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Married to Coffee

“Marriage is what brings us together today”– Princess Bride

Good Morning Everyone!

So how many of you have your coffee as soon as you wake up in the morning? Or do you prefer to have your coffee around lunch or after dinner with dessert? I love to have my coffee when I walk downstairs because it is a perfect way to start my morning.  I have gone through days without coffee and those days have been quite “slow.” Does that make me coffee’s ‘partner’ if I can’t go a day without it?

Is too much of a good thing really bad? Doctor’s have started to say that having even six cups of coffee are beneficial to your health.  Rob Van Dam, M.D., assistant professor in the department of nutrition at Harvard University, studied coffee and said that it contained complex compounds the can improve your health.  For instance, one cup of coffee a day can reduce the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes by 7 percent and if you drink as many as 5 cups of coffee a day, you reduce your risk at getting Alzheimer’s disease by 65 percent.

So, don’t go a day without your ‘partner’ of a coffee cup and your dose of good health! I will say that I am married to something that is delicious and full of caffeine. Make the Lowcountry Blend your new partner!

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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston


Taking One WITH the Team

Hey y’all! It’s Friday once again, so enjoy your weekend as much as you can! School is almost here.

Have you ever been a part of a team? You could have been part of a sports team or a team for a group project for school.  When someone thinks of an internship, he or she thinks that there is only one intern that does all of the work.  Also, that one intern only brings one side of creativity to the table for that business or program, leaving there much to be left behind.  I have been a part of an internship team and it has been probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

I am one of five interns and each of us has brought new ideas to this internship that could not have been accomplished without the others.  I love going to the gym and I like the hospitality and tourism market, so it was natural for me to build relationships with those markets, and hold events at those locations.  The other interns did the same and targeted their favorite markets of fashion, Greek life, the military, athletes, and the fans of athletes.  It would have been very difficult for one intern to accomplish as much as our team has accomplished this summer.

As the #beanteam belles, we can say that we have created friendships among our target markets, friendships with the Lowcountry Food Bank, and friendships with each other.  The stress and pressure has been reduced because of such passionate and hard-working interns that I call my co-workers and now, friends.  I would greatly recommend such a program as this for any business because that business would benefit tremendously and so would those who were chosen as interns.


Here is a picture of the #beanteam’s beginnings at the Lowcountry Food Bank:

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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston


Get a Slice of This!

Happy Friday everyone! It is already August and that means school is near.  I hope that you all take advantage of the tax-free weekend!

Are you a fan of pizza, pasta, salad, sandwiches, and delicious desserts?  If your answer was “yes,” give Brixx Pizza a try!  The first Brixx Pizza was opened in 1998 and now there are fourteen locations that travel up the east coast.  The idea behind Brixx Pizza was to create an atmosphere that combined the techniques of fine dining, with the feel of being casual.  Brixx Pizza offers a variety of foods, some of my favorite being, the Margherita Pizza, the Spinach and Artichoke dip with pita, and the Southwest Chicken Salad.  You should really try those and then try the rest of the menu!  Brixx Pizza does an excellent job of creating new flavors and colors on ordinary pizza.  For instance, Brixx now has a Thai Chicken Pizza.  This pizza brings the taste of Thailand to those on the east coast!  You should really give that pizza a try if you are up for something different, unoriginal, and a little bit spicy.

This past Wednesday, the Brixx Pizza in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina showed their support for the #beanteam and the Lowcountry Blend.  Never forget that with every cup of coffee that is purchased from a Sunoco APlus store, a cup of coffee is donated to the Lowcountry Food Bank.  So, as we say a huge ‘thank you’ to those at Brixx Pizza for supporting our cause, give them a huge ‘thank you’ by visiting one of their fourteen locations on the east coast!

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Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston


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Touring with the Lowcountry Blend

Hey y’all! I hope that your Friday has been going well.  Stay cool because this weekend’s temperature is looking quite hot!

Today the #beanteam held our final event at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.  We partnered with Fort Sumter Tours & Spiritline Cruises for the day, setting our booth right beside their dock.  This morning we hoped to reach those who were visiting Charleston temporarily and who may want a good coffee to grab as they are traveling between vacation spots!

We provided samples of the Lowcountry Blend, with cookies and muffins, and told people about our partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank.  We directed our interested guests to the APlus Convenience stores that carry Lowcountry Blend and handed out many t-shirts that represent Sunoco and the #beanteam. Not only did we talk about coffee and hand out samples of coffee, but we provided some “coffee” music that brought the feel of a coffee house to a dock on the Charleston harbor.

We were pleasantly surprised and excited that so many of our guests enjoyed the flavor and richness of the Lowcountry Blend.  Our guests told their families and friends who were touring with them today, so our popularity grew with every coffee cup that was given out.  As this was our last event of the summer, we could not have been more grateful for this opportunity to represent a nationally-known company as Sunoco. Sunoco has such a heart for their customers, such as their initiative to donate a cup of coffee, to the Lowcountry Food Bank, with every cup that is bought within their APlus Convenience Stores.

Thank you to Sunoco and Fort Sumter Tours & Spiritline Cruises for making today a success!

Remember, tonight is the kick off of the Olympics.  So, purchase yourself a cup of Lowcountry Blend to drink as you watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics tonight at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.


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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston


Cafe au Zumba?

Good Morning to all of our trendy coffee drinkers! How are you all doing today? Would you all mind doing something for us if you have a spare minute this weekend? Please fill out our online survey. We are trying to get to know you and your coffee routine! Thanks in advance, friends!

This past Wednesday morning, July 18, the #beanteam held our fourth event at the East Shore Athletic Club in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.  Through some emails, personal meetings, and calls, Matt, the manager of East Shore Gym, and I coordinated this event.  We were thinking that if people are finishing their work outs, or they need a caffeine boost to get through their fitness class, why not provide some Lowcountry Blend?

So, we provided fresh, hot samples of the Lowcountry Blend, along with lots of other Sunoco goodies in the gym lobby. We had a good number of gym-goers stop by our table, try the Lowcountry Blend, and say that the Lowcountry Blend was an excellent brew! Even the staff members of East Shore Athletic Club were big fans! The #beanteam also received multiple surveys, along with one video interview, that gave feedback on the coffee habits of the Lowcountry.  All of the people who took our survey were given a “#beanteam” t-shirt to represent Sunoco and the Lowcountry Blend!  This past Wednesday went very well!

East Shore Athletic Club is an excellent gym that holds premium gym equipment and a variety of classes.  Zumba is one of the most fun classes you will take if you enjoy dancing!  Zumba combines dances like salsa, reggae-ton, hip-hop, mambo, Bollywood, merengue, and some others. If you are interested in Zumba classes or becoming a member of ESAC, please visit their website.

Now, if you are disappointed that you missed out on this event, attend our next event this coming Friday, July 27, from 9:30-10:45am at Patriots Point with your favorite #beanteam and Lowcountry Blend! We will be teaming up with Fort Sumter Tours and Spiritline Cruises, so check out their tours!

Thanks y’all and have a relaxing weekend!

Here are some pictures from this Wednesday’s event (All photo credit to JoAnn Makiano):





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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston, Events


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One Nation, One Lowcountry, One Brew

Happy Friday friends! How have your weeks been? You all should have a warm, bold cup of Lowcountry Blend to start your weekend right!

Friends, have you visited Charleston recently? Charleston holds decades of history and Fort Sumter is one of the most visited historicial locations. Have you ever heard of Fort Sumter in recent or past history books? Well, Fort Sumter was the very locatoin where the Civil War began.  On April 12, 1861, the Confederate forces opened fire on Fort Sumter, where Federal forces were residing.  Did you know that about 34 hours after the first fire had been shot that Fort Sumter surrendered? (

The Civil War was a monumental war for our Nation as a whole.  The Civil War helped prove that our Nation could survive as a republic and a Nation that could stand on its own.  Abraham Lincoln was our Nation’s President during the time of the Civil War and slavery was very prevalent in America, especially in cities like Charleston. As the Civil war ended, slavery was abolished and the United States of America was claimed as one Nation ( Fort Sumter is and was a significant part of our Nation’s history.

Today, you can visit the Fort Sumter National Monument and Fort Sumter itself.  The Fort Sumter National Monument holds a free museum of artifacts from the Civil War and a gift shop.  You can purchase tickets at the Fort Sumter National Monument for the Fort Sumter Tours held by Fort Sumter Tours and Spiritline Cruises. Visit this website for tour times, ticket prices, and bookings:

As you tour one of the most historical sites of America, bring along a good cup of coffee!  The Lowcountry Blend is the perfect aid for your touring adventures to keep you going!

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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston


A Good Cup of History and Coffee!

Good Morning to my favorite coffee drinkers and connoisseurs!

How were your Fourth of July holidays? I hope that you all got the chance to eat all the barbeque and ice cream you could, played in the pool with the overwhelming heat, and that you enjoyed some breath taking fireworks.

Did you know that the College of Charleston is the thirteenth oldest school in the United States of America?  The College of Charleston was founded in 1770, with some of the main founders being three signers of the Declaration of Independence, three framers of the Constitution, judges, and state governors. The first president of the college was Reverend Robert Smith and the first classes of the College of Charleston were held in Reverend Smith’s home ( ).  Also speaking about Reverend Smith, it may be myth but Reverend Smith would supposively invite students individually to his home for dinner and then to watch the hanging of pirates for entertainment.  In 1794, the first class of College of Charleston graduated with six people ( ).  Needless to say, College of Charleston holds history in every brick and crevice.

Who of you are big fans of Mel Gibson and Nicholas Sparks? Well, when it comes to the history of media and film, “The Notebook,”“Dear John” and “The Patriot” were filmed on the College of Charleston campus.  Also, some other television shows like “O” and “General Hospital” were filmed on the college campus.  The College of Charleston has even been visited by famous politicians like, Congressman Ron Paul, Senator John McCain, President Barack Obama, Senator John Edwards, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Governor Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee.

I attend the College of Charleston and I will be graduating next spring semester with a degree in Communications and Psychology.  I will be a part of the class of 2013 and I can’t help but wonder all of the people who are and were College of Charleston alumni before me.  Three weeks after I walk across the Cistern, in the direction of starting my new life as a college graduate, I will be marrying my best friend.  I am only one of the stories that fill the walls of the College of Charleston, so as you visit this school campus, bring along a cup of Lowcountry Blend.  Let’s make the Lowcountry Blend another story to be told!

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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston


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