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New Eco-Friendly Coffee Cups at The Store

Happy Earth Day! At The Store, we understand the importance of making sustainable choices to lessen our impact on the environment. Speaking of which, you might have noticed the new coffee cups at all 26 of our The Store locations. Not only do they have a fresh look, but our new cups are eco-friendlyso you can enjoy your morning coffee or cappuccino while being kind to Mother Earth.  

So, what makes our new cups so great? Read on! 

1. Our New Cups are Made using 25% Post-Consumer Fiber 

Um…what? Basically, that’s a fancy way of saying our new cups are good for the environment. Post-consumer fiber refers to any material that has been used, recycled, and used again. For instance, about a fourth of the paper material in our cups did not come directly from trees – instead, other sources (like that instruction manual you tossed in the recycling bin) have been re-purposed to help create the cups. Not only does this lessen our impact on trees, but it also helps keep clean, reusable paper material out of landfills.  

2. Our New Cups Source Paper from Organizations Practicing Sustainable Forestry  

According to the University of Southern Indiana, the average American uses seven trees annually in the form of paper products. In total, about 2,000,000,000 trees are used each year to make things like toilet paper or paper towels. With many areas facing deforestation, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative was created to promote responsible forestry practices. By following these guidelines, it is possible to protect our forest resources instead of deplete them. To minimize the impact of your daily cup of joe, our new eco-friendly cups only use material that comes from sustainably-forested trees! 

3. Our New Cups are Compostable 

Composting is the practice of allowing organic materials to break down into simpler compounds. In a nutshell, composting helps keep natural material like food waste out of landfills and allows it to break down into a fertile mixture that will — eventually — resemble dirt. Compost material is great to mix in with potting soil or spread over your garden. Plus, you can add our new cups to your compost bin instead of tossing them in the trash! To learn more about composting, check out this resource from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  

4. Our New Cups Feature a Double-Wall Design 

Our eco-friendly cups use double wall technology. Not only does this shield your hand from excess heat, but it also keeps your drink warmer for a longer period of time. Gone are the days of doubling up on cups or drink sleeves to protect your hand from hot temperatures! Plus, you don’t need to worry about your drink growing cold halfway through your morning commute.  

Mother Earth would agree: the new eco-friendly cups at The Store are better for the environment and better for you. Add some of our delicious gourmet coffee, cappuccino or fresh bean-to-cup coffee to that cup, and we’d call that a win-win! 

The Store 6 Spring Activities

There’s nothing like stepping outside to a warm spring day after months of snow and ice. With another midwestern winter behind us, sunshine and above-freezing temperatures are more than welcome! Read on for 6 great ways to spring into the season and make the most of March. 

P.S. – #6 is our favorite! 

1. Go for a Walk 🚶‍♀️ 

It might seem simple, but there’s a reason it’s #1 on our list. Going for a walk is easy, relaxing and enjoyable. Get a little exercise and soak up the sun by taking a stroll around the neighborhood or on your favorite trail. Plus, you can make the walk as long or as short as you like – it can fit into everyone’s schedule, and even 10 minutes will brighten your mood! 

P.S. – If you’re a dog owner, don’t forget to bring your canine companion. They’re sure to have a fetching time. Just watch out for those mud puddles! 

2. Fly a Kite 🪁 

If it’s a windy day, why not dust off that kite in the garage and head to the parkFlying kites is a fun activity for the whole family, and you know the kids will love it. Wisconsin has a TON of public parks, and they’re one of the few places you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the community while offering plenty of room to stay socially distant. That’s a win-win if you ask us! 

3. Read Outside 📖 

Reading is a great way to unwind year-round, but it is even better when you can do it in the sun! Grab a book, magazine or pull up a blog page (like this one). Then, find a comfortable place on a bench, your deckor a patch of grass, and you’re ready to go. Enjoy the calm sounds of nature and get some much-needed vitamin D. Don’t stay out too long, though – it doesn’t have to be summertime for you to get sunburnt! 

4. Ride a Bike 🚲 

Woohoo! The roads, paths and trails are finally free of snow. Well, mostly, anyway! Now’s the time to break out that 10-speed and go for a cruise. Enjoy the warm breeze, sunlight and exercise…it will be a breath of fresh air after a long winter cooped up inside. Literally! Find paved bike paths near you with this handy search feature on TravelWisconsin.com. 

5. Plant a Garden 🥕 

It’s time to let that green thumb of yours shine! Spring is the perfect time to begin planning and prepping a garden. Growing your own food is fun, rewarding, and a nutritious addition to your diet. Read this article for 6 veggies to plant in early spring. Or, if flowers are more your thing, check out this webpage for 25 spring-blooming flowers to spruce up your landscaping.   

6. Enjoy Highlander Grog Cappuccino at The Store! ☕ 

Last but certainly not least, sip on delicious Highlander Grog Cappuccino! This seasonal flavor is available at all 26 The Store locations right now, and you won’t want to miss it. The medium-bodied roast features notes of hazelnut, butterscotch and rum, giving it a smooth and rich flavor that pairs perfectly with brisk March mornings. Plus, Highlander Grog Cappuccino goes well with the activities listed above. This popular flavor is sure to put aextra spring in your step! 

Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Cappuccino at The Store

Fall is in the air! The weather is crisp, leaves are beginning to change, and you can finally wear your favorite sweater againThere are so many great things happening this time of year, but we think the most exciting part of autumn is warm, cozy, and comes in a Styrofoam cup…Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Cappuccino! 

That’s right, the wait is over. You can enjoy Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Cappuccino all season long at The Store! To make your sipping experience even better, we’ve gathered a list of fun autumn activities to get you in that spooky season mood. Read on! 

1. Enjoy the Morning Outside 

After grabbing your cup of Pumpkin Spice Coffee from The Store, start your morning outdoors. Grab a bench seat at the park or go for a leisurely stroll. Either way, you’ll enjoy the fresh, brisk autumn air (which complements coffee quite nicely, might we add). You can bring Fido along, too!  

2. Watch the Leaves Change 

There’s nothing quite like the Midwest this time of year. The trees are gorgeous! This season, be sure to take in the beauty around you. Stop and smell the roses – or, ehm, stop and watch the leaves! For the best locales, check out the Wisconsin Fall Color Report. This handy site will keep you updated on fall colors throughout the state so you can be sure you’re getting the most vibrant views. You can also find state parks, trails, forests and recreational areas in your area to make the most of stunning autumn scenery.  

3. Take a Scenic Drive 

If enjoying fall colors by car is more your thing, you’re in luck. Buckle up, place your Pumpkin Spice Coffee in the cupholder and hit the road! There are plenty of scenic drives throughout Wisconsin that showcase the state’s beautiful autumn hues. Find 11 of the best routes here, or forge your own path and share it with us on social media! We’d love to hear about your fall adventures.  

4. Bake Pumpkin Goodies 

To all the weekend bakers out there, this one’s for you. Pick up a Pumpkin Spice Coffee or Cappuccino and set up shop in the kitchen. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars…you get the idea. Yum! Plus, your family or roommates will be excited to taste-test your treats. 

Pro Tip – If you like dark chocolate chips, you’ll LOVE them in pumpkin muffins. But don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself and let us know what you think! 

5. Find Festive Movies 

Nothing says “fall” quite like curling up on a blustery day to watch a festive movie or two. Blanket? Check. Pumpkin Spice Coffee? Double check.  

A few of our fall favorites include Hocus PocusDead Poets SocietyOctober Sky, and, of course, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Gather the whole family and enjoy a film together. Plus, if you baked a few treats, they’d make a great addition to the festivities! 

6. Curl Up with a Good Book 

Is there anything more relaxing than a cup of joe and a great read? We don’t think so, especially when your coffee or cappuccino flavor is Pumpkin Spice! Whatever your text of choice – novel, short story, poetry, non-fiction – we think you’ll feel relaxed and rejuvenated after losing yourself in a good book for a while.  

7. Hygge? Heck Yeah. 

  Have you heard the term “hygge”? It’s a Danish word for a feeling of coziness and contentment, and represents a lifestyle practiced by many as the temperature begins to fall. Even if you’re a summer soul at heart, everyone can enjoy a crisp autumn morning spent in a warm hoodie with a steaming cup of Pumpkin Spice Coffee in hand. It’s all about enjoying the little things, like fuzzy socks, your favorite candle, and a pumpkin bar or two. Who’s counting? 

8. Have a Virtual Coffee Date 

By now everyone is well acquainted with virtual connection. FaceTime, Google Meet, Zoom, you name it. Have a friend you can’t see in person or who lives far away? Why not invite them to a virtual coffee date! It’s easy: grab a cup of your favorite coffee (Pumpkin Spice Coffee or Cappuccino from The Store, of course 😉) and hop on your device! You’ll be surprised how quickly a virtual video chat will feel like you’re sitting across from your friend in a fancy coffee shop. Good conversation will warm you up, even on the chilliest of fall days. 

There are so many ways to enjoy autumn in the Midwest. No matter how you spend the season, Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Cappuccino from The Store will keep you energized and toasty through it all. Happy fall, y’all!  

 

Here in the Midwest, we have some cold winters…but we don’t need to tell you that! By the time February rolls around, most of us — no matter how much we love ice fishing or skiing — are wishing for longer days and dreaming of summertime.  

 

So, how can you make the most of the chilly weeks ahead? Join us at The Store as we warm up with our annual Take Time, Be Kind campaign! 

 

By taking part in this campaign, you’ll warm up literally and figuratively. How, you ask? With muffins, coffee, cappuccinos and kindness! 

 

 This month, we challenge you to take a few extra moments to spread kindness to othersMake a point to hold the door, smile at everyone you meet, and give out compliments left and right. It will make you (and everyone you come across) feel great! 

 

The Store Take Time Be Kind

Need some additional inspiration? Consider spreading kindness by paying it forward. Grab a couple muffins for your family, friends, teacher, or lighten up a stranger’s day with a sweet surprise. Maybe leave a cappuccino on your co-workers’ desk, bring a muffin to your hairdresser, or give someone a smiling “Take Time, Be Kind” sticker. Little gestures here and there can sure go a long way. Extra perk: we have Jamaican Me Crazy Coffee and Cappuccino flavors at The Store all month long to help melt away the winter blues! 

 

Remember to treat everyone you come across with courtesy, respect, and a smile. Kindness is free…so give it to everyone! You never know who you’ll positively impact in our communities.  

 

So, go ahead: lend a hand, hold a door, share a smile; we promise you’ll feel warmer on the inside (and not just because of the coffee)!