If you’re a fan of good coffee, you probably already know Community® Coffee, now on sale at Brookshire’s, just in time to let you stock up for holiday guests. The Louisiana-based brand, sold in the familiar red packages, roasts only the highest-quality Arabica beans, so the bright, smooth flavor of the coffee really shines through.
But you may not know the rich tradition behind this business – still family-owned after more than 90 years.
Community Coffee traces its beginnings to 1919, when founder Henry Norman “Cap” Saurage began brewing coffee in his country store on the edge of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He bought beans from local roasters but mixed them according to his tastes, creating an exceptionally smooth, flavorful blend.
Soon, the coffee became more popular than the groceries, and in 1924, Cap went into the coffee business full-time, turning a backyard barn into a coffee mill. He called his coffee “Community” because of the support he received from his beloved neighborhood.
From there, business boomed. In the early 1940s, Community Coffee began roasting its own beans, and by 1955, it began importing green coffee beans from coffee plantations in South America – ensuring that its high standards of quality would be upheld from point of origin to the consumer’s coffee cup. And the company has continued to innovate. They were the first U.S. coffee company to introduce the now-ubiquitous vacuum-sealed coffee package, way back in 1980. And, going back to their roots, they launched their first coffeehouse, CC’s Community Coffee House®, in 1995.
With all of its flavors and roasts, Community Coffee continues to follow the vision it embraced for itself nearly a century ago: Make the best coffee possible, and share it with consumers. That’s why they use only the highest-quality Arabica beans. Grown at higher altitudes, Arabica beans are more flavorful and contain less caffeine than the lower-quality Robusta beans, which are used in many other commercial grades of coffee.
The fourth generation of the Saurage family now owns and operates Community Coffee, so popular that it’s unofficially called the state coffee of Louisiana. Since they know a little something about food and drink in Louisiana, I think that’s a pretty big honor.