Since our inception as a Wholesale Coffee Roaster, we have wanted to make sure that we were not only financially supporting our coffee farmers via Direct Trade, but also giving back to our local community.
From the very beginning, we have searched for ways to help others with our product. As any small business owner understands, money is incredibly tight...you see red more than black numbers, you don't pay yourself a salary, you barely squeak by paying your bills on time, and the like.
While this has also been the case for Nate and I at Erie Coffee Roasters, it hasn't stopped us from making a difference. We have always said, "We don't have money to donate, but we have a product". So, what do you do with that? Get creative.
Coffee roasting is an art and a science. No matter how good you are, every once and awhile you're going to have a bunk roast...new beans, new origin, human error, something will come up where your batch is, while drinkable, not up to your high standards as a roaster. Having Quality, Integrity, Reproducibility, Honesty, essentially coursing through our veins, we've never been able to bag up this coffee and sell it for $15/bag. We found it another, most wonderful home: Coal Creek Meals on Wheels.
Every couple months or so, we blend our imperfect roasts, older beans, etc, grind them up, and deliver to Coal Creek Meals on Wheels. We donate this coffee to MoW's volunteers and onsite clientele! In so doing, we've made a wonderful partnership which has only grown.
This brings me to the next stage of this sweet partnership: a 45th Anniversary Blend of coffee made specially for Coal Creek Meals on Wheels' 45th Anniversary! All year long we will be selling this coffee and donating $5 of every bag back to their organization. Please note: this is NOT the older, imperfectly roasted coffee that we donate, but rather a thoughtfully blended of two origins that are always freshly roasted. Buy a bag today and make your mornings even better knowing that not only are you drinking fresh-roasted, Direct Trade coffee that supports farmers, but also your local community here at home! Cheers!
To learn more about Coal Creek Meals on Wheels and the 45th Anniversary Blend or to purchase, click here!