July 01, 2019
As strong supporters of clean, healthy waterways, Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company teamed up with The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore to create and promote a this special CBRC Hellbender Coffee Blend. The coffee is named for the Hellbender Salamander and CBRC is donating a percentage of its sales to assist in the research & support of this & other native species in the Chesapeake Bay & its watershed.
Hellbenders are the largest salamanders in North America. The eastern hellbender, one of two sub-species of Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, is native to Maryland. As a fully aquatic amphibian, hellbenders mostly “breathe,” or respire, by absorbing oxygen from water directly through their skin. They prefer cold, swift-running streams and require clean water for survival.
For several decades now, hellbender populations have been in steep decline. Those populations that remain have struggled to grow. Studies have shown that human impact is hurting this species. Damming, channeling, and dumping silt into waterways slows the flow of water, and pollution caused by coal mining and agriculture causes habitat degradation, making waterways less livable for hellbenders and other aquatic animals. While eastern and Ozark hellbenders once inhabited a vast network of Appalachian rivers and streams, the eastern hellbender’s range has now shrunk significantly to include only small, isolated territories from the state of New York south to Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, and westward to Missouri and possibly Kansas. In Maryland, eastern hellbenders live in only a small part of westernmost Garrett County.
Learn more about the hellbender salamander at the MD Zoo Website.
CBRC Hellbender Coffee Blend is a blend of coffees from Brazil, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia and Honduras. It is light-medium roasted and produces a light bodied cup with sweet, fruit-like notes and a mild finish.
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In a very important step for Hellbender conservation, through efforts of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Pennsylvania Student Leadership Council, legislation was passed in April of 2019 to make the Eastern hellbender Pennsylvania's official state amphibian.
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