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 recyclable, Vue disks are in many areas. 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.

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

Green Mountain Coffee Island Coconut K-Cups Seasonal CoffeesCoconut-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.

European Coffee from Green Mountain Coffee Barista Prima K-Cups

Green Mountain Coffee Barista Prima K-CupsEuropean coffee is renowned for the heavy body and bold taste imparted by the dark roasts that are most popular across the continent. These roasts are even named for European countries, French Roast coffee being a popular roast the world over and Italian Roast agreed upon as the espresso extraction standard. Now, Keurig K-Cup coffee system owners can enjoy true European coffeehouse-style at home or at the office with Green Mountain Coffee Barista Prima K-Cups.

Barista Prima K-Cups from Green Mountain Coffee capture the essence of European roast coffee and provide an intense flavor and full body by packing more coffee into each K-Cup. The brew from these K-Cups is so full and bold that even the two-time Italian Barista Champion, Francesco Sanapo, sang its praise in the video below.

Flavors of Barista Prima K-Cups at CoffeeForLess

CoffeeForLess carries the full light of Green Mountain Coffee Barista Prima K-Cups. Give them a try and let us know what you think.

Green Mountain Barista Prima Colombia K-Cups – a high-altitude coffee selected for taste with a bold fruit flavor with hint of nutty flavors, brewing with a smooth, balanced body every time.

Green Mountain Barista Prima House Blend K-Cups – a blend of Arabica coffee beans selected for strong extraction with a bright taste and lighter body.

Green Mountain Barista Prima French Roast K-Cups – a bold and roasty brew with a full body and hints of wood smoke and a bitter-sweet taste that lingers with mild astringency.

Green Mountain Barista Prima Italian Roast K-Cups – 100% Arabica beans roasted deeply to produce a brew perfect for espresso-lovers, with balanced acidity and sweetness, hints of earth flavor, and a lusciously full body.

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

Caffe Verona Starbucks Coffee K-CupsToday, 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.

Starbucks K-Cup Coffees Now At CoffeeForLess

Starbucks Coffee K-Cups at CoffeeForLessGoogle, in their 2012 Zeitgeist Report, declared Starbucks the fifth most searched for business in their local search statistics. People love Starbucks, and Starbucks coffee has come to define good coffee for many. From its humble start with a single Italian coffee shop-style  store in 1971, Starbucks has grown to be a multinational provider of gourmet roast coffee and espresso drinks.

Now, you can enjoy this world-renowned coffee at home or at the office with your Keurig K-Cup Coffee Maker. Starbucks Coffee K-Cups provide the regional varieties and roast styles that you love, even the Starbucks Pike Place Roast that started it all, cheaper and without a trip to the Starbucks café.

So, Starbucks fanatics, what are you waiting for? Enjoy your favorite Starbucks Coffees brewed fresh any time with Starbucks K-Cup Coffees.

Starbucks Coffee K-Cups at CoffeeForLess

House Blend Starbucks K-CupsStarbucks Breakfast Blend K-Cups – a medium roast blend composed to have a tangy, smooth taste with a light body and clean aftertaste

House Blend Starbucks K-CupsStarbucks House Blend K-Cups – a medium roast blend of beans selected for their rich aroma and smooth, balanced taste

Decaf House Blend Starbucks K-CupsStarbucks Decaf House Blend Coffee K-Cups – all of the flavor of Starbucks House Blend regular coffee without the caffeine

French Roast Starbucks K-CupsStarbucks French Roast Blend K-Cups – a dark roast coffee with a full body and rich, roasty taste enhanced with hints of smoke flavor

Pike Place Starbucks K-CupsStarbucks Pike Place Roast K-Cups – the medium roast coffee blend that made Starbucks famous has a smooth and luxurious flavor that carries hints of toasted nuts and cocoa

Sumatra Starbucks K-CupsStarbucks Sumatra K-Cups – a dark roast blend of Sumatran coffee beans roasted to draw a strong aroma and heavy body from these naturally earthy, herbal-tasting coffee beans

Veranda Starbucks K-CupsStarbucks Veranda K-Cups – a light roast coffee blend that is utterly smooth with very mild acidity and hints of toasted nut flavors, producing a truly mellow, smooth cup of coffee

Verona Starbucks K-CupsStarbucks Verona K-Cups – a dark, Italian roast coffee with a thick, syrupy body and delicious caramelized sugar flavors that hearken to dark chocolate

Dunkin’ Donuts Employee Uses Hot Coffee As Weapon

Quick thinking on the part of a Dunkin’ Donuts employee and minimal thinking on the part of a would-be crook has taken the Internet by storm. A failed robbery and hot coffee used in self-defense make for good water cooler chat, and this Dunkin' Donuts robbery story has it all. Quick thinking heroism, dumb criminals, and our favorite beverage standing in as the weapon that vanquished the criminal.

The scene opened on the Dunkin’ Donuts drive through window seen from the vantage of a security camera. A man in a light-colored hooded sweatshirt asked the Dunkin’ Donuts employee to make change for a $100 bill, and when the worker refused, the man announced his intention to rob the Dunkin’ Donuts from the drive through. He then attempted to climb out of the window of his vehicle and into the drive through service window, reaching into his pocket for what we must assume was a weapon.

Thinking quickly, our donut shop hero threw the man’s hot coffee in his face and attempted to close the service window. When the man’s now-seared bulk blocked the window from closing, the employee grabbed a pot of hot coffee and tossed the steaming Dunkin’ Donuts coffee at the man who’d had enough and drove off. Watch it yourself in the video embedded below.

Coffee: 1, Crime: 0. Hopefully the lesson this crook takes away from this experience is that drive through crime doesn’t pay.

Donut House Coffee At CoffeeForLess

Let us celebrate this heroic donut shop coffee warrior with a mug of delicious donut-shop-style coffee for Keurig K-Cup brewers. Green Mountain Coffee has recently revamped their Donut House line of classic coffee K-Cups. These K-Cups attempt to capture the traditional taste of American donut shop counter service coffee, though we cannot guarantee that they make quite as effective of a self-defense plan as the coffee flung at the failed robber. What we can guarantee is that Green Mountain Coffee has truly composed classic donut shop tastes in these K-Cup coffees.

Green Mountain Coffee Donut House Coffee K-Cups are a light roast coffee that is available in both regular and decaffeinated K-Cups. It has a smooth, light roast coffee flavor with piquant acid notes and a mildly astringent aftertaste. It hearkens to classic American coffee roasts found at any diner or donut shop during the 20th Century.

Flavored coffee fans will certainly enjoy the two Green Mountain Coffee Donut House Flavored Coffee K-Cups available. Green Mountain Coffee Donut House Chocolate Glazed Donut Flavored Coffee K-Cups are delicious, combining cocoa-rich chocolate donut and sweet glazed icing flavors with smooth, light roast coffee! If you enjoy the pairing of a buttery, spiced cinnamon bun and coffee, then try Green Mountain Donut House Cinnamon Roll Flavored Coffee K-Cups. This coffee brews fresh every time with the aroma of actual cinnamon buns baking in an oven. The combination of brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla glaze icing flavors with coffee is excellent.

Coconut Water A Healthy Alternative to Sports Drinks

Vita Coco Coconut WaterWe’ve been hearing it for years: electrolytes are key for quick and effective hydration. Sports drinks advertise them, enhanced water brands add them, and now coconut water is making a splash by focusing on its natural electrolyte content. Some swear by the rehydrating power of coconut water while others just like the taste. Either way, coconut water appears to be here to stay.

Coconut water is the water that is naturally found within coconuts. It has been the survival strategy of Robinson Crusoe-type island survivalists and a delicious treat throughout any region that supports coconut palms. Now, coconut water is being touted for its health benefits. It is a natural source of such natural minerals as Potassium, an electrolyte and essential nutrient, and it also boasts a high antioxidant content, allowing some to argue that coconut water can be an dietary element in cancer prevention.

Coconut Water Options at CoffeeForLess

CoffeeForLess is proud to carry the Vita Coco Coconut Water product line. Vita Coco has been a leader in bringing coconut water, a once exotic island vacation treat, to the consumer market and continues to innovate flavored coconut water beverages that meet our customers’ discerning tastes.

Running with the tropical themes associated with their product, Vita Coco has introduced a variety of flavor options that hearken to the islands that grow coconuts. Enjoy pineapple, orange, peach-mango, or tropical fruit flavors and savor the tastes of the tropics. Original flavor tastes very much like sipping from a freshly cracked coconut.

Coffee fanatics can enjoy the healthful benefits of coconut water with Vita Coco’s Coco Café. This fantastic flavored coconut water combines espresso and coconut water for a tropical late unlike any other. The combination of coconut water and coffee is an abundant source of naturally-derived antioxidants and an energy drink that hydrates as it invigorates.

So the next time you think about reaching for a high-fructose corn syrup-sweetened sports drink, remember the humble coconut. It packs much the same hydration power but is less heavily sweetened and quite a nutritious choice when you are in need of serious hydration.

K-Cup Coffee Review: Green Mountain Coffee Gingerbread Coffee K-Cups

Green Mountain Coffee Gingerbread Flavored CoffeeGingerbread is a classic taste of winter holidays. Its ginger-spiced, molasses-sweetened taste is made into cookies, traditionally cut into the famous gingerbread man or made into eccentric gingerbread houses, that are enjoyed around the holidays. The taste is so popular that it can be enjoyed year-round in the form of ginger snaps-style cookies.

Green Mountain Coffee Gingerbread Flavored Coffee K-Cups from CoffeeForLess produce a coffee that captures this sweet and spicy flavor in a cup of flavored coffee. Imagine yourself dunking a gingerbread cookie into your coffee and then savoring the combination of flavors, and you are imagining the taste of this delicious gingerbread flavored coffee.

Green Mountain Coffee Gingerbread Flavored K-Cups Cup Experience

Green Mountain Coffee Gingerbread Flavored Coffee is a true treat. From the moment that you brew a cup of it, you are greeted with the sweet aroma of molasses cookies and the piquant spice of floral ginger. It is wonderful and can make your kitchen or break room smell as if someone’s baking cookies and brewing coffee at the same time.

In appearance, the coffee brewed from these K-Cups has a light roast character. It is loose and light unless brewed intentionally strong, and it continues to be particularly aromatic in the cup. This modest appearance, however, does nothing to belie the taste contained in the cup.

This gingerbread cookie flavored coffee tastes fantastic. The sweet yet complex molasses cookie flavor and the bright and exciting clove, sweet cinnamon,and ginger spice flavors are very foregrounded by the balanced acidity and mellow flavor of the light roast coffee. The combination seems to highlight subtle coffee flavors that make light roast brews so intriguing while at the same time presenting a delicious dessert cookie flavor to your palate.

The aftertaste of the coffee is overwhelmed with echoes amongst the taste buds of gingerbread cookie taste, creating an excellent dessert taste with any additional sweetening to the coffee.

If you like gingerbread cookies and flavored coffees, do yourself a favor and try Green Mountain Coffee Gingerbread Cookie Flavored Coffee K-Cups. As a fan of spiced cookies, I cannot recommend this one more.