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Feel the Coffee Burn

PublixMara_CplCertain foods torch more calories than others.

You burn an average of 26 calories per cup of coffee, that’s 16 more calories than chomping a red chili pepper and 18 more calories than sipping water.

 

Speaking of burn — here are some of our calorie-burning customers after they finished running 26.2 miles at the Publix Georgia Marathon this weekend. Savor the flavor, you totally earned it. We’re so proud of you and proud to sponsor health and wellness in Atlanta.

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Finishing Touches

Take the time to be thankful this holiday season. Don’t get so caught up in planning that you forget to enjoy your holiday. You’re supposed to be celebrating with friends and family, so keep it simple.

  • Calculate the time of your guests’ arrival so your food is done and you can enjoy the party. The last thing you want to be is running around stirring pots and heating up rolls when you could and should be welcoming guests and catching up.
  • Choose appetizers that are easy to restock and to eat. You want people to mix and mingle, and overly complicated and drippy foods can hinder conversations.MyFirstCup_GS_83857_lrg
  • Add a touch of elegance. How about a table-side coffee preparation in a French Press? The French Press is a more elegant way to brew your coffee. It relies on the “steeping method,” in which the coffee grounds are completely infused with hot water, extracting the flavor. You simply add hot water, let it steep and press down the plunger. This method results in a heavier-bodied coffee. Also, consider sippable holiday treats like the new Community Bread Pudding , or traditional seasonal favorites like Community Bananas Foster and Pecan Praline flavored coffees.
  • Think about a fun remembrance. It could be as simple as custom wrapping cookies or snapping instant Polaroid photos for guests to take with them. You want to not only enjoy your party but be able to have a memento to remember it.

Overall simplify and keep it fun.infinity

Keep in mind during this holiday season that coffee gift sets can make a great hostess gift as well as a unique present for any coffee connoisseur. Coffee lovers have a variety of items from which to choose to fit any budget and taste preference. Check out CommunityCoffee.com. Also, to learn more about  Community Coffee Company, watch our latest videos.

Brew Up Your Own Holiday Cheer

Tart DessertsCoffee and dessert pairings are very similar to choosing the right wine for a meal. Coffee grown in various parts of the world and roasted at different levels will produce subtly different flavors. These flavors are the perfect accent for various types of desserts – whether they’re tart, fruited, creamy, chocolate or spiced. The trick is to use coffee made with the highest quality Arabica beans and one that supports the flavor notes in the dessert.

Here are a few desserts that are commonly served in homes and restaurants, along with each dessert’s complementary coffee:

  • Pecan pie (caramel flavor) – Café Special®, Breakfast Blend (smooth and mellow)
  • Cheesecake (creamy dessert) – Café Special® (fragrant and slightly nutty)
  • Fruit pie (tangy) – Medium Roast (fruity flavor)
  • Chocolate cake (strong and rich) – Dark Roast, Breakfast Blend. You’ll need a dark roast to stand up to the flavor!

RichCakesA general rule of thumb: the richer the dessert (i.e. chocolate, praline or peanut butter flavoring), the darker the roast.

Another option is to make the coffee the dessert.
Who would have thought to combine the rich Southern dessert of bread pudding with the best tasting coffee? We did. We’ve highlighted the flavors of the season with our new Bread Pudding variety. No heavy syrups, just the coffee customer’s love roasted with the right touch of caramel and brown sugar flavoring.

Savor sippable holiday treats like Community Coffee Company’s new Bread Pudding, or traditional seasonal favorites like its Bananas Foster and Pecan Praline.

For four generations, we’ve gone beyond to help make the holidays more festive – and more delicious. So take your next party from beyond good – to great.
You’ll find these coffees at grocery stores as well as on our website along with a coffee pairing guide.

Keep in mind during this holiday season that coffee gift sets can make a great hostess gift as well as a unique present for any coffee connoisseur. Coffee lovers have a variety of items from which to choose to fit any budget and taste preference. Check out CommunityCoffee.com.

Beyond Good Coffee

BridgeCommunity® Coffee has a history of going beyond.

For more than 90 years, we’ve remained steadfast in our commitment to crafting the world’s best tasting coffee. And by believing that everything we do should be as good as everything we sell, we’ve also remained committed to building the world’s best coffee company. That’s because we understand that beyond is the only place ordinary can’t follow. That beyond having standards, there’s setting them.

To hear more about our story, check out these videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_0lUtgKJGE

Beyond passion, there’s obsession. Beyond good, there’s great. Which is why beyond good coffee, there’s Community Coffee.

Coffee is My Valentine

Valentine's Day Happy Valentine’s Day! While we now celebrate the holiday as a day of love, the story of Valentine’s Day is actually shrouded in mystery.

History of Valentine’s Day

The most popular legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served in Rome during the third century. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing how wrong this was, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriage ceremonies for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

According to another legend, an imprisoned man named Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting after he fell in love with a young girl (possibly his jailor’s daughter). Before his death, he allegedly wrote her a letter signed “From Your Valentine,” an expression that is still used today.

Modern Day Valentine

Dark RoastNowadays, you won’t be put to death for confessing your love, but don’t get caught giving (or receiving) the same cliché gifts each year. Instead, try giving the gift of a Community coffee and dessert pairing!

  • Is your sweetie a choco-holic? Whether it’s a decadent chocolate cake or chocolate brownies, rich chocolate desserts pair well with our Dark Roast. The bold, full-bodied, yet smooth flavor accentuates the cocoa, resulting in an even greater chocolaty bite.
  • Cheesecake heals your heartbreak. Creamy desserts like crème brulee, cheesecake or tiramisu pair especially well with Café Special®. This medium-dark roast, with its smooth and distinct aroma, will help mend even the worst broken heart.
  • Do tarts melt your heart? If you or your Valentine prefer a fruity dessert like raspberry pie, fruit tarts or key lime pie, try pairing them with our Breakfast Blend. The tart flavor balanced with the sweet and mellow coffee will make everyone’s lips pucker up.

Nothing completes a day like a large cup of Community coffee, so this Valentine’s Day brew a pot and share the love.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Community Coffee Company!

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

Mardi GrasMusic, parades and beads, oh my! Mardi Gras is just around the corner on February 12th, and we are here to help you celebrate the season. Whether you are a Mardi Gras veteran or have always dreamed of attending, here are 10 fun facts to get you into the spirit.

  1. Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French because it is the last day to indulge before the fasting of Lent season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.
  2. Mardi Gras was originally brought to Louisiana by French settlers. The first recorded celebration of the holiday was March 3, 1699.
  3. The traditional colors of Mardi Gras (purple, green and gold) were originally chosen by Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch Romanoff of Russia. Say that three times fast! No one knows for certain why he selected these colors, but it has been speculated that he chose them because they reflect a royal tone. In 1892 the parade theme was “The Symbolism of Color,” and it was then that the colors received their significance. Purple represents justice, green represents faith and gold represents power.
  4. The parade tradition of throwing items to the crowds started in the 1870s by the Twelfth Night Revelers and is one of the most famous traditions of Mardi Gras. Don’t forget to shout “Throw me something, mister!”
  5. Krewes, which are parade groups, originally started as private social clubs, and each have their unique history and theme. The oldest parading krewe is the Krewe Rex, which was founded in 1872.
  6. Millions of cups and toy coins known as “doubloons” are decorated with krewe logos and thrown to parade-watchers. Some “throws” are especially prized: only the luckiest folks manage to take home the hand-decorated coconuts from the Krewe of Zulu.
  7. The Krewe of Rex, known as “the king of carnival,” was conceived primarily to celebrate the arrival of the grand duke of Russia. The duke’s mistress and lover at the time, an American actress named Lydia Thompson, sang a song entitled “If Ever I Cease To Love You.” Coincidentally, this was the duke’s favorite song, so all the bands in the Rex parade were asked to play it. This song became, and still remains today, the official song of Mardi Gras.
  8. King cakeThe King Cake is a cinnamon-roll like cake that is synonymous with Mardi Gras. The cake has a small item (usually a plastic baby) hidden inside, and tradition says that the person who “finds” the baby will be rewarded with good luck for the next year. That person also is responsible for bringing the King Cake to next year’s celebration.
  9. There will be a total of 63 parades during New Orleans Mardi Gras! Check out the complete parade schedule here.
  10. 10. The Mardi Gras slogan is “Laissez les bons temps rouler,” which means “Let the good times roll!”

Now go put on your purple, green and gold, get a big slice of King Cake, pour yourself a big cup of Community coffee, and join us in celebrating one of our favorite holidays. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Ask Carl: Arabica vs. Robusta Coffee Beans

Ask CarlCommunity Coffee Company prides itself on using only the top 10 percent of Arabica coffee beans in the world. While to coffee aficionados this statement is a no-brainer, many people have asked us, “What does that really mean?” We’re bringing in Carl Leonard, our resident coffee expert, to explain why Community Coffee selects only the finest beans for its signature blends.

Q: What are Arabica beans, and how do they differ from other types of coffee beans?

A: Arabica beans comprise 75 to 80 percent of the world’s coffee production, and are used in most premium and specialty coffees (and all of Community Coffee’s blends). Arabica beans are known for their fine aromas and delightfully rich flavors. Robusta is another coffee bean variety that is grown at lower altitudes. It tends to be less expensive than Arabica and its flavor is considered to be far less desirable by those who truly appreciate excellent premium and specialty coffee aroma and flavor.

Q: Do Arabica beans and Robusta beans taste different? Is one better than the other?

A: Unroasted Arabica beans have a pleasant, floral aroma and when roasted produce a smooth and rich cup of coffee. Unroasted Robusta beans, on the other hand, have a grainy aroma and when roasted produce a harsh burnt smell and flavor (reminiscent of burning rubber). Robusta beans are generally much cheaper and easier to cultivate than Arabica, but Community Coffee selects only the finest Arabica beans for its coffee blends.

Now that you truly understand the top quality beans that go into Community coffee, go enjoy a cup and see for yourself!

About Carl

Carl Leonard is the vice president of green coffee procurement at Community Coffee Company and joined the company in 1983. He is a Licensed Q Grader, a professional cupper accredited by the Coffee Quality Institute and is a certified cupping judge of the Specialty Coffee Association of America – that means he knows his coffee!

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