Adults with disabilities package, label and sell coffee blends; all profits donated to vocational and recreational training for adults with disabilities
Portland, Ore – July 12, 2012 – Happy Cup Coffee, a new specialty coffee roaster that employs adults with disabilities at a competitive wage and donates all profits to vocational and recreational programming for the disabled, is debuting Mrs. Sippy, a limited edition blend in honor of the Mississippi Street Fair. Happy Cup employees will be sampling and selling their Mrs. Sippy blend the day of the fair, July 14th from 10am – 9pm. With notes of ripe blueberries and rich dark chocolate, a smooth silky body and a clean brisk finish, Mrs. Sippy will keep fair-goers buzzing all day long.
Employees with disabilities were instrumental in naming the coffee blend. Mrs. Sippy is the latest in a line-up of six uniquely-named blends that include Morning Maniac, Coffee Go Go and Flying Unicorn. Brainstorming names is just one of the responsibilities employees take on at the roaster. Happy Cup employees weigh and package the beans, stamp the packages with labels that include the name of the person who did the packaging and twist the ties that seal each bag. They also join the sales crew in handing out samples where Happy Cup Coffee is sold.
Happy Cup Coffee fired up its roaster in November 2011 with the mission of providing stable employment for adults with disabilities. With unemployment rates of nearly 80 percent for these individuals, the roaster is meeting a huge need by providing meaningful work, a competitive wage, job training and ongoing support.
States Happy Cup Founder Rachel Bloom, “we created a safe place for our employees where they can learn job skills, perform meaningful tasks and interact with the community. It’s incredibly gratifying to see them flourish with the company and develop that sense of independence that comes with a regular paycheck.”
Happy Cup Coffee doesn’t just promote a better future for adults with disabilities in our community. The company also promotes a better future for farmers and for the planet by making every effort to purchase only ethically-traded coffees from small coffee farms around the world. Happy Cup Coffee is People with Potential making a great cup of coffee.
About Happy Cup Coffee
Happy Cup Coffee is a Portland Ore., based specialty coffee roaster that employs adults with disabilities to assist in the roasting, packaging, and distribution of high-quality, ethically traded coffees. In addition to providing employment opportunities, Happy Cup Coffee Company will donate 100 percent of profits after taxes to vocational and recreational programming for adults with disabilities in the local community. For a complete list of retail stores, cafes and restaurants selling Happy Cup Coffee, and to purchase online, please visit http://www.happycup.com.