Colombia La Suiza
In Huila Columbia, a Finca, or farm, is owned by a man named Hector Arcadio Zuniga, who lives there with his wife, two sons, and daughter. He has been producing coffee for 25 years, as he is a second generation coffee farmer. Hector and his workers not only grow the coffee on their 44 hectare farm, but also process it on their own land, instead of sending the crop to a processing site. Hector processes his crop using the patio and solar machines,, so he uses the sun and mechanical drying (when the sun is unavailable). Each year, hector's farm produces 2,100 bags from his harvest. He says, "All of us are always working toward the same goal which is to offer you all the best cup. Just taste it."
This coffee is washed process coffee, grown in an altitude of 1630-1670 masl. The plant species is Arabica with varietals of Columbia and Castilo. The tasting notes are cornbread with fruit cocktail and lime.
Zero Waste Initiative
As a company, we have put our efforts in making our guests happy with professional and skillful service, specialty coffee drinks, and baked goods and syrups made from scratch with natural ingredients. We have also included the earth in our aim to please. Last year we launched our 'Zero Waste Initiative' on Earth Day 2020, where we donated all of our sales towards our effort to go green. We aim to be economically aware of our impact on the Earth and strive to reduce our waste as we run our business. This past year, we made more strides in that direction. We began using uncooked linguine noodles in place of wooden stirrers for guest use. We also have long metal spoons available for stirrers with accompanying 'clean' and 'used' containers to place the spoons so as not to contaminate the utensils. We purchased large pails for our baked goods that are not past their best by dates as opposed to throwing them in the trash. We are composting our spent/used coffee grounds and using them in our Wildflower Garden across the street from our Downtown Canton location, creating a lovely green space in Canton. We have increased our use of tongs instead of wax paper and disposable gloves when serving baked goods. When available we have continued to recycle our milk jugs , plastics, and cardboard materials.
Muggswigz Employees Make Charitable Donation 4th Year in a Row
Muggswigz Coffee and Tea shop employees donated $4,624 to an organization as part of their Employee Charitable Donation Program from 2020. The National Parents Organization was the recipient of this generous donation, an organization that strives to make positive changes and bring about family law reform nationwide. Sitting among other recipients of the Donation Program include ‘Alex’s Lemonade Stand’ and the ‘Camp Invention Project from the National Inventors Hall of Fame’.
This year will mark the 4th year in a row that Muggswigz employees have donated to a charity or organization of their choice. The Employee Charitable Donation Program is completely voluntary. Participating employees contribute their choice of dollar amount every pay period, matched 10% by Muggswigz, to a pool to be donated to an organization/ program based on popular vote at the end of the year. This year, the National Parents Organization was chosen upon popular vote. Muggswigz President Alexander Haas said “The National Parents Organization agreed to use the funds locally in Ohio and it’s an honor to know that the generosity of our team will help keep separated parents non-adversarial and help to secure and strengthen the sacred bond between parents and children.”
Muggswigz has been Canton’s local coffee roaster and tea merchant since 2003. There are three locations located in Downtown Canton, Jackson Township, Portage Lakes. To learn more about Muggswigz, visit www.muggswigz.com. You can learn more about the National Parents Organization, or make your own tax-deductible donation, by visiting https://www.sharedparenting.org/
Resin Drink Art
We're getting new art up on the walls of our stores thanks to local artist, Jessica Barbera. Jessica specializes in artwork made with resin, and in this case, she used ingredients for our drinks to create the pieces we are currently displaying. Through a process of tasting the drinks for each piece she created, Jessica incorporated the actual ingredients used in our drinks in the resin. The end results are pieces that represent how the drink tastes, somewhat similar to how our fresh roasted, retail coffee bag images look. Some of her pieces have vanilla bean, tea leaves, or a cinnamon stick within the colors and textures in the artwork. The artwork ranges from specialty coffee menu drinks to coffee and tea blends. Next time you stop by one of our stores, be sure to keep an eye out for these art pieces and try to guess which drink the piece represents.