Hampton Coffee’s Altruistic Recognition

This article originally appeared in the February 14, 2018 issue of The Independent Newspaper


The Ellen Hermanson Foundation will host its annual Denim & Diamonds event on Saturday, March 10, from 6:30 to 10 PM at 230 Elm Street in Southampton.

Proceeds will benefit The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton and Ellen’s Well, which provides crisis intervention counseling for breast cancer patients.

The team behind Hampton Coffee Company, including owners Jason and Theresa Belkin, will be honored for over a decade of involvement with the organization. Shirley Ruch and the South Fork Bakery and Dr. Louis Avvento of the NY Cancer and Blood Center will also be honored.

What began in 1994 as a single, small espresso bar in Water Mill, Hampton Coffee Company has grown into Long Island’s largest independent coffee roaster. With several locations on both the North and South Forks, including a Mobile Espresso Unit and Coffee Roaster, it still remains family owned, with a strong emphasis on the surrounding community.

The company helps out more than 100 organizations annually throughout the towns they serve. “We support things our employees and customers are concerned about,” said co-owner Jason Belkin. Charities it supports, besides the foundation, include the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, The Retreat, and the Water Mill Community Club.

“Sara Blue is amazing. She deserves an award,” Belkin said of the Denim & Diamonds event organizer, who also lends her time to Riverhead homeless shelter Maureen’s Haven. Hampton Coffee Company provides soup, chili, and bread to the shelter.

Open year round, the Hampton Coffee Company employs more than 60 local residents, with jobs ranging from baristas to executive level positions at its corporate office. Belkin said that helping the community is a value that Hampton Coffee Company shares with the Ellen Hermanson Foundation.

“We appreciate this organization so much,” said Belkin. “People have needs all year round. They’re here, like we are.”

Although not personally affected by cancer, Belkin admires the emphasis the foundation places on treatment availability, despite one’s ability to pay.

Native to East Rockaway, Belkin and his wife, Theresa, who originally called Ireland home, have raised their kids in Westhampton Beach for the past 15 years. They have witnessed the grueling winters where many businesses, and charities, struggle for support. “It’s always harder in the winter. Summer is so much easier for people to come out,” Belkin opined.

In addition to philanthropy, the company practices “keeping it green.” Solar panels sit atop the roof of its Water Mill café, and it uses energy efficient LED light bulbs company wide. Single cups are made in the U.S., producing 30 percent less greenhouse gas emissions, and its Java Jackets are printed with vegetable-based inks, making them recyclable and compostable. The company even manufactures its own K-cups, using recyclable material.

Jason and Theresa Belkin, along with 20 staff members from Hampton Coffee Company, are slated to attend the Denim & Diamonds event. Interested in attending? For more info, visit www.ellenhermanson.org.


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KooKoo for Cocoa

(This article first appeared in the December 6, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)


Wanting to switch out your traditional coffee for something on the sweeter side? How about a cup of rich, hot chocolate?

National Hot Cocoa Day is on December 13, but it’s never too early, or too late, to celebrate. Here are five spots across the East End to savor every sip.

Hampton Coffee Company never disappoints. What would the holidays be without its Peppermint Hot Chocolate? Deliciously homemade hot chocolate with natural peppermint syrup and topped with Instagram-worthy whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and peppermint candy pieces. http://www.hamptoncoffeecompany.com.

Located inside Harbor Books, Dobra Tea loves to whip up creativity as the seasons change. Stop in for the Chocolate Chai made with locally-sourced honey, almond milk, and homemade whipped cream. Located at 20 Main Street in Sag Harbor, visit http://www.harborbookssgh.com/dobra-tea.

North Fork Roasting Company is a great option for its comfortable chairs and ever-growing food menu. But when the days become shorter try a roast to boast — cocoa beans! For a kick add in a shot of espresso, it’ll taste like chocolate-covered coffee beans. Located at 55795 Main Road in Southold, visit http://www.noforoastingco.com.

Aldo’s Café boasts a dark hot chocolate — as a must-have to warm up. Located at 103-105 Front Street in Greenport, visit http://www.aldos.com for more.

Marie Eiffel Market on Shelter Island has a cocoa that’s whipped up like a latte — only this cup contains chocolatey goodness! The water views and Christmas lights surrounding this year-round location make it picturesque for sipping. Located at 184 North Ferry Road on Shelter Island, visit http://www.marieeiffelmarket.com.