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What is a Coffee Palooza Anyway?

We all know on the surface just what a Coffee Palooza is, but where did the name come from in the first place? Let's explore a little about this funky word.

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What is Coffee Palooza?

So, we know that Coffee Palooza is our celebration of coffee through either a deep discount on specific coffees and/or teas or a free half-pound of certain coffees or teas. It's one of our best and most popular promotions. This celebration is held a few times throughout the year and is sometimes aligned with holidays like Labor Day, Fourth of July, Black Friday, and other special days.

The coffee and tea selections for our Coffee Paloozas tend to include some of our best-selling single-origins, organics, blends, and seasonal flavored coffee choices. You may also occasionally find some of our Keurig-style coffee pods and gourmet teas included in the list of Palooza libations.

Our Coffee Paloozas may last only one day or could be a full weekend affair. On special holidays, like this Labor Day, we may even extend the sale an extra day!

But What is a Palooza?

Okay, so we're all on the same page about what Coffee Palooza is, but what does Palooza mean? Where did it come from?

Palooza is a portion of the word lollapalooza which is a late 19th-century term defined as "an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance." This antiquated word found new life as the name of a 1991 touring music festival meant to be the farewell for the band Jane's Addiction. Similar to festivals like Woodstock, Lollapalooza had a diverse lineup of musical genres and acts. In addition, non-musical groups were invited to take part to add to the festival feel. Information tables, art, and gaming were included within the festival to add to the circus feeling the planners were looking for. Unlike Woodstock, Lollapalooza toured the US, bringing "alternative" music to the forefront. This was the beginning of making the alternative rock genre a mainstay.

Lollapalooza has changed over the years. It now no longer tours and has found an annual home in Chicago. In 2005, Kidzapalooza (the first of the "palooza" spin-offs) became a child-friendly side festival with music, art, and events geared towards children. Lollapalooza has also spread internationally, with festivals now spanning the globe.

And that's the story. We hope you enjoy your Coffee Palooza. We look forward to inviting you to another one soon. Happy Labor Day!

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