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World Water Day 2014 — Coffee for you, Water for them.

Today is the day the world focuses “attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.” (unwater.org) Each year, we at Mocha Club acknowledge this day and the work so many of us are doing to bring clean water to the world (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010..).

Mocha Club Clean Water

We have provided clean water solutions as a part of our holistic approach to development in communities all around Africa, including water wells in South Sudan, solar pumps and piping systems in Malawi, and a rain water catchment in Kenya. One of our newest projects is a water well in Sierra Leone, and we can’t wait to tell you more and show you how this project will greatly impact this community!

And today we have the perfect combo for you to bring clean water to others just by enjoying your morning cup of coffee…

World Water Day 2014 Mocha Club and TOMS

1st: We know how much everyone has loved our “Love is Sovereign” coffee mug — so we’re putting it back on sale for one day only. Head over to the Mocha Club store to grab your mug for $15 — and all proceeds today will go towards our Clean Water project area!!

2nd: Our friends over at TOMS have just launched their newest one-for-one product: coffee! So grab yourself a bag of beans today, too, which will bring even more people clean water.

TOMS coffee

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Love is Sovereign – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love is Sovereign VDay Mocha Club

It’s the season of cupids and candy hearts, but it doesn’t have to be all cheesy. We’re recognizing the LOVE that is all around…  the LOVE that calls us to consider others better than ourselves… the LOVE that shows unparalleled compassion and kindness to our neighbors… the LOVE that is sovereign.

Lindsay Letters LOVE is Sovereign Mocha Club INA print

We chose to highlight the “Love is Sovereign” quote from our I need Africa story a couple of months ago, and partnered with Lindsay Letters to create some beautiful products that celebrate the theme. They were so popular, that we’ve decided to bring them back for a limited time…

Mocha Club Love is Sovereign Lindsay Letters mug

That’s right, the beloved “Love is Sovereign” mug is back — but the only way you can get it is by joining Mocha Club as a monthly member! Once you join, we’ll send you both a mug and the “Love is Sovereign” 5×7 chalkboard print!*  And, even better, you’ll know that each month your small sacrifices are sending LOVE across the ocean to make a big impact in Africa.

Already a member? There’s a great deal here for you, too… you can get both items free just by successfully INVITING a friend to join your team!*

Joining and/or Inviting is the only way to get the mug… but if you want to grab an extra print or 2 for those you love… it’s back in the Mocha Club Store for $8!! (frame not included)

Love is Soveriegn Mocha Club & Lindsay Letters print

*Limit 1 free combo item (mug + print) per person. 
*If you have questions about inviting and your unique personal URL, email us at info(at)themochaclub.org
*Once you (or your friend) join, you’ll receive an email giving you instructions on how to get your free stuff! 

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JOY.

Since we launched the “I need Africa” 2.0 campaign last September, we’ve been pulling out quotes from the INA story to highlight as themes, to focus on the glorious truths that Africa gives us.
First, it was PEACE — with the launch of the Pocket Tee and fashionABLE INA scarf.  Then, it was LOVE — with the “Love is Sovereign” mug and Pocket Tote.

Now we are celebrating JOY

JOY-quote+necklace

And our new product? We are so excited to announce another jewelry piece in collaboration with our friends at Miriam Designs.  This necklace is exclusive to Mocha Club, with the word JOY stamped on it. And you can get it free by joining MC (or inviting a friend to join your team!).*
This product is also available in the MC store for $30.

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JOY Mocha Club Miriam Designs INA necklace

We find that the more we continue to give to Africa, the more we receive, and we want to continue to challenge the perception that Africa needs only our pity and charity, and instead seek to reveal the truth that its people have much to offer.
Click below to watch the INA video and learn more about the heart behind what we do at Mocha Club…

INA video - JOY screenshot

 

*Limit 2 free items per person, per collection.
*If you have questions about inviting and your unique personal URL, email us at info(at)themochaclub.org
*Once you (or your friend) join, you’ll receive an email giving you instructions on how to get your free stuff!

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TODAY: Huge Cyber Monday Sale!

Mocha Club Cyber Monday SALE

Alright, so we’ve highlighted all of our new merch for you: the pocket tote (and tee), INA fashionABLE scarves, Lindsay Letters INA prints, the Love is Sovereign mug, and Humphreys Street Ethiopian coffee.
And ALL of it is on sale TODAY!

But act  fast… it’s for one day only and while supplies last.

To get 20% off + free shipping*… enter in discount code CYBERSALE2013 in step 2 of the checkout process & click “apply”.

*free shipping for US addresses only. additional cost for international shipping.

Cyber Monday MC STORE sale

And don’t forget about the bundles that make great gifts:

>> INA Prints Set Bundle (3 5×7 prints for $20)

>>Love is Sovereign Mug + Coffee Bundle (15 oz mug + 1/2 lb Ethiopian coffee for $20)

20% off SALE Cyber Monday Mocha Club

 >>  SHOP NOW  <<

 

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Give a HOLIDAY Gift in Their Honor.

In Your Honor Cards - Mocha Club

A little heads up — we’ve got a huge Cyber Monday sale coming in a couple of days. So feel free to avoid the craziness of Black Friday today… stay home in your pajamas, eat some leftovers, and enjoy some extra time with those you love.

Speaking of those you love… if you have some in your life that are super hard to shop for, giving a gift in their honor is the perfect choice! Just donate to one of our 5 project areas (any amount starting at $25)… then download & print the appropriate card!

In Your Honor - the perfect gift!

Your donation will bring hope and healing to the men, women and children we serve through our projects in Africa. We’ve got the new Happy Holidays card available, but the cards are an option for year-round, too! So next time you need to say Thanks, Congrats, or Happy Birthday… give a gift in their honor!

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Love is Sovereign Ethiopian Coffee

Our lovely collaboration with Lindsay Letters started with 3 prints from the “I need Africa” story… then we shared about the  “Love is Sovereign” mug, and today we’re sharing the story behind the “Love is Sovereign Ethiopian Coffee.

We teamed up with Humphreys Street Coffee Co, a non-profit business that provides jobs for the young men in the mentoring program of Harvest Hands in Nashville. Offering an alternative to the juvenile criminal activity in the neighborhood, students in the program are offered an opportunity to connect with positive mentors, learn job skills, the value of service, and earn money at the same time.

Mocha Club Humphrey Street Coffee1

This fair-trade, natural Ethiopian blend comes straight from the birthplace of coffee and has a rich full body, high acidity, a “wildness” in the flavor and a distinctive wine-like fruitiness.

Mocha Club Humphrey Street Coffee 2

>> We are offering this 1/2 pound bag of whole beans in the new APARTMENT section of the Mocha Club store, available for $9 alone, or together with the mug for $20!

Stay_Cozy_Bundle -- Mocha Club

( thanks to Christine of {declare} photography for the photos! )

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Love is Sovereign Mug

We shared on Friday about our lovely collaboration with Lindsay Letters and the prints we are so stoked about.

But it doesn’t end there… Lindsay’s “Love is Sovereign” artwork has made its way onto a couple of other new items as well.

First, is a porcelain bistro mug.

Mocha Club Love is Sovereign Lindsay Letters mug

This 15 oz mug (both microwave & dishwasher safe!) has the “Love is Sovereign” artwork on the front, and “themochaclub.org” on the back — both in a beautiful metallic gold.

Moch Club Nov 2013 Shoot-47 copy

>> We are offering the mug in the new APARTMENT section of the Mocha Club store, available for $15 alone, or together with a 1/2 pound of coffee for $20! (more on the story behind the coffee tomorrow…)

Stay_Cozy_Bundle -- Mocha Club

( thanks to Christine of {declare} photography for the photos! )

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Lovely Lettering.

Mocha Club + Lindsay Letters

We cannot be more excited for this collaboration with the oh-so-lovely Lindsay Letters. Lindsay uniquely hand-letters and illustrates each of her designs and when we had the vision of turning some of the “I need Africa” (INA) story into prints, we knew she was the gal for the job. Lindsay not only brings ridiculous talent, but also immense heart and passion into her work. We are so grateful for the way her lovely lettering brought these words to life…

Lindsay Letters I need Africa  Mocha Club print

1st was the phrase that has become the heart behind all that we do: “I need Africa more than Africa needs me”.  Barrett (Mocha Club’s founder), while living in Ethiopia in 2008, had the thought of “I need Africa more than Africa needs me” keeping him awake, and he had to put this feeling into words… read the entire story.

Lindsay Letters Peace INA Mocha Club Print

Then, with the launch of INA 2.0, we decided to pull out some quotes from the story to highlight as themes. The first theme is PEACE:  “Possessions in my hand will never be as valuable as peace in my heart”.  This quote was printed on the inside of the Pocket Tee, and promoted with the first round of INA products.

Lindsay Letters LOVE is Sovereign Mocha Club INA print

The second theme is LOVE: “Love is Sovereign”.  This is printed on the inside of the Pocket Tote (as well as on some other new products we’ve launched for the holidays!) and is being promoted with this second round of INA products.

>> We are offering these 5×7 prints in the new APARTMENT section of the Mocha Club store, available for $8 each, or $25 for all 3!

Lindsay Letters Mocha Club INA Print Set

( thanks to Christine of {declare} photography for the photos! )

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INA fashionABLE scarf

We launched the exclusive “I need Africa” fashionABLE scarf at the INA 2.0 launch. The first edition featured cobalt blue stripes (coordinating nicely with the cobalt blue stripes on the Pocket Tee!).

The second edition is here… and the stripes are now a brilliant emerald green! (It is the color of the year, y’all.) We showed you earlier this week how the Pocket Tote is also sporting this fabulous color.

INA fashionABLE scarf

We teamed up with fashionABLE to further tell the story of “I need Africa more than Africa needs me.” The core of “INA” challenges the perception that Africa needs only our pity & charity, and instead seeks to reveal the truth that its people have much to offer. Made by Africans who have been given new opportunity, this scarf symbolizes the heart behind INA: that Africa, with all its need, has much to give & teach us.

INA fashionABLE scarf emerald 1

This INA fashionABLE scarf is the perfect weight for every season, and the mist grey base color compliments almost any outfit. And with a story of creating jobs for at-risk women, it’s the perfect gift with meaning!

>> Grab the INA fashionABLE scarf for $32 in the Mocha Club store.

*All INA products (scarves, pocket tee, & pocket tote!) are available as a FREE incentive for joining Mocha Club monthly and/or inviting a friend to join

INA fashionABLE scarf emerald 2

( thanks to Christine of {declare} photography for the photos! )

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Put A Pocket On It!

We’ve loved partnering with our sister company fashionABLE to create new exclusive products.  First, with the launch of INA 2.0, we offered a Pocket Tee. The tee featured a pocket from a fashionABLE scarf, made by Africans who have been given new opportunity. It was such a hit that we decided we wanted to put pockets on more things!

Mocha Club INA Pocket Tote 1

So for the 2nd installment of 2.0 products, we created a Pocket Tote. The pocket still comes from a fashionABLE scarf, but we wanted to expand on the story a bit… so we hired our friends at Thistle Farms to sew on the pockets!  Thistle Farms is a social enterprise of women in Nashville, TN who have survived prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. So this tote not only provided opportunity for at-risk women across the ocean in Africa, but also for women right here in our own backyard!  We just love that.

Mocha Club INA Pocket Tote 3

The canvas tote is 100% recycled cotton and the pocket is made up of white & emerald green stripes (the color of the year!). On the inside you’ll find the phrase “Love is Sovereign” — a quote taken from the “I need Africa more than Africa needs me” story (lovely illustration by Lindsay Letters!)

Mocha Club INA Pocket Tote 2

And did we mention that it’s TOTES adorable? (I know, sorry, we had to.)

Moch Club Nov 2013 Shoot-22 copy

>> Grab the INA Pocket Tote in the Mocha Club store for $18! (And there are still a few Pocket Tees left, too, at $28).

*All INA products (scarves, pocket tee, & pocket tote!) are available as a FREE incentive for joining Mocha Club monthly and/or inviting a friend to join

Mocha Club INA Pocket Tote 4

( thanks to Christine of {declare} photography for the photos! )