FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 5, 2023

MEDIA CONTACT:
Amy Vergillo
amyv@sustainableconnections.org
(360) 647-7093 x 105

Sip, Stroll, and Score!

Support your favorite coffee shops, earn points, and win prizes.

Join Sustainable Connections and espresso yourself this summer as they roll out their new Think Local First Digital Passport. Proudly sponsored by Sustainable Connections and Visit Bellingham/Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, the Coffee Crawl is a fun and interactive opportunity for coffee lovers to explore Whatcom County’s coffee culture and earn rewards along the way.

The Coffee Crawl takes place all summer long and is designed to percolate the senses as well as reward locals and tourists alike when coffee lovers are invited to visit numerous java joints in Whatcom County. At each stop, visitors simply check in using their digital passport on their phone, collect points, and earn piping-hot prizes­­ such as Think Local First Gift Cards, Sasquatch-themed coffee mugs, and branded tee shirts.

The Coffee Crawl on the Think Local First Passport lets participants experience the finest brews in the area and encourages latte lovers to shop and sip locally. “Supporting our favorite local coffee shops and community business owners is essential,” states Amy Vergillo, Communications Director for Sustainable Connections. “For every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $68 recirculates and remains in our local economy. Compare that with the $43 that remains in our community when it’s spent at a national chain. That might not seem like a huge difference, but the ripple effects are huge.”

Sustainable practices will also be encouraged throughout the summer. By encouraging participants to bring their own reusable cups, coffee lovers can reduce single-use waste. The Coffee Crawls aims to support Bellingham's robust coffee culture while leaving a lasting, positive impact on the environment and the local community. With the introduction of the Coffee Crawl on the new Think Local First digital passport, there is a latte to look forward to this summer!

Participating businesses include: Colophon Café, Evolve Chocolate + Café, Camber Coffee, Old Town Café, The Bagelry, Diamond Jim’s Grill, Harris Avenue Café & Tony’s coffee, NEKO Cat Café, Avenue Bread, Loca Mocha, Otherside Bagel, Wake ‘N Bakery, Bar Cicotti, Beach Store Café, Bellingham Coffee Roasters at the Bellingham Farmers Market, Hammerhead Coffee, Pure Bliss Desserts, Rifugio’s Country Italian Cuisine, Shirlee Bird Café, The Union Coffee Shop.

Find more information at https://sustainableconnections.org/coffeecrawl and Sustainable Connections’ Facebook and Instagram.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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