beads, doubloons, etc. unless you are very careful. Otherwise, your fingers will never be the same. Put your foot on it, and when it’s safe (between floats), you can bend down to pick it up. Also, floats cannot stop on a dime so make sure children do not get too close when reaching for throws and no running into the street between floats for a trinket.

4th Generation Owner Matt Saurage recently appeared on WFAA Good Morning Texas to provide a information on Mardi Gras and Community© Coffee Carnivale Cake.

4th Generation Owner Matt Saurage recently appeared on WFAA Good Morning Texas to provide a information on Mardi Gras and Community© Coffee Carnivale Cake.

Plan your meals ahead: Restaurants on the parade route are usually full, so make your plans early with those that accept reservations. If they don’t, plan to wait a while to get a table, eat street vendor food, or pack your own snacks and sandwiches. Also, bring wet wipes or tissues with you to clean up before eating. Your hands will get very dirty, and it won’t be easy to find a sink and soap.

Have a meeting place: Make sure everyone knows where to meet in case anyone gets lost; and give your children notecards with your name, address, hotel phone numbers, and pre-arranged meeting place on them just in case. Thousands of people are on the street, and it is very easy to get separated.

Healthy Perks: Coffee Fixes Everything

HealthBlogEmail_BCan food change the way you feel –for the better. Some experts say yes with even those wonderfully most-craved items like a delicious cup of great tasting coffee have a place on the mood-boosting eating and drinking plan.

So if you’re feeling guilty for downing your morning cup of joe, maybe this will perk you up. In the National Institutes of Health Study of more than 400,000 people, researchers found that the more coffee people drank, the longer they lived. Also, drinking up to six cups daily (caffeinated or decaf) was associated with a lower risk of dying from heart disease, lung disease, stroke, diabetes, and infections.

Obviously genetics and lifestyle choices including healthy eating and good nutrition are long-established links to good health but it’s good to see our personal favorite—coffee—working its way up the list.

And the health benefits don’t stop there. Drew Ramsey, MD, co-author of The Happiness Diet states that the foundation of good mental health is good wholesome food and lists coffee as one of these power food/drinks.

Also, if you feel that your morning coffee soothes your soul, it’s not your imagination, especially for ladies. A 2011 Harvard School of Public Health study found that women who drank at least two cups of coffee regularly had a 15 percent lower risk of depression than those who didn’t drink any coffee and their risk decreased by 20 percent when they downed four or more cups of joe a day.

As an added bonus drinking as little as two 8-ounce cups of coffee with breakfast may help you eat less the rest of the day. In one study published in Diabetes Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity, overweight study participants given this amount of coffee consumed 550 fewer calories per day. The study credits caffeine, as well as a compound called chlorogenic acide, both of which may suppress appetite.

After nearly 20,000 different studies on the subject, the results are still a bit mixed. “Overall, the research shows that coffee is far more healthful than it is harmful,” says Tomas DePaulis, PhD, research scientist at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Coffee Studies.

So good mood, health benefits and potential weight loss – all good reasons to head to the coffee pot for another round, in moderation of course.

In Gratitude for Our Military Personnel, Community Coffee Company Partners with Customers to Supply Cup of Home to Those Serving Overseas

Landmark 20,000 Lbs Received!

Flag_CupWith the close of 2013, we have reached a new landmark with more than 20,000 pounds of coffee having been shipped to overseas military personnel through our Military Match program since the program’s inception. This is only accomplished through a partnership with our customers.

“The coffee that we receive while deployed to Kuwait through the Military Match Program was like a slice of home here in the Middle East,” said CPT Noel S. Bellas, Commander 1021st Vertical Engineer Company, Louisiana Army National Guard, Kuwait.  “It really had a positive impact on the morale of our Soldiers to have something as familiar as Community Coffee in the mornings because Community Coffee is our overwhelming brand of choice for the majority of our Soldiers in the 1021st EN CO.  We have shared it with our sister units from around the country.”

Every day, our U.S. military men and women show us what it truly means to go beyond. It can be so important to our servicemen and servicewomen to get a care package from home. And, of course, we’d suggest a little cup of home — a great cup of coffee goes a long way to provide comfort. We are deeply honored to have shipped more than 20,000 pounds of coffee to our servicemen and servicewomen since 2008.

  • Community Coffee Company supports the U.S. military personnel by doubling orders to ensure servicemen and servicewomen get a cup of home. Customers purchase four bags of Community® coffee for those serving, and the company matches the order with four additional bags to military addresses (APO/FPO addresses).
  • Customers have the opportunity to choose one type of these five traditional ground roasted coffees: Dark Roast 16 oz., Between Roast 16 oz., Medium Roast 16 oz., New Orleans Blend® Coffee and Chicory 16 oz., and Decaffeinated 13 oz. All customers need are valid overseas military addresses (APO/FPO addresses). The eight bags plus a signature Military Match mug will be shipped to the APO/FPO address provided. Community Coffee Company does encourage at least 30 business days for an order to arrive to some overseas destinations. The company covers the shipping cost of the additional 4 bags of coffee.

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Valentine’s Day Reminder: With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about care packages for the military personnel. With shipping charges, military personnel get 8 bags of coffee for $38.95. More information is available at CommunityCoffee.com or by going directly to CommunityCoffee.com/AboutUs/MilitaryMatch.aspx

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