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Reclaim American Jobs - Buy American Coffee

Updated on September 17, 2014

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

cup of coffee in white cup and saucer with coffee displaying American flag
cup of coffee in white cup and saucer with coffee displaying American flag | Source
Global Statistic of Coffee and America
Global Statistic of Coffee and America | Source

Coffee Chart

Global view of coffee consumption including the United States
Global view of coffee consumption including the United States | Source

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 Mountain

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Bunn Home Coffee Maker - K Cup and More!Green Mountain coffee K Cup American traded company
Bunn Home Coffee Maker - K Cup and More!
Bunn Home Coffee Maker - K Cup and More! | Source
Green Mountain coffee K Cup American traded company
Green Mountain coffee K Cup American traded company | Source

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

Keurig Machine

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


"Nestlé 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."

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".[1] Nestlé's flagship powdered coffee product was introduced in Switzerland on April 1, 1938[2] after being developed for seven years by Max Morgenthaler and Vernon Chapman.[1]"


Headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, USA.

Buy Bunn-O-Matic Online with Amazon


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

No Plastic options now available for K Cup Coffee
No Plastic options now available for K Cup Coffee | Source

Job Less

open hands with employment section of newspaper with words written on the palms "j less"
open hands with employment section of newspaper with words written on the palms "j less" | Source

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.

© 2010 American Choices

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    • American_Choices profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from USA


      I wish more people would see purchasing in this light. Unemployment and underemployment is a war that we as Americans must recognize and actively wage. We have fought for our freedom across the continents of the world and yet the biggest fight, the most ferrous fight we will ever fight will be for our economic freedom. I would gladly dispose of or discard my foreign made items to bring just one job back. Having a job that is equal to your ability with fair pay and working conditions is a freedom we must actively promote and care for - day by day, with each purchase we make from our wallet.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is a personal mantra of local, buy American. We can't complain about unemployment if we aren't willing to do our part.

    • American_Choices profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      Stacie L,

      Our country is in big trouble because we don't make this connection. IF we can buy American, if we CAN support a local store, it benefits both us and our family and our neighbors. We are all connected and buying a cheaper item has cost the American public nearly.

      We fight for freedom but then we spend our financial freedom away by shipping our dollars overseas.

      The new law in the United States about internet sales tax, I hope has a positive effect and reminds people to shop locally not just cheaply. If we learn to be frugal with our money and care where and how we spend it and understand that dollar is a vote for American jobs, we will turn this economy around.

    • Stacie L profile image

      Stacie L 

      7 years ago

      Most people don't make the connection of what they buy and how it affects American jobs. It takes time to check the labels on each product and then it's not always apparent where it was produced. Americans need to buy American products for sure and I'm trying to check almost every label these days.

    • American_Choices profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      You are absolutely correct - production is overseas, the "fur" is listed as Australian but we must recognize we have some jobs here in the USA.

      I am so happy to hear about Walmart selling more Made in the USA products - this is major news. Thank you!

      Exactly - who would have? Life has unusual turns and we the consumers can make some of those turns actually happen.

      Thank you so much for your valuable insights and important facts.

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      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I would only caution that Ugg, while owned by an American company now, actually produces the shoes in China. To my mind, it's not enough to simply support companies that have headquarters here, but to also support companies that manufacture their products here. Otherwise we wind up in the same boat, and the truth is that those office jobs don't pay that well. Office people, historically, never made as much money as the guys on the factory floor did, and I think we have to keep that in mind. I want to support true Made in USA goods. I want to support products actually touched by American hands and machinery. This has the greatest benefit. The ONLY shoe that I can think of off the top of my head that actually has a line Made in the USA is from New Balance. But you have to look at the box. If it doesn't say Made in the USA on the particular style you're looking at buying, they're otherwise made in China.

      Incidentally, Walmart has been selling many more Made in the USA products lately. I've been noticing quite a lot actually. Infact, just the other day I noticed they are now carrying a line of American made cookware. Who'd have thunk it?:)

    • American_Choices profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA


      Thank you so much for your high marks. You get it! I, too, love free markets but as a consumer, we must realize there is a cost to hoarding up on cheap products. We have taken jobs away from our neighbors and our children and our grand children.

      Trying to purchase American made is hard work. Doing the research here on HubPages has been daunting, filled with many surprises. What I grew up with as American is no longer and what I thought was foreign is now American.

      The biggest surprise in my research was Uggs - they started out Australian and still marketed as Australian but purchased by an American company. Imagine - I can buy American shoes.

      I have a new appreciation for Uggs and plan on purchasing some of their products in the next month or so JUST because they are American. Imagine something popular that is marketed as foreign but is really American made?! Wow!

      The world is changing so rapidly with technology, I hope someday there is an application where I can scan find the place of origin and the company headquarters so that I might as a consumer make better decisions.

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      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I'm with you all the way about American jobs, and am wholly pleased to know that I'm not alone in my thinking that American made goods are something we all must be vigilant in looking for, and even be willing to pay a slight premium for. The cost to us down the road for the cheaper, foreign made stuff is greater than the sum of the savings—since it takes jobs away from us, and ultimately lowers wages, reduces benefits, and makes it harder for Americans to even have the CHOICE to pay a premium for American made goods.

      I scour labels for Made in the USA, and in most instances when the choice is there, I buy the American made alternative. It makes sense to do it, and I also think it's good for America and it's workforce.

      Sure, we all want free markets. At least I do. I also happen to think that's good for the economy. But I DON'T want those free markets to operate unbalanced. It's not a free market, to my mind, when the consumer can ONLY choose Made in China, or Made in Mexico, and cannot have a comparable American made alternative.

      Keep plugging along with this my friend. I'll have to stop in here more than often as this is also a passion of mine.


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