Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Halloween is this Saturday, and in celebration of Halloween we have a special promotion! Show your Halloween spirit on Friday by coming in your costume to the roastery, and get an 8oz. bag of a coffee of your choice. WHAT A DEAL! (The picture is of John's little precious grandbaby scarecrows.)


"Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter." for the rest of the story go here.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Foothills Fall Festival

Two weekends ago was the 10th annual Maryville's Foothills Fall Festival where talents like Alan Jackson and Rodney Atkins performed at Theater in the Park in Maryville, Tennessee. The festival also features more than 85 Artists and Craftsmen in the ArtWay Show and a family adventure land for great famly fun.

Vienna Coffee Company happily supplied their Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee to the VIPs and backstage talents, hands and volunteers. It was quite a chilly fall weekend, so the coffee definitely was in high demand. It was a great festival, and we were all very excited to be a part of it.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Church Street meets Market Street

Yesterday, 40 people gathered together at Tellico Village Community Church. Trade was the subject. They learn about creative ways we can help marginalized and sometimes impoverished people improve their lives by purchasing good products that return a larger share of revenue to the growers, producers and craftspeople who make them. They enjoyed the rich taste of Cafe Feminino, the gourmet coffee blend that is served in the Tellico Joe Cafe. John Clark from Vienna Coffee Company was on hand to tell us about Fair Trade Coffee and our Relationship coffees (El Puente, La Armonia Hermosa, and Cafe Femenino). Also Bill and Joan Cochran from Shop the World Gifts which features Fair Trade gifts and crafts made by people in Third World countries talked about their store and products.

People were able to sample the wonderful Cafe Femenino Peru coffee that is featured in their Tellico Joe Cafe and desserts prepared within the community.

People came and joined us at the corner of Church and Main - where faith meets life head-on!

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Interesting Coffee Fact: Ceylon

Interesting Coffee fact for this week...

In 1886 coffee rust infects the coffee of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), devastating hundreds of thousands of acres of trees. Tea is planted instead, helping to turn Britain into a tea-drinking nation. Coffee leaf rust is spread by wind and rain from spores from lesions on the underside of the plant (Mitchell, 84).

*images are from, and information is from The coffee Calender, by Ricard Levin Morales.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fundraiser Ideas

Is your school or church looking for a fundraiser for this holiday season? We have just the thing! How about selling specialty locally roasted coffee? We will work with you, create a custom order form, make a customized label, and give you wholesale prices. That way even more of the proceeds go directly to your organization.

At this time of year people are looking for great holiday gift ideas and what better way than to have them support the people and organizations they love?

Check out our website for more information and examples of customized labels.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Brew Plum Coffee bar's Grand opening is this Friday

Brew Plum Coffee Bar's Grand Opening is tomorrow at the the Nelson Fine Art Center. The center is located at 324 East Main Street, Johnson City, TN, 37601 and will be featuring locally roasted Vienna Coffee. Earlier this season owner Kate bought a La Pavoni from us, and now she's raring to go. Come out on Friday and get any drink that might spark your interesting ranging from Chai to hot cider to delicious specialty coffee. If you go on friday bring your receipt into the roastery next week and show it at the register for a free 2oz bag of any coffee of your choice!

Enjoy and Best of luck to you and Brew Plum!

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Interesting Coffee Fact

Did you know??

Haitian coffee farmers are resurrecting the nation's coffee sector, emphasizing sustainable shade-grown methods. In the eighteenth century Haiti supplied half the world's coffee from its brutal slave plantation system. The Haitian revolution which began in 1795 destroyed both French colonial rule and the coffee industry, clearing the way for Brazil to emerge as the world's leading exporter.

(from The Coffee Calender 2009, by Ricard Levin Morales)

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Friday, October 2, 2009

October is Fair Trade Month!!

This month is Fair Trade month! Help us raise awareness about Fair Trade and the benefits of Fair Trade. Don't know what the benefits are. Call us or email us we'd love to talk to you about it or you can go to TransFair USA's website for more details.

Vienna Coffee offers a wide variety of
Fair Trade Coffee and Tea. We are also holding a presentation on Oct. 20th about Fair Trade. Please check back for more details.

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