Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Camp Coffee

In partnership with Need Supply Co.--a Richmond, Virginia based specialty clothing company that is world renowned for its selection of vintage and rare denim and its consistent ability to be at the forefront of new urban trends--we have created a very unique coffee to offer to offer to customers at their Carytown location and in their webstore.

As you can see by the custom label to the left, Camp Coffee is Dark Roast blend of Indian Monsoon Malabar and Ethiopian Harrar--two very unique coffees that are full of character and flavor.

Often coffee blends are kept a secret as proprietary information but we felt like these two beans had such a fascinating story that it would be a shame not to highlight them in the description.

Together, these beans create a rich, hearty and balanced cup that almost begs for a seat by the fire on a chilly winter evening.

Camp coffee is only available through Need Supply Co. so visit them on Cary Street or pick up a bag from the webstore--you'll be glad you did!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Coffee of the Month News

Dear Coffee of the Month Customers
We hope you are having a lovely holiday season! This is always an exciting time at Blanchard’s Coffee Co. because we’re always extra busy filling orders for gifts, stocking the shelves at all of our retail locations, keeping our restaurants and coffee houses stocked with beans and, of course, staying wired on this year’s Holiday Blend!
This year, in addition to the seasonal sprint to the New Year, we’ve been putting a lot of thought into the Coffee of the Month program. As you may know, Coffee of the Month has been around since the very beginning of Blanchard’s Coffee Co. and many customers have been receiving their monthly special coffee since day one. From a logistical perspective, however, it has become difficult to give the program all it needs to be successful. In short, our wholesale business is growing rapidly and the pressure from that growth has led to COM getting short shrift—some of you have experienced this first hand in the form of order and billing problems and for that, we are terribly sorry.
We decided that we wanted to keep the BCC Coffee of the Month program around but it needed a new, more manageable format to ensure you get your coffee the way you want it, billed correctly and we don’t annoy our loyal customers with clumsy mistakes.
As of the end of 2011, Coffee of the Month customers will no longer be automatically billed and shipped coffee. We will, however, continue to feature a special coffee each month—January’s Coffee of the Month will be a Southern Coast Indian Estate coffee, which is a very interesting cup! We will feature the coffee of the month on our website, our blog and in an email newsletter. Existing COM customers will receive a 10% discount on purchases of the coffee and can order as much or as little as they like. This keeps our offering list fresh and interesting, rewards our loyal customers and takes away a lot of room for error on our part.
I understand this may be sad, annoying or even angering news for some of you and, if that is the case, I encourage you to please call me directly to discuss. Obviously, our number one goal is to make our customers happy and get them great coffee, so we will do everything in our power to make that happen. Please direct all questions, comments or hate-mail (I hope not…) to me at the following contact information:

Stephen T Robertson
Sales & Marketing, Blanchard’s Coffee Co.

Thank you again for your continued patronage and support of Blanchard’s Coffee Co.—we truly couldn’t have gotten to where we are without it.
We wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year—and stay in contact with us at all of these places:

Best wishes

Blanchard's Coffee Co.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holidays, Camp Fire, Beer and Boxing Day!

If you guys hadn't noticed, the Holiday Season is fully upon us!
It is hard to believe the year is almost over--especially since we're looking at yet another week of California-esque weather--but according to my calendar, it is definitely December 20th.

First things first--Blanchard's Coffee Co. will be CLOSED on Monday December 26th 2011 in celebration of Boxing Day! Oh wait--we're not British...must've gotten caught up in all the hype about the Margaret Thatcher movie... Nonetheless, we will be closed on Monday the 26th of December to take a little breather (we've roasted a LOT of coffee in the past few weeks), but we will be back in action, albeit gorged on starch and gluten, on Tuesday to fill all of your coffee needs!

Speaking of coffee needs, here's an exciting piece of news: Need Supply Co. and Blanchard's Coffee Co. have partnered to create Camp Coffee--a truly unique coffee blend created to bring the essence of campfire or fireplace to your cup. If you're not familiar with Need Supply Co., it is a Richmond, Virginia based clothing company that is one of the top rated sources of designer and vintage denim (among many other things) in the world. We are extremely honored to be able to work with them to produce Camp Coffee. It is available exclusively at Need Supply Co. in Carytown or on their website.

In other exciting news, we'll be working with Hardywood Park Brewery today to brew a Coffee Stout using Blanchard's Cold Brew Coffee--this Coffee Stout will go up against similar stouts made with coffee from other local roasters and the winner will be the roaster used for a full run of the ale!
So... this is a call to all BCC fans who are also beer drinkers--head down to the downtown Capital Ale House on Wednesday at 5:30 and vote for Blanchard's! For more information, check out the Hardywood Facebook post.

It might seem hard to believe, but there is even more big BCC news on the horizon so stay tuned for that--in the meantime, have a lovely holiday and safe travels!