Iced Chocolate is a Warm Weather Treat

Iced chocolate Perhaps you are yearning for a cool day to dive into that winter-time treat you love so much, or perhaps you are just a chocoholic with a daily yearning for a cocoa-rich treat. Whatever the case, iced chocolate is a perfect treat for a hot day. Surely, you have heard of iced tea and iced coffee. Iced chocolate works off the same premise. Take a hot beverage that you love and serve it over ice to make it warm weather appropriate. This works great with hot chocolate, and with a Keurig coffee maker, making iced chocolate is a breeze!

Iced Chocolate from Hot Chocolate K-Cups

Iced Chocolate Drink from Hot ChocolateAny number of instant hot cocoa mixes or K-Cup hot chocolates are great for this, and CoffeeForLess carries a variety of hot cocoa and hot chocolate options. However, if you are looking for an ice-cold chocolate treat on demand, nothing beats K-Cup hot chocolate.

Hot Chocolate K-Cups are a great choice because the hot cocoa that they produce is rich and delicious without being too heavy to be enjoyable on a hot day. Simply prepare the hot chocolate K-Cup the same way you normally would, but put ice in the cup that you plan to brew the hot chocolate into. For a real treat, try adding a flavored syrup to your iced chocolate. Mint syrup is particularly delicious.

If this is not enough iced chocolate to assuage your chocolate cravings, try the hot chocolate pops that we have suggested previously. They are almost as easy to make as iced chocolate drinks and are sure to please any children you might have around. So, as you can see, enjoying your hot chocolate K-Cups or instant hot chocolate is not something to forget about just because Summer is around the corner. Hot chocolate can become an ingredient in a variety of summertime treats!

SEE ALSO: Hot Chocolate K-Cups in the Summer

CoffeeForLess K-Cup Flavor: Delicious K-Cup Flavored Coffee

Coffee drinkers the world over agree: they cannot agree about flavored coffee. Sure, some people love flavored coffee, but coffee purists claim to loathe it. Well, I’m not one of them apparently because flavored coffee is a joy in my life, and I love it. When it comes to green-mountain-coffee-donut-house-cinnamon-roll-k-cups-24ct-flavored-914enjoying flavored coffee, I turn to my Keurig K-Cup coffee maker and enjoy a variety of K-Cup flavors.

The number of K-Cup flavors is stupendous. I love sampling new flavors with the single cup at a time feature of K-Cup flavored coffees. That way if I don’t like one flavor or another I’m not committed to an entire pot of coffee I’d rather not drink. A single cup of K-Cup flavored coffee sets me up with variety and options, and that means great coffee every time.

K-Cup Flavor Favorites

wolfgang-puck-creme-caramel-k-cups-24ct-914If you are looking for over the top K-Cup flavor, then this post is for you. Below, we review some of our favorite intensely flavored coffee K-Cups. Read on for the skinny on K-Cup flavor. Every single K-Cup reviewed below has intensity, impact, and the sort of K-Cup flavor preferred by flavored coffee lovers.

Light coffee drinkers who love a lot of flavor from K-Cup coffee are going to want to try Green Mountain Coffee Cinnamon Roll Flavored Coffee K-Cups. This offering from Green Mountain Coffee packs a lot of K-Cup flavor onto a light roast coffee ideal for breakfast. Our overall review of this K-Cup flavor: pour me another cup.

If you want a K-Cup flavor that is smooth as silk, try Wolfgang Puck Creme Caramel K-Cups. This K-Cup flavor is a luscious mix of vanilla cream and buttery rich caramel flavors over a quality roast. A little stronger than the Green Mountain Coffee in the prior paragraph but just as full of K-Cup flavor. Our overall review of this K-Cup flavor: we could drink this for dessert after dinner, it’s so good.

Maybe you want K-Cup flavor but aren’t looking for the buzz of regular coffee. If that’s the case, we highly recommend you check out Green Mountain Coffee Decaffeinated French Vanilla K-Cups. They are by far our favorite decaffeinated K-Cup flavor. The classic French vanilla flavor rounds out this medium intensity coffee, making it a well-balanced offering for anyone who wants K-Cup flavor without the caffeine.

Let us know your favorites!

K-Cup Tea for the Winter Season

Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herbal Tea K-CupsWinter is the season for hot mugs of soothing salves against the biting cold found outside in much of the Northern Hemisphere. As the snow flutters outside the window, a comforting mug of hot tea often makes for a warm belly and a soothed psyche. What many do not know is that K-Cup tea is great for just this purpose.

Pop some K-Cup Tea into your Keurig K-Cup coffee maker and enjoy an instant mug of your favorite style tea on demand. Read on for some links to great Winter K-Cup teas that go great with the season.

Winter K-Cup Tea Favorites

The way most people see it during the gray days of Winter, you either embrace the mellow tempo of the cold months or your counter them with whatever brings you out of the gray fugue of short days and long nights. The following K-Cup teas take both approaches to winter to suit whatever strategy makes you happiest.

Gloria Jeans Earl Grey Tea K-CupsThose who embrace the sleepy nature of Winter and seek to hibernate away the gray days, perhaps with a good book or a roaring fire, will enjoy the herbal tea K-Cup strategy. For this, I recommend stocking up on Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea Herbal Tea K-Cups. This herbal tea blend from Celestial Seasonings is composed of herbs that seek to sooth and calm with soporific effects. No doubt, for a down tempo tea that is hot and delicious yet free from caffeine, go with this K-Cup tea.

If you are more prone to resisting the desire to hide away from the cold and wait it out until Spring, then you probably want a pick-me-up during these short Winter days. For this, I recommend a nice strong cup of Earl Grey tea, that traditional Bergamot-flavored English black tea so popular in the muggy gray Isles of Britain. Earl Grey tea K-Cups have a lot of flavor and a mild but noticeable amount of caffeine to them that both warms and energizes on a Winter day.

Try either Celestial Seasonings Earl Grey Tea K-Cups or Gloria Jean’s Earl Grey Tea K-Cups and let us know which you think is best.

Time for Hot Chocolate K-Cups

As anyone who reads the K-Cup Blog here at CoffeeForLess knows, I love coffee, and I loveswiss-miss-hot-cocoa-k-cups-24ct
K-Cups. So naturally, I think coffee when I think K-Cups.  This time of year, though, brings with it a delicious treat that I look forward to every year: Hot Cocoa K-Cups! Hot chocolate K-Cups are great. They let me enjoy hot chocolate any time I want it without having to spill cocoa all over the counter ripping open an instant hot cocoa packet.

With hot chocolate K-Cups, I can simply pop a K-Cup in the Keurig brewer and enjoy a steaming hot cup of hot cocoa on demand!

Hot Chocolate K-Cups Options: Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate

Really there are two hot cocoa K-Cups that I buy. They are both excellent but for very different reasons. While there may be other options, if hot chocolate in a K-Cup is what you want, I recommend these.

Traditional hot cocoa enthusiasts will enjoy Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa K-Cups. This is your standard cocoa and milk delicious hot cocoa from your childhood school snow days. It is rich and milk chocolate delicious.

cafe-escapes-dark-chocolate-hot-cocoa-k-cups-24ctThe more adventurous among us might enjoy Cafe Escapes Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa. It is so good if you are a fan of dark chocolate. Cafe Escapes Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa K-Cups are so rich and sophisticated with just the right amount of sweetness, and not too bitter. It feels like a boutique treat every time.

Let us know how you feel about these flavors and if there are any other Hot Chocolate K-Cups that you enjoy.

Join CoffeeForLess in Supporting Fabretto and School Children In Nicaragua

School Grounds Coffee Beans - Charity CoffeeToday, we review a real gem of a coffee variety from School Grounds Coffee. This coffee is both quality coffee and a heart-warming purchase. School Grounds Coffee is an award-winning coffee that is produced by the 5 de Junio cooperative in Las Sabanas, Nicaragua from 100% Arabica coffee beans sourced from Nicaragua.

A portion of all sales of School Ground Coffee goes to the Fabretto Children’s Organization, an organization that has been working to improve the lives of children in Nicaragua. A portion of the money spent on this fair trade coffee goes to ensuring that those children have increased access to health care, educational opportunity, and improved nutrition.

Heart-warming and ethical as it is, School Grounds Coffee is also a quality medium roast Nicaraguan coffee.

School Grounds Coffee Beans Cup Experience

School Grounds Coffee hints at the craftsmanship that goes into every bean from the moment you catch a hint of the beans’ mild yet pleasing aroma. Toasty with a light sweetness, the aroma hints at the mild roasting applied to these beans. Grinding them releases an array of aromas that call forward memories of toasted bread and caramelized sugar.

Upon brewing, the aroma is lighter with a smooth, balanced profile and remaining toasted notes. The coffee has a light to medium roast appearance with very light cup cling and pleasant hue. The brew is smooth with a very light body and sweet, clean aftertaste. The overall mouthfeel is light and pleasant, leaving a dry feel balanced with lingering sweetness.

Overall, School Grounds Coffee is an easy to drink brew that is ideal for daily drinking but light enough that it can be overpowered by such strong additions as flavored creamers. A mild sweetening accents the already light, bright, and sweet character of this Nicaraguan coffee.

School Grounds Coffee is ideal for regular coffee consumption or for use in organizational fund raisers due to the ethically positive practices and messages that go into this gourmet coffee bean.

Aloha Island Coffee Pods Are Great Hawaiian Coffee

Aloha Island Coffee Pods for Coffee Pod SystemsAnyone who owns a coffee pod system knows that coffee pods are convenient and that they make it easy to enjoy a single cup of quality coffee any time that you want. Coffee pod coffee makers are versatile in such a way as to offer a great range of coffee experiences that are less dependent on specific proprietary cartridge refills. However, many coffee pod coffee drinkers may not know about Aloha Island Coffee Pods.

Aloha Island Coffee Pods are a brand of coffee pods that focus specifically on the coffee of the Hawaiian Islands. All Aloha Island Coffee beans are derived from estate-raised coffee and hand-selected for quality. This means that, whether blended with other regions’ quality coffees or 100 percent Kona, Aloha Island Coffee pods always contain the highest quality coffee that you can brew from your home coffee pod system.

Aloha Island Coffee Pod Varieties

All Aloha Island Kona coffee is 100% natural and organic, sourced from coffee estates in the Kona region of Hawaii’s Big Island or the islands of Oahu and Kauai. Aloha Island Coffee Kona coffee blends are made with coffee beans grown in South America at the same natural and organic standards to which Aloha Island holds its Kona coffee. This means that Aloha Island Coffee is always 100% natural and organic whether it is 100% Kona coffee, a Kona blend, or any other regional variety offered by Aloha Islands.

Aloha Islands Coffee 100% Kona coffee pods are just as they claim. These elegant coffee pods for your coffee pod system contain only pure Kona coffee, a coffee known for its delicate yet robust character thanks to the regional qualities in which it is grown. These coffee pods will surely please those who like a lot of flavor but prefer a lighter body to their coffee.

aloha-island-coffee-artisan-organic-island-breakfast-kona-coffee-podsAloha Island Coffee Kona Blend coffee pods combine the gourmet Kona coffee that makes Aloha Island Coffee great with other regional varieties to produce a smooth and delicious series of coffee pods for you coffee pod system. These coffees are generally very balanced so that the delicate, smooth nature of the Kona coffee within them is not overpowered by the other regional variety.

Aloha Island Coffee regional coffee pods are not Kona coffee pods. These vary as much as any other company’s coffee pods and are hand-selected to live up to Aloha Island Coffee’s rigorous standards of quality. They are an excellent choice if you prefer only the finest quality coffee pods but are looking to try something other than Kona coffee.

Whichever Aloha Island Coffee pod you choose, you are guaranteed an excellent coffee experience. Aloha Island Coffee has truly earned its reputation for amazing coffee, and this carries over to their coffee pod line.

Drinking Coffee May Prevent Heart Failure

Coffee Consumption May Prevent Heart FailureA study published in the journal Circulation Heart Failure appears to indicate that coffee consumption can reduce the risk of heart failure in coffee drinkers. This is great news to the 5.8 million Americans who suffer from heart failure currently and even greater news to those who will suffer heart failure in the near future.

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is not sufficiently strong to pump blood to the far reaches of the body, and this condition is on the rise as the obesity epidemic truly settles into the American population.

However, two American-sized servings of coffee a day appears to combat this condition, giving the circulatory system just the boost it needs to pump essential blood to the outer limbs. If you are a regular coffee drinker, then you are already receiving this benefit from your daily brew. After learning about coffee’s potential long-term mental benefits, this news has many wondering if there is anything coffee isn’t good for!

Heart-Healthy Coffee Options at CoffeeForLess

While the study does not prove that coffee is medicine to the heart, it does indicate that coffee may offer health benefits to those already suffering from heart failure, and this is just one of the many health benefits coffee seems to offer according to study after study.

Certainly, you should drink your favorite brew, whether that is light roast, medium roast, or dark roast, but a great idea is to drink your coffee brewed from fresh coffee beans. Whole coffee beans are an effective natural packaging that seals in the coffee compounds and flavors more effectively than ground coffee.

If grinding your own beans is not your preferred method or you are just too short on time to put in the effort, consider single cup coffee options like Keurig K-Cups. These coffee capsules have an added advantage in that they are vacuum-sealed after roasting to ensure the coffee stays fresh, and fresh coffee is more likely to preserve those elements that make coffee actually good for you.

Iced Coffee with Green Mountain Coffee Brew Over Ice K-Cups

Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend Iced Coffee K-CupAll signs say spring is here. Robins sing from the trees in bursts of song. Daffodils and tulips poke from gardens in bright flashes of color. The weather is the sort of uncannily comfortable that erases memories of snow storms and ice. Soon, though, summer will be here and with it heat, the same heat that can make many a coffee drinker decide to opt for iced coffee.

Green Mountain Coffee has heard the cry of Keurig K-Cup coffee system-owning iced coffee fans and answered with their line of Brew Over Ice K-Cups. These K-Cups are specifically calibrated for the type of strong brew that one wants for iced coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Brew Over Ice K-Cups can handle the watering down of melting ice, making them perfect for brewing right over ice in your 16 ounce cup of choice.

Let the heat come, and let the ice melt. Green Mountain Coffee Brew Over Ice K-Cups are here to keep us all caffeinated and cool.

Green Mountain Coffee Brew Over Ice K-Cup Varieties

CoffeeForLess currently carries three different Brew Over Ice K-Cups. Each provides an excellent iced coffee, two of them producing a lusciously flavored iced coffee that most coffee drink fans are sure to love.

French Vanilla Iced Coffee K CupsK-Cup coffee lovers, rejoice! Green Mountain Coffee decided to make one of its richest, most robust, and certainly most popular coffee blends available in the stronger Brew Over Ice variety. Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend Iced Coffee K-Cups are the Brew Over Ice K-Cup for those who want a strong coffee flavor from their iced coffee. The delicious flavor of this K-Cup is probably quite familiar to most Keurig owners, but these K-Cups are calibrated for direct-to-ice brewing, making them a stronger brew than regular Nantucket Blend K-Cups.

Prefer your iced coffee flavored? Green Mountain Coffee has you covered with two different flavored Brew Over Ice K-Cups. Flavored iced coffee is as easy as filling a 16 ounce cup with ice and brewing a K-Cup. Green Mountain Coffee French Vanilla Iced Coffee brews a luscious vanilla-flavored iced coffee that could pass for dessert with sweetener and creamer. Green Mountain Coffee Hazelnut Iced Coffee has a roasty coffee flavor that is enhanced with a full, savory-sweet hazelnut flavor. Over ice, the hazelnut flavor is sweet and strong, making for a great flavored iced coffee.

So don’t sweat the hot days ahead. Enjoy a K-Cup iced coffee that you Brew Over Ice thanks to Green Mountain Coffee K-Cups.

Turn Your Break Room into A Coffee Bar

How to Buy Coffee for Your Office

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Look at your break room at your office. Is it lovely? Seriously, do you love it? Or is it a utilitarian space in the office that suffers from an ill-advised maintenance plan and a serious lack of organization in terms of beverage service resources.

In this post, we’ll look at ways to take your average office break room and transform it into a coffee bar that will boost office morale and provide your employees and coworkers with a coffee break that they’re sure to enjoy.

By simply upgrading your coffee service to meet the needs of your office, you will enjoy café-style, quality coffee drinks at the office, saving time and showing everyone who works there that their coffee (or tea!) satisfaction matters.

Essential Coffee Bar Supplies for Your Break Room

The trick to ensuring that you can upgrade your break room coffee service is to focus on the most gain for the least inventory. A few key upgrades or additions can take a hum-drum coffee service and elevate it to the level of luxury in many people’s eyes. The trick is ensuring that the right treats are in place because it’s the little luxuries that can really elevate your break room to an employee coffee bar.

The most expensive but perhaps the most effective upgrade that you can make to your break room is to purchase a new coffee machine. Coffee makers have come a long way in the last 20 years, and the single cup coffee maker revolution has taken many homes and offices by storm. Investing in a new office coffee maker can feel like a true luxury. An upgrade to a single cup coffee maker, such as Keurig K-Cup coffee makers, can give your office a real opportunity to enjoy a fine array of gourmet coffees.

The least expensive and yet rather effective upgrade that you can make to your coffee Add Luxury to Office Coffee With Flavored Creamersservice is to upgrade your coffee accessories. These small addendums to the daily coffee ritual can transform a boring cup of brew into a tasty treat that is looked forward to each day. By providing quality flavored creamers and alternative sweeteners, you can ensure that your coffee service provides the coffee comforts everyone expects no matter how they take their coffee or whatever their dietary restrictions may be. To really take it up a level, consider keeping a few flavored syrups around to add a bit of luxury flavor to the daily cup; variety is the spice of life, after all. Flavored coffee syrups are also available in sugar-free varieties for those with dietary restrictions.

These upgrades, ranging from large to small, can take your office break room and provide it with a feeling of personalization and luxury that today’s coffee drinkers have come to expect. Provide café quality coffee at work, and you’re sure to notice fewer employees taking a break to head to the local coffee shop.