Try a Coffee Hair Dye for a Natural and Healthy Makeover


Hair dye is a wonderful thing. It allows you to change up your whole look, and if you’re worried about people seeing those pesky gray hairs, you can easily cover them up with a good, quick dye job.

That being said, your usual salon-grade hair dye may have some pretty scary chemicals in it. According to the National Cancer Institute, conventional hair dyes may contain as many as 5,000 different chemicals, some of which have been implicated as carcinogens. Yikes!

Fortunately, your favorite morning pick-me-up can also be used as a hair dye. You read that correctly: you can dye your hair with coffee! And as an added bonus, a study published in the International Journal of Dermatology found that caffeine is “a stimulator of hair growth.”

If you’re graying and getting a little thin on top, it sounds like coffee dye could be the miracle cure you’re looking for.

Get Prepped

Before dying your hair with coffee, wash your hair thoroughly with your usual shampoo to get rid of buildup or debris. This will allow the coffee dye to fully penetrate the hair. You’ll also want to brush out any tangles that could result in an uneven application. Finally, wear clothes that you’re not too attached to. If you get this stuff on a white t-shirt or towel, you’ll quickly find yourself searching for our post about how to remove coffee stains.

How to Dye Your Hair With Coffee

Start off with a strong pot of coffee brewed from espresso beans. If you’re really serious about avoiding chemicals, you may want to opt for organic coffee, but regular coffee will work just as well. Let the coffee cool at least to room temperature. You don’t want to burn your scalp!

coffee-hair-dyeNext, mix two cups of the leave-in conditioner of your choice with 2 tablespoons of fine-ground coffee and a cup of the cooled coffee you’ve just brewed from espresso beans. Stir the mixture until the color is evenly distributed, then apply it generously to your hair and leave it in for 60-90 minutes.

Finally, rinse out your hair with apple cider vinegar to help seal in the color. Oh, and take a shower, rinsing your hair thoroughly with warm water. We love the smell of coffee, but espresso mixed with conditioner and apple cider vinegar? Not so much.

When you’ve finished the process, your hair should be a rich, lustrous new color. If you don’t achieve the desired result on the first try, or have particularly stubborn gray hairs, then just repeat the process every day until your hair reaches the color you prefer.

That’s a nice color on you! Coffee wakes you up and helps you stay beautiful! Who knew that was going to be the case?

The Practice of Coffee Cupping


Most people are more familiar with wine tastings, but coffee cuppings are equally fun and interesting as an entertaining, informative event. Cupping is one of the methods coffee cuppers use to evaluate aromas and flavor profiles. Of course, you don’t have to be a seasoned expert to enjoy a good cupping session; you can do it at home with your friends.

Coffee cupping is a great way to gain new appreciation for different types of beans from all over the world. And if you’re a relative newcomer to the world of coffee connoisseurs, don’t be intimidated. Sure, your fellow tasters may be able to describe their beverages with purple prose worthy of Charles Dickens, but remember: your opinion is every bit as valid, and you don’t need to be a Master Taster to appreciate great flavor during a coffee tasting.

How Coffee Cupping Is Done

Okay, so now that we’ve talked about the basic concept of coffee cupping, let’s see how it’s done.

what-is-coffee-cuppingTo start off, you’ll want to select a range of different coffees for the tasting. It’s a good idea to choose beans from a wide array of growing regions so you can fully appreciate the immense variety of flavors and aromas that beans can have. The beans should all be light to light-medium roast. You might not notice the difference from day to day, but tasting and smelling different beans in close succession really brings out the contrast.

Once you’ve chosen the beans, you’ll need to set the stage. The setting doesn’t need to be fancy, but there are a few things you can do to optimize the coffee cupping experience. First, eliminate distractions. The cupping should take place in a well-lit, clean, and quiet environment that is relatively free of odors. You may want to ask the participants of the coffee tasting to turn off their phones while the cupping is underway, and you should never have television or music playing during the session. The goal is to be focused solely on the drinks.

Getting Ready for the Coffee Cupping Session

With the groundwork laid, we’re ready to prep the samples. Pour each of your bean selections into cups, being careful to note which is which. If you’re doing a blind coffee cupping, you’ll want to put post-it notes or tape on the bottom of each.

According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the cupping glasses should be ceramic or tempered glass, with a capacity of 7-9 fluid ounces and a top diameter of 3-3.5 inches. They should all be identical. If you don’t have cups that fit the bill, you can order cupping glasses online if you really want to make it official.

Start your water boiling before you grind the beans. That way, it will be ready when you are. The ideal temperature is 202 degrees Fahrenheit, but as long as you’re in the ballpark, you’ll be just fine.

When you grind the beans, aim for a medium consistency, like you would when making drip coffee or French press. Clean the grinder between samples to prevent cross-contamination.

Smell each sample as the water is coming to a boil, making notes on the aroma. Now pour about 6.5 oz of water into each sample, starting with the oldest grind first and wait 4 minutes.

Stage Two of Your Coffee Cupping Event

Now it’s time to “break the crust.” Get your face close to each cup, and with your cupping spoon, break the layer of grounds that have gathered on the surface of each sample, and slowly run the spoon across the surface, from front to back, inhaling as you go. What an aroma!

Ideally, each of your fellow cuppers will get first dibs on breaking the crust of at least one sample. Make sure you dip your cupping spoon in a pint glass of water between samples so you don’t mix them together, and repeat the process for each sample.

Now it’s time to taste the drinks. Take one small spoonful at a time and slurp it into your mouth while gently inhaling, like you would if tasting wine. You want to get the full effect of the flavor profile coupled with the wonderful aromatics, so take it slow, and make sure each coffee cupping sample coats your whole tongue. You don’t have to swallow your samples, but it’s a good idea to swallow just a little bit so you can evaluate the aftertaste.

Make notes on each sample as you go. Professionals evaluate coffee on a few key criteria, including mouth feel, sweetness acidity, flavor, and aftertaste. Don’t worry if you don’t know the Master Taster’s argot. Just describe it in your own words, and compare notes with your friends.

That’s it! We hope you had as much fun as we did during our first cupping experience!

The Coffee Sleeve: Hot Coffee’s Best Friend


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Of course we love coffee! Who doesn’t? There are a lot of coffee enthusiasts out there, and the world attracts plenty of enthusiastic connoisseurs. Coffee lovers fetishize many aspects of preparation, from vintage Italian espresso machines to retro-futuristic steampunk labs.

But one piece of paraphernalia often goes uncelebrated. Yes, we’re talking about the humble coffee sleeve. The coffee sleeve or coffee cozy is generally unremarkable. They’re often made of paperboard, and some have cool designs or advertisements. And coffee sleeves are typically not much to look at.

Double Cupping Is for Chumps

But where would we be without coffee sleeves? Well, for one thing, we’d be using a lot more paper. Before the sleeve was invented, many people would double-cup their paper to-go cups to insulate their hands from the scalding liquid inside. If you’ve ever tried to hold on to hot java in a thin paper cup, then you know it can be rather uncomfortable, if not downright painful.

Polystyrene? No Way!

Rather than double cup, some vendors used to use polystyrene cups. They’re much better at trapping heat than paper, but they’re environmentally disastrous, not to mention unhealthy. They never biodegrade, and chronic exposure to polystyrene can cause depression, headaches, and impaired kidney function. Yikes!

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

The coffee sleeve is the unsung hero in your daily coffee adventure.

The coffee sleeve is the unsung hero in your daily coffee adventure.

While other inventors claim to have come up with the coffee sleeve, Jay Sorenson, who named his product the Java Jacket, filed the first patent in 1993.

He had the idea for the Java Jacket a couple of years before, when he dropped a scalding cup of coffee into his lap on the way to drop his daughter off at school.

So, he decided to do something about the most dangerous part of getting joe on the go.
As an added bonus, Java Jackets keep coffee warm longer, so you have more time to enjoy your to-go coffee on the way to work.

From Humble Beginnings…

Java Jacket is still one of the best-selling coffee sleeves on the market, having sold more than 4 billion sleeves since they first started selling Java Jackets to local coffee shops out of the back of their car.

Their products are now available in a wide array of colorful designs, and you can even have Java Jackets custom printed with your logo. Plus, they’re made of recycled paper. It sure beats Styrofoam cups!

A Moment of Appreciation

If you’re a frequent to-go customer, then your best bet is to use a ceramic travel mug, which protects your hands, insulates your beverage, and can be used over and over again. For maximum enjoyment, toss a couple of Coffee Joulies in your cup.

But the next time you leave your favorite coffee mug at home, take a moment to appreciate the brilliance and simplicity of the humble coffee sleeve. It may not be the most stimulating aspect of your daily ritual, but what it lacks in aesthetic appeal, it surely makes up for in functionality.

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. 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?


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 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.”



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.


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!

CoffeeForLess Call for K-Cup Reviews


If you’re like me, you probably look at the reviews of any product that you see online before purchasing that product. If people like it, have a good experience, and can recommend a product, it’s probably pretty good. This is the modern way to shop: with the consensus of the entire shopping community at your finger tips. This turns shopping into a personalized experience where you are advised by others like yourself rather than salespeople.

At CoffeeForLess, we truly want to improve the products we carry, the prices we offer, and the equipment we sell, and because of this, we are looking to our loyal coffee and tea-drinking customers to help us improve and grow through your product reviews. When you write K-Cup product reviews or coffee maker reviews, you help us as well as other shoppers like yourself.

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How To Write A Helpful Coffee Review

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K-Cup coffee reviews are really important to us. These convenient single serve coffee products give our coffee community east of access and a great variety of options, making them one of our most popular products. We would love it if our most avid coffee drinkers could write the occasional coffee or tea K-Cup review.

A good K-cup review or review of any coffee should describe the experience of that coffee. When you make coffee, the first element of the process to greet the senses is the aroma. Much like wine-tasting, coffee-tasting draws upon many of the senses but starts with the nose.  This is where the taste of the coffee is either previewed or set up for irony relative to the aroma. If a coffee has a sweet aroma, but a more bitter taste, that is worth noting in your coffee K Cup reviews.

From there, a quality review brings the eyes into the equation. Is it a light roast cup as thin in color as tea or a bold earthy dark roast as dark as mud. These are indicators of roast and roast quality, and these too hint at the taste that is to come.

Finally, address the taste. Be clear in your descriptors and think of the five elementary tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and savory. Let other drinkers know what to expect and remember that taste is subjective. By being specific and not stating something as simple as “I don’t like it” is a lot more helpful to someone whose tastes might vary from your tastes significantly.

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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.


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.