Heritage pledges coffee money to earthquake relief

Posted: Wednesday, February 03, 2010

JUNEAU - Alaska's Heritage Coffee Co. announced Jan. 15 it would donate $7-per-bag from every sale of a super-premium Haitian coffee to earthquake relief in the Caribbean, following a 7.0 quake in January.

Heritage Coffee owner Grady Saunders said that, within hours of learning of the earthquake, the company purchased what may be the last premium Haitian coffee beans available for some time to help provide relief.

Travis Smith Vice President of operations said the company coincidentally purchased six 132-pound bags of Haitian Blue Pine Forest coffee the day before the quake.

"Our Haitian coffee has always been a special favorite of Heritage coffee connoisseurs," Smith said, "and now it may be some time before they are able to export any further shipments."

Coffee purchases can be made by calling 1-800-478-5282 or from one of the two Heritage retail locations in downtown Juneau. Twelve-ounce bags will sell for $14.99, with $7 of each sale promptly donated to Haiti relief programs.

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