COSTCO And Coffee Come Together To
Help Manatees

Residents of west central and southwest Florida are now able to savor the taste of great coffee and help protect manatees at the same time. Beginning in October, Manatee Gourmet Coffee Company’s “Island Dark Roast” became available for purchase in COSTCO stores in those areas. A percentage of sales of the gourmet coffee will go to Save the Manatee Club, and each bag features the Club’s toll-free number and web address.

Manatee Gourmet Coffee combines great taste with a good cause. “One of the purposes of our company is to contribute to our planet’s well being,” says Les Tuchman, Principal. “It’s important to keep the waterways clear, clean, and safe for manatees and other wildlife. Our motto is ‘The better the water, the better the coffee.’”

Les Tuchman, Principal,
Manatee Gourmet Coffee Company


The Manatee Gourmet Coffee Company is located in Marco Island, Florida – an area where manatees are often sighted. Tuchman, a native New Yorker who wrote music and performed in Greenwich Village in the ' 70s, first became acquainted with manatees after buying a home on a canal in Florida. With an extensive background in marketing and sales, he was invited to join the Manatee Gourmet Coffee Company in 2005. “I was looking for a good challenge, and it was the plight of the manatees that attracted me,” he says. “I felt it would be a nice change to make a contribution for a good cause.”

Currently, COSTCO stores in Naples, Ft. Myers, Brandon, and Clearwater carry two-pound bags of Manatee Gourmet Coffee’s Company’s Island Dark Roast.  “The coffee is delicious,” says Tuchman. “It is the smoothest dark roast coffee imaginable.”

Soon, other Florida residents will be able to judge for themselves. In October, November, and December, the company will also go on the road and COSTCO shoppers will be able to sample the great taste of their coffee at Manatee Gourmet Coffee Road Shows throughout Florida (see schedule below).

“Save the Manatee Club is very excited that the Manatee Gourmet Coffee Company and COSTCO are working together to support manatees,” says Patrick Rose, Executive Director of Save the Manatee Club. “Business partnerships such as this one are vital assets in helping to spread the word about manatees and in contributing financially to manatee conservation efforts.”


Sample The Great Taste of Manatee Gourmet Coffee
Florida residents will be able to sample the Manatee Gourmet Coffee Company's Island Dark Roast at COSTCO stores on the following dates.

Date COSTCO Store Location
October 19 - 22 Fort Myers
November 2 - 5 Naples
November 9 - 12 Brandon
November 16 - 19 Clearwater
November 30 - December 3 South Orlando 
December 7 - 10 Altamonte Springs
December 14 - 17 Winter Park


Don't Live in Florida?

Never fear -- you can still purchase Manatee Gourmet Coffee at our Manatee Gifts online store and contribute to manatee protection efforts. Available in "Tropical Delight," and "Orange Chocolate." All Manatee Gourmet Coffees have been trial tested by SMC staff who give them an enthusiastic thumbs up!

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