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Thank You for Your Generosity!

At Camano Island Coffee Roasters we are blessed to have a 97% retention rate of our Coffee Lover’s Club members. We have many loyal customers that understand that their ethical coffee purchases can really help change the world.

Recently, we had a member who had to cancel their membership after more than five years of receiving our coffee. When we heard the news of their job loss, we were all saddened that a “family” member was in financial pain. Then, to our surprise, another customer stepped forward and purchased coffee to send them as a gift. Once more we were reminded that we really do have the most charitable customers on earth and that coffee is not a product but a force that can create change both here in the US and around the world.

All of us here at Camano Island Coffee Roasters want all of our customers to know how much we appreciate them. Each one of you could buy coffee from many places, but you have chosen to purchase coffee from a company that is striving to be a good steward of your dollars.

Thank you for your loyalty – even in these tough economic times. We all wait for the things to change, but our work needs to be done regardless of the state of the US economy. Without each of you, we would not be able to continue in our goal of creating sustainable change for our “third-world” families.

Jeff – CICR


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Coffee of the Month – June

Coffee of the Month – June

Papua New Guinea Coffee and Sumatra Coffee is the perfect blend of two great coffees. The Papua New Guinea coffee brings subtle chocolate tones while the Sumatra coffee provides distinct dried fruit tones and ties the two together with a nutty base. This coffee is always a favorite of our customers each time we bring it out as coffee of the month. Papua New Guinea and Sumatra are both Indonesian countries that grow coffee as their main cash crop.

Sumatra is the largest island located entirely in Indonesia. The largest city in Sumatra is Medan with a population just under 3.5 million people. As a whole, Sumatra is not very densely populated with about 96 people per square kilometer. It is, however, the 5th most populate island in the world. The coffee Camano Island Coffee Roasters offers comes from the Gayo Mountains. For more information you can visit Wikipedia.

Papua New Guinea is part of the Australasia ecozone which includes Australia, New Zealand, eastern Indonesia, and several Pacific Island groups. Many of the surrounding islands contain entirely different species of birds and animals leading experts to believe the islands were never linked. Unfortunately, only 3% of Papua New Guinea is privately held. The rest is held under a 99 year State Lease or held by the state.

For more information you can visit Wikipedia. We have also featured Papua New Guinea back in April of 2009 and you can read some different information there.

This is a great coffee to wake up to as well as enjoy after dinner with dessert.


Dan – CICR

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More Control Over Your Account

We’ve been listening to our customers’ feedback on our website and account management system online. Behind the scenes, we’ve had a team working hard to implement many changes these last couple months. Finally, we are happy to announce that we’ve completely revamped the Coffee Lover’s Club account page.

Our customers have asked to be able to see their order history. We’ve now added a link called “Manage Account and View Order History” which allows our customers to view a full list of their past orders (both club orders and individual orders)! Another question we’ve run into very frequently is: “How do I change my password on my account?” Until now, only we could do that for you. Finally, we’ve added this functionality into our system!

Lastly, we’ve found that when our customers tell others about our company, our mission, and our coffee, their friends want to become a part of it all. In the past, they’ve had to call and tell us the name of the friend that referred them (since we give a free shipment for each referral!) That was a long process that was confusing to our customers. Now, on the account page, there is a link that allows you to refer up to 3 friends or family members at a time. This can be used as often as you want (you don’t have to stop at three) to refer friends to us. It’s also a smart system and will let us know that you referred that friend to us if they join our club, making the whole process easy and quick!

So, log in to your account when you have time and explore the new features and options available to you! Feel free to send any feedback or comments to and we’ll read each and every one to make sure we’re taking the best care of our customers as possible!

Thank you for creating continuing change with us!



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Changing Appearances to Reflect the Inner Purpose

We’ve been working really hard on making our image match our purpose. There are so many great reasons to buy our coffee and we find that sometimes we lose our purpose AND our customers’ attention when trying to relay that message to them. Sure, we have organic, fairly traded, shade grown, top 1% of the coffee available on the market (and if you’re already buying from us, you probably started skimming because you’ve heard that message so much!) Really though, what is our main purpose? Sure, we’re a business trying to make money, but there is so much more to it than that.

With these thoughts in mind, we set out to rework the look of our site and will continue to update the message as the weeks progress. We wanted to first share this with our readers, our facebook fans, and our twitter followers. has been redesigned to convey our heart and our focus. What good is great coffee that doesn’t also bring hope and restoration to the growers?

Check it out!

Thanks for reading and keep on changing the world with us!

Dan and Matt – CICR

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Camano Island Studio Tour Starts Today!

It’s almost noon and the Mother’s Day Art Studio Tour is in full swing! Come on out to Camano Island and enjoy watching local artists do what they do best! You’ll find glass blowing, watercolor paintings, rock sculptures and much more! It’s on today, tomorrow and Sunday and Camano Island Coffee Roasters has decided to stay open this Sunday (10:00am to 4:00pm) as well! Grab a cup of coffee on your way and have a great time!

Find more information on the Camano Arts Association’s website!

Recommended: Bring mom for an even better time! This is a great way to spend quality time with your mom and have a great time enjoying something that most people don’t normally get to enjoy!

We hope to see you all out here!



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Coffee of the Month – May

Honduras Coffee
The perfect blend of rich molasses tones with slight hints of caramel and spice. Honduras is relatively new to high-end arabica coffees. Its soil, climate, and altitude are all perfect for coffee growing. This Honduras coffee has a pleasant brightness and a medium to heavy body to compliment the sweeter molasses and caramel tones. Our Honduras coffee is dark roasted coffee to bring out the fullest and best flavor!(This coffee is also available in Swiss Water Processed (SWP) Decaf in all available roast levels. Water processing coffee is the absolute best way to decaffeinate coffee, because it’s the safe decaf coffee.

Here’s some information on Honduras:
According to the Department of State’s Website (click this link to read more in-depth info. on Honduras), Honduras is slightly larger in size than Virginia with an area of 122,090 sq. km. Its capital city, Tegucigalpa has a population of just over 1,150,000 people and the overall population of Honduras is around 7.3 million people. The primary language spoken in Honduras is Spanish. Their main exports are Coffee, shrimp, bananas, palm oil, gold, zinc/lead concentrates, soap/detergents, melons, lobster, pineapple, sugar, lumber, and tobacco.

Our Honduras coffee is grown at altitudes above 4900 feet in rich volcanic soil. More importantly, we’ve formed partnerships with the farmers that grow this coffee through our purchasing and commitment to quality with Agros. We’ve been able to work there towards breaking the cycle of poverty! Our Honduras coffee is one of the best coffees in the world. It’s also ethical coffee.

We hope you love this Rich Honduras Dark Roast as much as we do!

Dan – CICR


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Giving More in Turbulant Times

Recently we announced a price change for our Coffee Lover’s Club.

I didn’t say price increase, a notion people are becoming more and more familiar with lately. We did not raise coffee prices but, instead, reconfigured the way each of our customers would receive their coffee. This decision was reached after more than six months of internal debate. The only “sacred” issues to us were our customers, our villages, and the quality of our coffee.

After five years of NOT changing our coffee lover’s club program in spite of postal increases, higher operating costs and increased green coffee prices, we were forced to act or risk losing years of progress in improving the lives of our farmers in third world countries. As it turned out, the solution was much simpler than we thought. By adding a half pound of coffee to each shipment, our per ounce price could remain the same and we would be able to absorb the increased costs involved in our program over these past five years.

One of the suggestions that has been made over the years has been to allow churches, businesses and “heavy” coffee drinkers (like me!) to also participate in the “Coffee Lover’s Club”. Because of the demand we’ve also decided to introduce the “Coffee Lover’s Club – Wholesale” program. We now are able to offer larger volume buyers of our coffee a better price by buying in 5 pound increments.

As it turns out, the dilemma of raising prices never had to happen and as usual, the solution was not only more positive for our Coffee Lover’s Club members but it provided more orders for our farmers. This time, we were able to create a “win-win” for everyone involved and add a feature for the large volume buyers of coffee to boot!

Thanks to everyone who supports our mission and special thanks to those that share their coffee with a friend and tell the Camano Island Coffee story. Remember when someone joins the Coffee Lover’s Club and mentions your name, you get your next shipment free of charge! This has been the most effective way for us to grow over these last 8 years and has been a popular “Thank You” gift for our members.

We appreciate your support. We realize that without you, we could not continue to provide the services that we do for our coffee growing families.

Jeff – CICR


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New is a great thing!

It’s been a little while since we’ve posted a blog post. This is just a note to let you know that we’re still here and have many exciting things coming. We’ve diverted a lot of our focus (temporarily!) from the blog to the many new and exciting changes coming to you soon!

Here’s a sneak peak:

1.) Coffee Conversation Cards go online! – Our popular club inserts will no longer be using unnecessary paper and taking up unnecessary room in your box. All of our customers will be able to see it on our blog and Facebook as well as opt in to receive it via email.
2.) New Email Newsletter – Our Customers can now opt to receive a monthly newsletter updating them on happenings at CICR as well as Agros Village updates and news pertaining to the effectiveness of your support for these third-world farmers.
3.) A 5lb. Coffee Lover’s Club “Wholesale” option – Receive your favorite coffee in bulk and receive great pricing. In a time where many are having to raise their prices, we’re trying to find ways to keep our prices where they are and yet find ways to continually give back to the farmers. – Starts May 1st

Note: Our Coffee Lover’s Club Wholesale option has been changed slightly since the original posting of this article.  Our new options can be found here.

and more!

Be sure that your account information with us is up to date to receive the latest newsletters and notices. You’re welcome to email the information to us at, call us toll-free at 866-387-JAVA (5282), or send us mail at:

Camano Island Coffee Roasters
ATTN: Customer Service
848 N. Sunrise Blvd. Building B
Camano Island, WA 98282

Also, Twitter users can always send us “tweets” in either a public reply or a direct message with account updates, questions, comments, or anything else you find useful. (we do caution you, however, on sending out personal information that you wouldn’t want others to see regardless of direct or public messaging)

Our blog posts will continue next week on a new schedule and with new information.

Thanks to the greatest coffee drinkers in the world!


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Will Work for Change

“How can we be a part of CICR’s mission?”

This is a daily question we hear from churches and non-profit organizations. The answer is simple… Quit asking for donations and start providing something of value while telling the CICR story of “creating change while doing good“.

We have many groups that are creating latte drinks as a fundraiser and even more that are making Frozen X-plosion at fairs, festivals, and events while telling customers that they are willing to work to create change in the world around them.

Gone are the days where you can hold your hand out and be showered with money from heaven. The same principal of working for our rewards is now becoming prevalent in the charitable industry. When we work for our money, we become better stewards of where that money goes. It seems like a new idea but it’s been around forever.

We get hundreds of calls a month asking for a donation for worthy causes around the world. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get inspired to make our own money for charity!? At CICR we say “We make the fuel that runs the engine of change”. We don’t know how to go to third-world countries and teach people to get in control of their destinies but we do know how to roast great, ethical coffee and sell it. When we sell coffee, we create a few more drops of fuel that can keep the Agros engine running longer.

In closing, I’d like to make this challenge to you…

  • Let’s ALL get inspired to take on the challenge of sustainability.
  • Lets NOT create problems by being irresponsible in our purchasing in order to save a little money here and there and alleviate our consciences by throwing that extra money we saved at a charity.
  • Let’s CREATE CHANGE through responsible purchasing and sharing that same message with others.

Together, with hard work, we really can save the world!

Jeff – CICR


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April Coffee of the Month –Papua New Guinea Coffee

Papua New Guinea – Medium Roast

Papua New Guinea CoffeeOur Papua New Guinea coffee is one of our most popular coffees which is entirely understandable given it’s undertones that provide hints of cocoa. It has a medium to full body and is considered by many to be among the finest and most expensive coffee in the world. Most of PNG’s arabica coffee comes from trees that were uprooted in Jamaica (Blue Mountain) and replanted in PNG.

Our Papua New Guinea Coffee

Papua New Guinea CoffeeAccording to the Department of State’s website (click the link if you’d like to read all the in depth details on PNG), PNG is roughly the size of the state of California and has around 6.3 million people. It has three official languages (English, Tok Pisin, and Motu) as well as close to 860 other languages which plays a huge part in the overall fragmentation of the country and it’s people. Another topic of note is that PNG only has 49.3% literacy.

Papua New Guinea CoffeePapua New Guinea is known as a country ripped in pieces by civil war, lawlessness and poverty. Yet in the last few years, thanks to many factors including sustainable coffee purchasing, Papua New Guinea has started down the road to recovering it’s economy and government corruption. It’s a long road ahead, but we have helped immensely and can continue to help just through responsible purchasing.

Jeff’s blog post on Monday will make a great point: Don’t buy coffee at a price that negatively affects the coffee farmers and then throw money their way later on to sooth your conscience. Instead, feel confident and proud that you are not only helping these people monetarily through your purchasing, but working together with them in sustainable practice. It truly blesses both you and them to think about it that way, and that is the truth! Instead buy ethical coffee from a coffee club like our Coffee Lover’s Club!

That’s it for this one! Thanks for reading.

Dan – CICR