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Grounds and Hounds Coffee Co.
Helping out Man's Best Friend One Cup of Coffee at a Time
by Bobbi Rifkin

When Jordan Karcher stumbled upon a dog adoption event in the spring of 2012, he had no intention whatsoever in becoming a dog owner. But when a malnourished and loving Dalmatian jumped into his lap, it became clear he was going home with a new four-legged friend. Almost instantly, Jordan and Molly the Dalmatian became inseparable.

Together Jordan and Molly started to make a morning routine of walking together to the local coffee shop. It then struck Jordan that many other dog owners make a routine of the same thing him and Molly do every morning. This thought combined with advocating safe haven shelters for abandoned dogs, led to the creation of Grounds and Hounds Coffee Co.

Coffee is known to be the drink of revolutions. Where coffee has been, change has followed. Grounds and Hounds is on a mission to have coffee change the world and accomplish their mission of providing every dog a fair shot in life.

Using coffee to give our furry friends a second chance in a loving home, Grounds and Hounds Coffee Co. produces seven different blends of coffee with 20% of each purchase being donated to one of their many rescue partners. All blends of coffee are 100% Fair Trade and Organic certified, carefully sourcing their coffee beans from the best growing regions in the world. The best part  is that the proceeds being donated go to the rescue partner that is closest to where the purchase was made. Grounds and Hounds is currently partnered with over twenty rescue companies throughout the country and hopes to be teamed up with a rescue organization in every state. So far Grounds and Hounds has donated around $85,000 and has sold over 60,000 pounds of coffee in the past two and a half years.

Single bags of coffee range from $9 a bag to $14.50 a bag. Coffee “kits” with multiple bags of coffee are for sale and range from $26 to $80. Subscriptions are also available in 3 month, 6 month, and 12 month periods. To find out more or to make a purchase, visit You can also find Grounds and Hounds Coffee on many shelves in markets near you! Find the store locator on their website to find the closest store to your home.


The Perfect Summer Cocktail in a Box
From the Perfet Pair–High Brew Cold Brew Coffee and RumChata

Whether it’s a cocktail for brunch, a late night dance party or at poolside High Brew Cold Brew Coffee®, an Austin-based natural cold-brew, and the award-winning RumChata® rum cream, have partnered to fuel the fun all summer long with a limited edition cocktail kit. When paired, the delicious duo creates an iced coffee cocktail combining the smoothness of High Brew Cold Brew Coffee’s classic, dairy-free Black and Bold flavor with the one-of-a-kind smooth and creamy taste of RumChata cream liqueur that has been dubbed “official drink of paradise.” With two times the amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee, using High Brew Cold Brew Coffee as a mixer really can amp up a refreshing summer coffee cocktail.

“A Black and Bold RumChata cocktail has been a favorite of the High Brew team for a while, which makes this partnership great for us,” says David Smith, founder and CEO of High Brew Cold Brew Coffee. “At High Brew, we like to work hard and play, so we loved the idea of helping create a delicious cocktail with RumChata this summer. We knew if our team was already enjoying the drink, there would be many others out there who would as well.”

This summer, the value-added RumChata coffee cocktail kit will include two cans of High Brew Cold Brew Coffee making it easy for consumers to mix the two together with ice for the ultimate summer beverage. The limited edition kit is available now at various retailers around the U.S. and running through summer while supplies last. For more information on High Brew Cold Brew Coffee®, visit and remember to enjoy the beverage responsibly. visit

“Whether it’s face to face or on social media, we constantly hear from RumChata fans how much they love RumChata in their coffee. So pairing it with High Brew this summer was an organic partnership that our customers have been already doing on their own at home,” says Tom Mass, RumChata founder and master blender. “By packaging everything together, it makes it simple for everyone to enjoy this delicious cocktail concoction, as well as introduce new audiences to the possibility of using cold brew as a mixer with RumChata.”


21 Ways to Use Tea to Benefit Your Beauty,
Home and Garden

Cool sunburned skin
What can you do when you forget to use sunscreen and have to pay the price with a painful burn? A few wet tea bags applied to the affected skin will take out the sting. This works well for other types of minor burns (i.e., from a teapot or steam iron) too. If the sunburn is too widespread to treat this way, put some tea bags in your bathwater and soak your whole body in the tub.

Relieve your tired eyes
Revitalize tired, achy, or puffy eyes. Soak two tea bags in warm water and place them over your closed eyes for 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea act to reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes.

Reduce razor burn
Ouch! Why didn’t you remember to replace that razor blade before you started to shave? To soothe razor burn and relieve painful nicks and cuts, apply a wet tea bag to the affected area. And don’t forget to replace the blade before your next shave.

Get the gray out
Turn gray hair dark again without an expensive trip to the salon or the use of chemical hair dyes. Make your own natural dye using brewed tea and herbs: Steep 3 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage (either fresh or dried) and let it stand overnight before straining. To use, shampoo as usual, and then pour or spray the mixture on your hair, making sure to saturate it thoroughly. Take care not to stain clothes. Blot with a towel and do not rinse. It may take several treatments to achieve desired results.

Condition dry hair
To give a natural shine to dry hair, use a quart (liter) of warm, unsweetened tea (freshly brewed or instant) as a final rinse after your regular shampoo.

Drain a boil
Drain a boil with a boiled tea bag! Cover a boil with a wet tea bag overnight and the boil should drain without pain by the time you wake up next morning.

Soothe those bleeding gums
The child may be all smiles later when the tooth fairy arrives, but right now those bleeding gums are no fun whatsoever. To stop the bleeding and soothe the pain from a lost or recently pulled tooth, wet a tea bag with cool water and press it directly onto the site.

Relieve baby’s pain from injection
Is the baby still crying from that recent inoculation shot? Try wetting a tea bag and placing it over the site of the injection. Hold it gently in place until the crying stops. The tannic acid in the tea will soothe the soreness. You might try it on yourself the next time an injection leaves your arm sore.

Dry poison ivy rash
Dry a weepy poison ivy rash with strongly brewed tea. Simply dip a cotton ball into the tea, dab it on the affected area, and let it air-dry. Repeat as needed.

Stop foot odor
Put an end to smelly feet by giving them a daily tea bath. Just soak your tootsies in strongly brewed tea for 20 minutes a day and say good-bye to offensive odors.

Make soothing mouthwash
To ease toothache or other mouth pain, rinse your mouth with a cup of hot peppermint tea mixed with a pinch or two of salt. Peppermint is an antiseptic and contains menthol, which alleviates pain on contact with skin surfaces. To make peppermint tea, boil 1 TBSP fresh peppermint leaves in 1 cup water and steep for several minutes.

Tenderize tough meat
Even the toughest cuts of meat will melt in your mouth after you marinate them in regular black tea. Here’s how: Place 4 tablespoons black tea leaves in a pot of warm (not boiling) water and steep for 5 minutes. Strain to remove the leaves and stir in 1/2 cup brown sugar until it dissolves. Set aside. Season up to 3 pounds (1.5 kilograms) meat with salt, pepper, onion, and garlic powder, and place it in a Dutch oven. Pour the liquid over the seasoned meat and cook in a preheated 325°F (165°C) oven until the meat is fork tender, about 90 minutes.

Clean wood furniture and floors
Freshly brewed tea is great for cleaning wood furniture and floors. Just boil a couple of tea bags in a quart (liter) of water and let it cool. Dip a soft cloth in the tea, wring out the excess, and use it to wipe away dirt and grime. Buff dry with a clean, soft cloth.

Create “antique” fashions
Soak white lace or garments in a tea bath to create an antique beige, ecru, or ivory look. Use 3 tea bags for every 2 cups of boiling water and steep for 20 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes before soaking the material for 10 minutes or more. The longer you let it soak, the darker the shade you will get.

Shine your mirrors
To make mirrors sparkle and shine, brew a pot of strong tea, let it cool, and then use it to clean the mirrors. Dampen a soft cloth in the tea and wipe it all over the surface of the mirrors. Then buff with a soft, dry cloth for a sparkly, streak-free shine.

Control dust from fireplace ash
Keep dust from rising from the ashes when you clean out your fireplace. Before you begin cleaning, sprinkle wet tea leaves over the area. The tea will keep the ashes from spreading all over as you lift them out.

Perfume a sachet
Next time you make a sachet, try perfuming it with the fragrant aroma of your favorite herbal tea. Just open a few used herbal tea bags and spread the wet tea on some old newspaper to dry. Then use the dry tea as stuffing for the sachet.

In the Garden
Give roses a boost
Sprinkle new or used tea leaves (loose or in tea bags) around your rosebushes and cover with mulch to give them a midsummer boost. When you water the plants, the nutrients from the tea will be released into the soil, spurring growth. Roses love the tannic acid that occurs naturally in tea.

Feed your ferns
Schedule an occasional teatime for your ferns and other acid-loving houseplants. Substitute brewed tea when watering the plants. Or work wet tea leaves into the soil around the plants to give them a lush, luxuriant look.

Prepare planter for potting
For healthier potted plants, place a few used tea bags on top of the drainage layer at the bottom of the planter before potting. The tea bags will retain water and leach nutrients to the soil.

Enhance your compost pile
To speed up the decomposition process and enrich your compost, pour a few cups of strongly brewed tea into the heap. The liquid tea will hasten decomposition and draw acid-producing bacteria, creating desirable acid-rich compost.

Source:  Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things


Coffee or Tea Lovers Rejoice!
Ember Earns Top Honors for its Sleek Design at the 2017 IDSA IDEA Awards

Ember plans to revolutionize the way the world eats and drinks. Founded in 2012 by inventor and serial entrepreneur Clay Alexander, Ember has built an incredible team of world-class product designers and engineers formally with Apple, Microsoft, Nokia and Amazon Labs, with big plans to transform the drinkware and dishware industry.

Ember Technologies is the leader in consumer-facing temperature control technology and creator of the world's first temperature controlled mug.   It will take home top honors at the 2017 International Designers Society of America (IDSA) International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) being held on August 16 at the 2017 IDSA International Design Conference in Atlanta.  The company will be named as either a Gold or Silver IDEA Award winner in the Kitchen & Accessories category, demonstrating the way Ember Mug continues to rack up the awards for its innovation and design.  But what is all the hype about?

Design experts from around the world judge the international design competition, sponsored annually by IDSA. Criteria include design innovation, user experience, benefit to the client, benefit to society, and appropriate aesthetics. Ember worked closely with design firm Ammunition Group on the development of the mug.

"Ember solves a simple, yet universal challenge faced by coffee and tea drinkers everywhere: keeping a hot beverage at the ideal temperature for an extended period of time," says Clay Alexander, founder & CEO of Ember Technologies. "We wanted to show how a mug could be a work of art, beautifully designed and an object of desire. We worked hard to bring this product  to life and Ammunition worked with us every step of the way. It's an incredible honor to be recognized by such an esteemed organization as IDSA."

Ember's flagship product is the only temperature adjustable mug that keeps coffee or tea at a consistent drinking temperature from the first sip to the last drop. The company's patented temperature-control technology combines phase change cooling with microprocessor-controlled active heating, creating the world's most precise temperature control system.

Launched in November 2016, Ember saw unprecedented success in sales and wide adoption from consumers. There is so much that this mug offers, please view the video about its desing and capabilities by clicking here.  Ember is currently available at Starbucks locations and online at,, and at  MSRP:  $149.95.


7-Eleven® Continues Commitment to Sustainability with New Single-Origin Colombian Coffee

After introducing two Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffees in six months, 7-Eleven, Inc. is making its biggest product commitment to sustainability with the switch to a new Rainforest Alliance Certified single-origin Colombian coffee. Introduced in June, the new brew will replace the Colombian coffee now offered on the hot beverage bar, and is the retailer's first permanent coffee variety to switch to sustainable sourcing.

With the addition of the certified single-origin Colombian coffee as a permanent offering and other sustainable limited-time varieties in the future, between one-third and one-half of the 7-Eleven® coffee lineup will be Rainforest Alliance Certified.

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that seeks to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. Carrying the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal with the little green frog means the 100 percent Arabica beans for 7-Eleven stores' new coffee are sourced from coffee growers whose farms are required to meet strict standards designed to protect the environment, conserve wildlife and promote the well-being of local communities.
"7-Eleven shares our belief that everyday actions add up to meaningful impact," said Alex Morgan, Rainforest Alliance global director of Markets Transformation. "Each cup of sustainably sourced coffee is one that helps protect the environment."

Last year, 7-Eleven outlined steps to reach measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals to reduce its environmental footprint. The retailer's CSR mission has three focus areas – people, planet and products. Using 2015 as a baseline, 7-Eleven set goals to reduce its carbon footprint and increase community engagement in the U.S. and Canada.

"We've set specific, measurable goals that are good for the business and environment," said Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven President and Chief Executive Officer. "We've already taken significant steps to reduce our carbon footprint, and we're committed to finding even more ways of maximizing energy efficiency and sustainability."

The "planet pillar" of 7-Eleven's CSR goals included reducing its energy footprint in stores by 20 percent by 2025. Earlier this year, 7-Eleven signed an agreement with TXU Energy to purchase 100 percent Texas wind energy for 425 Texas stores. The 96-month wind energy agreement starts June 1, 2018. It is expected to reduce 7-Eleven's carbon footprint by 6.7 percent while providing significant operating expense savings. The energy to power competitive market 7-Eleven stores will be provided by Texas wind farms.

Environmental issues are especially important to Millennial and Generation Z customers under 35. A 2016 study reported that sustainably sourced coffee is recognized by almost half of Millennials as an important attribute when making their selection. They recognize sustainability as being environmentally-friendly. 

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility objectives, 7-Eleven will continue to seek out responsibly sourced coffees and other products and packaging with less environmental impact.


Cham Cold Brew Tea Launches a New Summer Seasonal Brew, Wins Silver Sofi Award

Cham Cold Brew debuted their new summer seasonal cold brew, the Ginger Palmer, at the 2017 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. The Ginger Palmer is a cold brewed modern twist on the well known half and half. Ultra smooth and robust, premium organic cold brewed black tea is elevated by the refreshing citrus notes of cold pressed lemons and supercharged with a shot of fresh ginger.

Cham was also awarded a silver Sofi award for their Calm Chamomile Tea, a cold brewed modern take on an old classic herbal tea. Cham creates the best tasting ready-to-drink teas available by using a cold brewing method to gently extract flavors, producing a smoother tea that is truer to its original flavor profile while preserving as many natural benefits as possible. Cham’s lineup also includes a Revitalize Hibiscus Fruit Tea and Defense Mountain Tea.

“We’re very honored to have been recognized by the Specialty Food Association as having created an innovative product that stands out in an extremely competitive category,” said Niko Nikolaou, Co-founder and CEO of Cham Cold Brew Tea.

Sofi stands for “specialty outstanding food innovation” and represents the food industry’s best of the best. Sofi winners were chosen in a rigorous blind taste testing by a panel of industry recognized leading culinary experts.  More about Cham at