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Learn from Coffee: 10 Caffeine-Centric Articles to Re-Energize Your Creative Juices

March was “National Caffeine Awareness Month” — did you know that? (I was so busy paying attention to the dates of National Bubble Week — March 11-17 — that I forgot!) Despite the fact that caffeine can be dangerous if overused, many of us can’t live without it in the mornings.

So, this revelation seemed like a perfect excuse to dust off some of our past blogs regarding our favorite caffeinated beverages and bring them to your attention once more. Feel free to go grab a cup while you read! I know I will.

Customer Service Success Stories

Starbucks: A Company to Admire: Whether you love or hate them, you can’t deny the fact that they’re successful and their practices are worth examining. Mandy explains what this widely-popular coffee house is doing right and how you can learn from them!

Building a Community: Why Starbucks Gets Customer Service Right: “The customer is always right” isn’t just a clever tagline; it’s a practice that more companies should follow. Joe tells us how Starbucks is letting their customers call the shots and how it’s working for them.

Why the Keurig Brand Rocks and How You Can Follow Their Success: If you think only brick-and-mortar coffee shops can capitalize on offering excellent customer service, then you’d be wrong. Keurig has revolutionized the single-cup brewing machine market and have a strong following of loyal customers. I explain how they’ve done it in this article and how you can walk away with their marketing secrets!

Promotion and Gift Ideas for Giveaways

A National Coffee Day Promotion Done Right: Dunkin’ Donuts: There’s not a better way to celebrate National Coffee Day than by receiving a gift card for free coffee! I was pleasantly surprised to find out about Dunkin’ Donuts’ Twitter contest. If you want to harness the wonderful power of social media to gain new fans or followers, check out this blog!

How You Can Promote National Caffeine Awareness Month: Maybe you have general caffeine enthusiasts as customers… Don’t worry, Joe has done the research and has come across some great items that make great gifts or giveaways. No one has to feel left out!

Caffeine Addicts Unite: The Ultimate Coffee-Related Promotional Products!: You know you have coffee loving customers, but what if you aren’t sure what to get them? Jill comes to the rescue with her post about not only the best coffee mugs, but other coffee-related promotional products too! Check it out so you’ll be prepared for next March and next year’s National Coffee Day.

Customizable Coffee Mugs That Make Winter Mornings More Tolerable: Just want to stick with custom coffee mugs as your giveaway? No problem! We’ve got a little something for everyone’s taste in this post. Check them out and see what will work best for your company!

Miscellaneous Coffee Posts

S.Café: The Next Big Thing in Eco-Friendly Fabrics: We all know that coffee grounds are great to add to your garden, but did you know it can also be added to fiber to make clothing? Joe explains this Earth-friendly alternative and which companies are using it in their apparel lines.

Starbucks Gains Another Perk in 2012: Alcoholic Drinks Are On the Way: Jen’s post shares some exciting news about Starbucks offering alcoholic beverages at some locations. Is it a smart move for them, or will they alienate their customers by straying too far from their core business? We’re sharing the scoop!

5 Brands That Will Survive the Apocalypse: It only seems fitting to end this section with Mandy’s fun and clever post about the brands that will be around forever. Starbucks makes the list, but why exactly makes for some entertaining reading.

It wasn’t my intention to prove that we’re a bunch of coffee nuts here at Quality Logo Products, however, after reading through our archives I think I accidentally enforced that. That’s not a bad thing though; we can speak with authority about what companies are doing right and which promo items make for the best gifts!

Do you have a favorite coffee or caffeine-related promotional product that wasn’t included? Was one of these articles one that really enjoyed? Are you up to date on all of the awareness dates and holidays of your favorite months? Sound off below!



Amy Swanson

Amy is one of Quality Logo Products’ content developers and social media coordinators. She is a self-professed newspaper nerd and thoroughly enjoys reading business and financial news and having impromptu discussions about it. Oh yeah, she’s “one of those” people! A true Midwestern girl by nature, she loves riding her bike, photography, and the Chicago Cubs. You can connect with Amy on

Comments

  1. Tim

    Coffee Coffee Coffee! Cool posts here. My wife worked for Kraft for awhile who are the owners of the Keurig competitor, Tassimo. BTW, I do agree that Keurig has won over Tassimo but that blog post nicely summed up why. I’ll have to check out the rest later. :-)

    • Amy Swanson

      Thanks for stopping by, Tim! I was amazed at the number of coffee posts we had on our site, reading and summarizing them was quite a challenge, haha. Glad to see you’re in good company here with the rest of us coffee nuts ;)

  2. Cybernetic SAM

    Caffeine is my shepherd; I shall not doze.
    It maketh me to wake in green pastures:
    It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses.
    It restoreth my buzz:
    It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for its name’s sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of addiction,
    I will fear no Equal™:
    For thou art with me; thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me.
    Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of The Starbucks:
    Thou anointest my day with pep; my mug runneth over.
    Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life:
    And I will dwell in the House of Mochas forever.

    • Amy Swanson

      This. is. EPIC! I hope the House of Mochas will let me dwell inside for eternity, ahhhh heaven. Haha, thanks Sam for this! Love it!!

  3. Rachel

    Dang, who knew we’d written so much about coffee?? What a fun roundup! I see lots more Starbucks articles here than Dunkin’ Donuts … better get cracking on that, Amy. ;)

    • Amy Swanson

      I know, right?! I kept expecting to come to a weird number like six or eight or something. Nope ten on the nose.

      I gush about Dunkin’ Donuts probably more often than I should as it is now, haha. I could easily write hundreds of blogs for my love of them :) Mmmm, an iced coffee from them sounds divine right now!

      Thanks for commenting, Rachel!

  4. Jaimie Smith

    I am still not a coffee nut, but there have been several things that have had me consider to start drinking it…
    1. I have always loved the smell of it growing up. The coffee bean aisle at grocery stores, and then the smell of it when my dad would make his am coffee.
    2. I hear it cures hangovers pretty well.
    3. Since I have been on a set schedule of waking up early every day now, it may help me get through the day. The days I come in tired, I always grab a monster, and I know those are terrible for you.

    These are some great posts. I have not read all of them yet, but I have read several, I look forward to reading the rest.

    • Amy Swanson

      My parents are loyal coffee drinkers and the smell of it always makes me smile, I love it too! As for the hangover cure, I wouldn’t try it. Stick to lots and lots and lots of water! It does wonders :)

      Haha, no rush on reading them there’s no quiz or anything! Thanks for commenting!!

  5. Mandy Kilinskis

    I don’t think that I celebrated National Caffeine Awareness Month properly. I only had a single cup of coffee per day. I think I may extend the festivities into April.

    Thanks for the great roundup post, Amy! There are so many excellent articles here, and anything about coffee sounds good to me!

    • Amy Swanson

      I knew my fellow ‘coffee crazy’ here would appreciate this post, thanks! I think National Caffeine Awareness Month is like Christmas, it should be celebrate year long, not just for a day or a month ;)

  6. Jen

    Great round up of coffee related blogs Amy! We sure do love our caffeine here in the office! A nice warm cup of Joe in the morning really wakes me up and an iced coffee after lunch keeps me going strong to pull through the last few hours. I think I might get myself some right now! :)

  7. Jill Tooley

    I almost forgot about that coffee promo items blog post! Wow, see, you even refreshed my memory on my own blogs…now that’s an energy boost. :)

    Technically, Caffeine Awareness Month is supposed to sway people from caffeine and reveal all of its dangers, but i like to think of it as the opposite. Caffeine should certainly be limited throughout the day, but it’s not the worst addiction to have. Did you know that caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world? That shocked me when I first heard it, probably because I don’t think of it as a drug. But it makes sense!

    Anyway, nice collection of coffee posts you’ve got here. Now I REALLY have a craving for some mocha…be right back!!! ;)

    • Amy Swanson

      I’m with you, Jill. We should be aware of caffeine’s dangers, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it too :)

      Any of the coffee promo items that were highlighted, I would be delighted to receive and use!

  8. Blaire

    Coffee is by far the most widely used drug in the world. It’s also one of the most addictive which is why many of us get headaches when we stop drinking it. Used in moderation it’s great and let’s face it coffee mugs are some of the best trinkets going.

    • Amy Swanson

      Hey Blaire, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

      I totally agree with you and enjoying coffee in moderation, it’s the best way to go to get that jolt of energy without becoming dependent on it. I also love receiving coffee mugs, they’re great to always have on hand. I’ve been known to use them for heating up leftover soup at work or grabbing cereal in the morning! Can’t beat that ;)

  9. Jeff Porretto

    I’m a little disappointed my Starbucks drink size rant didn’t make the cut (one of my faves):

    http://qualitylogoproducts.com/u/r2z2yc/

    But then again its not exclusively about coffee, so que sera…

    I REALLY try to not have more than 1-2 cups of coffee a week. And only when I’m dragging @$$. Same with pop. I won’t have pop on the same day I had coffee. I don’t like the feeling of NEEDING it. I should try some decaf though because it sure does taste delicious!!

    • Eric

      No shame in it, Jeff.

      Amy! WHY IS THERE NO LOVE FOR COCA-COLA?!?!

      Sincerely,

      Soda Addict

      • Amy Swanson

        Dear Soda Addict,

        Unfortunately, there are no QLP blogs about Coca-Cola, so I couldn’t include one in this post :( I’m with you though, can’t beat an ice-cold glass of Coke any day of the week!

        Sincerely,

        Coca-Cola Lover

    • Amy Swanson

      You know my thoughts on decaf already, so I won’t bore you with that here ;) Knowing us, we’ll get some more coffee posts written and then your amazing rant will have it’s special place front and center in that blog! Thanks for commenting!!

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