PITTSBURGH – SEPTEMBER 26, 2023 – The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Commonplace Coffee today announced the launch of Mellon Park Blend, the newest park release in the longstanding coffee collaboration celebrating Pittsburgh’s parks.

Beginning in 2020, the Parks Conservancy and Commonplace Coffee kicked off their partnership with the launch of Frick Park Blend, followed by Schenley Park Blend in early 2021, Riverview Park Blend, Highland Park Blend, and finally, Emerald View Park Blend last fall.  

“Pittsburgh's parks have been a consistent and grounding part of so many of our routines. After our 5-blend series featuring the regional parks concluded, we jumped at the opportunity to work with the Parks Conservancy again,” explained Abby Eckhardt, marketing coordinator at Commonplace Coffee. “When their team suggested Mellon Park for our next collaborative blend, we couldn't wait to start!”

Mellon Park is a popular recreational area and community space that offers various amenities and activities for residents and visitors to enjoy, featuring well-maintained gardens, a vibrant playground, and, of course, the enchanting Walled Garden area.

Reminiscent of the vibrancy that exudes from this community park, Vikki Harris, head roaster at Commonplace Coffee, explains the process behind crafting this unique brew.

“The Mellon Park Blend contains two stellar coffees with tasting notes of honey, orange blossom, and cherry,” Vikki explained. “The first was grown by Carolina Posada on her farm Mina Rica in Colombia. The second blend component was grown by world-renowned producer Luis Alberto in Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua. The Yellow Catuai variety he contributed to this blend features exceptional floral notes, intense sweetness, and popping citric acidity.”

Commonplace Coffee will host a Mellon Park Blend tasting at its Rockwell Park café location on Thursday, October 12, at 11 a.m. to celebrate the newest installment of the park series. This tasting is free and open to the public.

“The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is incredibly grateful for the continued partnership with Commonplace Coffee and its belief in the importance of supporting our city’s green spaces,” explained Alana Wenk, director of advancement, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. “Not only does this most recent brew generate proceeds to help Pittsburgh’s parks, but it’s a celebration of Mellon Park – a space that we know firsthand is so important to residents and visitors alike.”

The custom blend is sold at commonplacecoffee.com, Commonplace Coffee cafe locations, and select Commonplace Coffee wholesale client locations. Commonplace will continue to donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of the custom blend directly to the nonprofit.

To purchase a bag of the Mellon Park Blend, visit commonplacecoffee.com/coffees or visit a Commonplace Coffee location. To learn more about opportunities to support the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, visit pittsburghparks.org.


Alana Wenk                                                                 
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy                                        

About Commonplace Coffee:

Founded in 2003, Commonplace Coffee is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with seven community-based coffeehouses in Western Pennsylvania. The flagship coffeehouse as well as an additional cafe and bakery are located in Indiana, Pennsylvania. The remaining five locations as well as the roastery/headquarters are in Pittsburgh. Commonplace offers handcrafted coffee and pastries in an atmosphere that builds and fosters the neighborhoods it serves. Commonplace also provides cafe consultations, wholesale coffee, equipment, service, and training to a diverse cross-section of businesses looking to create or build their coffee program.

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 more than $145 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.