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Wake up on the road with a cup of coffee!

Hello coffee lovers and coffee fans! So you’ve been driving for about an hour to go to the beach, and you start to get sleepy at the wheel. What do you do to wake up? Listen to music? Roll down the window and get wind on your face? The answer is to grab a cup of Lowcountry Blend coffee at one of our 26 APlus stores. In fact, driver sleepiness is a major cause of serious road crashes, and a cup of coffee could be the solution.

One of the most popular myths for counteracting tiredness is singing to music, however your cup of Lowcountry Blend coffee is the best way to alleviate sleepiness. According to researchers, the quickest and easiest fixes for driver sleepiness is to immediately stop driving, drink one or more cups of caffeinated coffee, and take a 15-minute nap (in that order).

Throughout the years, research has proven time and time again that caffeinated coffee can counteract driver sleepiness. According to the Coffee Science Information Centre, one or two cups of caffeinated coffee can significantly improve alertness among drivers. So the next time you’re getting tired on the wheel, why don’t you take a break and wake up with some Lowcountry Blend?

 
 

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Dungeons and Pirates, Oh My!

      Hey to all of our coffee friends and fans! I hope all of your weeks have been stress-free and that your weekends will be even more relaxing!

Who has visited the Old Exchange building and the Provost Dungeon in Charleston, South Carolina? Well, if you haven’t, you most definitely need to. In the Spring of 1670, Charleston was named “Charles Town” in honor of King Charles II of England. Charles Town was modeled after the architecture of 18th and 19th century England, and it became one of the most flourishing trade ports of Colonial America. The Old Exchange building, which also was a Customs house at the time, was building as the trade markets were taking off, in order to maintain such a large demand for international trade (http://oldexchange.org/history/ ).

So, where does the Provost Dungeon come in? There’s a simple answer, pirates. Pirates also noticed the success of Charles Town’s trade market and they wanted a part in it too. In 1718, Blackbeard, one of the most famous pirates of all time, captured nine ships, took many captive, and demanded medicines as ransom for those held captive (http://oldexchange.org/history/ ). The authorities during those times, such as Colonel William Rhett, were not going to stand for their trade market being harmed. The pirates that were known for being held captive in the Provost Dungeon were Stede Bonnet and his crew. Stede Bonnet, the “Gentleman Pirate,” was known for being under Blackbeard’s command and for coming from a well-known, educated family in the South. So, in 1718, he and his men were captured by Colonel Rhett and placed in captivity in the Provost Dungeon. If you want to know something humorous and interesting, as Bonnet and his men were held in the Provost Dungeon, Bonnet was devising a plan to dress as a woman in order to escape and meet with another pirate, Christopher Moody, at a Charleston bar (http://oldexchange.org/history/ ). Bonnet was very unsuccessful and he was hung in the winter of 1718 at the Battery in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon holds even more Charleston history, such as visits by the first President of the United States, George Washington. So, for more history and information about the Old Exchange building and Provost Dungeon, visit http://oldexchange.org/ and book your next tour!

Friends, I can’t say that you won’t come across ghost pirates while visiting the Provost Dungeon, but I can say that your cup of Lowcountry Blend will be with you when you get scared!

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston

 

Coffee and America

Coffee has a rich, flavorful history much like how it tastes. With the 4th of July rolling around the corner, our country will be celebrating its own history, government, and traditions of the United States of America. While in search of information about coffee, I stumbled upon a coffee forum that had the topic “How Coffee Changed America”. I thought this would be perfect for the occasion!

Here’s the timeline of coffee and America’s history together. Let’s take a look!

So with the 4th of July coming next week, let’s celebrate to our country’s magnificent history with a cup of Lowcountry Blend coffee, family and friends!

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston

 

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Oh, What One Would Do For That Coffee Fix

Coffee. We devote our lives to it in a way. We will be late, make our lives more difficult and make our schedules more hectic all for that calming feeling we get when we take that first sip and simply say “ahhh.” In that moment everything slips away. For just one second all you are concerned with is enjoying the soothing feel and the tiny jolt that coffee gives you in just one gulp.

However, it is this euphoric taste and addicting feel that can get us in trouble much of the time. Or if not trouble, just make our lives a little more stressful. Just a couple of days ago, I had one of these stressful moments occur because of my need for my morning coffee fix.

It all started on Monday morning of this week. I had set my alarm promptly for 8 am so I would have plenty of time to get ready for work and of course – brew a pot of coffee. However, apparently when I thought I hit snooze, I had turned my alarm completely off. I awoke startled and knew without even looking I was running majorly behind schedule. I rushed to the kitchen to start my coffee so it would be ready when I headed out the door, but to my dismay and agitation we were completely out of coffee. You know those days where everything seems to be going wrong? Well, this was one of them.

As I stomped out of the house I could not push away that feeling in my brain that kept saying, “I need coffee!” Tried as I might, I was losing the battle, but I couldn’t think of a coffee place that would be quick enough so I wouldn’t have to wait, but still have great tasting coffee that would help subdue my coffee craving. That’s when I realized I was close enough to Mt. Pleasant for a coffee detour and some Lowcountry Blend! I pulled in Sunoco and filled up on gas while the Sunoco On The Go team brought me my coffee and I was back on my way to work in minutes. The best part you ask? Getting that “ahh” feeling and realizing everything was better now that I had some coffee and most of all some Lowcountry Blend!

 

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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston

 

Coffee, Infographics, and You

One of my favorite media trends is the use of infographics. Infographics are simple illustrations, graphics, charts…whatever, really… that are paired with facts or statistics in order to display information in an interesting and visually appealing way. We all know this is becoming an increasingly visual world, and with the information overload we encounter daily, it is hard to get our attention on any one thing for any length of time.

So for today, I found this handy graphic entitled 15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee. It is a rather large graphic, so you will need to follow the link to see it… I won’t post it here! But if you do follow the think, it tells us of all the different ways coffee is made, random and seemingly outrageous laws in coffee’s history, and how caffeine really works. It is also rather witty and entertaining!

After I found this infographic, I was curious what else I could find. Low and behold, there were all kinds of graphics that showed up after a simple Google search. Look! There is more:

This website shows not one, not two, but 27 Infographics depicting coffee. There is one going along with my last post about coffee vs. tea, one depicting coffee differences all over the world, the pros and cons of caffeine, how different coffe drinks are made, and how coffee compares to other beverages, such as energy drinks or sodas. OH and as an added bonus, the video I posted a few weeks back is also on there! I love when I find these connections!

So, the moral of the story is: Thanks to new media, you can be educated on almost anything, anytime, anywhere. Infographics give you quick and fun facts about the topic of your choosing, and in this case, coffee. Being an intern this summer really has taught me a ton about coffee, and I almost didn’t realize it! I feel like I could quiz you on this. QUICK: What would you have if you added 1 part Lowcountry Blend with 1 part milk tea? How large (in $$$) is the global coffee market? Just how big was the biggest cup of coffee on record? You will find the answers in these graphics!

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston

 

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A Night of Vintage Fashion and Delicious Coffee

This past weekend, the beanteam members and I kicked off our first event at “A Vintage Inspired Fashion Show.”  For our Sunoco internship, each beanteam member is in charge of planning an individual event, and I decided to choose something that I have always been passionate about, which is fashion. I have been modeling since my sophomore year in college, and every year, I have participated in Charleston Fashion Week. To me, the fashion world is inspiring with trendy models, beautiful clothes, creative hairstylists and passionate designers.

When my fashionista friend, Kristen Armstrong, asked me to walk in “A Vintage Inspired Fashion Show,” I knew that I wanted to incorporate Lowcountry Blend coffee with the event. After talking to Kristen about my idea, she told me that the #beanteam belles could set up a booth and provide coffee goodie bags and t-shirts during the fashion show, and I was thrilled!

On the day of the show, I went to  Strawberry Blonde salon and got my hair and makeup done. After getting primped, I went to the National Rifle Club bowling alley where the event would be held. I met up with fellow beanteam members JoAnn and Courtney, and we set up our coffee booth next to some vendors who were selling vintage jewelry and clothes.

We had coffee goodie bags with Lowcountry Blend samples, our Lowcountry Blend brochure, Sunoco stickers, and creamers. Our booth had Lowcountry Blend pamphlets, beanteam t-shirts, and survey questions for fashion show attendees, which asked them about their morning coffee routine. We also had a Lowcountry Blend coffee poster that described our coffee flavors, and another one provided links to our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages.

After setting up the coffee booth, we told people that they could find Lowcountry Blend coffee in our 26 APlus stores in Charleston. We also passed out coffee goodie bags, t-shirts, and asked people to describe how they like their coffee. Before the show started, we had the chance to walk down the catwalk with our Lowcountry Blend coffee. We also went backstage and passed out our beanteam t-shirts and goodie bags to the models.

I think that this first event was a great way to kick off the summer! Check out the pictures from the show on our Lowcountry Blend Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LowCountryBlend.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston

 

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Caffeinated Wedding Emergencies

Hey coffee friends! I hope that you all have had a great week and know that if you all haven’t, the weekend is here!

Weddings are like plays, they require some preparation, practice, and energy.  The preparation comes in the bookings of venues, entertainment, buying your wedding dress, ordering the invitations, and so on. The practice simply comes at the rehearsal and even the rehearsal dinner, because I know that some of you may have known someone that has had to practice their speech at the rehearsal dinner in preparation for a longer speech at your wedding reception.  The energy comes when you, as the bride, the groom, the parents, calm your nerves and follow through with the wedding ceremony.  Once you reach the point of the wedding reception, you know that the most nerve-racking part of your wedding is over and now you can celebrate with your close friends and family!  Your wedding day is said to be the most special day of your life, especially as a woman. So, there has got to be a way to prepare for the little things that could go wrong on your day.  I’ve put together a list of items that could be vital to the survival of your wedding day, and some suggestions are from theknot.com.

Here the list goes:

  1. Scotch tape- Tape fixes so many things!
  2. Miniature Sewing Kit- For the Bridal dress emergencies.
  3. Money- You may end up needing cash for something!
  4. Cell phone- Just another caution, but the bride should not be the one glued to the phone. Give that to one of the bridesmaids.
  5. Water bottle- Dehydration is not the new thing in weddings.
  6. Earring Backs- That would be horrible if someone loses an earring.
  7. Lint Roller- You never know with lint, it seems to come up anywhere.
  8. Miniature Hairbrush- In case of hair emergencies.
  9. Bobbypins and Hair bands- The hair essentials!
  10. Small bottle of hairspray- After all of the hair appointments, the last thing anyone wants is for the hair to get a mind of its own.
  11. Straight Pins- Dress emergencies.
  12. Mints-You’ve got that big moment- “You may kiss the bride” J
  13. Travel Fist Aid Kit- Aspirin, bandaids, and so on.
  14. Stain Remover Towelettes- You honestly never know!
  15. Tissues- You or your Mom may need them!
  16. Deodorant- Enough said.
  17. Chapstick, lip gloss, or lip stick- Pucker up! J
  18. Nail file or Nail Polish- Touch ups can’t hurt!
  19. Travel toothbrush and toothpaste- Just in case you forgot with the wedding bustle!
  20. Baby Powder- This can help your hair look “refreshed.”
  21. Lotion- Doesn’t hurt to have this on hand is your hands are dry!
  22. Cotton Swabs- For makeup emergencies.
  23. Cup of Lowcountry Blend- Your perfect caffeine fix to help with those nerves and to give you the exact amount of energy you need to celebrate on your day. Honestly, you may need more than one! You, as the bride or groom, will feel a rush of energy and feel vibrant as you being your lives together.
       Happy Weddings and I hope  your day is “Emergeny-Free”, filled with bliss and Lowcountry Blend!
       
 
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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston