National Doughnut Day–An Unexpected History

National Doughnut Day? What will they think up next? But there is more to the story than you might expect.

On the first Friday in June, America celebrates National Doughnut Day. I know what you’re thinking: “National Doughnut Day? What will they think up next?” But there’s more to the story than just a quirky reason to indulge in a sweet treat.

The calendar is full of strange holidays commemorating everything from cheesecake to teddy bears. Each holiday has its own quirky history and devoted followers. Top Pot loves National Doughnut Day, but we love it for more than the obvious reasons. The story of the creation of NDD is more complicated than you might expect. It’s a story about caring for others and being brave in the face of danger. Didn’t expect that from a doughnut holiday, did you?

WWI and the “Doughnut Dollies”

In 1917, not too long after America entered WWI, The Salvation Army sent volunteers to France. The idea was to set up huts where the soldiers could receive baked goods, write letters back home, and have their clothes mended.

It wasn’t long before two of the volunteers had the idea to serve doughnuts. The life of a soldier was hard, and doughnuts were the perfect treat to brighten their spirits. The doughnuts were an instant hit, with one of the volunteers reporting that she made 300 doughnuts and 700 cups of coffee in one day!

Due to the doughnut’s instant success with the service men, the women became known as the “Doughnut Dollies.” Although the nickname was cute, no one forgot the immense service these men and women were contributing to the fight for freedom.

National Doughnut Day is Born

National Doughnut Day was born out of the struggles of the Great Depression. In 1938, the Salvation Army created the holiday as a way of fundraising for those in need. It also served the dual purpose of commemorating the men and women who had fought in WWI.

The tradition continued throughout the years. The Red Cross took over the Dollies’ work during WWII and the Vietnam War, raising spirits wherever they went.

Top Pot and Northwest Harvest

Top Pot is proud to contribute to the history of NDD. Each year, we partner with Northwest Harvest, a local nonprofit, to collect donations for those in need in our community. Each cafe will be collecting non-perishable food items to support Northwest Harvest’s mission to eliminate hunger.

“Northwest Harvest is Washington’s own statewide hunger relief agency. Our mission is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Our vision is that ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington.”

But that’s not all! In addition to food collections, we host a raffle with the chance to win some awesome prizes. A single ten dollar ticket gives you the chance to win one of ten prizes.

Come by any cafe to purchase your tickets. All raffle proceeds go to Northwest Harvest, so you can win big and do good.

We would love to see you at one of our locations on NDD. It’s a very busy day for us, so if you would like a large order it’s best to call ahead! Come support a great local nonprofit and celebrate the surprising history of National Doughnut Day.

Come into any Top Pot location this Monday through Thursday and show the barista this blog post to receive a free 12 ounce drip coffee.  This offer is good through June 2, 2016.

5 Things to Know About Top Pot Coffee

When you think of Top Pot, you probably think about hand-forged maple bars and delicious old fashioned doughnuts. What you may not know is that we’re also coffee roasters. Our passion for quality extends beyond our doughnuts and is reflected in every aspect of the roasting process.

Here are the five things to know about Top Pot coffee.

100% Arabica

There are many different varieties of coffee bean, but Top Pot’s coffee is made from 100% specialty grade Arabica coffees.

Arabicas have a wide taste range, but tend to be sweet and fruity in flavor. In comparison to Robusta (another commonly used type of coffee), these beans have almost double the concentration of sugars. They grow slowly, taking several years to mature. One tree can produce anywhere from one to twelve pounds of coffee a year.

From Latin America to Africa, our coffee is sourced from the best co-ops and estates in the world.

Small Batch Roasting

Top Pot coffee is roasted in small batches, by hand, on our traditional cast iron coffee roaster.

Small batch roasting means that we can pay attention to every detail of the roasting process. With our concentration so tightly focused, we’re able to respond to each batch’s needs and make sure every bean is the highest quality.

Over Ten Years of Hand-Roasting

Top Pot has been hand-roasting since 2002. All of our coffee is made in downtown Seattle at our 5th Avenue location.

A Wide Selection of Coffee

Top Pot is proud to offer 5 proprietary blends:

  • Diplomat (Drip)
  • El Presidente (Espresso)
  • Decaf (Drip and Espresso)
  • Federale (Drip and Espresso)
  • French Roast (Drip)

We also have a variety of single origin coffees and seasonal blends. Come by any of our cafes to check out the selection.

Our Philosophy

At Top Pot we believe that coffee should be allowed to speak for itself! That’s why we roast on the lighter side of the roast spectrum to let the subtle nuances of our coffee really come through in the cup. Most of our blends are a full city roast, which leaves the coffee at its sweetest. This allows the coffee’s distinct flavors to come through.

Stop by any Top Pot cafe and get a free 12 ounce cup of drip. Simply show the barista this blog post and bam! You’ll be caffeinated in no time. It’s just our way of saying, “Thanks for reading!” This offer is good through Sunday, May 29, 2016.

Welcome to Our Blog!

We are Top Pot Doughnuts and Coffee, an independent company located in Western Washington and Dallas, Texas.

Welcome to the Top Pot blog! We’re super excited to join the blogosphere.

If you know us, then you’re already familiar with what we do. If you’re new to the table, let’s get introduced. We are Top Pot Doughnuts and Coffee, an independent company located in Western Washington and Dallas, Texas. Our passions are quality coffee and doughnuts, and we love sharing those passions with the world.

What To Expect

From new coffee tips and tricks, to fun interviews, we’re going to cover it all. Each week, we’ll be posting new content to the blog. If that’s not enough excitement for you, hold on to your hats, there’s more!

At the end of every blog post, we’ll be sharing an exclusive, free weekly item. Just come into any of our locations and show the barista the blog post on your electronic device of choice, and you’ll receive super awesome free stuff. It’s just our way of saying thanks for reading.

“But what exactly are we reading?” We hear you ask from inside your computer. Well, let’s take a look.

Did You Know?

We’ll be diving into some little know facts and fun tidbits–answering the hard questions like, “Why are coffee beans called ‘beans’ when they’re actually seeds?” or “Who named that delicious swirl-y doughnut the pershing?”

Armed with these facts you’ll be able to head out and impress all of your friends with your coffee and doughnut knowledge.

Turn On The Spotlight

We’ll be focusing on our different cafes, their staff, and their customers. We have always been firm believers in community. That’s why each of our stores is unique to the area in which it lives. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our incredible community. We can’t wait to share their stories.

How Do I Do It?

Have you ever wondered how your barista pours that perfect rosetta every time? Curious how to make a doughnut ice cream sandwich? Well, we’ve asked ourselves the same questions and have come up with some answers. Let us share our expertise with you, so that you can have a little bit of Top Pot magic with you all the time.

To The Future

We’re so excited to be exploring this new blogging path, and we’re happy that you’ve come along for the ride. We’ve got a lot we’re excited to share, but we want to make sure that it’s what you want to read. So let us know! Post a comment, send an email, or drop by a cafe and tell us what you’d like to see. So until next week, cheers! Continue reading “Welcome to Our Blog!”