Ad of the Day: How Coffee Maybe, Probably Got Us to the Moon 47 Years Ago

American greatness, fueled by Colombian brew

Would the first successful manned moon landing have run as smoothly as it did if mission control wasn't properly stocked with strong coffee?

Probably not, claims a new campaign for the Colombia Coffee Grower's Federation.

In agency Rokkan's first campaign for the trade group's consumer-facing brand, Café de Colombia, we open in Houston, Texas, as NASA's beleaguered crew prepares for the storied liftoff of Apollo 11.

The space-themed campaign, which launches on the 47th anniversary of the first manned moon landing, suggests that in every big moment in the world's history, something special was brewing,and that something was probably a cup of Colombian coffee taste-tested, handpicked and inspected to ensure its greatness. Or it was all thanks to Francis—the guy who makes sure break room No. 3 is always stocked with the delicious coffee. You go, Francis!

"From cold brew to fair trade to latte art, our culture is more obsessed with coffee than ever. But people don't realize the most important step to making a good cup of coffee is starting with a great bean," Emily Garvey, director, strategy at Rokkan, told Adweek. "We wanted to help today's coffee enthusiasts, someone who values quality above all, realize the bean's power in a way that was relevant and entertaining."

The "Greatness is Brewing" campaign includes the long form "Liftoff" spot and three 15-second ads, all focused on some of the qualities that make Colombian coffee so great.

All spots are designed to get more U.S. millennial consumers interested in 100 percent Colombian coffee. The campaign will include a push on Facebook and Instagram as well.

"With this campaign, we want new coffee drinkers to have a better understanding of the superior qualities that come from Colombian coffee beans, how they are selectively picked, inspected for quality and taste," Roberto Vélez, CEO of the Colombia Coffee Growers Federation, said in a statement. "We want them to look for Colombian coffee in their favorite coffee shop or in the grocery store nearby. We want them to know that 'Greatness is Brewing.'"

Agency: ROKKAN
Chief Creative Officer – Brian Carley
Chief Strategy Officer – Sean Miller
SVP, Chief Delivery Officer – Joe Tao
SVP, Client Partnership – Matt Garcia
SVP, Media and Analytics – Lindsay Williams
Senior Media Strategist – Lorraine Schwartz
Strategy Director – Emily Garvey
Strategist – Spice Walker
Creative Director – Jeff Samson
Creative Director – Anthony DiPaula
Art Director – Brad Kranjec
Copywriter – Tommy Dudley
Executive Producer (Hone Production) – Greg Tharp
Senior Producer (Hone Production) – Tina Lam
VP, Client Partnership – Kaitlyn Brenner
Account Supervisor – Jenna Clapp

Production Company – Soft Citizen
Managing Partner, Executive Producer – Eva Preger
Executive Producer – Link York
Head of Production – Rob Burns
Director – Aircastle
Line Producer – Merrie Wasson
Production Designer – Jesson Moen
Production Coordinator – Kelsey Larkin
Production & Post Coordinator – Kyle Sanderson

Editorial/Finishing – Fluid Editorial
Editor – John Piccolo
Assistant Editor – Stephen Ortega
Executive Producer – Laura Relovsky
Senior Producer – Valerio Iorio
VFX Artist: Chris Davis
Flame Assist: Cliff Moller
Graphics: Scout/Marc Boutges
Audio – Mr Bronx
Executive Producer – Claudia Gaspar
Mixer – Eric Hoffman
Color – Company 3
Colorist – Jaime O'Bradovich
Producer – Katie Andrews

Digital Producer – Lucy Adams
Front End Developer – Dusan Milko
Experience Design – Jeff Lagasca