As we await a resolution on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the players and owners, allow me to share something both positive and useful for you ahead of the holiday season, straight from Cubs outfielder Ian Happ.
Let’s Start with Something Positive:
As most of you know, Ian Happ likes coffee so much, he partnered with the Connect Roasters brand to sell some java and give back to the community. And because of how much coffee we all bought this year, Connect Roasters was able to Provide nearly 9,000 meals to those in need via the Greater Chicago Food Depository. They also Donated nearly $3,000 to the Save the Children foundation and Provided more than 1,500 hours worth of programming to First Tee — Greater Chicago (golf is Happ’s other-other love). Outside of the community, our purchases this year helped support food distribution in Guatemala, providing 8,000 meals in areas that have been affected not only by the pandemic but also two recent hurricanes.
Not too bad, eh?
And Now for Something Useful
Well, the year isn’t over yet and there’s still time to buy some coffee and contribute to the many worthy causes. And with the holidays approaching, you can actually kill two birds with one coffee bean.
Connect Roasters is debuting some holiday Gift Boxes, which come in two sizes/prices, and are perfect gifts for the coffee lovers/tired people in your lives.
The Coffee Trio Gift Box is the main event, and comes with three 12oz bags of coffee, including the following blends:
• Guatemala Santa Clara: Our best seller — a Guatemalan medium roast from Acatenango.
• Dominican Ramirez: An island coffee that’s complex, bold and earthy.
• *NEW* Congo Umoja: A lighter roast from east Africa that features notes of citrus and chocolate.
The Coffee Sampler Gift Box is a little more affordable, and comes with four 4oz bags of the three coffees above plus something called “Nicaragua Sabino & Maria Jesus,” which is apparently a balanced, clean cup with pear/apple notes produced by a husband and wife team.
There’s also all kinds of Connect Roasters merch, from hats and Obvious Shirts to mugs and tote bags. And I know this coming across all kinds of sell-y, but it’s good coffee and if you need a Christmas gift, it really is a no-brainer. In fact, this isn’t even an ad for Bleacher Nation. I’m just actually trying to push some caffeine for charity. It’s also one of my duties as a card carrying member of the Ian Happ fan club (we meet on Thursdays).
So head over to Connect Roasters, buy some coffee, do some good, and get your Christmas shopping done, you lazy procrastinator.