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.

Coffee Review: Green Mountain Coffee Spicy Eggnog Seasonal Coffee

This week we are focusing on Green Mountain Coffee’s Spicy Eggnog seasonal coffee, a holiday favorite amongst many of our coffee-drinking community. While it may not be everyone’s favorite, eggnog fans will find this amongst their favorite flavored coffees. Green Mountain Coffee Spicy Eggnog flavored coffee combines quality Green Mountain Coffee and such rich eggnog flavors as heavy cream and delicious spices.

If you are looking for a great eggnog flavored coffee, do not miss out on this one. It is only available for a limited time, so stock up. Below, we will discuss some of the cup features of this Green Mountain Coffee seasonal coffee.

The Green Mountain Coffee Spicy Eggnog Flavored Coffee Experience

Green Mountain Coffee has combined a smooth and mellow medium roast bean with extracts of traditional eggnog flavors to create this elegant eggnog flavored coffee. Its aroma is rich and delicious with distinctive hints of cinnamon and is  the first thing to greet you when you brew this quality seasonal flavored coffee.

The mild color of the brew in your cup is no indicator of the intense authentic eggnog flavor contained in that same cup. This is not a flavored coffee for those who like little flavor. The distinctive mix of eggnog flavors and smooth mellow medium roast coffee flavor results in a shockingly delicious coffee.

Check out Green Mountain Coffee Spicy Eggnog Seasonal K-Cups to get this fantastic seasonal coffee before it is gone.

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.

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.

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.

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.

High Caffeine K-Cups: GOOD MORNING

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Alright everyone, I think I’ve had too much caffeine. It’s alright though; it was my goal. I put my well-being on the line for you, the faithful coffee drinkers of the Internet, and tested out a couple of coffee K-Cups that I had been curious about for some time. Now, I’m typing this blog post at about twice my usual speed, occasionally getting out of my chair to do jumping jacks. Let me tell you something, it was worth it.

I love high test coffee, and I’ve been a fan of Coffee People’s Donut Shop Coffee and their Black Tiger extra dark coffee, both of which I get in single serving K-Cups. I had seen a few other Coffee People K-Cups recommended on the Coffee For Less website, that promised a lot of bang for your buck, a lot of buzz per mug, if you will. So I made a guinea pig of myself for science!

Much Caffeine Buzz Per K-Cup

coffee-people-jet-fuel-extra-bold-k-cups-24ctThe first that I tried was Coffee People’s Wake Up Call coffee. In order to make it live up to its name and control for exhaustion, I got up at 4:30 A.M., well before the sun, and drug my zombie-brained self to my Keurig machine. Would it live up to the name Wake Up Call? Could it possibly penetrate the depths of exhaustion that I was experiencing? Holy cow, did it. 5:00 A.M. saw me cleaning the kitchen. I don’t know why. It was pretty clean to start with, but I had to do something with the energy despite everyone else in the house being asleep. I zipped around and organized. The last thing on my mind was going back to bed. It actually tasted pretty good for such a utilitarian brew.  It’s bold and dark, earthy and bitter in the ways I like. Although I’m normally a two cups to start in the morning guy, this stuff might make one enough of a kickstart.

Then I gave Coffee People’s Jet Fuel a try. I’m tempted to type my description entirely in sound effects here, but I’ll stick to standard English for the sake of communication. It’s great. It’s sweet and citric for a dark coffee and, boy oh boy, does it pack a punch. It is probably the perfect coffee for someone who has a serious caffeine tolerance. It was probably also a bad decision after waking up to Wake Up Call coffee. I’ve got the jitters like the first time I ever had a cup of coffee.

The Highly Caffeinated Conclusion

Between the two, I found the Jet Fuel had the better flavor for my tastes, but obviously that’s personal. Both are dark coffee and neither one is fooling around when it says it is strong and for serious coffee drinkers only. So, if you are not an energy drink kind of person and prefer your coffee over any other source of energy, go with either of these high test options from Coffee People Coffees, and enjoy a single cup any time without committing to a whole coffee pot of rocket fuel thanks to K-Cups.