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You love your K-Cups, but there are so many different kinds to choose from that finding your favorite has become a real challenge. Sure, you probably have a few varieties that you prefer, but until you’ve tried a wider variety of choices, you may be missing out on some delicious hidden gem.

Of course, you probably don’t have the spare time to travel the world in search of the legendary “best cup of coffee ever.” After all, you have other matters to attend to. But don’t worry: with our K-Cup Coffee of the Month Club, all you have to do is sign up for the coffee club, and leave the coffee hunting to us.

How the Coffee Club Works

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The K-Cup Coffee of the Month Club let’s you sample new coffees, and includes four different varieties of single-serve K-Cups.

Every month, Coffee for Less will send you a personalized coffee box with four different varieties of coffee. The monthly selections are sourced from a variety of first-rate roasters. You’ll get 24 K-Cups of each blend, so you’ll have plenty of servings to enjoy, and still have some left over to share with your favorite coffee connoisseurs.

If you’re a decaf coffee lover, then you will be pleased to learn that we also offer a Decaf K-Cup Coffee of the Month Club. You’ll get all of the wonderful coffee choices with (almost) none of the caffeine.

Our flavored K-Cup Coffee of the Month Club is just the thing for those who prefer their java with a little touch of something special. You’ll sample 24 varieties of delicately flavored, enticingly tasty coffee, all at the same great price as our standard Coffee of the Month Club members.

Each K-Cup Coffee of the Month membership is good for six months. With four wonderful selections to sample in each personalized coffee club box, you’ll have the chance to enjoy 24 of our favorite coffees over the course of your coffee club membership.

Of course, the deliciousness doesn’t have to end there; you’re free to sign up for another six months of wonderful coffee selections.

A Coffee Club Subscription Makes the Perfect Gift

Not sure what to get the person who has everything? The K-Cup Coffee of the Month Club makes an excellent gift for all of the K-Cup lovers in your life. Why get them some forgettable gift when you can get them a present that will brighten their every morning?

Not sure how our Coffee of the Month Club could get any sweeter? Try free shipping, no sales tax, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. What are you waiting for? Sign up for our coffee club today, and start getting great coffee delivered right to your front door.

How K-Cup Coffee Wastes Less Beans Than Drip

Cup of coffee and dollar sign from beanThere’s nothing as convenient as being able to brew up a single cup of hot java in a k-cup coffee maker. For those of us who work independently, machines like the Keurig have been blessings. If a single worker had to brew a full pot of coffee, it would be a black and rancid mess by the time he got to the third cup.

However, there have been a lot of questions regarding how efficient the k-cup coffee machines really are. And it turns out that they waste less coffee than a drip machine, believe it or not!

The Secret Behind the Less Wasteful K-Cup Coffee Makers

The trick is that k-cup coffee lovers only brew what they need, and nothing more; it really is that simple. Plus, the coffee is brewed to absolute perfection, which saves the time and effort required to maneuver a pour-over system, or other do-it-yourself solutions that can be rather clumsy and arcane. Once the single cup is brewed, the grounds are easy to dispose of, as all a coffee lover needs to do is to toss the self-contained container into the trash or recycle bin, depending on the variety.

The efficiency of a k-cup coffee maker is even greater, when you consider that it eliminates human error with over-filling the basket of coffee grounds. In fact, k-cup coffee makers make greater use of the beans. Where traditional drip-brew machines use 10 beans to brew an ounce of coffee, k-cup coffee makers need only 6 beans, or a 40% reduction. Despite the seemingly drastic reduction in the volume of raw materials for a cup of steaming Joe, the cup is just as satisfying as those from any other brewing system.

K-Cup Coffee Reduces the Amount of Beans, But Coffee Consumption Is Rising

In fact, overall coffee bean consumption has seen a decline, even as overall coffee consumption has risen. This seeming paradox is easily resolved when you consider the increased efficiency that coffee lovers employ when brewing the magical beverage with a k-cup coffee maker. Economists also note that this newfound efficiency is having an effect down in Brazil.

Brazil is in the midst of a drastic drought that would normally cause a supply shortage, together with an ensuing spike in coffee-bean prices. Since the k-cup machines blunt the overall demand for raw beans, the coffee market has a built-in leveling factor.

It would seem that k-cup coffee makers are here to stay. While they may seem like a fad, versions of the idea have been around since the mid-1980’s. Their rapid expansion in the market is changing the way Americans brew and enjoy coffee, while also having a worldwide economic impact. With increasing pressures to create technologies that emphasize sustainability, it seems that the coffee world already has a working example of how to be a better global citizen.

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SEE ALSO: K-Cups vs. Ground Coffee Cost

 

K-Cup’s New Recovery Project: Grounds to Grow On

There’s no doubt about it: the single-serving coffee trend is steaming hot. A survey conducted last year found that nearly thirty percent of java drinkers are now brewing their coffee one cup at a time. And the most popular purveyor of these single-serving coffee makers is undoubtedly Keurig, with their K-Cup coffee machines.

Keurig: the King of Single-Serving K-Cup Coffee

It’s easy to see why Keurig Green Mountain is edging out its competitors. The company has wide distribution, an extremely diverse selection of beverages, and Kleenex-like brand recognition in its market.

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The K-Cup coffee producer reportedly sold 9.8 billion of its small, plastic, single use K-Cups last year. That’s great news for the company and its investors, but environmental watchdogs have raised concerns about the sheer volume of material the company is indirectly producing.

K-Cup Waste: A Complex Issue

Taken separately, the components of a K-Cup coffee unit are all recyclable or compostable, at least in theory. But as a unit, they’re certainly not what you’d call environmentally
friendly. Individual users could take them apart and compost the grounds and recycle the foil lids, but how many of us would do that on a daily basis? After all, convenience is one of the main appeals of the K-Cups coffee system.

Keurig K-Cup Introduces Grounds to Grow On

Keurig is sensitive to its customers’ concerns, so they’ve launched a new initiative called “Grounds to Grow On.” Under this program, workplaces (and soon, consumers) can opt to send their used K-Cups of coffee back to the company, where they’re burned as fuel.

Company representatives admit that it’s a less than perfect solution, but it’s certainly better than all those coffee pods ending up in landfills.

2020 and Beyond: What Happens to the K-Cup Market?

So what does the future hold for Keurig Green Mountain, when it comes to sustainability for its k-cup coffee? The company has been working on coming up with a solution that will keep coffee fresh, without such a sizable environmental footprint.

Paper K-Cups were considered as a possible option, but the company’s R&D department found that they didn’t keep the coffee fresh long enough to make it to consumers’ mugs.

Keurig’s goal is to make all of its single-use beverage pods recyclable by 2020. Its Vue and K-Carafe pods are more environmentally friendly, and are accepted by its newer Keurig 2.0 machines, but the many owners of its older devices aren’t able to take advantage of these advances, which aren’t backwards-compatible.

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

 

Morning Coffee Not Hot Enough? Try Warming Up the Mug First

When you’ve just rolled out of bed and you’re still trying to shake the dreamy haze of sleep, there’s nothing quite like a hot cup of morning coffee to pry open those drowsy eyelids and put a spring in your step. But when your hot coffee turns tepid, it can really put a damper on your wake-up routine. Fortunately, there is a way to help your cup of coffee maintain its fresh-from-the-pot heat, and it starts by warming up the mug – here’s why.

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Your Mug Is a Heat Thief

When you first grab your favorite coffee mug from the cupboard, you may notice that it’s cold to the touch, especially so during the winter months. And that makes sense; your cupboards are basically sealed off from the rest of your home, so they don’t benefit from your central heating system.

Fast-forward to a few minutes after you’ve filled your cup with steaming coffee, and you’ll find that the cup itself has become nice and warm. If it’s especially chilly, you might even wrap your hands around it to keep them cozy.

It’s a nice feeling, but that heat had to come from somewhere. You guessed it: your coffee cup is stealing heat from your fresh-brewed get-up juice. When hot coffee meets cold mug, thermal energy is exchanged. It’s simply a basic principle of physics.

Warm Your Cup First To Keep Morning Coffee Steaming

By now, you might be feeling a bit betrayed by your favorite coffee mug. Surely it knows you love hot coffee. So how could it do this to you?

Fortunately, there’s a trick to keep it from stealing your coffee’s steam. Just get in the habit of heating up your morning coffee mug first. Get some hot water from the faucet or boil some water on the stove. Fill your mug with the water and let it sit until the mug is warm to the touch. If you’re in a hurry, just throw it in the microwave for a little bit.

This trick works best with mugs that maintain heat well, but even thinner cups will keep coffee hot longer when preheated. And while it may seem like one more thing that you have to do in the morning, trust us – you’ll be delighted with the results as you sit your morning cup of coffee, and it stays hot until you’re finished.

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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!

Warm Up With Golden French Toast & Wicked Winter Blend K-Cups

Baby, it’s cold outside. January is here and so are the chilly temperatures. Along with the arctic air, this time of year also ushers in some of our favorite K-Cups of the season: Green Mountain Golden French Toast and Wicked Winter Blend K-Cups. If you’re looking to cure your winter blues, it’s time to reach for these wintry hues — lids, that is. Look for the brown and blue colored K-Cup lids on our Seasonal K-Cups page next time you shop.

Golden French Toast, an Iconic Winter Blend

Fans of this blend know when we say that we receive a great deal of feedback about this flavor all year-round. It’s undeniably popular and a winter go-to. Golden French Toast is a mild coffee with a delightful cinnamon and butter flavor that will remind you of golden French toast breakfasts.

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Many customer reviews come back with a ‘5 Bean’ rating after they’ve had a cup, such as this one: “Golden French Toast is mild with a hint of maple flavor. It’s really nice on a cold, wintry day. No bitter after taste. Very satisfying!”

Make no mistake — the warm, buttery flavors with sweet maple syrup leave us all clamoring for more!

Wicked Winter Is Oh-So-Wintry

Before heading out in the bitter cold, brew Wicked Winter Blend K-Cups to sip at home or on the go. Wicked Winter Blend is one of our favorites because of its hearty spice and dark chocolate notes, but don’t just take our word for it.

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Writes reviewer KimLovesCoffee, “This one is a strong ‘5’ for me. It is a rich deep brew with lots of flavor and body. I ordered it by accident and have never looked back. I love this one!”

Just like Golden French Toast, Wicked Winter Blend is a seasonal blend, so it’ll only be available as we have it in stock over the winter. “I wish I could get this all year long. Very rich and bold without being bitter. It’s a family-fave,” says reviewer Dramagal. If this one is a family favorite in your household, you can stock up and enjoy all season long starting now.

The cure for the winter blues begins with Golden French Toast and Wicked Winter Blend K-Cups. Make these winter classics part your morning, or enjoy as a sweet snack on a cold night. Try these flavors and let us know which you think is best.

Keeping Up With Keurig 2.0 Is Easier Than You Think

By now, you’ve heard of — or may have purchased — Keurig’s new 2.0 brewing system, released late last year. The machine is touted as a first of its kind, and can brew both a single cup serving, and a four-cup carafe of coffee using a Keurig® K-Carafe Pack. There’s just one catch — the machine uses different K-Cups than the original Keurig K-Cup machines on the market.

While the previous Keurig brewers take coffee pods that work with many different brands, the Keurig 2.0 machine is RFID-limited, meaning only items with a Keurig-branded code will work. Perhaps you’ve already seen the restricted “Oops!” message if you’ve tried brewing a non-compatible pod:

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We’re here to help resolve any confusion around the compatibility of K-Cups sold on CoffeeForLess.com. Follow these quick tips so you can identify Keurig 2.0-compatible K-Cups.

How Do I Identify Keurig 2.o Compatible K-Cups?

To identify Keurig 2.0 compatible K-Cups, look for the “Keurig Brewed” seal printed on a ring around the outer edge of the K-Cup. Keurig first rolled these changes out in early 2014. For boxes, similarly, you’ll note the symbol designating “For Use in All Keurig K-Cup Brewers.”

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We’ve also labeled all of our compatible products on CoffeeForLess.com with a convenient “Keurig 2.0 Compatible” orange icon. Look for this image in the Description box when shopping.

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Do the New K-Cups Work in the Old Machines?

The short answer: Yes. All Keurig branded packs will work as usual in the older brewers. Packs that do not have the new “Keurig Brewed” lids (pictured above) will not work in the Keurig 2.0 machines. The best thing to keep in mind is to look for the “Keurig Brewed” seal. This seal ensures the K-Cup can be brewed in older brewers as well as the Keurig 2.0 machine.

Why Don’t the Old K-Cups Work in the New Machine?

The Keurig 2.0 machine reads each lid to identify 2.0-compatible brands to ensure the perfect cup of coffee each time. The Keurig 2.0 will only function with Keurig brand packs, which have been specifically designed to work with the Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology.

Keurig’s Family of Compatible Brands

From your favorites including Coffee People, Starbucks, and Green Mountain, we offer a wide range of best selling brands that are compatible with both the old Keurig brewers and new Keurig 2.0 machine. Regardless of the type of brewer you’re using, the taste and quality you have come to expect has not changed with the new technology.

For a list of 40+ Keurig 2.0-compatible brands, many of which we carry at CoffeeForLess.com, visit Keurig’s Family of Brands page. http://blog.keurig.com/blog/briana-keene/our-family-of-brands-2b-meet-some-new-members

Using Keurig 2.0? You can find full brewer support for Keurig 2.0 Technology here: http://www.keurig.com/support/K2.0-brewers

Inside Scoop: Black Friday K-Cup Deals at CoffeeForLess.com

What is it about Thanksgiving that has us excited? Yes, the turkey, stuffing, and all the fixings are tough to beat. Add in time spent with family & friends, a few hours of football, and a 4-day weekend — is there anything better? And when it comes to shopping and bargain hunting, the day after Turkey Day is second to none.

A Black Friday With All The Trimmings

That’s why we’re celebrating big at CoffeeForLess! All orders starting on Black Friday through December 1 are 10% off (terms do apply).

Find great deals on coffee machines, including our Black Friday special Keurig B145 Door Buster Bundle. Our best bundle of the year contains a Keurig B145 commercial grade brewer and 4 24 count boxes of K-Cup coffee. Enjoy Green Mountain Sumatran Reserve, Green Mountain Coffee Lake Lodge, The Original Donut Shop Coffee, and Emeril’s Big Easy Bold K-Cups.Keurig-Coffee-K-Cup-Door-Buster-Bundle

If you’re a fan of coffee pods, take note. The Suncana Multi Volume Brewer is now brewing at CoffeeForLess. One of our newest items is ready to ship this holiday season. With the Suncana Multi Volume Brewer, you can choose from a wide variety of coffee pods in various flavors, with features that include a patented brewing system that enhances coffee extraction.

‘Tis the Season (of Giving)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and also the season to give back. Our Coffee For Life Charitable Coffees help support three great causes. One Cup At A Time New York Pink Bag Coffees is our signature house blend we’ve dedicated to support the fight against breast cancer. Proceeds of this coffee are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
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Along with our Pink Bag New York Coffees, you can help support both the Fabretto School Grounds Coffee Program, which assists the educational and nutritional needs of underprivileged children in Nicaragua, and our Arts For All New York Coffee. Arts For All is a non-profit we’ve teamed up with in the New York City area that focuses on arts outreach for in-need children. You can learn more about all three of these great causes here.

Visit coffeeforless.com to take advantage of Black Friday coffee deals, and beginning on Friday, remember to use checkout code BFB2014 to save 10% on your next order!

Happy Thanksgiving!

K Cup Coffee Prices Rising This Year

Have you heard the news about K-Cup prices? Yes it’s true, prices will be rising and it’s not exclusive to K-Cups — coffee prices are going up across-the-board, from Starbucks’ announcement earlier this year to Keurig’s intention to increase prices on its K-Cups, the cost of your morning brew will be going up.

Why Are K-Cup Coffee Prices Rising This Year?

Blame it on the drought. A sustained drought and much-lower-than average harvests in Brazil, the world’s largest supplier of Arabica coffee, have played a large part in the price increase. Add to that, increases in packaging materials, energy and transportation costs, and we’ve got a recipe for higher prices that will impact every corner of the coffee-consuming world. You can expect to see an increase of around 9% for K-Cups, or close to a dollar more per box once the price increase starts.

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When Will the Keurig K-Cup Price Increase Begin?

K-Cup prices are set to increase in November. All K-Cup items on CoffeeForLess.com until then can be purchased at current pricing.

Despite the increase, we will do everything we can to provide your favorite selections of K-Cup coffee at the lowest possible price, and we’ll continue to honor our CoffeeForLess K-Cup Price Match Guarantee so you’ll always get the best price available.

And if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter for special discounts and coupons, delivered directly to your inbox so you can take advantage and save on your favorite K-Cups storewide at CoffeeForLess.com.

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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.

French Vanilla 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.