For immediate release—March 21, 2012
Contact: Denman Zirkle/SVBF: 540-740-4545 x 202 office or 540-335-9322 Mobile
Battlefields Foundation announces a second commercial venture to raise funds for battlefield preservation
NEW MARKET, Va.—On Wednesday, March 21, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields announced a partnership with Cabin Creek Roasters of Edinburg to produce and market “battlefield blends” of specially roasted coffees. The coffees will be sold at tourism sites and stores throughout the eight-county National Historic District, as well as on the Foundation’s website.
The coffees were named through a contest in which almost 100 individuals participated and some 150 names were considered. The winners were selected by the Foundation’s Tourism Committee, working with SVBF staff.
The winners of the naming contest were honored on Wednesday: Linda Wheeler of Strasburg, who named the morning blend “Stonewall’s Sunrise” after Gen. Stonewall Jackson, and Kathleen Kilpatrick of Richmond, who named the all-day blend “Jubal’s Jolt”, after Confederate General Jubal Early. Kilpatrick is the Director of Historic Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
“Stonewall’s Sunrise” is a combination of 100% Arabica coffees grown in Guatemala and Tanzania. The brew evokes ripe cherries in balance with chocolate and spices. “Jubal’s Jolt” combines Ethiopian and Guatemalan beans to produce a robust and full-body blend softened by wine and fruit overtones.
A decaf blend named “Daughter of the Stars” was also announced. The name was submitted by both Phyllis Jackson of Middletown and Marsha Hyatt of Charleston, West Virginia. “Daughter of the Stars” is as rich as the Valley’s history – a 100% Arabica coffee grown in Columbia. It has a bold, direct taste, with a rich aroma. It is another tasty “all day” coffee.
The coffees are blended and roasted by Cabin Creek Roasters, located near Edinburg, producers of high-quality specialty coffees sold throughout the Valley.
Denman Zirkle, Executive Director of SVBF, said “We are fortunate to work with another outstanding producer of top-quality products made especially for Shenandoah Valley Battlefields. As with our special bottling of Cave Ridge wines, a portion of the sales price will go toward battlefield preservation in the Shenandoah Valley”.
Monty Ruckman, owner and roastmaster at Cabin Creek, commented, “We are fortunate to have Shenandoah Valley Battlefields as our partner. The partnership will help grow our business while contributing toward preservation of the Shenandoah Valley”.
The coffees are currently available by mail from www.cabincreekroasters.com and will soon be available at tourist offices and specialty stores throughout the National Historic District. General distribution to retail outlets will follow in late Spring.
ON THE WEB:
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation and the
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District:
Virginia Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the American Civil War:
National Park Service 1992 study of the Shenandoah Valley’s Civil War battlefields: