Saturday, March 28, 2009

WEEKLY DEAL: April Fools

This week is bringing about April Fool's Week! For all of you pranksters out there, this is your week! In fact, this might be the one of the only times you will get a reward for being a prankster. Tell us your funniest April Fool's joke by writing in on the blog or telling one of our staff members at the roastery and get a 2oz bag of April's monthly flavored coffee special, Spring Fever (english toffee)! I know you've got to have some good ones, so spill the beans that is...

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Monday, March 23, 2009

WEEKLY DEAL: Guatemala

Our direct trade provider and friend Les Stoneham is currently in Guatemala working and living with the coffee farmers of La Armonia Hermosa. This year's crop is coming along swimmingly. All that needs to be accomplished now is have parchment removed, sorted and bagged for export. We can't wait. This coffee has become a huge hit, and rightfully so.

This week's deal involves the agriculture side of coffee. Answer the question correctly and receive a free 2oz bag of Vienna coffee.

What color is coffee after the fruit is removed off the bean and the parchment paper is removed but before it is roasted?

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Friday, March 20, 2009


On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, Vienna Coffee Company donated their La Armonia Hermosa coffee to the Converge Exchange dinner/conference.
The conference was a huge success with more than 100 communities, activists, and practitioners converging in a set of lectures and round table discussions to exchange ideas, current projects, resources, funding, etc. Also, on Wednesday night a wonderful 5 course meal with all local/seasonal food that the chef had a personal relationship with was prepared for about 35 panelists and organizers of the conference, and adding to the relational story Vienna Coffee was able to tell their story of their relationship with the farmers in Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala.

In this changing economic climate Chicago's design world is merging with communities and activists to make sense of the change and how to better our world through collaboration. It was great to hear about all of the amazing sustainable projects, activities, and organizations going on in the area. This event, spurred on by Vienna Coffee Company's coffee, allowed for all of these people to connect in hopes of making a larger impact. We look forward to seeing what comes out of this event in the future.

If you are interested in joining the discussion check out They will be adding a discussion board onto their website shortly.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WEEKLY DEAL: Happy Saint Patrick's Day

This week's deal is easy! All you need to do is come into the roastery wearing green in celebration for St. Patrick's day and receive a 2oz bag of this month's flavored special, Irish Creme. Also if you wear green then we won't pinch you either.

Now for some history...
Did you know that the Celtic cross was first created by St. Patrick? According to the History channel, St. Patrick superimposed the sun behind the cross to help the Irish relate more to Christianity because a sun was a powerful religious symbol for the indigenous Irish people. This in turn started the use of Celtic cross. To find out more about St. Patrick and St. Patrick's day click here...

Do you think you know your Irish history? Take this quiz and see...

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Coffee can Fuel Cars!

Turns out you can make biofuel from just about any oily plant product. Corn may be the standard, but coffee works at least as well, and it makes your car smell like a Starbucks!

Experts say it takes about 5-7 kg of coffee grounds to get one liter of biofuel, which with a medium-sized production would yield a cost of about $1 per gallon. Plus, it's already used: you can just walk around to your local coffeeshops and convenience stores and stock up the same way you would on vegetable oil.

Creating fuel from the grounds uses the same procedure as other biodiesels, transesterification, which is sort of complicated to explain but fairly inexpensive. The US estimates we consume over 7 tons of coffee each year, which would yield about 340 million gallons of biodiesel.

But mostly, a subtle coffee scent might overcome the significantly less savory odors currently dominating my car. For long story click here.

-By Dan Nosowitz, 6:30 PM on Sat Mar 7 2009

We'd love to hear from you. What do you think of this idea??

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Monday, March 9, 2009

WEEKLY DEAL: Organic Trivia

In light of Vienna Coffee Company becoming a certified USDA organic facility, this week's weekly deal pertains to Organic trivia...

Which of these statements are false...

To obtain a title of ‘certified organic’ in the United States, a coffee grower must prove that certain growing conditions have been met.

  1. The coffee beans can be washed in chemicals to get bacteria off the beans as long as the chemicals are properly disposed of and a clean water rinse is administered afterward.
  2. The farmer must have a crop rotation plan to control for pests, prevent soil erosion, and to prevent loss of soil nutrients, which would occur if the same crop was planted in the same field each year.
  3. The coffee beans must have been grown on land that has not had toxic pesticide or fertilizer use at any time within the last three years.
  4. There must be a large enough space between the organic coffee and the nearest conventional crop to provide a buffer against contamination.
If you answer this questions correctly to any employee at the roastery or on this blog you will receive a free 2oz sample of any of our Organic/Fair Trade coffees.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

VCC is now a certified USDA Organic facility

As of recently, Vienna Coffee Company has become a certified USDA Organic facility. All of our organic coffee growers have been certified by independent third party inspectors such as OCIA (Organic Crop Improvement Association) and Mayacert to strictly meet all the standards of the USDA National Organic Program, and now our facility is certified also.

Certified Organic Coffee is grown by farmers who use no synthetic pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Organic agriculture protects the health of people and the planet by reducing the overall exposure to toxic chemicals that can end up in the ground, air, water and food supply. Choosing organic products is an easy way to help protect yourself and your family.

By selecting Certified Organic Coffee from Vienna Coffee Company, you are assured of the best tasting coffee anywhere and at the same time, make a healthy, responsible decision for yourself and the planet.

To learn more about USDA Organic program:

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