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!

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.

Green Coffee Beans Found to Help Diabetes and Weight Loss

Green Coffee Beans Cause Weight LossThe words of the day are “chlorogenic acid,” a natural substance found in green coffee beans. Scientists have been studying this substance in an attempt to understand its effect on the human body. Multiple studies have been done on chlorogenic acid, but two were published in the last few weeks that have potentially huge ramifications for those who enjoy coffee and those who suffer from either obesity or type 2 diabetes.

The chlorogenic acid in green coffee beans is a naturally occurring chemical that can be found in many fruits and vegetables, including apples, cherries, and plums. It appears to have little to no side effects when applied to the body in concentrated doses, and this fact has led to multiple studies being done as to its medical uses. What science is discovering is that the chlorogenic acid found so concentrated in green coffee beans seems to have significant positive health effects on metabolic processes.

Unfortunately, chlorogenic acid is mostly destroyed by the high heat used to roast coffee beans. Some of it does make it to your mug, though, giving it some positive health impact. To experience the full health benefits discussed below, one must take a concentrated extract of green coffee beans. Nobody recommends brewing green beans, though that would be a healthful tonic, because unroasted coffee beans have a very bitter, strongly sour, even grassy taste to them.

Health Benefits of Green Coffee Bean Extracts

Type 2 diabetes is a growing epidemic in the United States, one that affects more than 90 percent of the 26 million Americans with diabetes. A study on the body’s physiological response to green coffee bean extracts was the result of Dr. Joe Vinson observing that those who drank seven or more cups of coffee a day experienced a 50 percent risk reduction for type 2 diabetes compared to those who drank just two cups of coffee a day. This led Dr. Vinson on a quest to uncover what about coffee decreased the risk of type 2 diabetes. What he found was multiple studies that had shown that unroasted coffee bean extract had a regulating effect on blood sugar regulation. He studied this effect in further detail with excellent outcomes, resulting in as much as a 30 percent reduction in blood-glucose at just a daily 400mg extract dosage. Further, those who received the extract experienced weight loss.

With that in mind, Vinson did another study, studying the effects of green coffee beans on weight loss specifically, and what he found is good news to everyone looking to get ready for that summer beach body. Participants lost an average of 17 pounds of body mass in just 22 weeks. This amounted to a 10.5 percent decrease in overall body weight and a 16 percent decrease in body fat. These results were accomplished with no significant lifestyle changes other than the addition of green coffee bean extracts ranging from 700 to 1,050mgs dosage daily. Vinson simply connected the dots between his previous study and other studies that had shown that green coffee beans cause weight loss.

The good news for everyone is that there may be even more health benefits to green coffee beans yet uncovered, and while drinking roasted coffee daily may reduce the amount of those benefits received, a lesser percentage of those healthful compounds finds its way into every single cup that you brew.

Reuse K-Cups to Start Your Garden Seeds

Reuse K-Cups as Seed StartersK-Cups often receive the criticism that they are wasteful in terms of trash production, a claim that Keurig has refuted in terms of proportion of waste produced per capita. Certainly, Keurig has heard the criticism. Their new Vue single cup coffee maker uses #5 recyclable plastic, a plastic being recycled in more and more communities across North America every day, in its inserts.

However, many single cup coffee consumers still feel the need to find ways to reuse or repurpose spent K-Cups in order to reduce their impact. Recently, I stumbled across a great and timely use for spent K-Cups. This Instructables post teaches you how to turn used K-Cups into seed starters for your garden. Further, it even reminds us all that the contents of the K-Cup, the filter and grounds, are fully compostable.

Get Green With Single Cup Coffee

Single cup coffee consumers can reduce the carbon footprint of their favored single serving coffee or tea product.  By engaging in a few environmentally conscious practices, your favorite way of brewing coffee or tea can fit into a reasonably green lifestyle.

While neither K-Cups nor T-Discs are easy to recycle, Vue disks are in many ways. Further, the contents of all three types of plastic cartridge refill for single cup coffee makers is a combination of coffee filter and coffee grounds, both of which are compostable. By composting your K-Cup or T-Disc contents, you low the volume of mass contributed to landfills.

Coffee pods themselves are typically an enclosed filter containing coffee grounds. This makes the entire coffee pod likely to be compostable, returning the valuable nutrients gathered from the soil by the coffee plant to the soil in your gardens. Most coffee pods are packed in foil or plastic packaging that is unlikely to be compostable. However, the spent pod itself actually accounts for the majority of the mass disposed.

Upcycling K-Cups, T-Discs or Coffee Pods

Upcycling is the process of turning trash into treasure, not through alchemy but through reuse. By taking the plastics in our lives and putting them to further use, we extend their positive impact while their disposal mass remains the same.  By upcycling those plastics that would typically enter the waste cycle immediately, those plastics displace the need for other plastics.

Whatever type of single cup coffee or tea that you personally enjoy, finding ways to reuse spent single serving refills, whether through composting the contents or adapting spent cartridges for other purposes, is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint of your daily coffee consumption. A little upcycling effort seems like a fair trade for the lack of A.M. morning fog effort that single cup coffees and teas save us.

Let us know creative ways that you have upcycled spent K-Cups, T-Discs, or coffee pods personally; we would love to hear your creative ideas.

SEE ALSO: Easily Recycle Your K-Cups With Zero Waste Boxes From TerraCycle

K-Cup Coffee Review: Green Mountain Coffee Island Coconut K-Cups

Island Coconut K Cups

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Coconut-flavored coffee fanatics, the day has arrived! Green Mountain Coffee’s seasonal Island Coconut K-Cups are out! This day is a pretty big deal in some circles. This seasonal K-Cup is one that we’ve had many requests to carry year-round, but it just isn’t possible. Green Mountain Coffee continues to release it as a seasonal, so now is the time to stock up.

We regularly sell out of Green Mountain Coffee Island Coconut K-Cups, so while hoarding a stash might seem a bit absurd, it really isn’t. Our customers love this K-Cup, so without fail, we have a difficult time keeping it in stock.

If you’ve had it already, then you know how great it is, but if you have not had the joy of this spring seasonal coffee K-Cup, read on. Our review today highlights many of the reasons our customers have told us this is their favorite coconut flavored K-Cup.

Green Mountain Coffee Island Coconut K-Cups Cup Experience

This seasonal is truly a treat, one that has been reviewed before as “the best coffee I have ever had,” and while that may seem like hyperbole, the difficulty we have trying not to sell out of this seasonal is a testament to the truth in those reviews. Light roast coffee is enhanced with just the right amount of savory-sweet coconut flavor to ensure that this flavored coffee from Green Mountain Coffee seems to appeal to most any palate.

Upon brewing, Island Coconut K-Cups have a bright, exciting light roast aroma that has distinctly sweet undertones of coconut. The result is a very sumptuous yet not overbearing aroma that, once you are familiar with this brew, kicks the salivary glands into action like Pavlov’s bell. The mouth remembers, and the mouth loves this coffee.

In the cup, it is light roast in appearance with a very mild oil and cling. The aroma is intensified in concentration, and the lighter color does not belie the truly full flavor of this coffee.

Green Mountain Coffee Island Coconut Coffee has a very balanced acidity that highlights a mildly citric character balanced against the smoother coffee tastes highlighted by coconut flavoring. The coconut flavor in these K-Cups is not perfumed or at all like coconut candy. It is like coconut macaroons but less sweet. It draws out the savory flavors of this light roast and truly foregrounds them against the fruitier acids of the light roast.

Cases of Green Mountain Coffee Island Coconut Coffee are available, and you may want to consider buying it in such quantities. This one won’t last, and as a seasonal, it’s only around for a limited time.

The World’s Largest Coffee Cup or Strong K-Cup Coffee

World's Largest Coffee CupThe size of the American coffee cup has been growing over the last century, from the European-style demitasse into all varieties of large, even quart-size monstrosities at your average gas station. Amazon.com, however is selling a coffee mug that redefines the American definition of large.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the World’s Largest Coffee Cup.

This mug can hold 20 cups of coffee, nearly enough to dunk your head in on those mornings when coffee by regular administration does not seem to be nearly enough. While I don’t advocate coffee consumption by personal immersion, this gag coffee cup makes a salient point about we coffee fanatics.

With time, one wants stronger coffee. Caffeine builds a tolerance in its consumers, and the tendency to increase coffee consumption over time is relatively common. Instead of upping your coffee cup size, may I recommend drinking stronger coffee? I’ve accumulated a list of some of my favorite strong coffee K-Cups below.

Strong Coffee K-Cups, Great Coffee Flavor

Most K-Cup coffee roasters carry an extra-bold or extra-strength coffee K-Cup, and I’ve searched through them all to find the best of the best: great, strong coffee that packs a punch without sacrificing flavor.

Emeril Lagasse is known for putting the BAM in his cooking, but his line of coffees also seeks to capture the intense flavors of his art. When it comes to intense coffee K-Cups, his Big Easy Bold K-Cups are worth a try. They have extra coffee in them to ensure a strong extraction as well as a rich French roast to the beans that ensures full flavor.

Green Mountain Coffee is a perennial favorite with Keurig K-Cup coffee maker owners, and two of their offerings belong on our list of strong K-Cups. Green Mountain Coffee Dark Magic K-Cups brew a truly dark cup of bold coffee that is robust without being bitter. For extraordinarily dark coffee with full-strength flavor, try Green Mountain Coffee Double Black Diamond K-Cups. Warning, though, Double Black Diamond is a full force coffee not recommended for those who cannot tolerate a truly intense brew.

Readers of this blog have heard me recommend the following K-Cups before, and this is because they hold a special place in the heart of myself and any other K-Cup coffee drinker who prefers coffee to resemble a kick in the head from a mule. Coffee People Jet Fuel K-Cups and Black Tiger K-Cups are intense. They pack seriously dark roast potency into a K-Cup that is only matched by the other K-Cups discussed today.

So skip the World’s Largest Coffee Cup and instead brew a truly intense cup of coffee from your Keurig. Lower the brew volume for greater intensity and let us know what super-bold K-Cups get your gears grooving.

K-Cup Coffee Review: Tully’s Hawaiian Blend K-Cups

Tully's Hawaiian Blend Coffee K-Cups ReviewKeurig K-Cup coffee maker owners are in for a treat this week. We are reviewing a recent line to the Tully’s Coffee line of K-Cup coffees, Tully’s Hawaiian Blend K-Cups. This Hawaiian coffee blend from Tully’s manages to capture some of the finer qualities of Hawaiian-grown coffee beans while enhancing those qualities with complexity resulting from the 100% Arabica coffee beans blended with them.

If you are looking for a great everyday-drinking coffee and are already a fan of Hawaiian coffees, then Tully’s Hawaiian Blend K-Cups provide the right brew for you. Each brew is a consistently pleasant, temptingly aromatic brew that is excellent for clearing groggy morning minds without being too strong.

Tully’s Hawaiian Blend Coffee K-Cups Cup Experience

Tully’s Coffee discontinued their Kona Blend K-Cups and then released Tully’s Hawaiian Blend K-Cups as a replacement. Comparing the two is difficult to avoid, but fans of Tully’s Kona Blend have typically found this alternative Hawaiian coffee blend to be an excellent as well. They contain 10% Hawaiian coffee blended with 100% Arabica coffee.

This blend creates a lovely aroma as it brews from the Keurig, a stronger, bolder aroma than one would expect from most Hawaiian coffees thanks to the Arabica beans used in the blend. The brew has a medium roast appearance and a relatively light oil content.

The taste of Tully’s Hawaiian Blend Coffee is quite good. It is mellow yet robust with a light mouthfeel but full flavor. The depth of the flavor profile is surprising, mostly thanks to the way the brighter acidity of the Hawaiian coffee plays off the robust character of the other beans in the blend. This provides a complex and interesting taste profile that is exciting to the tongue before diminishing to a relatively sweet aftertaste.

If you are looking for a replacement for Tully’s Kona Blend K-Cups, try Tully’s Hawaiian Blend K-Cups. I’m certain you will find this coffee blend’s artful composition is an excellent replacement.