Founding Story

Not unlike what might be found on the  “Acknowledgements” page in a best selling novel, our story would not be complete without taking a moment to honor the founder of our movement, Annabel Park.

Today, Annabel has moved on to other projects, taking her commitment to bringing democracy back into the hands of the people.

How It All Began...The Snowy Video


The Snowy Video is Coffee Party 101. It was made on Feb. 10, 2010, outside of Salon Rouge in Dupont Circle.

Ironically, this is where many hear and misunderstand the statement, “I was frustrated by the news coverage that implied that the Tea Party was representative of America. I completely disagree with that”.

Annabel goes on to speak of Americans who seek civility and reason in the political process, and offers the Coffee Party as the place to “discuss solutions for the problems rather than strategically obstructing any progress”.

Why I started Coffee Party USA

By Annabel Park, Special to CNN 

“When I began the Facebook fan page "Join the Coffee Party Movement," I had no idea what would transpire. It was about 1:30 a.m. January 26, and I was very frustrated with the endless news coverage about the Tea Party and the growing narrative that it represented America.

“I was driven by a question, a curiosity: If I build it, will they come? Would anyone respond to my call for civility in our political discourse and cooperation in government?”

January 2014 - Happy Birthday Coffee Party: You are now 4 years old! (excerpt)

by Annabel Park 

“What have I been up to? A few years ago, we decided that the best way to run a democracy movement would be to have its members elect its leaders. So, I have been contributing to America’s struggle to preserve self-governance in other ways (while watching as Coffee Party takes on new challenges like a parent whose child has left the nest).

Where Do We Go From Here?

Inspired by a deep appreciation of what Annabel created, Coffee Party USA moves forward with confidence that this republic’s democracy is broken, that The People can fix it, and that it will be civility and reason that will win the day over divisive rhetoric and talking points.

Coffee Party continues its commitment to serving our members and supporters by offering:

  • fact based civil discourse on social media
  • opportunities to gather together
  • targeted actions, “on the pages and in the streets”