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.

A Brief History: The New York Coffee House

The coffee houses in New Amsterdam played a vital role in the lives of New Yorkers. They were centers of business and local politics, providing a clean and convenient place for large groups of merchants and politicians to meet. The importance of the New York coffee house dates back to colonial times, and ever since, has continued to be a favorite gathering place of New Yorkers.

The Early History of New York Coffee Houses

Believe it or not, the first European settlers actually had a mug of beer to start their day. Of course, this early morning alcohol consumption had nothing to do with “hair of the dog.” Because the early settlers didn’t have a clear water system in place, beer was actually a safer alternative for drinking. It was not until traditional British customs of tea and coffee drinking rooted themselves in the everyday lives of colonists, that coffee became the morning drink of New Yorkers.
 

The Kings Arm

It is believed by many historians that the first coffee house in the New World was a place in New York called the Kings Arm. Built on what is now Cedar Street in New York City, the Kings Arm stood two stories high and had a yellow brick facade imported from Holland. Patrons of the coffee house enjoyed its rooftop observatory with seating and a scenic view of the bay.
 
The Kings Arm set the standard for style and function of coffee houses throughout the Northeast, and it was not long after it opened that other coffee houses throughout New England followed suit.
 
The New York coffee house played an important role in the community and commerce. For instance, courtroom trials were held inside its long rooms, while business men held important meetings inside them. These particular functions distinguished the New York Coffee house from the taverns, which were used as stops for out of town travelers. 

Inside many of the old coffee houses people were hard at work building what would become one of the greatest financial and cultural cities in the world.

The Modern Day New York Coffee House

Today, New York coffee houses still have a vital role in the lives of New Yorkers. Any day of the week you can walk around Manhattan and find people hard at work inside them, writing papers or working on projects. They’ve also become gathering places for poets, artists, and comedians to showcase their talents, while patrons enjoy microbrews from skilled coffee artisans.

Although a lot has changed since the days of the Kings Arm, one thing is has stayed the same: New Yorkers still love their coffee. One could easily argue that coffee has been the life blood of New York City and has helped to fuel its citizens to keep up with the frantic pace of the city’s culture. So drink up New Yorkers, because coffee is in your blood.

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.

Caffeine in K-Cups

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.

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.

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.

Seasonal Pumpkin Spice K-Cups Are Back

Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice Flavored Coffee K-CupsCinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of clove, the spiced-pumpkin custard taste of Fall is back! Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice K-Cups are the taste of Autumn that many of us wait for all year, and they are back in stock at CoffeeForLess. Buy Green Mountain K-Cups by the case and stock up because this seasonal favorite is one that we always have trouble keeping in stock. It’s just too popular.

We make sure our regular customers get first dibs on this exceptional flavored coffee K-Cup by announcing it and all of the seasonal K-Cups via our newsletter, Twitter, Facebook, and blog pages. If you love this flavored K-Cup as much as we know many of you do, then keep in touch and never miss out on another seasonal K-Cup.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Continue The Spiced Coffee Tradition

The spices that make Pumpkin Spice Coffee K-Cups great are traditional to seasonal desserts at this time of year, from pumpkin pie, to pumpkin nut roll, and even simple pumpkin spice custard. Vanilla bean adds to these desserts sweetness along with cinnamon. Nutmeg and clove give the desserts a tangy intensity, a sharp bite that balances out the sweetness.

All of these spices are traditional to coffee as well for much the same reason. They accent coffee flavors in much the same way that they blend do with pumpkin. Vanilla coffee, cinnamon coffee, a sprinkle of nutmeg, all are café standards.

With Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice K-Cups, you can enjoy these traditional coffee and dessert flavors a single cup at a time, brewed with the convenience of Keurig K-Cup coffee brewing. Each cup has the pumpkin spiced coffee flavor that combines traditional Autumn dessert taste with quality Green Mountain Coffee. This flavored coffee is a grey dessert alternative the finish a great meal, one that many find supports their weight-loss plans.

Low Calorie Sweetener Options at CoffeeForLess

Low Calorie Sugar Alternative SweetenersEveryone enjoys the rich taste created by adding cream and sugar to their coffee, but not everyone enjoys the extra calories that are tacked on. No matter how you take your cup of joe in the morning whether it be with cream, sugar, flavored, whipped, or topped all of those extras could add somewhere from 250-600 calories to your daily diet. Black coffee may not taste as great to you, but it contains virtually no fat or calories whatsoever.

One of the best ways to combat these extra calories is to use low calorie sweeteners, because sugar substitutes provide avid coffee drinkers a sweet taste, without all of the extra calories and carbohydrates. Found in a variety of foods and beverages today, low calorie sweeteners are more than hundreds of times sweeter than regular sugar and contain essentially no calories.

Top Low Calorie Sweeteners

Splenda

One of the most popular low calorie sweeteners used to make coffee taste great is Splenda. Also known as sucralose, Splenda low calorie sweetener is actually manufactured from sugar, so it tastes just like sugar without a bad aftertaste. Another great benefit of adding Splenda to your coffee is that when it is consumed it passes through the body without being broken down for energy, which means the body does not recognize it as a carbohydrate. This low calorie sweetener is great tasting and can be used as part of a healthy diet to reduce calories and carbs in your morning java. 

Equal

Discovered accidentally in 1965 by Dr. James Schlatter as he was doing research with amino acids, Equal is a low calorie sweetener that revolutionized the sweetener industry. Also known as aspartame, Equal is the low calorie sweetener that has been trusted for over 30 years. Equal is the perfect way to add sweetness and flavor to your favorite iced and hot coffee.

Sweet’N Low

Created from the idea that sugar bowls were unsanitary, Sweet’N Low was one of the first low calorie sweeteners that were packaged in individual envelopes.  Sweet’N Low is chemically known as saccharin, which was discovered in the late 1800’s and has been used and consumed safely ever since. Known to be around 300 to 500 times sweeter than sugar, Sweet’N Low set its self apart from other low calorie sweeteners as it does not lose its sweetness when it is heated in a cup of coffee.

No matter which low calorie sweetener you decide to put in your cup of coffee all of them are a healthy and safe substitute for normal sugar in the morning. Coffee For Less carries all of the top low calorie sweeteners and helps you to keep your coffee healthy and great tasting.

Enjoy Starbucks Single Cup Coffee at Home

Starbucks K-Cups For Starbucks At HomeIn the aims to provide customers with a consistent, quality cup of coffee that is equal to what is severed in stores, Starbucks has been producing single cup coffee products. As customers call for the ability to craft rich and flavorful cups of their favorite coffee at home with just the press of a button, Starbucks has delivered with their limited selection of single cup coffee. In an attempt to build their brand, enter consumer’s homes, and be in their head morning through night, Starbucks is hoping to build a base of repeat customers with their single use product line. Although the quality is not exactly the same, Starbucks single cup coffee delivers reliable rich flavor that is convenient to make and won’t waste any coffee, all without having to leave your kitchen.

Starbucks Extends Contract with Green Mountain Coffee

Although in the past year Starbucks has produced their own coffee maker, the Verismo, they have extended their contract with Green Mountain Coffee to continue producing Starbucks coffee in the popular K-Cup format. Many K-cup customers thought they would never see their favorite Starbucks single cup coffee ever again since it seemed to pose a threat to Starbuck’s new machine. Yet Starbuck’s upper level management felt that extending their contract with Green Mountain would be a win-win-win for both companies, and for coffee consumers around the world. As part of this new agreement Starbucks will add more single cup coffee for Keurig machines including Seattle’s Best, Torrefazione, Teavana, and Starbucks Coca brands. In the past year, the single cup coffee segment has grown nine times faster than the overall coffee category during the past year, and Starbucks hopes to strengthen its leadership position in this industry.

Turn Your Break Room into A Coffee Bar

Add Luxury to Office Coffee With Flavored CreamersLook 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 service 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.

 

Iced Coffee with Green Mountain Coffee Brew Over Ice K-Cups

Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend Iced Coffee K-CupAll signs say spring is here. Robins sing from the trees in bursts of song. Daffodils and tulips poke from gardens in bright flashes of color. The weather is the sort of uncannily comfortable that erases memories of snow storms and ice. Soon, though, summer will be here and with it heat, the same heat that can make many a coffee drinker decide to opt for iced coffee.

Green Mountain Coffee has heard the cry of Keurig K-Cup coffee system-owning iced coffee fans and answered with their line of Brew Over Ice K-Cups. These K-Cups are specifically calibrated for the type of strong brew that one wants for iced coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Brew Over Ice K-Cups can handle the watering down of melting ice, making them perfect for brewing right over ice in your 16 ounce cup of choice.

Let the heat come, and let the ice melt. Green Mountain Coffee Brew Over Ice K-Cups are here to keep us all caffeinated and cool.

Green Mountain Coffee Brew Over Ice K-Cup Varieties

CoffeeForLess currently carries three different Brew Over Ice K-Cups. Each provides an excellent iced coffee, two of them producing a lusciously flavored iced coffee that most coffee drink fans are sure to love.

Green Mountain Coffee Hazelnut Iced Coffee K-CupsK-Cup coffee lovers, rejoice! Green Mountain Coffee decided to make one of its richest, most robust, and certainly most popular coffee blends available in the stronger Brew Over Ice variety. Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend Iced Coffee K-Cups are the Brew Over Ice K-Cup for those who want a strong coffee flavor from their iced coffee. The delicious flavor of this K-Cup is probably quite familiar to most Keurig owners, but these K-Cups are calibrated for direct-to-ice brewing, making them a stronger brew than regular Nantucket Blend K-Cups.

Prefer your iced coffee flavored? Green Mountain Coffee has you covered with two different flavored Brew Over Ice K-Cups. Flavored iced coffee is as easy as filling a 16 ounce cup with ice and brewing a K-Cup. Green Mountain Coffee French Vanilla Iced Coffee brews a luscious vanilla-flavored iced coffee that could pass for dessert with sweetener and creamer. Green Mountain Coffee Hazelnut Iced Coffee has a roasty coffee flavor that is enhanced with a full, savory-sweet hazelnut flavor. Over ice, the hazelnut flavor is sweet and strong, making for a great flavored iced coffee.

So don’t sweat the hot days ahead. Enjoy a K-Cup iced coffee that you Brew Over Ice thanks to Green Mountain Coffee K-Cups.