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Thunder Coffee & Giving Hearts Day 2023!

Thunder Coffee is a local coffee shop that serves the community delicious coffee and also operates as a roastery. They have had an exciting journey over the past few years, and they aren’t close to being finished. In 2017. Thunder Coffee was a mobile coffee service, and two years later, in 2019. they opened a physical location in West Fargo. The following year they began their roasting operation, and this year, they are opening their second location inside the market at Brewhalla!

Nicole Dutton, Skyler Dutton and Dexter Dutton, Owners. Photo by Geneva Nodland

While the team at Thunder Coffee has been very active in giving back to the community for years, last year they launched a Giving Hearts Day blend of coffee, giving the proceeds to local nonprofits! Working with the team at the Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF), together they decided that creating the coffee roast would be “a natural progression” of the creative ways they’ve worked to give back.

“[Our goal was] to impact local dogooders in our community through the proceeds of this coffee,” Skyler said.

Some other examples of how Thunder Coffee has worked to uplift smaller nonprofits during previous Giving Hearts Day events include:

  • Holding an in-person series called “Know Your Non Profit,” and inviting nonprofits to the café for an after-hours Q&A. This allowed the community an opportunity to get an idea of who the organizations were and how donations impacted their mission.
  • They offered a Giving Hearts Day drink, raising funds for more work with nonprofits.
  • As a birthday celebration each year, they invite baristas from all across the region to compete in pouring the most visually appealing foam design. They then donate the registration fees to a local nonprofit!

Thunder Coffee is constantly tapping into creativity to come up with unique ways to give back. Using their product and avenue of reaching customers (or, talents), they were able to give back.

Why do you think this is important for everyone to consider the best route, and why is it important for your business?

We love coming together to support one another in whatever way we can. There are so many nonprofit organizations locally that are dedicated to making the Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo area the best it can be, and it’s easy to find an organization that is doing great things that resonates with you and just jump in to give them a hand! We love the notion of neighbors helping neighbors, and love to be involved in supporting great causes.

– Skyler Dutton

This year, they will be creating and selling the Giving Hearts Day roast again! Keep an eye out on their social media to see when that will be available. If you’re interested in buying beans, check out their website, (shipping available), and remember to visit their second location in Brewhalla upon opening early this year!
300 Sheyenne St. 190, West Fargo, ND
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Written by Geneva Nodland

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