Just nipped down to my local Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to get my afternoon cuppa (large French roast, room for milk) and discovered that they’ve initiated a program called "Support From Home," which runs from July 1 until Aug. 31.

Click on the "Support From Home" link for the full press release and contact information, but here’s an excerpt: "The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, the oldest and largest privately-held chain of specialty coffee and tea stores in the United States, today announced that it will host a ‘Support from Home’ campaign in stores from July 1 to Aug. 31. During this time, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will invite consumers to purchase a bag of coffee, a tin of tea and/or retail merchandise to donate to the troops. The product will be discounted by 10 percent at the store register, and the purchase will be sent overseas to military personnel. The company is pleased to facilitate product donations due to the fact that coffee is a rationed item for troops posted overseas; sending coffee is a simple way to provide comforting products from home that may not otherwise be available to military personnel."

They do have a special blend with a label on the back for purchasers to write a message to the troops, but I opted to express my appreciation with maximum caffeine and grabbed a pound of Espresso Roast.

Kudos to CB&TL and all the other organizations and individuals supporting our troops at home and abroad. This Hot Cuppa’s for you!

Posted by:Kate O'Hare