Earlier this year, as thousands of Louisianans and visitors alike were waking up early to catch the Mardi Gras Day parades, many of them shared a special Louisiana tradition: a hot cup of Community coffee.
Family owned for four generations, Community coffee is truly a Mardi Gras staple. Whether it’s simply alongside a piece of king cake or part of an elaborate Lundi Gras spread, Community coffee is always in our cups.
We reached out to our readers to ask them about their favorite Mardi Gras memories involving Community coffee. Here are some of our favorites:
“We went to our first Mardi Gras parade and it was really cold that year so we filled our thermal cups with hot Community coffee and packed up our king cake and headed out early to get a great spot. Lots of beads and throws later, we went to a local cafe for more hot coffee and étouffée. Best day ever!!! Laissez les bon temps rouler!!!” — Lisa Martin Talberg
“Spending time with my granddaughters. They were out of school for the Mardi Gras holidays. We enjoyed all the food that is served around this time. Love a nice cup of coffee with some king cake.” — Kathy Hill Lee
“New Orleans blend with Chicory is my favorite coffee—I guess because I was born in New Orleans, the home of the Mardi Gras.” — Liz Benoit
“Every Mardi Gras Day, we brew a pot of Community Coffee’s King Cake Blend, pour it into our travel mugs, and begin the trek with our children down Dryades Street. We catch the Mardi Gras Indians getting ready for the day at Second Street, and then we meander onto Jackson to catch Zulu. This year’s Fat Tuesday will be particularly special to us, as our three children will get the opportunity to ask for coconuts from our neighbor, who is this year’s Zulu King. Bottom line? Those cold, drizzly Mardi Gras mornings feel so much more colorful and warm with Community Coffee, the whirling costumes of the Mardi Gras Indians, and the wonderful chaos of Zulu.” — Caitrin Muldoon Gladow
“There is nothing like a hot cup of good strong Community Coffee to start the morning. Especially after watching Mardi Gras parades the night before. Great flavor is just what is needed.” — Terry Lee Wagner
“We live in Dallas now, but we have a great restaurant nearby, owned by a family from New Orleans. We take our family there every Mardi Gras for great food and live music, and of course we enjoy the only brand they serve of tea and coffee, Community, obviously. It’s the only way to go. Makes it feel like were back in LA!” — Michelle Harrod Doucet
“I always travel with my Community coffee and a small pot—staying in the hotel, waiting on the parades, and having King Cake and coffee.” — Cynthia Walker
“Community coffee & Mardi Gras go hand in hand with all my greatest memories.” — Karen A Ladner-Demoran
“Several years we went to Houma to celebrate with friends. When we were ready to come back home to Texas, my friend had a gift basket for me filled within Cajun snacks and among them was a pound of Community coffee. Boy, was I happy.” — Shirley Henning
“I lived on a parade route for four years, and I was next door to a bakery. Sooo…. Early mornings with my Community coffee and fresh-out-of-the-oven king cake sitting on the porch waiting for friends and family to arrive. I miss that ‘lil place. But I still have my Community coffee.” — Julie Richard Clement
“Mmmmm looking forward to Community king cake coffee each year.” — Melanie Millsap