New Commonplace Coffee Series Serves Up A Taste of Pittsburgh Parks


Sales of Custom Coffee Blends Will Support Pittsburgh Parks Through 2022


PITTSBURGH – SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 – The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has announced a partnership with Commonplace Coffee to create a collaborative coffee blend series celebrating city parks.

Each blend in the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Series will highlight one of the city’s five regional parks — Frick Park, Schenley Park, Highland Park, Riverview Park, and Emerald View Park — starting with the Frick Park Blend, which will be released on the first day of fall, September 22, 2020. The custom parks blends will be sold at in 12oz. bags priced at $16.50. Commonplace will donate 25% of profits from sales of custom parks blends directly to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

“We’re excited to team up with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to support our communities and help sustain Pittsburgh’s incredible park system,” says TJ Fairchild, owner, Commonplace Coffee.

In curating each blend’s tasting notes, Commonplace roasters will be inspired by what makes each Pittsburgh park special. The Frick Park Blend is described as “lively, wild, woodsy, historic, large, bold!”

“Pairing our Sumatran coffee, Harimau Tiger, with our dark roast, All Day, produces the Frick Park Blend’s bold and wild flavor profile,” added Dave Smallhoover, roasting operations manager, Commonplace Coffee. “We then paired it with other coffees to meld these flavors together and achieve a perfect balance.”

Future parks blends will release on the first day of each fall and spring season through 2022 and will be available for eight weeks.

“It’s no secret that our parks provide us with energy and vitality,” says Vanessa Thompson, institutional giving manager, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. “There are so many ways to enjoy them, and our friends at Commonplace are providing yet another by serving up a taste of our parks in a cup. We look forward to a strong partnership and are grateful for their support at this challenging time.”

Use of Pittsburgh parks has been on the rise throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this month, the Parks Conservancy reported a 135% increase over baseline usage for the period of July 12 through August 23, according to Google data. Throughout COVID-19, parks and green spaces have remained open, accessible, and safe places to enjoy the outdoors and socialize while physical distancing.

In the coming weeks, the Parks Conservancy will launch a new volunteer program for individuals to help care for local parks. This Saturday, the PNC Pittsburgh Park Conservancy Hat Luncheon: Picnic in Your Park, which replaces the non-profit’s largest annual fundraiser, will provide another opportunity to celebrate and support the parks.

To purchase a bag of the Frick Park Blend, visit To learn more about opportunities to support the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, visit


About Commonplace Coffee:

Commonplace Coffee is headquartered in Pittsburgh with seven community-based coffeehouses in western Pennsylvania. Its flagship location and an additional hospital-based cafe are in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and the remaining five are in Pittsburgh. Its roastery is in Pittsburgh, and its bakery is in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Commonplace offers handcrafted coffee and pastries in an atmosphere that builds and fosters the neighborhoods it serves. It also provides wholesale coffee and baked goods in and around the Pittsburgh area. Commonplace exists to bring people from all walks of life together to genuinely share all aspects of their lives. Learn more by visiting or check them out on social media.

About Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy:
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy was founded in December 1996 by a group of citizens concerned with the deteriorating conditions of Pittsburgh’s historic city parks. A non-profit organization, the Parks Conservancy works closely with the City of Pittsburgh under an official public-private partnership agreement to restore and improve the city’s park system to its full potential. To date, the Parks Conservancy has raised nearly $130 million and completed 22 major park improvement projects. The Parks Conservancy works with thousands of volunteers, hosts hundreds of events, and provides programming for more than 7,500 children annually.