The Pumps/Orphan's Coffee With The Queen
Cafe De La Reine (literally 'Coffee of the Queen') was first formulated by Colonial Coffee's founder Jack Ohler specifically for Queen Elizabeth's Canadian visit in 1984. He was asked to create a special blend using beans from the Commonwealth countries. Queen Elizabeth, not known to be a coffee drinker had two cups.
Around the same time that Queen Elizabeth was enjoying her special coffee, Canadians were enjoying the sounds of the Winnipeg based band, The Pumps.
The Pumps started in Winnipeg Canada in 1979 and it didn’t take long for word to spread. Their live shows became legendary for superb musicianship, great energy and a show that was always full surprises. They played to sold-out crowds across Canada garnering a reputation as the anti-posers that could really perform.
The Pumps signed a world wide recording contract with Polygram Records and with the help of British producers Phil Chapman and Jon Astley, delivered some of the freshest sounding recordings of the time. The unmistakable vocals of bassist Chris Burke-Gaffney singing songs like Coffee With The Queen, Success and Bust The TV resonated across Canadian airwaves.
In the late nineties the original version of The Pumps reformed to play a benefit show at the Convention Centre in Winnipeg. They were determined to prove that although they were all in there 40s, they could still put on a show worthy of their reputation ... and they did. The fan response was overwhelming. The band realized that there was still a legion of people dying for great rock music. The Pumps decided to continue to play shows and record new songs. Their love for the music had not died.
This year, the band has released Gotta Move, a 40th Anniversary Edition reissue of The Pumps classic 1981 debut featuring 4 bonus tracks including a 2021 acoustic version of Coffee With The Queen.
Here's your chance to enjoy a piece of Canadian history with timeless classic rock and a majestic coffee blend, both fit for royalty. We have been given the opportunity to use the exact same blend 100% Arabica coffees from Africa and Indonesia. as our Coffee With The Queen blend. It is mild and easy-drinking to accommodate the lighter flavours of those who typically drink a milder blend of coffee.