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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.

Clever Halloween Costume Ideas for Coffee Lovers

This Halloween, Community Coffee Company wants to brew up a little more than the perfect cup of coffee – the perfect costume! As each October day passes, time is running out to find your costume. If you’re still percolating on what to be this year, here are some fun coffee-inspired costume ideas to keep you warm and energized for a long night of trick-or-treating.

 

The Classic Mr. (or Ms.) Cup o’ Joe

This costume is an easy way to get into the Halloween spirit. The one piece costume is available for purchase, but if you are feeling extra crafty, you can make it yourself! Accessorize with a pot of Community® coffee, and you’ll definitely be the hit of the party.

 

Even at Halloween, Accessories Make the Outfit

Details matter, consider this clever trick-or-treating bag to set off your costume. Not trick or treating? Carry this as your purse, and even stock it with all of the fixings to jazz up your next cup of coffee!

 

 

Need More Than Just Coffee to Get You Going?

If you’re in the market for a couples’ costume idea this year, this one is a slam dunk, literally. Pair your coffee cup with the perfect treat – a donut. Click here for an easy DIY version using an inner tube!  

 

 

Get Inspired By Coffee

If you want to use the coffee theme a little less literally, here are some unique ways to use coffee filters to amp up your costume.

Coffee-Filter Fairy

Check out this coffee-filter fairy godmother costume! Martha Stewart knows her crafts, and this unique costume will have spectators wishing they’d been as creative with their Halloween outfit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Clown

For children, this adorable clown with a collar made from coffee filters. You’ll have everyone smiling, including your little one!

Whether you are dressing up or not this year, there is one thing we’d recommend! Make sure you have plenty of Community coffee on hand, so you can stay up for all of those late-night trick or treaters! Hand out some to your neighbors, and everyone will be thanking you for the rest of the year.

With Halloween right around the corner, we are excited to see what creative, fun and scary costume ideas you come up with! Be sure to share your Halloween pictures with us on Facebook!

Try It: Brazil Santos Bourbon!

The fall season is officially upon us, and along with it comes one of Community Coffee Company’s favorite seasonal coffees: Brazil Santos Bourbon. Pronounced “boar-bawn,” this decadent blend is named in honor of the French King Louis XIV, from whose royal greenhouse came the beginning of Brazil’s entire coffee-growing industry.

Our Brazil Santos Bourbon blend comes from a strain of Arabica bean that originated in Africa before being grown in the Brazilian mountain region. Legend has it that Louis XIV smuggled the flavorful bean out of Africa and transplanted it in Brazil in the mid-18th century, kicking off the country’s coffee trade. Coffee had never before been grown in Brazil, but today Brazil is responsible for one third of the world’s coffee supply, making it the largest producer on Earth.

The strain of Arabica bean used to make Brazil Santos Bourbon is becoming rarer as hybrid variations of the coffee plant are emerging, but we work with many Brazilian cooperatives and producers to use only the pure Bourbon plant as our coffee source.

The Brazil Santos Bourbon coffee makes a full-bodied, rich cup of coffee. Its smooth sweetness gives it a palatable, mellow flavor with a rich aroma. Community Coffee’s Brazil Santos Bourbon pairs perfectly with rich and flavorful desserts, such as molten chocolate cake or bourbon-soaked bread pudding. You can find a bag at your local store from October to December, but it also is available year-round online here!


Louis XIV: A Brief History
Known as “Louis the Great” or the “Sun King,” King Louis XIV was a Bourbon monarch who ruled as the king of France and Navarre. The “Sun King” holds the distinction of being the longest-reigning king in European history, reigning for 72 years and 110 days.

Make Community® Coffee a Tailgating Favorite for Drinks and Recipes

It’s no secret that in the South, fall equals football. Sure it can mean dusting off your cold weather wardrobe, leaves and pumpkins, but as fall officially arrives and you once again begin practicing the art of tailgating, we hope you’ll take Community coffee along!

While we know our freshly brewed coffee will keep you warm at any tailgate, we wanted to share some tasty, non-traditional tailgate recipes that are java-themed.

 

Try this twist on a barbeque classic from Community Coffee’s own Executive Chef Darin Nesbit.

Smoked Jalapeno Barbeque Sauce

Ingredients

  • 8 smoked jalapeno peppers
  • 1 roasted Vidalia onion, julienne
  • 1 oz garlic
  • 1 lb tomato paste
  • 1 pint Community coffee, brewed
  • 6 oz Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 12 oz cider vinegar
  • 12 oz brown sugar
  • 1 oz chili power
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

  • Cook the smoked jalapeno peppers, onion and garlic until soft in a large sauce pot sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir well.
  • Stir in all remaining ingredients and bring the sauce to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.

For a cheeseburger with a jolt, try this rub for your meat.

 

Coffee-Rubbed Cheeseburgers

Ingredients:

Coffee rub:

  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground Community coffee
  • 2 teaspoons (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Burgers:

  • 8 slices applewood-smoked bacon
  • 1 pound ground chuck (preferably grass-fed)
  • 1 pound ground sirloin (preferably grass-fed)
  • 8 slices smoked provolone, smoked caciocavallo, or smoked Gouda cheese (about 8 ounces)
  • 8 potato-bread hamburger

Buns:

  • 8 slices red onion
  • 8 slices tomato

Preparation:

 

For coffee rub:

  • Mix all ingredients in small bowl. Can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

 

For burgers:

  • Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Break in half. Gently mix chuck and sirloin in large bowl. Form meat into 8 patties, each 3 1/2 to 4 inches in diameter and 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick. Using thumb, make slight indentation in center of each burger. Burgers and bacon can be prepared 8 hours ahead. Cover separately and chill.
  • Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Sprinkle 1 teaspoon coffee rub on top side of each burger. Place burgers, rub side down, on grill rack. Grill until slightly charred, about 4 minutes; turn.
  • Place 2 bacon slice-halves atop each burger. Cook 3 minutes.
  • Top each with 1 cheese slice. Cover and cook until cheese melts, about 1 minute longer. Place burgers atop bottom halves of buns. Top with onion slices and tomato slices.

Everyone wants a sweet treat to finish off the perfect tailgate.

 

Cappuccino Cookie Bar

Ingredients

  • Original recipe makes 4 dozen
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 (1.5 ounce) bars chocolate candy
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup ground Community coffee beans

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg yolk and vanilla until smooth. Combine the flour and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and place chocolate bars over the top in a single layer. Let stand until chocolate is soft enough to spread. Spread the chocolate out smooth and sprinkle with walnuts and coffee. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into squares

Do you have a photo to share from your most recent tailgate adventure featuring Community® coffee? We’d love to see it! Or perhaps you have a coffee-infused recipe that can top the ones we’ve shared? Share it here!

Vote for your favorite Community® coffee blend during the State Coffee of Louisiana™ Campaign!

Twenty-five years ago, Community® coffee was named the official State Coffee of Louisiana™ by our customers, and we couldn’t have been more honored. To commemorate the quarter-century milestone, we’re giving Louisiana residents the opportunity to vote for their favorite Community® coffee blend during our State Coffee campaign.

Five blends are on the ballot, and it’s up to you to vote for your favorite! Choose from the following Community coffee flavors:

  • 5 Star Hotel Blend™ – This blend is served in some of the finest 5-star hotels in New Orleans and can be enjoyed at home as well. Before                  you relish in its sophisticated flavor take heed – it may be love at first sip.
  • Colombia Classico – Our Colombia Classico is a unique blend that combines the winey characteristics of Colombian coffee with the floral accents of Central American High Grown coffee. The result is a complex flavor that surpasses the expectations of even the most discerning coffee drinker.
  • Café Special® – This special blend is served in some of the best restaurants in New Orleans and across the state. Its medium-dark color and rich flavor make a full-bodied cup of coffee with a distinct café taste and aroma, perfect for those special moments in life.
  • Breakfast Blend – One of the more popular Community coffee blends, the Breakfast Blend is truly extraordinary. Its aromatic, light-roasted coffee beans produce a sweet and mellow cup of coffee – the perfect way to start your morning.
  • Signature Blend Dark Roast – Our original dark roast will awaken your senses as you indulge in its full-bodied flavor. Try this coffee with a rich chocolate dessert for ultimate gratification.

While we take pride in each and every one of our delicious blends, only one can win! Cast your vote online at www.StateCoffeeofLouisiana.com and check back here on the Community® Coffee Connection to see who the big winner is – we’ll make the announcement in November.

Bring it, Pin it, Win it Pinterest Contest

Community® Coffee Company is partnering with Another Broken Egg to bring you the company’s first Pinterest campaign in celebration of Another Broken Egg’s new travel tumbler. Do you take your tumbler filled with Community® coffee to the movies, the beach, football games or even any crazy locations? We want to see it!

It doesn’t matter where you bring it, it just matters how creative you get. See below for the rules for the “Bring it, Pin it, Win it” Pinterest contest to learn how you could win a $500 Visa gift card and FREE coffee for a year!

Contest Information

Rules:

  1. Participants must create a pinboard on Pinterest.com titled “Bring It – CCC/ABE.”
  2. Pin at least five photographs of an Another Broken Egg travel tumbler in creative ways/different locations.
  3. Include the #bringitcontest hashtag in each description.

Time frame: Pinboards must be created between Sept. 5, 2012 and Oct. 15, 2012.

Winner Selection: A panel of judges will pick the winning pinboard based on creativity and originality of the photos (50%) and overall entertainment value (50%).

For more information visit http://www.anotherbrokenegg.com/Pinterest_Contest or http://www.communitycoffee.com/pinterestcontestabe.

We are excited to see your boards, so get creative! Good luck!

Community® Coffee Artist Spotlight: Deana May

Deana May Community Coffee ArtworkWe all know that coffee roasting is somewhat of an art form, but 19-year-old Deana May is taking it to the next level. An upcoming artist from Robeline, La., Deana has been an aspiring creative since her childhood. Her artwork is created mostly with watercolor, oil pastels and acrylic, but there is one other medium that she has been experimenting with lately . . . coffee! Community® coffee, to be exact.Deana May Community Coffee Artwork

So far Deana has created three Community-coffee inspired pieces, two of which were made using nothing but our Signature Blend Dark Roast (and a paintbrush of course). Now that takes some patience! Her third piece was created using mixed media, including recycled Mochasippi lids from one of our CC’s Community Coffee House® locations.

Deana May Community Coffee ArtworkThank you, Deana, for sharing your artwork with us. We’re looking forward to seeing what you create next!

Welcome to the Community Coffee Connection Blog!

Want the inside scoop on all things Community® Coffee? Well, you’ve got it! We’re excited to launch the Community Coffee Connection blog, where we will share ideas, foster creativity and divulge in our love of java.

Community Coffee Company thrives because of its passionate customers, and we want this blog to be a place to share tips, recipes and coffee anecdotes. We also want to provide you with an inside look into the workings of Community Coffee Company. Whether you’re a business person who needs his daily cup of joe, a hardworking parent who requires a morning cup before taking the kids to school, a plain-old-coffee-addict or a new coffee drinker, this blog has something for you!

Check back here for restaurant spotlights, holiday gift ideas, tailgating recipes and behind-the-scenes coffee roasting secrets, because it’s all coming your way on the Community Coffee Connection.

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