Meet the All-Stars

Firing up the roaster early in the morning, pouring shots at the espresso bar, sipping endless supplies of incredible coffees – these are some of our favorite things we do here on the job at Lizzy’s. This is all pretty awesome, but there’s one day we look forward to most each month, and that’s the day we pick the winning snapshots that will grace the coffee labels for the new month.

We receive dozens of photo submissions every month from all over the country, and open each file with excitement. Some shots are hilarious, some are curious, and some are just plain beautiful. It’s such a treat to be on the receiving end of all these amazing snapshots!

We’ve featured over 400 images on our coffee labels over the years from photographers all over the country and even the world. We love it when there’s a perfect connection between your pictures, and the fun of our brand. A small group of 4 have shared their pics more than any others, and between them, have been featured on our coffee labels several times a year since we opened in 2008.

They’re pretty much rock stars to us, and we want to introduce them to you. They’re talented, creative, and beyond awesome. Let us introduce you to our Photography All-Stars!

Well, when it's true.

Well, when it’s true.



Sandra Rouse from Colorado Springs, CO:
Sandra is an animal rescue photographer whose pooch pics are downright excellent. There’s one dog, a Long Haired Chihuahua who has graced our Bad Dog label many times.
“His name is Luka,” Sandra says. “He is a seven year old long haired Chihuahua and a Facebook personality with over ten thousand fans. He happens to be the most patient creature I have ever worked with.”

Sandra has submitted photography featuring other dogs including Dakota, which she describes as “Luka’s sweetheart.” It’s good to know that all the fame hasn’t gone to Luka’s head, and he is still a down to earth pooch who makes time for his sweetheart, Dakota.

I had nothing to do with that!

I had nothing to do with that!



Minta Thomson from Glendale, AZ
“I always have a camera with me. It may be to capture a spontaneous moment or to visually note something for a future creation,” says Minta.
Minta often sends us super creative pictures using props or toy models, and we always wonder how she comes up these ideas. “The key is to write it all down because in doing so I free my mind from the burden of remembering, and open it up for more creativity,” Minta says.

She also tells us that she uses her planner to record articles to read, books to find, websites to visit, inspirational photo shoots, locations scouted, quotes, and magazines pages among many other things. Now we understand where October’s zombie pumpkin head came from!

Get off my porch!

Get off my porch!

I love corn season

I love corn season

Meet Joe Wicks of Grand Island, NE:
Joe describes himself as “a hobbyist with the camera.” His close-up wildlife shots are totally irresistible, but they seem so challenging to caputure. Joe explains, “Capturing great moments is what I strive for.”
Joe says he doesn’t think he has the best photographic technique, but he does have a knack for studying the animals and their body language to be able to anticipate what they will do next. “Patience and preparedness are two qualities a photographer needs, and a good eye for composition helps turn a nice shot into a really cool one.” It’s apparent that Joe forms a relationship with each of his creatures because their personalities shine through in his pictures every time.

What - this is what I always wear to the beach

What – this is what I always wear to the beach

Pure Talent

Pure Talent

Tara Reifenheiser of Rye, NY
Tara has a super camera-friendly son named Noah who has appeared on our labels over the years. It’s pretty obvious to us that Tara and her son have a great time snapping shots together, and make a great team of photographer and model. We asked Noah how he feels about being in the spotlight. He says “I like the spotlight very much!” He adds, “Some photos on the coffee labels are embarrassing, like when the lollipop got stuck to my face when I was napping in the car.” Overall, his favorite photos are the shots of him and his loyal Beagle Floppy.

What inspires them to enter their pictures in the label contest?
They all agree that the freshly roasted coffee itself is a fantastic reward. Minta adds that she enjoys the reward of being recognized for the mini stories she’s able to create to fit the coffee label names. Tara loves competition, so she says winning is a joy for her. Joe also points out, “The bragging rights, of course!”

In November, be ready for our “Best of the Year” voting. Everyone can vote for their favorite snapshots of 2014 to be crowned the Best Photo of the Year. Each winner will be crowned 2014’s BEST, and be featured again during the month of December. Gift boxes, and bragging rights will be plentiful, and we’ll even have some prizes to hand-out for a few lucky voters helping to select the winners.

Do you feel inspired to enter your snapshots in the Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee label contest? CLICK HERE to pop over to our website and learn more.

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Best of the Year 2012 Photo Label Contest Winners

Babies, puppies, swings – oh my!

What’s this all about? Every month our coffee labels change – all with customer submitted photography. We pick our favorites each month to feature on the coffees, but at year’s end, we leave it up to all our customers and photographers, and their friends and family to vote for the favorite cover shots from the year’s featured pictures.

This year the competition was fierce! Votes were coming in right up to midnight with some pretty excellent battles going down.

We have to give a big shout-out to all the cool photographers who have shared their pictures to be featured on our coffee labels. Nothing makes us more happy than hearing our coffee made someone’s day great – yummy beans inside of the bag, and a little smile on the outside.

So, without further ado, here are the winners you’ve voted Best of the Year for 2012. Congratulations!

Bowls are so 2002.
Photo: Kelly Morgan

That’s right, get ready outfielders. Some heat’s coming your way!
Photo: Joy Elizabeth Effie

Rain, rain, who cares?! I’m a human rainbow!
Photo: Julie Bennett

Are you judging me? Didn’t think so.
Photo: Michael Roedel

Let’s just get right to it, shall we?
Photo: Michelle Cordes

Just one little lick….puuulllleeezzz?
Photo: Tara Reifenheiser

Want to get in on the fun? Submit your picture to our contest for a chance to be featured. Enter a Picture

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Snapshooter Profile May

Check out our latest featured photographer! Joy Elizabeth Effie’s snapshot won the May “B*Day” coffee label, and she admits to a photography obsession.

Name: Joy Elizabeth Effie
Home Town: La Mesa, California

What’s your story? Are you a pro-photographer, or a weekend snapshooter, or something in between? Definitely, “something in between”. I’ve always loved photography & taken many photos, but it wasn’t until the world of digital that my interest became an obsession.

What’s your favorite thing to photograph?
Besides my children, which are my greatest inspiration, I would say portraits or candids where I like to capture emotion or a sparkle in others!

Joy Elizabeth's winning "B*Day" snapshot

What would you say to someone else about the Lizzy’s Fresh Label contest?
It’s an honor to be chosen for the label, but once I tasted Lizzy’s coffee, I really felt like a winner for how great it tastes! Plus, my daughter turned 7 this May which was the same month that her 1 year old birthday cake photo was chosen so, the timing was awesome & bragging rights have been pretty cool, too!

Oh yes, what’s your favorite way to drink your coffee?
Besides brewed with cinnamon & a splash of cream, a simple pleasure I greatly appreciate is that first sip in the morning as I sit at the computer to read the news, catch up on Facebook & Flickr, then post-process my photos … a delightful combination! An additional treat I occasionally indulge in is that of an afternoon pick-me-up blended Frap. Mmm … delish!

Where can our readers see more of your photography? My Flickr Photostream at

Do you have the perfect shot for one of the Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee labels? Submit it for a chance to win the cover of one of our coffees a free month of coffee! Go to to submit online now.

Best of 2010 Snapshot Winners

Your votes are tallied, and here are your Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee 2010 Best of the Year label winners!

Ok, ok, we admit it, the kids and dogs are a big hit around here. Every month since we opened back in 2008, we’ve featured different snapshots on our 6 core coffees. I can honestly say that this is my absolute favorite part of every month…..the unveiling of the new labels.

Alessio Pascarella

I might admit that the coffee makes me pretty happy and all warm and fuzzy with yumminess when I drink it….. but…. the PICTURES?

Seriously embarrassing outbursts of giggles, and more pee-in-my-pants moments when I open up some of the submissions that come in month after month. And yes, I look at every single one.

Some of the pics are lucky enough to make it to the coffee labels, and (boo hoo) some are not. That doesn’t take away from the really cool stuff you share with us, though. I feel honored to enjoy and experience just a snippet of your lives….a little personal laugh… or just a moment of super-coolness. I love it, and love that you are part of our coffee experience. Or, well, I guess, our experience of life through coffee.

Thank you so much for being part of our family. We wish all of this year’s photographers, and all our customers and friends the best that 2011 has to offer.
Cheers, Liz

The Winners Are:
(above)Sunriser November
Photo: Alesso Pascarella
If you throw ball for me I promise I’ll be good ALL day.

Photo Megan Rogers

B*Day June
Photo Megan Rogers
Oh, you might think I’m not going to make a big fat mess. So foolish, mommy, so foolish.

Photo Susie Jones

Bad Dog November
Photo Susie Jones
Undercover dog park cops. You can’t hide from em anymore.

Photo Janie Hermann

Easy Tiger May
Photo Janie Hermann
Oh no…..!!! Here comes the GRAAAAASSSS!

Photo Kelly Mars

Swinger June
Photo: Kelly Mars
Those little dangling feet are too cute for words. Push me!

Photo Goerge Powell

Talent August
Photo: George Powell
Full. Canonball. Commitment. Nothing more to say.

To submit a snapshot to our monthly label contest, go to, and click on the “Fresh Label Photo Contest”

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