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Privacy Policy

Hey there, Kim from Ode to Coffee here.

Various government entities make websites everywhere have privacy policies. These policies have to be full of all kinds of mandatory information from me to you about what I do with whatever information I collect on this website. I also have to explain what information I collect, and why I collect it.

The way it needs to be written up means no one is going to read and understand it. I am not crazy about that. So I’m doing a plain English version here at the top.

Let me bottom line this for you in plain English before I get into the legal details as required by law, mkay?

I respect your privacy. I don’t like it when someone has my personal information and uses it for nefarious purposes. Like everyone else, I hate robocalls and telemarketers and junk mail and spam for male enhancement products. I hate political ads and political phone calls more.

I’m a big believer in doing unto others as you want them to do unto you. The golden rule. Pretty simple.

With that said, there are a few points where you may have personal information on this site.

The first is if you contact me via my contact page (or in any other way). I obviously have to get back to you on whatever matter you connected me regarding, and thus I get back with you in that way. I think that’s pretty understandable, no? If you ask me a question, I have to know who you are and what your email is in order to get back with you.

Then there’s the newsletter subscription situation I have going on here. Most of my policy is not really mine but the policy of MailChimp, the newsletter service I use. We’re not gathering and selling information. Here’s what I can see:

  • Who subscribed and your email address
  • Whether or not you open the emails (I try not to obsess and get my feelings hurt :-)).
  • Whether or not you click on any links on this email.

These things I monitor not to be a creeper but because, as a business person, it’s important for me to know the state of my content and marketing efforts. If one email does well and another one flops, I need to know how to do better to serve you better and not waste my time. I think that probably makes sense too. I bet you also want to see better emails and less sucky ones.

In the same way, Google Analytics (and Facebook Pixel) are both installed on this website, and they do track you in unidentifiable ways using tracking cookies. Well, I can’t identify you. I’m not sure Mr. Zuckerberg doesn’t have a file on you already, but that’s not on me.

The purpose here is simply to help me have a better understanding of what content is resonating with you (as part of my tribe) and what is flopping. I need to know if there is a page on my site where everyone drops off so I can see if something is wrong. It helps me see what you searched for that brought you to my site. I also can see if you came to my site from a social media platform or a search engine or somewhere else.

When you buy something via my Zazzle shop, I don’t see or handle any of your information. All of that is taken care of on Zazzle’s site, so their policies apply.

Who we are

Our website address is https://odetocoffee.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to save your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

You can contact me via my contact page here. 

Additional information

How we protect your data

What data breach procedures we have in place

I don’t store information on my site (it’s on Google Analytics or Mailchimp or Facebook Pixel), therefore I have no breach procedures in place.

What third parties we receive data from

Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel help me with keeping track of site visits and visitor behavior on the site. I don’t see any identifying information about you specifically. mailchimp is used to manage my newsletter and subscribers.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

As I said earlier, I use analytics to deduce if the content resonates with y’all or not. Not really automated tho.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

To my knowlege, there are no disclosure requirements in my industry. I’m just a girl with a blog who sells designs with a pod printer.