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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?

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!

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