I have a treat for you today, straight from New Orleans, Louisiana!! Community Coffee sent me a wonderful gift basket that included a Mardi Gras King Cake, 12 oz of their famous coffee, and a Mardi Gras cup filled with Mardi Gras beads and a magnet for my mom’s refrigerator!
For those of you that know me, you know that good coffee is my weakness, and yummy cake isn’t too far behind! I opened up the box that came overnight via Fed-Ex, and it. smelled. so. good!! Coffee and cinnamon cake! MMMMMMM!! Can you imagine the smell? Oh my!
This is what the informational sheet that was sent in my package said:”
“Mardi Gras begins on January 6th of each year and ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. One of the wonderful traditions of Mardi Gras, and probably the most delicious, is the King Cake.
On the Christian Calendar, the 12th day after Christmas is celebrated as the date that the gift-bearing Magi visited the baby Jesus. The day, January 6th, is known by several names, including “Epiphany”, “Twelfth Night”, or “Kings Day”. The celebration of this event has evolved over the centuries, with each culture adding it’s own unique rituals. The New Orleans tradition, borrowing heavily from European influences, is believed to have begun in the 1870’s. As part of this celebration, it is now traditional to bake a cake in honor of the three kings – The King Cake. King Cakes are oval-shaped to symbolize the unity of faiths. Each cake is decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors – purple, representing Justice, green, representing faith, and gold, representing power. A small baby, symbolizing the baby Jesus, is traditionally hidden inside each King Cake.
In New Orleans, King Cake parties are held throughout the Mardi Gras season in offices, classrooms, and homes throughout the city. King Cakes are sliced and enjoyed by all. Like the Biblical story, the “search for the baby” adds excitement, as each person waits to see in which slice of the cake the baby will be discovered. While custom holds that the person who “finds” the baby will be rewarded with good luck, that person is also traditionally responsible to bringing the cake to the next party or gathering.
The “traditional” King Cake is made from twisted strands of cinnamon dough, covered by poured sugar and sprinkled with green, purple, and gold colored sugar. Today many additonal varieties are also available by adding cream cheese, or other filling to the “King Cake”.
I opened the cake and oh! Was it pretty! All the colors! And that smell! I was amazed that something that came all the way from New Orleans could be so fresh smelling! They ship it over night directly to your door!! It tasted amazing.. think the best cinnamon roll you have EVER had! Melt in your mouth, buttery, cinnamony, yumminess!! This is what it looked like! It was not enjoyed by all here, due to the food coloring in it, it became an adult only treat, but the kids got some some other goodies!
And the coffee? Smooth… not bitter at all. Which also amazed me for a pre-ground packaged coffee. I could tell it was very fresh! I recieved the Cafe Special, medium to dark roast. When you order coffee on their website, you click on the coffee you are interested in and it gives you a little chart, telling you about the acidity content, the roast, and the body of that coffee! Which is great for those of us that suffer acid reflex and can’t handle a coffee with high acidity! I know I have several times grabbed a coffee that looked so yummy to later spend hours in torture because I didn’t know it had high acid content!
Here is a little history on Community Coffee. I always find history interesting!!
For four generations, the Saurage family of Louisiana has owned and operated Community Coffee Company. In 1919, Henry Norman “Cap” Saurage discovered the secret of making this great-tasting coffee in his country store in Dixie, Louisiana, near Baton Rouge. He named his coffee “Community” in honor of his community of friends. In 1924, he closed the store and converted his backyard barn into a coffee mill, using coffee beans purchased from a local roaster. In 1941, Cap’s son H. Norman Saurage Jr. purchased the company’s first coffee roaster, having decided that Community should roast its own coffee to ensure quality at every step. A roasting plant was built in Baton Rouge in 1946.
Over the years, Community Coffee Company would take countless steps to ensure the quality of its product. In 1955, the company began importing green coffee beans directly from coffee plantations in Brazil. In 1970, a new plant was built on the Mississippi River in Port Allen, Louisiana. In 1980, Community introduced the nation’s first vacuum-sealed coffee package.
The first CC’s Community Coffee House opened on the corner of Jefferson and Magazine Street in New Orleans in 1995. Dozens more opened during the 10 years that followed.
It’s been more than 90 years since Cap Saurage founded Community Coffee Company, but our mission has never changed – to share our passion for great coffee with our customers.
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