Reclaim American Jobs - Buy American Coffee
America imports 100% of its coffee. And while the coffee bean is imported, the question we must ask is who is the company who is distributing and marketing this product. If you had a choice to buy coffee from an American company verses an European company who would you choose? What if the price tag were $10 more? $20 more?
For me, I have one passion - American jobs.
Coffee makers that are a product of a company from another country have become a fact of life - all made in China or Germany (Bosch) but does my actual food distributor have to be from another country? Perhaps not. The coffee beans may still be imported but who is packaging, who is printing, who is marketing, who has ownership of the corporate profits? Where are the corporate taxes being paid?
I was fooled into buying foreign cars, I will not be fooled twice. I learned.
I have heard my client's woes about unemployment. I have sadly learned a new term "99'ers" from 60 minutes (those with 99 weeks of unemployment). I fear for our country and I wish to help.
I make a personal vow never to buy a foreign car again. I make a personal vow not to buy a coffee home brewing system not made in the USA. I make a personal vow not to buy coffee or wine from any country that does not employ my fellow Americans.
Why? Because I don't desire a vibrant economy - I need a vibrant local economy. My children need a vibrant economy. My grandchildren WILL need jobs. IF I can spend a little more and have the coffee that I drink made by an American company who pays United States taxes - I will! Even IF it is only one job more - that one job may mean the world to a struggling American family.
Global View of Coffee - America and Beyond
Coffee is Big Business
Coffee from a global view point is big business and an important commodity for us as consumers to fully understand.
Buying local is important, knowing where we spend the majority of our money can mean more jobs for Americans.
As a consumer, it is our duty to shop frugally but also smart. Saving cents when we loose jobs is a dollar wasted and may mean a job to a family member or neighbor someday.
American Traded Coffee Company - Green MountainClick thumbnail to view full-size
Words of Wisdom
'Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.’
For Who deceives me once, God forgive him; if twice, God forgive him; but if thrice, God forgive him, but not me, because I could not beware.
[1611 Tarlton's Jests (1844) 11]
The Italians having a Proverb, He that deceives me Once, it's his Fault; but Twice it is my fault.
[1650 A. Welldon Secret History of King James I (1690) 88]
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters - K Cups and Keurig Machine
Ownership: Publicly traded - NYSE: GMCR
Founded in Waitsfield, Vermont, USA
Headquartered: Waterbury, Vermont, USA
The Keurig machine is a coffee brewing system that brews a single cup of coffee, tea or hot water or other hot beverage. Started in 1992, and later in 1996 became a subsidiary of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Fresh coffee that is quick - 20-60 seconds depending upon the machine. Simply maintenance and clean-up. A common office tool for the break room and a major home new innovation for the home coffee/tea brewing industry.
NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® - Nestle - Switzerland - Dolce Gusto Coffee Brewing Machine
Owner Nestlé Country Switzerland
Introduced 1938 Markets Worldwide
"S.A. ("Nestlé") is a Swiss stock traded in the United States in the form of American Depositary Receipts (ADRs). The ADRs are based on Nestlé registered shares that trade in Zurich. This site is intended to provide information related to Nestlé ADRs." Nestlé
Nescafe Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine
"NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® is part of the Nestlé USA family of foods. Nestle is a household name in the United of America. Named one of America's Most Admired Food Companies in Fortune magazine for the 10th consecutive years. Perhaps best known to baby boomers for its Taster's Choice coffee.
Nestle began in the 1930s.
In 2006, NESCAFE offered a new coffee machine system "Dolce Gusto." These home brewing machines are said to to be sold in more than 15 countries worldwide.
Nescafé is a brand name. Wikipedia shares with us that Nescafe is "a portmanteau of the words "Nestlé" and "café". Nestlé's flagship powdered coffee product was introduced in Switzerland on April 1, 1938 after being developed for seven years by Max Morgenthaler and Vernon Chapman."
Headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, USA.
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Bunn-O-Matic Corporation is an American manufacturer of coffee and tea-making equipment. Headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, United States of America.
Founded by an inventor named George Bunn, who invented what is a familiar sight today - the fluted coffee filter.
Bunn-O-Matic products are sold under the Bunn and Bunn-o-Matic brands.
In 1963, the company introduced the world's first automatic drip-brew coffee maker.
Bunn is a distributor of the Tiger super automatic espresso machines provided by Thermoplan AG, a Switzerland company - the most notable product being the Starbucks Mastrena aka Miracle Espresso Machine
The current C.E.O. and president is Arthur H. Bunn.
No Plastic - K Cup Options for Coffee
A Plea for American Jobs - A Plea to Buy American
This holiday season, I respectfully request for you to look carefully at the origin of the coffee or food product. This is the big money maker. This is the real profit maker - this is what CAN provide jobs to our citizens on this land that we love.
Remember the wealth created with the chewing gum company? It is the little things that count. We, including myself, have let the big things like the automobile industry go - we must fight to retain our food industry here in the United States.
Yes, the coffee machines are no longer made in the USA and may never be again. And yes, the coffee is imported, but the corporate headquarters of the coffee company CAN be American.
Buy American, support American jobs - provide for the future of America.
It is your choice America. Vote with your consumer dollars. Vote for American jobs.
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