Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Coffee of the Month is Indian Monsoon Malabar

India Monsoon Malabar from David Blanchard on Vimeo.

Ukrop's is Closing Blanchard's Coffee is Staying

Ukrop's is changing ownership over to Martin's but you'll still find your favorite coffee on the shelf. As part of the switch over each Ukrop's will be closed while changes are made. So it might be necessary for you to stock up on coffee. Bookmark this post if you need to keep track of the schedule.

Phase 1 stores close April 3 at 6 p.m. and re-open April 12 at 8 a.m.

Virginia Center store at 10150 Brook Road
Williamsburg store at 4660 Monticello Ave.
Short Pump store at 3460 Pump Road.
Colonial Square store at 3107 15 Boulevard.

Phase 2 stores close April 10 at 6 p.m. and re-open April 19 at 8 a.m.
John Rolfe store at 2250 John Rolfe Parkway.
Mechanicsville store at 7324 Bell Creek Road.
Harbour Point store at 13700 Hull Street Road.
Carytown store at 3522 W. Cary St.

Phase 3 stores close April 17 at 6 p.m. and re-open April 26 at 8 a.m.
Brook Run store at 5700 Brook Road.
Stratford Hills store at 7045 Forest Hill Ave.
Sycamore Square store at 1220 Sycamore Square.
Chesterfield Meadows store at 6401 Centralia Road.

The Village store at 7035 Three Chopt Road.

Phase 4 stores close April 24 at 6 p.m. and re-open May 3 at 8 a.m.

Petersburg store at 3330 South Crater Road.
Stony Point store at 3000 Stony Point Road.
Westpark store at 9648 West Broad St.
White Oak store at 4591 S. Laburnum Road.

Phase 5 stores close May 1 at 6 p.m. and re-open May 10 at 8 a.m.
Cross Ridge store at 10250 Staples Mill Road.
Gayton Crossing store at 9782 Gayton Road.
Oxbridge store at 10001 Hull Street Road.
Bermuda Square store at 12601 Jefferson Davis Highway.

Phase 6 stores close May 8 at 6 p.m. and re-open May 17 at 8 a.m.
Staples Mill store at 7129 Staples Mill Road.
Ashland store at 253 N. Washington Highway.
Chippenham Crossing store at 5201 Chippenham Crossing Center.
Chesterfield Towne Center store at 11361 Midlothian Turnpike.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Over $1,000 Raised for Massey Cancer Center

We got a little press from the RTD over the weekend but the truly exciting part of this story is that over $1,000 will be contributed to the good folks at Massey Cancer Center.
David Blanchard might have been the most popular individual in Monroe Park before and shortly after the start of yesterday's race.

Blanchard, the owner of Blanchard's Coffee Co., was offering steaming cups of coffee -- "our regular breakfast blend" -- for sale on an unseasonably cold morning. Lines of customers formed early and never seemed to shrink.

"We can't keep up" with the demand, Blanchard said. "We'll be brewing and pouring for six straight hours. We'll sell every cup of coffee we can make."

And they made a lot. Blanchard performed a quick mental calculation: "Let's see -- three brewers brewing seven pots an hour. That's 21 pots multiplied by six hours. That's about 70 gallons of brewed coffee." An after-the-fact assessment put the total closer to 150 pots and 85 gallons. The suggested price: $1 per cup.

This was not entrepreneurial foresight. What is was, was philanthropy. Said Blanchard: "All of the money we make today -- and I mean, all of it; every dollar -- is going to the Massey Cancer Center," the race's designated charity.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Video of NE Regional Barista Championship

Would have loved to have checked out some of their signature drinks.

Go here to view.

Sign into 4square Get Free Coffee

The title pretty much sums it up. If you are at the shop this week sign into your 4square account and we'll give you a cup of fresh delicious coffee. Who knows you could become mayor and then the world will be your oyster.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

How do you brew poll

We have a poll up over there to the right. We know that drip will probably be the #1 answer but we're curious to see what else comes up. Leave your email in the comments to sign up for our newsletter and we will randomly select one lucky person to win a free pound of coffee.

Just noticed the spelling error. As the creator of the poll, sorry about that. Since some folks have already voted I can't go in and fix it.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Car powered by coffee, how cool is that?

Behold the glory that is a Volkswagen that can run on coffee grounds. That is pretty darn impressive and begs the question does a better coffee (such as our own) get you better mileage. If I can convince David to send me to England to investigate I will give you a full report. To read the full story head over to Inhabitat.

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