Monthly Archives: February 2014

Rituals to Improve Your Day

coffee_cupSavor your coffee. How long did it take you to down your last cup of coffee? Next time, take a cue from the Japanese, whose formal tea ceremony can last four hours. Before taking a drink, participants raise their bowls in tribute to all the factors that came together to create that moment – from their ancestors to the farmers who grew the tea to the elders who taught them how to prepare it.

Try this amended routine: Focus on the drink in front of you. Notice the smell and relish the flavor, texture and body of the coffee. Take some time to really taste and enjoy your cup of java. You’ll find it’s a wonderful daily exercise in mindfulness.

Drink Slowly: Small, frequent doses of caffeine – as little as 20 mg at a time – work better to help you stay alert throughout a busy morning rather than gulping down an entire cup at once, says researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and other institutions. So sip a second cup of coffee gradually, and you’ll stay zippy through lunch.

Have your cake … and drink it, too!

KingCake_1A party is best shared and so is a pot of coffee, which is why we like to bring Mardi Gras on the road with our Carnivale Cake coffee. Community© Carnivale Cake coffee hits shelves in January to kick off the carnivale season.

Of course, what would Carnivale Cake coffee be without a little Carnivale Cake/King Cake as well. Mardi Gras season and King Cakes go hand in hand with literally hundreds of thousands of King Cakes being consumed at parties and office lunch rooms every year.

The coming of the wise men bearing gifts to the Christ Child is celebrated twelve days after Christmas. This is referred to as the Feast of the Epiphany, or Little Christmas on the Twelfth Night. King Cake continues the celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany with a special cake to honor the Three Kings. This tradition originated in Europe where a bean or a coin would be hidden inside of the cake for good fortune to the finder. In Latin America a small figure, representing the Christ Child was placed inside for the same purpose.

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Today, the tradition continues with people all over the world. The tiny baby in the King Cake is generally plastic now and many times provided with the cake so the party host, and not the baker, can insert the “baby.” In offices, schools and homes the King Cake is a weekly tradition from January 6th until the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, with whoever gets the baby usually buying the next cake. And, of course, whoever gets the baby in the cake on Mardi Gras day has to bring the first King Cake next year on January 6th.

16292_CarnivaleCake_SS_12ct_lrg_jcOriginally, King Cakes were a simple ring of braided dough with a small amount of decoration. The top of the ring or oval cake is then covered with delicious sugar toppings in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. Some bakeries have been creative with stuffing and topping their cakes with different flavors of cream cheese and fruit fillings. We’ve also gotten creative too and added Community© Carnivale Cake coffee to our offerings.

Since King Cakes come out during every Mardi Gras carnivale season, they are also called Carnivale Cakes which is how we named our coffee. With the King Cake being the centerpiece at many Mardi Gras parties throughout the season, it only makes sense to pair it with the “king” of all flavored coffees, Community© Carnivale Cake coffee.Share the Mardi Gras spirit while having your cake and drinking it, too!

Perfect Presents

Valentine’s Day will forever be associated with the classic gifts of cards, roses, and chocolates. And you can’t go wrong with those mainstays. But this year try shaking up convention with some innovative and non-traditional gift-giving ideas for your special someone, even if that someone is yourself.

Don’t Overdo it: The perfect gift depends most importantly on the status of your particular romantic situation.  Lisa Daily, the author of Stop Getting Dumped, says the key in the early day is balance. You want a gift that says, “I was thinking of you, but not obsessing over you.” 

For a just budding relationship (think one to three dates), Daily recommends a gift you might bring a hostess at a party: wine or treats. Try something other than candy: cookies, a favorite snack food, or dinner at a new, unique restauV-day_foodrant.

The longer you’ve been together by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around, the more intimate and expensive a gift can be. 

It Really IS the Thought That Counts: If you’re in a longer-term relationship, from 6 months to 6-plus years, you probably know enough about the other person to personalize your gift. Show how much you appreciate and care for your significant other. Save the sappy clichés for the card and make the gift really meaningful, says Robin Gorman Newman, author of “How to Marry a Mensch.” Get something your sweetie always talks about, but would never buy for him or herself. 

Catering to your love’s special interests or giving something that promotes you being together will mean much more than three dozen red roses or expensive jewelry. Think of our pairing suggestions from our previous blog – just knowing and selecting your sweethear’ts favorite dessert and taking the time to pair it with a yummy coffee can really mean so much.

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Military_Match_mugMilitary Match Initiative: Every day, our US military men and women show us what it truly means to go beyond. It can be so important to our servicemen and women to get a little cup of home and a great cup of coffee goes a long way to provide comfort. 

We want to encourage friends and family especially with Valentine’s around the corner to support our military by purchasing four bags of Community coffee for your sweetheart serving abroad and we’ll match your order with four additional bags. Visit CommunityCoffee.com to order, all you need is a valid overseas military addresses (APO/FPO addresses).

Valentine’s Gift Giving ideas

Cin_Roll_PairingValentine’s Day, while romantic, can be fraught with gifting and planning stress.  The average consumer spends over $100 on their valentine. So here are some tips and ideas on how to elevate traditionally popular gifts like flowers, chocolates and jewelry to a truly personal, memorable experience.  There are many things that you can do to make your loved ones feel special – whether it is around Valentine’s Day or any day of the week!

Flowers are a great go-to option, which is why everyone gets them.  One way to make sure that the memories last longer than the bouquet is to consider making flowers part of a special event or moment.  Plan a romantic picnic at your local botanical gardens or park.

Everyone loves chocolates.  But to sweeten your gift, look for ways to personalize it and make it a little more unexpected, premium and part of an event.

A very simple way to show that you put some extra thought into your gift is to order custom monogrammed chocolates with your loved one’s initials. If you’re sending chocolate to your loved one’s office, a good tip is to send enough for his/her officemates.  You’ll be a real hero among the co-workers.

Jewelry is always a luxurious, well-received gift, but it can sometimes feel a little impersonal. Take the extra time to have it personalized with a small engraving, whether initials, I love you, a special date, etc. If you plan far enough in advance, have the jewelry custom made based on your loved ones favorite stones, colors, designs.

Going out to dinner or even dining in on Valentine’s Day is pretty standard fare, but there are ways you can make it a more special occasion. Have their favorite wine chilling on the table and a menu planned that features their favorite foods or meal.

We’d suggest a perfect coffee and dessert pairings for Valentine’s Day.  Food (Candy/Desserts) make up almost 50 % of Valentine’s gift giving, over $6.5 billion in tasty treats.  So check out our previous blog to appropriately pair coffee with those yummy, thoughtful desserts to ensure the full-flavors are tasted by your special someone.

Our advice and surprise your honey with one of our perfect pairings for your perfect match. What’s not to love?

Pairing Coffee and Love

Valentine’s Day. You can smell the love in the air! Or is it just Community® coffee brewing? We consistently talk about coffee pairings and it only makes sense to provide Valentine’s Day perfect pairings for you and your perfect match.

Choc_Rich_Dessert_PairingHere are some irresistible combinations for you and your special someone.

  • Here’s a duo to help you start your Valentine’s morning off right. It only makes sense to try our Breakfast Blend and blueberry pancakes as a morning delight.  Breakfast is right there in the title. You can also impress your honey with the rich yet smooth taste of medium-dark roast Café Special®. Pair it with your favorite breakfast foods like cinnamon scones or sausage casserole.
  • Community® coffee French Roast and brownies are a perfect combination to get you through the day. The rich chocolate in this treat plays very well with the full-bodied and smoky taste of this coffee.  If you’d like a less smoky flavor, pair rich chocolate desserts with premium dark roast coffees, like our Dark Roast Signature Blend.
  • Our Café Special blends well with a creamy dessert like coconut custard or bananas foster. Creamy desserts and sweet cakes, such as cheesecake work well with this semi-sweet, full-bodied medium-dark roast coffee.
  • The Colombia Classico blend makes a robust pairing with a tart key lime pie or lemon pie. But rich cakes and pies like the carrot cake or pecan pie benefit from the strong flavor of a dark roast to balance the tastes.
  • Pairing Advice Provided during The Morning Show

    Pairing Advice Provided, The Morning Show in Jacksonville, FL

    In folklore, strawberries are considered to be the fruit of love and are claimed to be able to attract new love and to renew old love. Regardless, there’s no denying that strawberries are a delicious fruit that can be enjoyed fresh from the field or baked into pies and coffee cakes. When pairing your passion fruit in a pastry or pie, consider the fragrant, sweet and smooth flavor of our Breakfast Blend to complement your fruited cuisine.

A general rule of coffee-pairing thumb is the richer the dessert (i.e. chocolate, praline or peanut butter flavoring), the darker the roast. If you need help finding a great heart-felt recipe, with some even utilizing Community® coffee as an ingredient, check out www.communitycoffeerecipes.com.

Take our advice and surprise your Valentine this year with one of our perfect pairings. What’s not to love?

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