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.

5 Hottest Coffee Trends Right Now

Pour Over Coffee Latest Single Cup Coffee TrendCoffee is finding its rightful place amongst the gourmet crowd, gaining an appreciation amongst many on par with fine wine. It is moving away from the utilitarian work-motivator and finding a comfortable home in the world of the gastronomical arts. One result of this transition has been a boom in artisanal coffee roasters, and another has been the adoption of new coffee preparation techniques that ensure a fresher, better extraction.

Today, we’re going to have a look at some of the emerging trends in coffee today and identify the five hottest coffee trends. While coffee still serves a utilitarian role in many lives, you can enjoy better coffee via the many methods of coffee preparation currently  growing in popularity.

Five Coffee Trends Raising the Coffee Bar

The five coffee trends below cover a spectrum of professional and personal choices that are influencing the way people drink their coffee. Many are focused on the quality and freshness of the extraction, often with a desire to brew a single cup or smaller volume of coffee more effectively and delicious-tasting.

Micro Roasting Beans

Small batch roasting is spreading across the country as a growing trend. Coffee shops are micro roasting green coffee beans. Coffee roasters are using equipment to brew smaller, more consistent batches of coffee, much as New York Coffee does. This trend has gone so far that many coffee fanatics are starting to roast green coffee beans at home. You really can’t get any fresher than that.

Cold Brewed Coffee

The last couple of years have seen the rise of the cold brewed coffee. This is coffee brewed in room temperature or lower water for as much as 24 hours. The cold extraction of coffee compounds provides a smoother, less bitter extraction that many compare to dark chocolate. While this method involves patience, it results in such an excellent brew that many companies are now bottling and selling cold brew coffee.

Pour Over Coffee Brewing

Pour over coffee is gaining in popularity so quickly that coffee shops across the country are investing in pour over coffee equipment to meet the demands of consumers.  Pour over coffee brewing is accomplished by putting a coffee filter into a glass or ceramic funnel, packing it with ground coffee, and then pouring boiled water through the grounds for the freshest extraction possible. Pour over coffee enthusiasts rave about the coffee produced with this method and the Hario V60 ceramic funnel cone  or the Chemex glass pour over coffee maker.

Light Roast Coffee Popularity

Ever since Starbucks stormed the American coffee scene in the 90s, Americans have been drinking more and more dark roast coffee. The trend seems to be reversing after nearly twenty years of dark roast dominance. Developing American palates are seeking out more complex flavors and really seeking to taste the bean rather than the roast. Light roast coffee is the way to do it.

Single Cup Coffee Brewing

Fresh, fresh, fresh! That’s how people want their coffee these days, leaving behind old stale carafes of heated-all-day coffee and embracing a single cup of coffee brewed on demand. While some use the pour over method to accomplish this goal, many are turning to single cup coffee makers to enjoy a fresh brew that is easy and convenient. Keurig K-Cup coffee makers are leading the way with this trend, but many other brands are arriving on the market to meet this consumer demand.

CoffeeForLess One in a Million Contest

Coffee Contest and Coffee Price Gift Certificates

At CoffeeForLess, we often comment on the fact that the community of coffee drinkers that are our customers are the best part of our business other than the coffee itself. We mean it. We have had the privilege of working with one of our favorite things, coffee, thanks to our customers, and we often try to come up with ideas for how we can give back to the community that has made us a success.

Recently, we noticed that we are approaching a fantastic milestone: one million sales! This is a pretty big deal for a company that set out to provide online coffee sales at the best price possible, and we recognize that we couldn’t have done it without each and every customer.

So, in our eyes, each of you is one in a million, the rare find that makes us fortunate to have you as a customer and the reason, we believe, that we have enjoyed the success that we have. In order to celebrate this milestone and the coffee community that have made it possible, we are holding the One In A Million Celebration Contest.

One In A Million Contest Prizes

We’re really excited about this milestone at CoffeeForLess, so we really dug deep and came up with a great idea to show our appreciation to our customers. We’re pretty proud of what we decided to do.

The customer whose purchase is our one-millionth sale will receive a CoffeeForLess gift certificate for $1,000. That’s a lot of coffee or a great upgrade to your current home or office coffee maker and still a lot of coffee! 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 one million sale celebration doesn’t end there. Not only is CoffeeForLess giving away five prizes to our coffee-loving customers, we’re also going to offer a 10% discount code on the One in a Million Contest page when we reach one million sales. This CoffeeForLess coupon code will expire 11:59PM on Sunday, June 30th, 2013, so be sure to check the page often to take advantage of the discount or sign up for our promotional emails to get updates on this contest and other sales in the future.

We are excited to share this milestone with our community of customers. You can bet that we’ll continue to offer the best prices on your favorite coffee, teas, single cup coffee refills, coffee makers, and beverage service accessories for the next million sales too!

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.

Green Mountain Coffee Hazelnut 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.

Single Cup Starbucks Coffees Stick with Keurig

Keurig K-Cup coffee system owners across the country can breathe a sigh of relief. Green Mountain Coffee, makers of Keurig single cup coffee systems, have struck a deal with Starbucks to continue manufacturing Starbucks K-Cups and Tazo Tea K-Cups.

Starbucks released their own single cup coffee maker called the Verismo, prompting many Keurig system owners to worry about the loss of access to Starbucks coffees and Tazo Teas in K-Cups. The two companies struck a deal extending the business partnership, though neither will disclose exactly how long the deal will continue.

Perhaps the mocking the Verismo system received on Saturday Night Live had something to do with it:

 

SNL – Starbucks/Verismo from Imanol Atchet on Vimeo.

Starbucks K-Cups for Keurig Single Cup Coffee Makers

Starbucks Coffee K-Cups continue to be popular with Keurig K-Cup coffee maker system owners, and CoffeeForLess will continue to provide them for our community of coffee drinkers as long as Starbucks continues to put them on the market.

Starbucks K-Cups are consistently popular, selling well and receiving regularly excellent reviews from Keurig owners. The excellent coffee varieties and reliable roasts translate well to K-Cups, making for a consistent single cup of coffee that is of the quality that one expects from Starbucks coffee.

With the extension of the deal between Green Mountain Coffee and Starbucks Coffee, many are wondering if there might be more Starbucks K-Cups on the way. Many dream of the day when luscious caramel-flavored Starbucks coffee is available for their Keurig single cup coffee maker.

While the coffees available in K-Cups from Starbucks is limited, the diligent coffee fanatics at CoffeeForLess keep our eyes out for new releases. If Starbucks does ever release more Starbucks K-Cups, you, the CoffeeForLess community, will be some of the first to know, particularly if they ever release Starbucks Caramel Flavored Coffee in K-Cups.

In the meantime, we’ll just enjoy Wolfgang Puck’s Caramel Cream K-Cups.

Keurig Declared Best Single Cup Coffee Maker 2013

Keurig Best Single Cup Coffee Maker 2013A 2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend(R) Equity Study declared Keurig "Brand of the Year" in the coffee maker category. Keurig K-Cup single cup coffee systems were recognized for “emotional connection, functional attributes, brand awareness, influence and familiarity.” This poll showed the 38,814 U.S. consumers polled viewed Keurig the best single cup coffee maker for the second year in a row.

Consumers love Keurig K-Cup systems for the convenience of single cup coffee brewing but also for the vast array of coffee options available for Keurig systems. The K-Cup cartridge has proven to be a great medium for coffee roasters to reach today’s on-the-go coffee drinkers, even more so, Keurig K-Cup systems are designed with the way today’s coffee drinkers enjoy their coffee in mind. Systems are designed with travel mugs in mind, and the ability to brew a fresh cup of your favorite coffee directly to your travel mug is very popular with commuters, offices, and households from coast to coast.

Keurig Best Single Cup Coffee Maker Thanks to Green Mountain Coffee

Green Mountain Coffee Barista Prima K-CupsGreen Mountain Coffee is the coffee-roasting powerhouse behind Keurig K-Cup coffee systems. The key to their success has been offering an immense variety of K-Cup coffee options, including their own line of Green Mountain Coffee K-Cups. The result has been a single serving coffee system that has something to offer everyone, brewing popularity a single cup at a time on its way to being the best single cup coffee maker two years in a row.

Green Mountain Coffee continues to innovate. Just this year, Green Mountain Coffee unveiled its Barista Prima line of coffee K-Cups.  This select line of European-style coffee K-Cups brews a richer, darker cup of coffee than most other K-Cups.

Their recently released Iced Coffee K-Cups are sure to be a hit this summer. They are filled with a volume of coffee specifically calibrated for full-flavored coffee ideal for brewing over ice. Iced coffee makes such a great summertime treat, and these Green Mountain K-Cups are just one more reason that Keurig continues to be the best single cup coffee maker year after year.

Senseo and Other Coffee Pods Compatible With Hamilton Beach Coffee Makers

Senseo Coffee Pods Not The Only Refills For Hamilton Beach CoffeemakersI was asked recently why anyone would buy the Hamilton Beach Coffee Makers that the person asking thought only used Senseo coffee pods. The answer was not what the person expected. Senseo coffee pods are excellent, but the Hamilton Beach coffee pod systems do not brew Senseo coffee pods exclusively. As a matter of fact, these pod coffee makers brew a great variety of single cup coffee pods.

This is not to say, of course, that Senseo coffee pods are not reason enough to invest in a Hamilton Beach pod coffee maker if you are in the market for coffee pod brewers. Senseo Mystic Valley Colombia Blend Coffee Pods and Senseo 10% Kona Blend Coffee Pods are two great examples of what makes Senseo coffee pods great. Though both varieties contain medium roast, blended coffee, the difference in flavor is truly distinctive, accenting the artful showcasing of each region’s beans that the respective blends accomplish.

Below, I’ve put together a helpful list for Hamilton Beach coffee maker owners that shows the vast array of coffee pods compatible with your coffee maker of choice, summarizing why each roaster’s coffee pods are worth a try for Hamilton Beach pod coffee maker owners.

Top Coffee Pods Compatible with Senseo or Hamilton Beach Coffee Pod Brewers at CoffeeForLess

Aloha Island Coffee Pods – If you like Senseo’s Kona Blend, then Aloha Island Coffee Pods are the coffee pods for you. They capture true Kona coffee flavor in a variety grades of Kona coffee and Kona coffee blends. Aloha Island Coffee Pods are of excellent quality and can turn your Hamilton Beach pod coffee maker into an island getaway.

Baronet Coffee Pods – Baronet Coffee Pods add a variety of regional coffee varieties, Fair Trade organic coffees, and delicious flavored coffees to your Hamilton Beach coffee maker’s range. Baronet Coffees tend to have a very traditional taste range that is good for regular coffee drinking.

Java One Coffee Pods – Java One Coffee Pods don’t break the coffee pod mold, but what they do is excel at traditional coffee varieties, roasts, and flavors. These pods are calibrated to brew a flavorful brew every time.

Lavazza Coffee Pods – Lavazza Espresso Gran Crema Coffee Pods turn the Hamilton Beach pod coffee maker into an espresso machine, producing a rich and robust espresso with a notable crema. This line of coffee pods truly adds a touch of traditional espresso coffee class to your pod coffee experience. (Note: Lavazza cartridges are not compatible with pod coffee makers, only Lavazza Coffee Pods).

Melitta Coffee Pods – Melitta Coffee Pods brew authentic European style coffee, offering a variety of blends and styles to choose from. Melitta Tea Pods are compatible with Hamilton Beach pod coffee makers, making Melitta pods a great way to include traditional European coffee and great tea varieties to your pod brewing experience.

Wolfgang Puck Coffee Pods – Known for his flavorful concoctions and innovations in taste experiences, Wolfgang Puck has applied his art to selecting coffee blends to bear his name in this delicious line of gourmet coffee pods that are compatible with Senseo brand  and Hamilton Beach pod coffee makers.

Uniq Teas Blend Artful Teas and Herbal Tea Blends

Uniq Tea Herbal Energy Tea BlendUniq Teas loose leaf tea blends are taking tea to a whole new level by creating tea varieties designed to please the 21st Century tea drinker’s palate. By combining traditional tea with unique flavors and creating new and exciting herbal tea varieties, Uniq Teas has created a depth of variety unseen prior in the tea market.

Uniq Teas are all selected from the finest ingredients artfully composed to create new tea tastes. These teas are typically sold loose leaf in order to allow for steeping that you control by deciding the volume of loose tea that you use for each cup.

The end result is a cup of tea full of unique flavor and steeped to your personalized perfection.

Uniq Teas Wake Up Morning Teas

In the morning, sometimes that first cuppa is the only thing to get you going. This is the reason why English Breakfast Tea has been a popular breakfast cup of tea for many, even outside of the British Isles. This black tea variety and many other black teas make a great morning brew because of their slightly higher caffeine content than white or green tea varieties.

Uniq Teas supplements this tradition of waking up with the help of tea with their Herbal Energy Blend Tea, full of herbal sources of energy, including those that naturally contain caffeine. This herbal blend can be just the right pick-me-up, but it also has a delicious flavor that results from the artfully balanced herbs infused in every single cup.

They also make a variety of great interpretations of the enervating South American tea Yerba Mate. This tea is not technically a tea, being made from a plant other than the Camellia Sinensis plant. Yerba Mate is actually made from a plant in the holly family of plants and is consumed to invigorate and cause conversations traditionally.

Uniq Teas Herbal Tea Blends

Uniq Teas Evening Relief Tea BlendIf you prefer your tea to relax you and help you unwind at the end of a long day, then Uniq Teas has you covered as well. Uniq Teas Evening Relief Tea Blend is a balm to the nerves, providing delicious flavor without any worrisome caffeine.

For further calming effects from naturally caffeine-free herbal teas, Uniq Teas makes excellent Loose Leaf Lavender and Loose Leaf Spearmint teas that are naturally calming. If floral teas are a flavor that you love, also try Uniq Tea Rosebud Tea. It has the sweet, heavenly aroma of fresh roses and an emotionally calming effect.

 

Uniq Teas Modern Takes on Traditional Loose Leaf Teas

Uniq Teas continues to innovate, taking the traditional art of tea to unexpected places. Nowhere is this more evident than in the exceptional flavored white teas that they make, like their Champagne Raspberry Flavored White Tea.

Each tea is a unique work of art, so if you appreciate tea, then give this company a try. They make exceptionally unique teas that live up to their name.