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.

 

K-Cup Coffee Review: Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups

Today, we review a coffee that is certain to delight fans of dark roast K-Cup coffee. This brew is dark and mysteriously complex, and though we once had to trek to a Starbucks café to have a single cup of this dark coffee, Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee is a blend of Starbucks Yukon Blend and Starbucks Italian Roast that combines Indonesian and Latin American coffee beans. It is available for brewing at home, recently having been added to the Starbucks Coffee K-Cups line as well, much to the joy of Keurig K-Cup coffee maker owners who love dark coffee.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups are a great way to enjoy an authentic Italian roast coffee at home or at the office. It’s a strong brew that is best brewed at the medium cup size setting on your K-Cup brewer to ensure a thick and satisfying extraction. If you fear the dark roast intensity of this brew, use the large cup setting on your machine for a slightly more watered down dark roast brew.

Overall, this thick and satisfying Italian roast coffee is a great addition to the Starbucks K-Cup Coffee options available to Keurig owners.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups Cup Experience

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups are simply good fortune for dark coffee fanatics like myself. From the moment they brew, one is greeted with a very roasty aroma that hints at burnt sugar and smoke. It’s an earthy aroma that is complex and curious, a bit sweeter on the nose than your average espresso roast.

The resultant coffee is very dark with a light oily sheen that clings to the mug. Frankly, it’s lovely with its oily rainbow patterns and distinctive brown-black color. The aroma blooms in the cup, offering an olfactory mélange of wood smoke, deeply caramelized sugars, and hints of bitter cocoa.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups brew a cup of coffee that follows through on its aromas, presenting an interesting and complex array of flavors to the tongue. For a brew as dark as this one, the flavor is surprisingly sweet, lacking the bitters associated with other full roasts. One cannot help but note strong hints of dark cocoa intermingled with the resultant Maillard reaction savory-sweetness from the roast. The aftertaste is very smooth with very little aftertaste but for a hint of sweetened smoke.

If you like your coffee extra bold, brew this one at lower cup volumes, but for a regular cup of dark coffee, your normal settings will work well also. The strong character of Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee from K-Cups stands up to the addition of cream, resulting in a more milk-chocolate character particularly with sweetening as well. A bit of sweetener alone accents the caramelized sugar flavors resulting in a complex, syrupy cup of coffee that is very easy to drink.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups by the case are also available. Trust me, you’ll want a case if you love dark coffee.

Low Calorie Sweetener Options at CoffeeForLess

Low Calorie Sugar Alternative SweetenersEveryone enjoys the rich taste created by adding cream and sugar to their coffee, but not everyone enjoys the extra calories that are tacked on. No matter how you take your cup of joe in the morning whether it be with cream, sugar, flavored, whipped, or topped all of those extras could add somewhere from 250-600 calories to your daily diet. Black coffee may not taste as great to you, but it contains virtually no fat or calories whatsoever.

One of the best ways to combat these extra calories is to use low calorie sweeteners, because sugar substitutes provide avid coffee drinkers a sweet taste, without all of the extra calories and carbohydrates. Found in a variety of foods and beverages today, low calorie sweeteners are more than hundreds of times sweeter than regular sugar and contain essentially no calories.

Top Low Calorie Sweeteners

Splenda

One of the most popular low calorie sweeteners used to make coffee taste great is Splenda. Also known as sucralose, Splenda low calorie sweetener is actually manufactured from sugar, so it tastes just like sugar without a bad aftertaste. Another great benefit of adding Splenda to your coffee is that when it is consumed it passes through the body without being broken down for energy, which means the body does not recognize it as a carbohydrate. This low calorie sweetener is great tasting and can be used as part of a healthy diet to reduce calories and carbs in your morning java. 

Equal

Discovered accidentally in 1965 by Dr. James Schlatter as he was doing research with amino acids, Equal is a low calorie sweetener that revolutionized the sweetener industry. Also known as aspartame, Equal is the low calorie sweetener that has been trusted for over 30 years. Equal is the perfect way to add sweetness and flavor to your favorite iced and hot coffee.

Sweet’N Low

Created from the idea that sugar bowls were unsanitary, Sweet’N Low was one of the first low calorie sweeteners that were packaged in individual envelopes.  Sweet’N Low is chemically known as saccharin, which was discovered in the late 1800’s and has been used and consumed safely ever since. Known to be around 300 to 500 times sweeter than sugar, Sweet’N Low set its self apart from other low calorie sweeteners as it does not lose its sweetness when it is heated in a cup of coffee.

No matter which low calorie sweetener you decide to put in your cup of coffee all of them are a healthy and safe substitute for normal sugar in the morning. Coffee For Less carries all of the top low calorie sweeteners and helps you to keep your coffee healthy and great tasting.

Not All Prepackaged Coffees Are The Same

The marketplace for prepackaged coffee has been flooded in recent years with scores of products and proprietary brewers. This leaves the average coffee drinker wondering if they will ever have a regular cup of coffee ever again, but we should embrace this change. Convenience is the future of coffee, letting every single cup of coffee a coffee machine brews be personalized to the coffee drinker. K-Cup and T-Disc coffees offer the coffee drinker single cup coffee brewing, but for those who think on single pot scales, the solution is coffee pods.

Coffee pods are a nice compromise for those who are looking for coffee with virtually no mess or cleanup but still want to brew a whole pot of coffee at a time. Coffee pods are essentially a closed filter around a premeasured serving of coffee or tea that is perfectly calibrated for a single pot. Because of this design and the orientation toward whole pot brewing, coffee pods offer a great variety of options, including coffees and teas.

Much of the diversity available in coffee pods is a direct result of coffee pods being an open format for coffee companies. Whereas K-Cups and T-Discs are proprietary to certain companies that license the technology only to certain coffee brewers, coffee pods are an open format in which coffee brewers are free to package their coffee. This ensures that we coffee drinkers are free to enjoy the variety that allows.

Coffee Pods from CoffeeForLess

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Coffee pods are easy to use and offer the ability to brew a whole pot of coffee at a time.

Coffee pods from Coffee For Less include tea pods from TeaOne; these TeaOne Tropical Citrus Green Tea pods steep a fantastic pot of bright, citric green tea. You can also enjoysuch classic blended roast coffee as Folgers Classic Roast thanks to Folgers Home Café coffee pods. Gourmet coffee is just as readily available in coffee pod form. Aloha Island Coffee Company makes a series of Kona coffee pods that make mellow and delicious coffee every time.  If you are looking for big flavor and delicious coffee, Wolfgang Puck Coffee Pods are the way to go. These gourmet coffee pods give you real coffee house taste without any mess or cleanup of grounds or soggy filters.

Coffee Pods are typically individually packaged, guaranteeing they stay fresh. If you want fresh, whole pots of coffee without all of the mess of ground coffee and disposable filters, then coffee pods are the right choice. They add ease of brewing and quick clean up to the brewing process.

Enjoy Starbucks Single Cup Coffee at Home

Starbucks K-Cups For Starbucks At HomeIn the aims to provide customers with a consistent, quality cup of coffee that is equal to what is severed in stores, Starbucks has been producing single cup coffee products. As customers call for the ability to craft rich and flavorful cups of their favorite coffee at home with just the press of a button, Starbucks has delivered with their limited selection of single cup coffee. In an attempt to build their brand, enter consumer’s homes, and be in their head morning through night, Starbucks is hoping to build a base of repeat customers with their single use product line. Although the quality is not exactly the same, Starbucks single cup coffee delivers reliable rich flavor that is convenient to make and won’t waste any coffee, all without having to leave your kitchen.

Starbucks Extends Contract with Green Mountain Coffee

Although in the past year Starbucks has produced their own coffee maker, the Verismo, they have extended their contract with Green Mountain Coffee to continue producing Starbucks coffee in the popular K-Cup format. Many K-cup customers thought they would never see their favorite Starbucks single cup coffee ever again since it seemed to pose a threat to Starbuck’s new machine. Yet Starbuck’s upper level management felt that extending their contract with Green Mountain would be a win-win-win for both companies, and for coffee consumers around the world. As part of this new agreement Starbucks will add more single cup coffee for Keurig machines including Seattle’s Best, Torrefazione, Teavana, and Starbucks Coca brands. In the past year, the single cup coffee segment has grown nine times faster than the overall coffee category during the past year, and Starbucks hopes to strengthen its leadership position in this industry.

Red, White and Refreshing: Simple Iced Tea Recipes

It is one of summer’s simple pleasures to have a tall glass of cold iced tea in your hand and hear the sounds of the ice clinking against the glass after each long sip on a hot summer’s day. Instead of getting in your car and driving to the nearest drive-thru or gas station to make your dream a reality, save some change and get thrifty instead. At home, you can still easily attain the perfectly brewed ice tea drink of your dreams in no time.

Keurig Coffee Ice Brewer: Not Taking the Heat

It’s one of the hottest months of summer and people are parched for some iced tea that completely quenches their thirst, only to run into the kitchen to find a Keurig single-cup brewer staring back at them. The Keurig may be seen to be a machine that is only reserved for hot coffee, but the Keurig also offers another delicious alternative for the tongue that savors the cooler things in life. K-Cups make this novel feat easy with instructions easily found on top of all iced tea K-Cups or with the “Brew Over Ice” icon on the K-Cups especially crafted for frosty drinks.

The virtues of a languorous process of cold-brewed tea (steeped bag of tea mixed with cold water, and a chilling period in the fridge) or a fresh hot cup of tea poured over a cup of ice cubes both have their own individual merits. At the end of the day, it boils down to this: both methods are ultimately delicious. With the hot brew, the Keurig supplies a pre-determined amount of tea to be brewed with little kitchen-effort and immediate results.

Arizona and Iced Tea Simple How-To Recipes

Arizona iced green tea is a popular drink for the summer, but you can make a fresh batch at home. All you need is a regular tea bag size of Lipton’s decaffeinated tea, ½ cup of granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of honey, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon of American ginseng extract, and 8 cups of water. Get your saucepan and heat the water until it simmers to a boil in the pan. Transfer the saucepan from the heat, and lay the tea bag into the water. Afterwards, let the tea steep in the water for one hour with the lid on top of the pan to cover. Get a large pitcher with honey and sugar, and pour the steeped tea into the pitcher. Keep stirring until all of the granules of sugar are dissolved. Add any remaining ingredients, and season with any extra sugar if needed. Chill the pitcher and add ice before serving.

Green tea is a favorite drink throughout the seasons. Lean and full of antioxidants, this versatile beverage can be enjoyed hot in the cool months or with ice when the weather heats up. To make a fresh brewed ice tea with the glass, first bring 4 to 5 fluid ounces to a boil – in a teakettle, on top of a stove, or using Keurig brewers hot water function. After, steep Bigelow’s green tea bag into the water for 3-5 minutes. Sweeten to taste and get another glass full of ice. Pour the steeped tea into the glass and enjoy.

While the ratios of the tea or seasonings may differ wildly from recipe to recipe, don’t sweat it. Sit back and enjoy your refreshing cup of iced tea!

One Million Sales! The CoffeeForLess One In a Million Contest

One Million Coffee Sales Contest and Discount Code

ONE MILLION SALES! That’s right. CoffeeForLess has successfully served one million customer orders, making us a leader in online sales of coffee, tea, and K-Cup coffee refills. We will announce the winner who ordered our one-millionth sale as well as the runners up who purchased the 999,998th, 999,999th, 1,000,001st, and 1,000,002nd sales at CoffeeForLess.

In the meantime, visit our One In A Million Sales Celebration Contest Page. We are offering a deep discount code to the customers who have helped us achieve this milestone. Enjoy a 10% discount on coffee, tea, and K-Cup purchases for a limited time as we celebrate ONE MILLION SALES!

One Million Coffee Sales Contest Prizes

The One In A Million Contest offers the customer that purchases our one-millionth sale a CoffeeForLess gift certificate for $1,000. The 999,998th, 999,999th, 1,000,001st, and 1,000,002nd sales will earn their purchasers a $50 CoffeeForLess gift certificate. Naturally, terms and conditions apply.

The CoffeeForLess One in a Million 10% discount code expires in five days, so make your purchases while this CoffeeForLess coupon code is available and sign up for our promotional emails to get contest and  promotional offers at CoffeeForLess delivered directly to your inbox.

We are already preparing to offer the best prices for coffee, tea, K-Cups, and other beverage accessories for the next million sales. CoffeeForLess will continue its tradition of offering the best prices for coffee and beverage products online guaranteed.

Thank you, CoffeeForLess customers, for making it possible for us to offer these products to our coffee community at the best prices possible. It wouldn’t have been possible without you, and that is why every single customer is One in a Million to us.

The 5 Best Single Cup Coffeemakers

5 Best Single Cup Coffee MakersEveryone wants their own fresh cup of coffee now and that is part of the reason single cup coffeemakers have become so popular in past few years. While some coffee drinkers enjoy the pour over method others prefer K-Cups, or Coffee pods for their single cups of coffee. Both sides can agree though that the days of heated all day pots of coffee are behinds us.  Keurig has been leading the trend for single cup coffeemakers, but there are plenty of other companies like Tassimo, Senseo, and Cuisinart making quality single cup coffee makers for people who need their coffee on the go.

Best Single Cup K-Cup Coffeemakers

Coffee drinkers love the Keurig K-cup coffee system due to the variety of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available to brew, along with the comfort of brewing a single cup of coffee at home. One of the most popular models of the Keurig coffee machines is the Keurig Platinum B70. The Keurig Platinum B70 is one of top single cup coffee makers available because it offers 5 different cup sizes, a 60oz water reservoir, and an award winning design. The Platinum B70 is a stylish single cup coffeemaker that brews a perfect cup of coffee each time. With a blue lit LCD screen this Keurig single cup coffeemaker is simple to use for all ages, and is fully programmable.  If there is ever an issue with your coffeemaker Keurig offers an exceptional warranty program that will replace your machine.

An evolution from the Keurig is Cuisinart SS-700, which supports the K-cup brewing system and is quiet similar to Keurig machines.  This single cup coffeemaker has many different brewing options, and like the Keurig has 5 different cup sizes to choose from. Adding even more convenience the water tank is able to hold 80oz of water, which means far less refilling, and works great for an office setting. Unlike any other single cup coffeemakers the Cuisinart features a hot water button that will dispense a cup of hot water, which is great for making hot chocolate, soup, or tea. Quiet brew technology allows for coffee drinks to enjoy their favorite K-cup in a peaceful environment, while not disturbing others. Equipped with a rinse control button cleaning this system is simple. Rise control instantly cleans the inside of the brew chamber making every cup taste just as delicious as the first.

Best Single Cup Coffee Pod Coffeemakers

K-cups may be the most popular type of brewing system, but it is not the only, coffee pods are a great alternative that many top of the line single cup coffeemakers use to produce a quick, fresh, quality cup of coffee for you each morning.

Best Single Cup Coffee Making EquipmentThe Tassimo T65 is a stunning device that uses top technology to deliver a premium cup of coffee for each and every brew.  Using the T-disc brewing system the Tassimo T65 comes equipped with a new exclusive barcode system that scans each T-disc and then identifies the correct brewing instructions with the exact pressure, temperature, water, and time duration so each cup is uniquely perfect.  The noise reduction system, light under the cup stand, and dishwasher safe parts add convenience and make drinking coffee even more enjoyable.

One of the most affordable single cup coffeemakers is the Senseo Coffee Pod Machine that brews a great cup of coffee quicker than most comparable machines. In under a minute the Senseo heats up and produces a cup of coffee with a rich and great taste making it one of the favorite coffeemakers for someone in a hurry in the morning. Not only is it a fast machine, but it is durable and travels quiet well, with its small size the Senseo is a great option to bring along on a vacation. Since all of its parts are dishwasher safe cleaning the system is a breeze and hassle free. With many different varieties of coffee pods to choose from and even more Senseo brand coffee pods available everyone will be able to have their own favorite flavors.

Top Pour Over Method Single Cup Coffeemaker

Although the pour over method is less popular it is still a cheap and quick way to brew a single cup of coffee in the morning. Recent innovations have helped create the Aerobie AeroPress, which is a modern take on the classic French press coffee brewing system. For a mere $44.99 the Aerobie AeroPress produces a remarkable espresso, with a smooth, rich, and pure taste. Since this single cup coffee maker uses the pour over method it takes under 30 seconds to brew a delicious cup of coffee.  Perfect for traveling the Aerobie Aeropress is very portable, and only needs coffee grounds and boiling water to operate, which is perfect for a summer camping trip.

995K Sales So Far: The CoffeeForLess One In a Million Contest

Coffee Contests and Coffee Giveaways

The heat is on, folks, as CoffeeForLess is rapidly approaching its one millionth sale. Your opportunity to win the prizes that we plan to award the one millionth sale customer and the two sales preceding and directly after the one millionth sale will soon pass. We have just recently passed 995,000 sales!

One million sales is a really big deal for a company that set out to provide online coffee sales at the best price possible. We’ve accomplished that goal, and we would never have been able to do it without each and every one of our customers.

So, in our eyes, each of you is one in a million, the community that has given us the opportunity to succeed. In order to commorate this milestone and give back to the coffee community that made it possible, we are offering our customers prizes during our One In A Million Sales Celebration Contest.

5K Sales From One In A Million Contest Prizes

The One In A Million Contest offers the customer that purchases our one-millionth sale a CoffeeForLess gift certificate for $1,000. The 999,998th, 999,999th, 1,000,001st, and 1,000,002nd sales will earn their purchasers a $50 CoffeeForLess gift certificate. (Naturally, terms and conditions apply.) Just imagine all of the coffee that you could buy with a $1,000 gift certificate to CoffeeForLess.

CoffeeForLess is also offering a 10% discount code on the One in a Million Contest page when we reach one million sales. This CoffeeForLess coupon code will expire by 11:59PM on Sunday, June 30th, 2013, so check the page regularly to take avoid missing the discount or sign up for our promotional emails to get updates on this contest and other promotions that CoffeeForLess offers.

At CoffeeForLess, we look forward to continuing to offer the best prices on your favorite coffee, tea, single cup coffee refills, coffee makers, and beverage service accessories for the next million sales too!

4 Tricks For The Best Coffee You Can Brew

How to Make The Best CoffeeCoffee has been elevated to an art in some cultures. Coffee drinkers across the globe pride themselves on their coffee preparations, and if you ask, most will tell you their method makes the best coffee. The best coffee, it seems, may not be a matter of preparation method or ritualistic artifice but instead all about the amount of care that goes into the cup.

Whether you use a percolator that’s been in your family for generations, a Moka pot, pour over funnels, a French press, drip coffee pots, or a single cup coffee maker, the best coffee comes from ingredients that are fresh and proper care of your coffee preparation device of choice.

We’ve gathered four simple tricks to help you enjoy the best coffee possible whenever you brew your favorite bean.

4 Ways to Ensure the Best Coffee

Follow these simple methods and you are practically guaranteed to enjoy a better cup of coffee. These methods of coffee preparation allow for your favorite method of coffee brewing, but by following these guidelines, you ensure that you are getting the best out of your beans.

1. Fresh Coffee is Best Coffee

Avoid old beans. Fresh, whole bean coffee holds its flavor and avoids as much oxidation as ground coffee can experience. For the best coffee possible, buy fresh beans and grind them as close to the moment of brewing as possible.

2. Coffee Grind Coarseness Matters

Investing in a good coffee grinder can truly upgrade your coffee experience. How finely or coarsely you grind your coffee beans directly impacts your coffee extraction no matter what method you use to do so. Too finely ground coffee may be too strong while too coarsely ground coffee may taste weak. Find the grind that fits your preferences for full flavor at the strength you like.

3. Good Water Makes the Best Coffee

There are only two ingredients in a cup of black coffee, so the water you use to brew your coffee will have a direct impact on your coffee’s flavor, body, and extraction potential.  Use filtered water or bottled water to ensure a clean, full flavor. Further, experiment with the proportion of ground coffee to ensure you are using the right ratio for your taste preferences.

4. Clean Your Coffee Equipment

Whether you’re running the BMW of espresso machines every day or pouring a kettle of boiled water over a funnel full of grounds, popping K-Cups in a Keurig or putting prepackaged coffee pods into the company urn, you will get the best coffee from clean equipment. It is essential to clean your coffee equipment and to descale coffee makers regularly exposed to tap water.