My First Job-Selling KEMOSABE Single Serve Coffee Packets

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 4/30/2016

“Dad, do you think you could buy me a new bike?” I asked my Dad who was in the garage sharpening his axe.

“Why do you need a new bike?” He replied without looking up from grinding the axe blade.

“Because I’ve out grown it since I got it for my seventh birthday. I’m almost ten.”

I guess I must have gotten my Dad’s attention because he immediately stopped grinding his axe, looked up at me, took off his safety glasses and said, “You know, Teddy, it’s about time that you got a job to pay for things like a new bike.”

“But Dad what can I do? I’m only ten.”

“I remember when I was your age and had a paperboy job. I remember getting up early every day and delivering newspapers to houses in the neighborhood. I would put the papers in my Mom’s shopping cart and deliver them.”

“But Dad, no one reads the paper anymore.”

“I know, son, that’s one of the problems with people today. They don’t read the paper,” he sarcastically replied.

“Well what can I do to earn money?”

“You’ll think of something.”

Every weekend my parents took me, my eight-year old brother, Joey and my six-year-old sister, Charlotte, camping at Armitage Park Campground, a camping site located about five miles north of Eugene, Oregon on the banks of the McKenzie River. It was here that I discovered my first job. I awoke early on Saturday morning and took twenty of the twenty-five single serve coffee packets from the Kemosabe flavored coffee collection box my Mom had in the grocery bag in the car. I went around to each camping site and sold each single serve coffee packet for $1.50. All the campers loved it. Specifically, they loved the flavors that I had to offer-mocha, chocolate cinnamon, chocolate hazelnut, chocolate irish cream and French vanilla. To make a long story short, needless to say, my Mom was not pleased with me taking her Kemosabe single serve coffee packets, but my Dad was pleased that I had created a job for myself. Every weekend that spring I sold Kemosabe single serve coffee packets at the Armitage Park Campground and made more than enough money to buy a new bike before school was out for the summer.

dry mix beveragesWritten by Bob Jenkins, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Beverages

Bob has had the privilege of working for some of America's largest and well run public and private companies, including Philip Morris, Canada Dry, Dr Pepper, Cadbury Schweppes, Snapple Beverage Corporation, Tasker Capital Corp. and The Water Club and River Cafe - two of New York's finest fine dining restaurants. He has worked in various capacities as Finance Manager, Controller, Director of Finance, Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Bob holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.

Southwest Beverages is a manufacturer and marketer of two brands of premium quality dry mix beverages: Sippity hot-cocoa mix and Kemosabe gourmet flavored coffee. All Southwest Beverages products are uniquely blended flavors that contain all the ingredients necessary for you to enjoy the ultimate hot beverage experience. Simply add water and stir-then sip, savor and enjoy.

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