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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.
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    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?

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

Boost Your Resolution Planning

NewYears_Customers_V2_CSD_email_temp1_560_420When you pour your first cup of coffee, it will come as no surprise that caffeine boosts attention and focus, but it’s especially good for simple cognitive tasks. Anywhere from 40 mg to 250 mg of caffeine increases alertness. That’s less than you think – simply one cup can provide the boost you need to power through some of your more routine tasks.

You can take full advantage of that little extra momentum to clean out your inbox while you sip, sort mail, make necessary call backs, etc, any of those little tasks that many of us put off and allow to pile up.

Of course, with New Year’s around the corner, it’s a great time to enjoy your java while writing down your resolutions. If your New Year’s resolutions from last year have gone unresolved, you’re not alone. But here are some quick tips to help you get a little further along this year.

  • “Put some thought into it,” says Richard O’Connor, author of “Happy at Last: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Finding Joy.” And avoid knee-jerk New Year’s resolutions, he says. “I encourage people not to make cheap resolutions, but to save it for something meaningful.”
  • Limit your list to a number you can handle. “It’s probably best to make two or three resolutions that you intend to keep,” says O’Connor. That way, you’re focusing your efforts on the goals you truly want.
  • Make a plan. Everyone needs a path to get to where they want to be. Create a goal with a series of measurable, specific steps to check your progress along the way and ensure you achieve your resolution.
  • Write down the goal and visualize it regularly. Writing and visualizing are effective tools for fulfilling a goal because they fix it firmly in the subconscious, says Stephen Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

Remember that slip-ups are part of the process too. Forgive yourself if you can’t maintain your plan perfectly. Just keep adjusting and moving forward toward your goal.

Happy New Year’s!

Louisianans Reminisce on Cajun Christmas Tale

Community Coffee Company:

Only in Louisiana indeed!

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Alligators replacing reindeer? Only in Louisiana, where Cajun Night Before Christmas author James Rice created a muskrat-wearing St. Nick whose gators fly with different names (“Ha, Gaston! Ha, Tiboy! Ha, Pierre an’ Alceé…”). We asked five Bayou State tastemakers to share their favorite lines and memories from the swamp-based story, including beloved artist George Rodrigue who passed away last weekend.

John Besh
Profession: New Orleans-based chef; restaurants include August, Lüke, Borgne, and American Sector

“When I was young, I was captivated by the sketches of the Louisiana I knew, with bayous, skiffs, and even alligators.”

Courtesy of WYES/Besh Restaurant Group

Courtesy of WYES/Besh Restaurant Group

Irvin Mayfield
Profession: Trumpeter and bandleader at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse and founder of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

“It’s a classic tale spun in a Southern way. And who doesn’t love the idea of 8 alligators instead of reindeer(?)”

Courtesy of Greg Miles/New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Courtesy of Greg Miles/New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

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