Posts Tagged ‘coffee’

Craven’s Coffee Stars at Breakfast Time

April 22nd, 2013 by kimtaylor

Kari delivers caffeinated bliss to the Hidden Moose Lodge each week.

Kari delivers caffeinated bliss to the Hidden Moose Lodge each week.

A couple of blog posts ago we introduced you to Whitefish Pottery who make our coffee mugs here at the Moose, now we’d like to tell you about the coffee that we pour in those mugs.

For the past few years our guests are greeted to the smell of Craven’s Coffee brewing in our kitchen. Craven’s Coffee is a Spokane, WA based company, dedicated to roasting great coffee that comes from coffee farmers they actually meet and shake hands with. They know the farmers they buy their coffee beans from. Roasted to perfection (at least we think so!) it makes some of the best coffee you’ll want to wake up to.

Launched 20 yrs ago, by Simon Craven Thompson and his wife, Rebecca Templin, Cravens remains a mom-and-pop operation by national standards. “I think Folgers spills as much coffee in a day as we roast in a year,” Thompson joked to the Spokesman Review newspaper. When they started in 1993 there were about 3 local roasters in Spokane, now there are about 20. So, in order to survive, you know the coffee has to be good.

In addition to their wide variety of roasts they offer (68 blends in total), Craven’s has a line of Community Blends where a portion of their sales gets donated to worthy causes in the Northwest. Nice.

The face of Craven’s Coffee here in the Flathead Valley is our sales rep, Kari Donovan, who delivers caffeinated bliss to restaurants, grocery stores, cafes and, of course, to the Hidden Moose Lodge on a weekly basis. Kari has worked for Craven’s for over 9 years and loves her job.

And, we love Craven’s Coffee and so do our guests. You can visit their website at: www.cravenscoffee.com or taste their coffee yourself when you book a room at the Hidden Moose!

Author: Sarah Stewart

Whitefish Pottery “mugs” it up for the Hidden Moose Lodge

April 8th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Whitefish Pottery makes our custom Hidden Moose coffee mugs.

Whitefish Pottery makes our custom Hidden Moose coffee mugs.

Have you ever given any thought to where your coffee mug comes from?  Go ahead, turn over your mug and look, [but make sure it’s empty first – Doh!]  When we were deciding on where to get our coffee mugs for the Hidden Moose Lodge, (important in our line of business),  we decided to “go local”. For many years we’ve been serving our morning coffee to sleepy guests in locally made mugs from Whitefish Pottery.  Tom Gilfillan, [aka. “Tom the Potter”], owner of Whitefish Pottery, is one of the biggest Bruce Springsteen fans we know, [if not THE biggest], and a talented potter as well.   He and his wheel spinning crew hand throw each Hidden Moose logo’d mug and glaze them in a variety of beautiful colors.

Besides Hidden Moose coffee mugs, Whitefish Pottery, make a variety of handcrafted items from cookie jars to wine crocks to serving bowls that are sold in their downtown retail store, Stillwater Gallery.  In addition to their pottery, they also feature wonderful local artwork, crafts and other handmade pottery at their store.

Other “fun facts” about Tom’s business:

  • Whitefish Pottery was commissioned to make the “official” coffee mug for the Glacier National Park Centennial celebration.  How cool is that?
  • You can take a free tour of their pottery studio (about 5 miles from downtown Whitefish), to see how they actually make, fire & glaze their creations.
  • Stillwater Gallery is one of 13 galleries that participate in “Gallery Nights” – Held from May-October each year on the first Thursday of the month in Whitefish.  Local galleries & shops stay open late, lay out free refreshments and feature a variety of special artist exhibitions.
  • Each year Whitefish Pottery holds an anniversary party for the whole community out at the studio location.   This year’s 18th anniversary bash will be on Friday May 10th – with live music, food and libations – it’s always a blast.

Our guests often purchase a Hidden Moose Lodge mug handmade by Whitefish Pottery as a memento of their stay with us.  It’ll not only looks cool on their desk at work, but they swear their coffee tastes better!

For more on Whitefish Pottery visit their website at: www.whitefishpottery.com or find them on Facebook.

Author: Sarah Stewart