Mug Up Coffee

Mug Up Coffee

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Our coffee is deliciously roasted by Bristol Bay commercial fisherman Dan & Pam Strickland of Gale Force Coffee Roasters and is beautifully packaged in a commemorative can with a storage lid that will last well beyond your last mug full of brew. This coffee was inspired by the many photos and memories that former cannery workers have shared with the NN Cannery History Project over the last few years. It commemorates the moments of respite shared between work at the cannery break time traditionally called MugUp. The label features historic photos provided by former cannery workers Tom Connelly and Mike Rann. The packaging and label was modeled after historic salmon can labels and was designed by NN Cannery History Project Team member LaRece Egli of LaRece Construction who is currently a lifelong Bristol Bay.

This edition was released at our MugUp Conversations event hosted in October of 2018 at the Train Depot in Palmer, Alaska to support the ongoing fundraising efforts of the NN Cannery History Project. All Proceeds will support our Museum Exhibit at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau. Our volunteers are happy to fulfill large orders for corporate gifts throughout the current holiday season of giving. Please contact us at for more information or to place a custom order.

Dan & Pam Stickland in Bristol Bay

Dan & Pam Stickland in Bristol Bay


After receiving degrees in Marine Biology in the ‘70’s, Dan and Pam Strickland worked all over the state doing marine mammal research, farming oysters in Kachemak Bay, gathering marine debris along the Katmai Peninsula, fishing commercially in Cook Inlet, Prince William Sound, and Bristol Bay, as well as living (and drinking coffee!) nine years in France and Italy. Their four boys were raised on boats, set-net sites, and world travel - through it all, they’ve been fueled by damn fine cups of coffee... if you'll excuse our French Press.

The  Bella Flora  collecting marine debris off the coast of Katmai, Alaska.

The Bella Flora collecting marine debris
off the coast of Katmai, Alaska.


Mug Up fueled cannery workers with caffeine and pastries, provided a respite from the monotony of the slime line and momentarily brought people together from around the world. In addition to the lap of tides, the squawk of seagulls, the rumbling of fishing boats, continuous maritime radio chatter, and the high-pitched pierce of the steam whistle signaling the beginning and end to coffee break, scores of languages might be heard on the dock at Mug Up. Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, Croatians, Italians, Greeks, Scandinavians, Germans, Australians, Mexicans, Hawaiians, Puerto Ricans, Unungan, Alutiiq, Yupik and Dena’ina, Tlingit, men as well as women, the young and the seasoned worked together at one time or another.

Katie Ringsmuth | NN Cannery History Project Director


LaRece Construction blurb…