Save a trip to the grocery store with this coffee creamer recipe

Coffee Creamer Recipes You Can Make at Home by CoffeeForLess

Coffee with cream is a treat that so many love every day. And of course, many of us love the creamers that are specially flavored with ingredients like hazelnut or mocha. However, the store-bought creamers don’t always have the perfect blend of flavor to suit your exact needs, or you save the flavored creamers for special occasions.

But did you know that it’s possible to create your own flavored creamer at home, using a simple coffee creamer recipe? By learning how to make coffee creamer on your own, you can save a trip to the store and have a unique addition to your next coffee experience.

Homemade Is Always Better

When you make your own items at home, you have immediate control over all of the ingredients. You can limit the sugar or add extra sweetness, if that’s your passion. You can limit the creaminess and milk-fat, or decide to go whole hog in your coffee creamer recipe. You might even create wholly unique flavors that your friends can only find at your house, or end up creating a product that’s worthy of a new small business venture!

Choose Your Base First in the Coffee Creamer Recipe

When you learn how to make coffee creamer, you will first need to decide how heavy you’d like the creamer to be. You can go for decadent cream, whole milk, half-and-half or even a non-dairy milk such as almond milk, hemp milk, or soy milk. Some people use condensed milk, too.

Keep in mind that you can even get soy milk in a ″cream″ variety that is thicker and just as satisfying as dairy cream. Start with about a pint of milk or milk substitute in your coffee creamer recipe. From this point, you can create as many varieties as you see fit.

Use Your Favorite Ingredients

For French vanilla, you can add vanilla extract to your milk. Use two teaspoons of extract to the milk and mix well. For an extra homemade flair, use vanilla beans. Slice them open and scrape out the insides until you have two teaspoons. This may take some extra mixing, but the results will be well worth it. If you’d like a ″Strudel″ variety, add a tablespoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of almond extract to your coffee creamer recipe.

Coconuts Coffee Creamer Recipe

Coconuts are everywhere these days, so why not ride the wave with a coconut-flavored coffee creamer? For a thicker result, start with a can of coconut milk, and then thin it out with regular coconut milk that can be found with the other milk alternatives. If that’s not enough, add in two teaspoons of cocoa powder. Hazelnut extract might also be a worthy addition, as is cinnamon. Use two teaspoons of either of those in your coffee creamer recipe.

Keep Experimenting!

As you can see, learning how to make coffee creamer is relatively simple, and you can experiment with as many flavors as you can dream up. Add raspberry syrup, peppermint oil, or caramel topping to your cream base and adjust to your taste. If you have an espresso machine with a milk-steaming attachment, you might froth your creamer and make extra-fancy cappuccinos for your friends!

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

Many of us know recycling K-Cups, pods and capsules is not always the easiest, and there’s some confusion around what part of the capsule is actually supposed to be thrown away or separated. We’ve seen all kinds of recommendations and clever ideas on how to recycle K-Cups and make use of leftover waste. Well, we have good news: recycling your coffee capsules just got much easier. CoffeeForLess.com has partnered with TerraCycle to turn your K-Cups, pods, and other capsules into recyclable materials — and all it takes is a box.

The best part about all of this? There’s no separation needed on your part. Simply collect all your K-Cups, capsules, or coffee pods, toss in the Zero Waste Box, and send it off. The label is already there for you.

So How Does it Work?

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The TerraCycle Coffee Capsule Zero Waste Box™ can hold 600 capsules

Use the Zero Waste Box to recycle any and all pre-packaged capsules used in capsule-specific machines, including K-Cups, Nespresso-compatible capsules, and coffee pods.

  1. Purchase the TerraCycle Zero Waste Box from CoffeeForLess.com. It will be
    shipped directly to your door.
  2. Fill the box with used coffee K-Cups, capsules or pods. TerraCycle estimates the small Zero Waste Box can hold about 600 capsules!
  3. When the box is completely full, hand it to any UPS delivery person (return shipping is included) and they will bring it to a TerraCycle Zero Waste facility.

The cost of the Zero Waste Box includes:

  • Color printed shipping box
  • Pre-paid UPS return shipping label
  • Processing of waste

Important tip to keep in mind: Please do not include used tea or coffee filters, loose coffee grounds, electronics (coffee makers) or any other coffee and tea accessories.

Coffee Capsules Get a Second Life

TerraCycle re-purposes the waste into sustainable, affordable building materials, and other consumer products by making every part of the K-Cup recyclable. From the TerraCycle website, the process is broken down:

“The collected waste is mechanically and/or manually separated into metals, organics and plastics. Metals are smelted so they may be recycled. The organics (such as the coffee grounds) are composted. The plastics undergo extrusion and pelletization to be molded into new recycled plastic products.”

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You can now recycle your Keurig K-Cups, capsules, and pods effortlessly with a Zero Waste Box from TerraCycle. As the popularity of K-Cups and capsules continues to climb, we’re glad to offer a revolutionary solution that helps reduce the environmental impact and product waste left behind by our favorite brewed beverages.

In the comment section below, let us know if you’ve had any experience reusing or recycling your K-Cups. We’d love to hear your feedback, or any questions about the Zero Waste Box program.

Cheers!

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

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

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

K-Cup Flavor Favorites

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

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

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

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

Let us know your favorites!

Join CoffeeForLess in Supporting Fabretto and School Children In Nicaragua

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

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

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

School Grounds Coffee Beans Cup Experience

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

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

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

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

How to Fix Your Senseo Machine

Senseo makes a great coffee brewer. The machine makes fresh and flavorful coffee every time, but as with most any device, problems can occur, so it’s good to know how to fix them. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five common issues people have with their Senseo machine along with some quick and simple solutions. Don’t waste your time and energy on easily remedied problems.

1. Light Blinks On and Off

Solution: Use a magnet to connect to the valve from the outside of the machine. Slide the magnet slowly upwards along the water level. This should stop the constant flashing and the water level should start to heat again.

2. Coffee Comes Out Watery

Solution: Add more coffee to your brew. It’s really that simple! The machine is made to make a great cup of coffee, but a certain amount is needed to make a strong, flavorful, brew.

3. The Machine Will Not Heat Water

Solution: Unplug the machine and move the water reservoir out of the tray. Then pop the cover off the back of the machine. Chances are one of your heating wires have come loose, so you need to identify which ones. By looking into the back of your unit, you’ll see four wires. These wires should be covered in a plastic wrap. If you don’t see a plastic covering on the wire, you need to pinch it together with pliers then wrap it with electrical tape. This will allow the wire to once again conduct the flow of electricity.

4. How to Descale Your Senseo Machine

Solution: Fill the unit with white vinegar then put a pot or bowl underneath the spout. Next, press both the cup and two cup buttons at the same time. Run the vinegar through the system as if you were making a regular brew. Finally, run water through the system twice to clean out any lingering taste.

5. My Senseo Won’t Complete Its Initial Flush

Solution: This issue may be fixed by simply making sure you’ve sealed the machine properly. Run a test by pushing the pin at the bottom of the reservoir and see if water comes out. If that’s the case, then it’s most likely an internal problem and you may want to contact Senseo customer service for additional troubleshooting help, or entertain the thought of a new machine.

Raising a Cup to Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The month of October is dedicated to an annual campaign with one mission in mind: to raise awareness to this widespread disease. By arming others with knowledge on how to detect cancer in its earliest stages, we can become more conscious of the afflictions of breast cancer and provide greater access to lifesaving services through donations. This year, Coffee For Less is joining the fight by teaming up with you, our loyal customers, over our shared love for coffee. We are raising a cup to contribute to the support and knowledge of free mammograms and the continued support on the dialogue for Breast Cancer Awareness.

As of now, it is still difficult to pinpoint what the exact causes of Breast Cancer are. Genetics, age, medical history, lifestyle, height and weight are all risk factors that may contribute to the disease. One in every eight women and one in every 1,000 men will develop Breast Cancer in their lifetime. Breast Cancer responds to treatment best with early detection, so breast self-exams are important to check for anomalies. However, mammograms remain the most effective method for early detection. The donations from Breast Cancer go to physician education, screening guidelines and efforts in increasing public awareness with the importance of yearly mammograms.

This Month, It’s Time to Think Pink

Be a part of something great and join us in our efforts to bring awareness to this disease. Bring hope to those diagnosed, and comfort to their loved ones.

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According to published research in 2011, drinking coffee reduces the risk of anti-estrogen resistant estrogen-receptor negative breast cancer. Coffee also contains polyphenols which potentially reduce oxidative cell damage. According to preliminary research, antioxidants may play a role in reducing the risk of some types of breast cancer. When some researchers tested antioxidant levels on a variety of food, and they found coffee to be one of the number one sources of antioxidants in the American diet.

Rest assured the finest beans are selected and roasted to order to ensure freshness because that’s the quality of our New York Coffee brand. Our decaf selection is Swiss water process decaffeinated, which is a chemical free process where water is used to extract the caffeine. This month when you purchase our Special Pink bag of New York Coffee Blends, the proceeds will be donated to National Breast Cancer Foundation.

K Cups vs. Ground Coffee Cost

5 Reasons Why K Cups Are The Better Choice

It’s the eternal coffee debate: K cups vs. ground coffee cost. Which is your preferred choice? I’ve tried both ways and can tell you from research and experience that your best option is going for the K cups. To prove my point here are 5 reasons why k cups are your best option when it comes to coffee flavor and convenience.

K Cups Vs. Ground Coffee Cost

1. K Cups Do Not Waste Coffee

When you use coffee roast coffee you waste a large amount of what you buy. Think about how often you throw away excess after you make a full pot. Second, when you run out of coffee you spend three times as much by buying from your local Deli or coffee shop. With the average price of a cup of medium coffee being enough to buy six K cups, K cups are the smarter choice when you add it up.

2. Convenience

You can’t put a price tag on convenience. Think about the countless time you’ve woken up running late for work and didn’t have the time to brew up an entire pot of coffee. The beauty of the K cup is it allows you to brew a perfect amount of coffee in minutes without having to scoop out grounds of coffee and pour out excess coffee when your pot is full.

3. Savings

When you compare K cups vs. ground coffee roasts you buy at coffee houses like Starbucks, you save a lot more in the long run with K cups. Your total cost for the first year of drinking K cups comes to approximately $331 or $0.91 cents per day. Compare that price with the average cup of Starbucks coffee of approximately $2. That’s easily double the cost of what you pay for using K cups.

4. Variety

Try an experiment. Walk down the coffee aisle of your local grocery store and look at the variety of flavors and brands selling K cups coffee. Then go to your local Dunkin & Donuts or Starbucks and peruse their coffee menu. It’s easy to see that when you compare K cups vs. ground coffee roasts at local coffee houses that K cups offer you a much larger selection. Not only does this give you flexibility with choosing flavors, it also gives you the price options, as well.

5. Freshness

You can’t beat the freshness of a K cup. While ground roast coffee roasts you buy at the grocery store lose freshness the day you open up the bag, K cup coffee cups stay airtight until you brew them. That means you get a fresher more flavorful cup of coffee every time you choose K cup packaged coffee.

What’s the Actual Amount of Caffeine in K-Cups?

Every morning I do the Frankenstein walk to my kitchen. Still semi-conscious, I reach up into my cupboard and grab a K-Cup of Green Mountain Coffee. As I fill my mug, my eyes are fixed on the slow, teasing stream of dark coffee pouring from my Keurig brewer.

Soon the energizing elixir is ready to be enjoyed. I add milk, sugar, then sip. Viola! The caffeine in the K-Cup jolts my senses, and I’m ready to take on the world.

However, as I’ve come to find out, when it comes to caffeine in K-cups, not all are created equal. Depending on the brew you’re putting into your Keurig maker, the caffeine amount can vary greatly.

Personally, I like a good caffeine jolt to kick-start my day. While some of the bolder blends are a bit too complex for my taste, some of the milder blends just don’t have the deep flavor I like. That’s why when I choose my K-Cup blend, I take a few things into consideration.

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The Facts about Caffeine in K-Cups

The standard cup of coffee has 120 mg of caffeine in an 8 fl oz cup. However, an 8 oz cup of coffee from a standard 2 oz K-Cup contains between 100-140 mg of caffeine. Most K-Cups consist of 2 tablespoons of ground coffee which equals 2 ounces of coffee.

SEE ALSO: Caffeine Content in Coffee, Tea, Beverages, and More

Extra bold blends have 30% more ground coffee in them (2.6 tablespoons) then regular K-Cups. Some of the higher caffeine yielding blends include:

Which one is right for you? It really depends on how much caffeine you prefer and the type of flavor you like in your coffee. Your best option is to go to your local coffee shop and experiment with different kinds. Once you find the one you like, purchase it in bulk packages of K-Cups.

No matter what your preferences is, there’s no denying that the caffeine in K-Cups is a huge part of why we love coffee so much. In fact, caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world. It enhances our alertness and decreases sleepiness: two things we all need in the midst of our busy days.

Turn Your Break Room into A Coffee Bar

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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.