Death Wish Coffee helping kids in need, offering coffee for toys

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — They call it the world’s strongest coffee and a pound of beans is up for grabs in exchange for a toy.

The Welch Family brought a conjoined hippo and giraffe, sold as a flip-a-zoo.

“Our daughter asked for one for Christmas and we bought the wrong one so we decided to use this one to bring to Toys for ‘Toga and get a bag of coffee,” said Corinth resident and Iraq veteran Matthew Wech.

Death Wish Coffee is partnering with a few local Saratoga companies in the fourth annual Toys for ‘Toga event. Hundreds of donated gifts have already piled up. Death Wish Coffee Company Owner Mike Brown says some have been bringing him back to his childhood.

“Someone came in and dropped off this, it’s like a small coffee set, little coffee pot toy, I don’t know they figured it fit their donation, so it was cool,” Brown said.

Since its birth in 2012 out of a coffee shop in downtown Saratoga, Death Wish Coffee has collaborated with local businesses to give up caffeinated soap, coffee-flavored vodka and after earning a spot in this past Super Bowl, their brewing sales have skyrocketed.

“We had a good year, the community looked out for us so we’re going to look out for the community, we’re giving a bag of coffee,” Brown said.

The nearly 60 drop-off locations will be accepting toys until Monday, when all will be gathered at the Olde Saratoga Brewing Company spearheading the event, and from there they’ll go to kids in need of a little extra Christmas cheer.

Only one spot comes with a free bag of coffee and for some, that rich pour is the main reason behind their outpour of support.

“I’m a big fan of Death Wish,” Welch said. “This is our first time actively seeking out a place to donate a toy. Free coffee with it, so yeah, I am not going to turn that down.”

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