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The Holidays

With the Holidays coming up,  finding gifts for everyone on the nice list can be difficult. Instead of giving your coworker Secret Santa a general coffee brand, give them a bag of Ugandan Gold Coffee. Here are three reasons why to choose social impact over anything else:

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As we say on our mission page, “In Uganda today, one out of every five children will die 6f0c5421before their fifth birthday. Clean water, our most precious global resource, is available to less than 1% of Ugandans, and remains the primary obstacle to a healthy, productive, hope-filled life.” Every time you purchase a bag of Ugandan Gold Coffee, a portion of the proceeds go to a well-digging initiative to provide clean water to all the people of Uganda. We wrote about the importance of clean water for child development in a previous post and we are emphasizing it again – access to clean water can be life changing to a child living in a Ugandan village. A great cup of coffee changes mornings, your cup of coffee can save lives.

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Our natural processing of the coffee beans keeps all the flavors within each bean so the cup you brew is going to the best it can be. We take extra care when picking the beans (one by one pulling them off the branch) and we sun dry the crop – turning the beans from a healthy red, to a deep brown. If you like your coffee black or almost light tan, it will be the absolute best (for an affordable price!).

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This is the biggest part of our business plan. We aim for the coffee farm in Uganda to be self-sustaining, encouraging the employees to learn to stand on their own and become working members of society. Also, our well-digging initiative brings life to communities. Around each well, school desks are filled with excited kids, Bibles are cracked open in church pews, and business are filled with paying customers. The coffee is only the first part of the whole equation.

Do we have you convinced?

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Christmas is a little over 2 weeks away and we have the perfect last-minute gift ideas for everyone on your nice list. Bonus: these gifts come with an amazing social impact for the people of Uganda. Double Bonus: Shipping discounts on qualified purchases. Read on!

Gingersnap Coffee, $8.99

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A subtle flavoring of the popular gingersnap cookie combined with robust ground coffee.

Free shipping if you buy 4 or more!

Regular Roast Single Serve K-cups, $11.95

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24 single serve cups containing Ugandan Gold Regular Roast Coffee. Will work with most Keurig-brand coffee makers.

Free shipping if you buy 4 or more!

Classic Gift Box, $32.00

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The Classic Gift Box includes 2 bags Regular Caffeinated Coffee, 1 bag of Regular Decaf, and 1 bag Caramel Pecan-flavored coffee.

Free shipping if you buy 2 or more! 

Coffee To Go Travel Pack, $24.95Coffee to Go

12 oz of our premium coffee, along with a porcelain travel mug and a bag of vanilla biscotti with dark chocolate drizzle!  Available in multiple combinations.

Free shipping if you buy 3 or more! 

Passport Coffee Club, $75.00

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1 bag Regular and 1 bag flavored coffee delivered in December, February, and April (A total of 6 bags). Gift card included if you wish. Please email us separately with names and addresses for the Gift card.

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The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

The taste alone of Ugandan Gold Coffee makes it different from other coffee products. What makes it extra special is the social impact that comes along with every bag purchased. Every time you buy a bag of Ugandan Gold Coffee, you are helping our clean water well initiative in Uganda. Clean water brings new life. To explain it a little better, we put a series of photos together we have collected over the years travelling to see the beautiful farm and the people who work there.

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Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

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So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth. Job 5:16

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Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Colossians 3:23

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Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3

 

Get your Christmas sweater ready because Christmas is just a month away! We thought we would help you out with some things you can buy for that one person who seems to have everything, and some recipes you can bake for all the holiday parties you will be going to (using coffee, of course!).

Buy – Coffee and Chocolate

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This holiday package includes a bag of Regular Roast Coffee and a bar of gourmet African chocolate! Total with shipping, this product is under $22 with profits going to the well drilling initiative in Uganda.

Bake – Coffee Fudge Brownies

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These delicious little bars are featured on our Pinterest page along with several other baking with coffee recipes. Fudge Brownies are always a crowd-pleaser and can be decorated for any occasion. Super easy to make and has our favorite ingredient – coffee!

Photo courtesy of: cookingontheside.com

Buy – Classic Gift Box

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The Classic Gift Box comes with 2 bags of regular coffee (caffeinated), 1 bag of regular decaffeinated coffee, and 1 bag of caramel pecan-flavored coffee. All of this can be purchased for $32 and if 2 (or more) gift boxes are bought, the shipping (to one address) is free! Great gift for someone who loves coffee in mass amounts and would appreciate knowing their coffee has a social impact!

Bake – Cappuccino French Toast with Coffee Cream

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Start the day off right with some French toast, even better, coffee French toast. The pictures alone are enough to make your mouth water and it is best paired with, you guessed it, coffee! Great for the morning after Thanksgiving or right before opening gifts Christmas day!

Photo courtesy of: cafedelites.com

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35

The answer to the question, “What is Ugandan Gold Coffee?” can be long and involved. We are passionate about our coffee mission and we are thankful that the history of Ugandan Gold Coffee is full of miracles and opportunities for new life. With busy holidays fast approaching, we also know your time is limited. So we put it all in a video for you! Check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PFdExaZS9Q

With Christmas coming up in a little over a month, you might need some suggestions for corporate gifts or Secret Santa, and we have the perfect present. Our holiday selection offers a wide variety of choices to meet every relative or coworker’s need. Hey, everybody likes coffee – you cannot go wrong!

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Malachi 3:10

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As the holidays approach, sticking to your normal eating habits can be the difference between maintaining a healthy lifestyle and packing on an extra 10 pounds.  It is easy to list the things that have to be consumed in moderation: ice cream, fried food, and those amazing Christmas cookies your sister always brings to the Christmas Eve party. The true question is, does coffee have to be on that list?

According to livestrong.com, you can drink coffee while keeping your diet clean. The trick is that it has to be coffee in the bare bones – black.  Livestrong notes that a cup of brewed coffee (with nothing in it) has a mere 5 calories, but as soon as all the sweeteners and creamers are added, the cup of Joe shoots up to 40 to 60 calories. If you are thinking of enjoying a slice of pie and a cup of coffee after a Thanksgiving feast, for the sake of your calorie count, skip the cream and sugar in your mug.

To move on from the “thou shalt nots” to the “thou shall dos”, coffee is naturally healthy – all on its own! Authoritynutrition.com says that the caffeine can actually boost the brain’s ability to stay awake, focus, and learn. Scientifically, caffeine blocks a neurotransmitter in the brain called adenosine. This particular neurotransmitter is responsible for promoting sleep and causing you to become drowsy. Caffeine blocks adenosine from functioning, helping the brain to feel more alert. In moderation, the jolt of caffeine can keep the mind attentive enough to complete tasks and get through the day.

Authoritynutrition.com goes on to list several nutrients within coffee that help the body develop and stay healthy. Some of these include:

-Vitamin B2

-Vitamin B5

-Manganese

-Potassium

-Magnesium

-Niacin

It is possible to enjoy coffee while trying to keep to a natural, healthy lifestyle. Its natural makeup of nutrients and relatively low calorie count allow coffee to be included even if you are watching your calorie consumption. The key is to avoid the sugary and high-fat add-ins and to make sure you are not consuming too much caffeine which can have a negative effect if you go over the recommended daily amount. Coffee is wonderful and it doesn’t have to be cut out of your daily routine during the holidays.

The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Isaiah 58:11

 

 

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and we thought we could give you a little bit of encouragement before heading into the weekend with some of our favorite verses about giving thanks. At Ugandan Gold Coffee, we are thankful for the power of God. We are very aware that without the mercy of Christ we would not be the organization we are today, and we would not have been able to bless as many lives as we have over the years.  We are thankful for our workers, good harvests, and clean water. We wish all our readers the best as they prepare for a busy holiday of turkey, mashed potatoes, and (we are hoping) a good cup of Ugandan Gold Coffee to wash the feast down.

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.  2 Corinthians 9:11

I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.  Psalm 9:1

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge. 1 Corinthians 1:4-5

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  2 Corinthians 4:15-16

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Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Just in case you have been wondering if drinking Ugandan Gold Coffee has made any difference: in the words of CEED’s Ugandan manager, Herbert Asiimwe:

Ester_2“Ester is one of our workers who has worked at the coffee farm since 2001.
She has worked with us for 12 years.  She is an old lady.

I picked interest in her testimony since she is retiring this December.

Ester's homeUsing the money which she was being paid she was able to do the following.
1. Pay school fees for her 3 children(she is a single parent).   The 2 girls were able to complete their nursing courses and they are both working.
The boy was able to complete a diploma in primary teaching and he is now a headteacher in one of the school in Kiziranfubi in Hoima.

2. She also built a house (see picture). I visited her home and she said all the money she used to build the house was from the farm.

 

3. She was able to buy land and on this land she has planted coffee which she says she has planned for her retirement to get money out of the coffee.

4. She has looked after her children as in medical, food etc and she now has grandchildren.

I picked interest in her story because I can see some of the objectives of starting the coffee plantation being fulfilled and we should praise God for that.”

Thank you to Ester, and all the workers on the coffee farm–we appreciate all your hard work and dedication, providing the coffee we all enjoy!

 

You start your day with a nice steaming hot cup of coffee. As it brews, its wonderful aroma fills the room.  Finally ready, you pour it into your cup, add sweetener and cream if that’s how you like it, and start sipping. It’s a satisfying beginning to your day.

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Drilling a new well!

But, what did you coffee accomplish before your morning ritual?  Before you even awoke this morning? Was it carefully grown, harvested and processed? Did the farmers get paid well? Did it provide fresh clean water for thousands of thirsty people? Did it provide food?

 

If you were drinking Ugandan Gold, your cup of great coffee did exactly that. If you were not, maybe you should think about why you weren’t and make the decision to use your coffee to be a world-difference maker today.

Check out our holiday coffee selections on our purchase page, available November 29!