A Must-See Event for Coffee Lovers

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You already know about coffee’s ability to liven up just about any conference. But a conference that’s all about coffee? Now that’s a lively event, indeed.

Of course, we’re talking about Coffee Con. Since 2011, this meeting of the caffeinated minds has grown each year to become one of the world’s greatest coffee events. So what’s it all about?

A Gathering of Coffee Luminaries

The first thing you should know is that everyone who’s anyone in the coffee world will be at CoffeeCon 2016. The most talked-about roasters, award-winning baristas, coffee marketers, and taste-making coffee experts of all stripes will be in attendance.

The second thing you should know is that Coffee Con is open to the public. In fact, it’s intended for the public. Here, coffee lovers can rub elbows with the best in the business. Are you ready to see coffee in a whole new way? Don’t forget to buy your ticket.

Coffee Class is in Session

Have you ever wondered how to make the perfect pour over coffee? Maybe you’re interested in learning to make coffee with an AeroPress. Or perhaps you’re more interested in the science of coffee, proper grinding, and effects of water quality on coffee flavor. Maybe you just wish you knew how to make latte art.

Whatever the case may be, CoffeeCon has a class for you. All of these subjects and more will be covered in depth, by coffee cognoscenti who are eager to share their love of the craft with you.

The World’s Best Coffee, Together in One Place

Part of the mission of CoffeeCon is to bring the world’s best coffee together in one place, and to revel in the glory of the humble coffee bean. At CoffeeCon, you’ll sample coffees from the farthest corners of the globe, and you’ll also learn about the coffee preparation methods used to bring out the best in each.

Pace yourself! Samples are unlimited, but we don’t want you getting kicked out for trying to initiate a game of Red Rover on the conference floor.

Prizes Galore

When you purchase a ticket to CoffeeCon 2016, you’ll automatically be entered to win prizes that will make any coffee lover swoon. From dream coffeemakers to exotic beans, Coffee Con will give lucky winners something to smile about at twice-daily prize drawings.

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Where Is This Magical Land?

So far, only the LA CoffeeCon location has been announced, and other locations and events are currently TBA. The Los Angeles event will take place on January 30th, 2016 at Magic Box @ the REEF. The address is 1933 S. Broadway. Book your tickets online. They’re only $30 for an all-day pass!

Free Shipping Day is Friday, December 18

Check. It. Out. Free Shipping Day is returning to free-shipping-day-free-deals-coffeeforlessCoffeeForLess.com Friday, December 18th. Free Shipping Day is a wildly popular one-day event we’ve brought back for three years running.

 How Do I Get Free Shipping?

  1. On 12/18/2015 shop CoffeeForLess.com for your coffee, tea, and hot cocoa holiday gift needs.
  2. Add your desired items to your shopping cart (there is no minimum purchase required).
  3. At Checkout, make sure to select Ground (1-5 days) $0.00 as your Shopping Method.
  4. That’s it!

With delivery by Christmas Eve, Free Shipping Day is your last chance to find those perfect holiday gifts to send to family and friends. Items like the K145 Holiday Value Bundle and coffee gift baskets are great ideas — or stock a stuffing or two with Seasonal K-Cups in a variety of warm-and-toasty seasonal flavors. If you missed Black Friday or Cyber Monday, or still have holiday shopping to do, this is your day to take advantage and save on shipping costs.

This Week, Save 6% On K-Cups

Spicy Eggnog, Gingerbread, and Holiday Blend K-Cups are back just in time.

Spicy Eggnog, Gingerbread, and Holiday Blend K-Cups are back just in time for the holidays!

The holiday rush is on this week, and we know it! Along with Free Shipping Day, you’ll also enjoy K-Cups discounted at 6% all week. It’s time to stock up on your holiday favorites, including Spicy Eggnog, Gingerbread, and Holiday Blend K-Cup Coffee Pods. At checkout, use coupon code HOLIDAYCUPS and save on all K-Cups, all week.

Free Shipping Day Facts

  • The first Free Shipping Day was organized just two weeks before the event, dating back to 2007.
  • The number of participating merchants in Free Shipping Day grew 10 times in just 3 years.
  • Free Shipping Day beat Black Friday’s online spending 2 years in a row by over $250 million.
  • Over the past 2 years, spending on Free Shipping Day has exceeded $1 billion.Free Shipping Day became the third-heaviest day for online shopping in U.S. history just 2 years after it was created.

Visit our Free Shipping Day 2015 page and shop CoffeeForLess.com!

 

 

CoffeeForLess Supports the Troops with Military Discounts

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CoffeeForLess.com has partnered with ID.me (formerly Troop ID) in an effort to recognize and support our troops.

At CoffeeForLess.com, we believe in supporting our troops. After all, where would we be without them? The brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces put their lives on the line in defense of our nation, and we think certainly they deserve our gratitude and respect.

All G.I.s Love a Good Cup of Joe, Right?

Whether you’re at home or stationed abroad, coffee is a great way to start your day. And it’s even better when it comes at a discount. Because of these simple truths, CoffeeForLess offers a 6% discount to all military personnel.

So How Does the Military Discount Work?

CoffeeForLess has partnered with ID.me to provide armed service personnel with this exclusive discount on coffee. To receive your military discount, simply create a Troop ID profile with ID.me, and when you’re all finished shopping for your favorite coffee products, just click the Troop ID button on the checkout page. Your discount will be automatically applied, following a quick page reload.

Who Is Eligible for the Military Discount?

troop-id-id-me-checkout-coffeeforlessObviously, active duty personnel clearly qualify for CoffeeForLess’s military discount, but we’ve decided to go one step further, and to also offer this exclusive pricing to veterans, retirees, and military spouses, as well. It’s our way of saying “Thanks!” to all of those men and women in uniform who have made sacrifices for our great nation over the years.

Our Military Discount Isn’t Just for Coffee

At CoffeeForLess, our military discount isn’t just for ground coffee. The 6% discount can be used for just about anything on our website, including K-Cups, whole bean coffee, energy drinks, tea, hot chocolate, coffee syrup, and snack foods. In fact, the only products excluded from the military discount are our coffee machines and our gift certificates.

Sign Up for Our Newsletter for Promotions

In addition to our regular 6% discount, CoffeeForLess may offer certain promotions providing military families, veterans, and personnel with even greater discounts. To stay in the loop about our best deals, simply sign up for our newsletter. It features coupon codes, special events, sales, and more.

Troops, We Salute You!

Thanks for everything you do! Your courageous service is an inspiration to all of us at CoffeeForLess. We raise our coffee cups in your honor, and we hope that our delicious coffee contributes in some small way to your own enjoyment of the simple pleasures and freedoms that you defend.

Buy Pink Coffee Bags to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

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Did you know that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetimes? And were you aware that breast cancer is one of the leading health issues for women in the United States?

Breast Cancer Affects All of Us

Chances are good that you personally know someone who has been affected by breast cancer, either directly or through the loss of a loved one. Of course, a breast cancer diagnosis doesn’t have to end in tragedy, especially if it’s detected early enough. That’s one of the many reasons why breast cancer awareness is so important.

However, for many uninsured and underinsured women, early detection is an unaffordable luxury. And for those who don’t have affordable access to preventive care, the risk of dying from breast cancer is significantly higher.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation aims to change that. Founded in 1991 by breast cancer survivor Janelle Hail, the NBCF’s mission is to “help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services.”

Join Us in Supporting the NBCF

That’s a mission statement we can all get behind! We at CoffeeForLess.com are pleased to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation through our One Cup at a Time initiative.

So how does it work? Well, it’s simple: every time you purchase a Pink Bag New York Coffee Blend, we’ll donate 100% of the profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

This isn’t a limited-time offer, either. We’ve decided to make our Pink Bag blends available year-round, so you can support breast cancer awareness, detection, and education every time you buy coffee from CoffeeForLess.

Enjoy Great Coffee for an Even Better Cause

Select from one of our Pink Bag New York Coffees to show your support

Select from one of our Pink Bag New York Coffees to show your support

Worried that you’ll miss your usual blend? Don’t be. You’ll find that our New York Coffee blends are bursting with wonderful flavor. There are several varieties to choose from, including our complex and full-bodied New York Coffee CoffeeForLife House Blend; our elegant, fair trade, organic Sumatra Survivor Blend; and our Hopeful Hazelnut pre-ground coffee, known for its sweet aroma and creamy finish.

Drink to Your Health

As an added bonus, you’ll be reducing your own risk of breast cancer with every cup of coffee you drink. According to research conducted in 2011, coffee reduces the risk of certain kinds of breast cancer. Not only that, but the polyphenols contained in coffee have been shown to reduce oxidative cell damage.

Breast Cancer Awareness: Pretty in Pink

We hope you’ll join us in supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Why not add a little pink to your next coffee order? You’ll be glad you did.

National Coffee Day at CoffeeForLess.com

National Coffee Day at CoffeeForLess

September 29 is one of our favorite days of the year because today we celebrate what we do best – coffee!

Cheers for Savings: Take 5% Off Your Order Today

Starting today (September 29) through Friday October 2, you can save 5% on your order at CoffeeForLess.com! The discount can applied to your favorite selection of coffee, including your choice of Keurig K-Cups, Coffee Pods, or Ground Coffee. Just remember to enter coupon code COFFEEKRUMBS at checkout for your 5% discount.

Click here to shop CoffeeForLess.com and save 5%

Knowledge is Power

Our love of java can only be equaled by our thirst for knowledge to learn all there is know about coffee and its unique culture. Our website is brimming with facts, information, and more on all things coffee. For starters, try brushing up on your “coffee speak” by browsing the CoffeeForLess coffee glossary. You’ll also find coffee videos and how-to’s throughout the site.

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Learn more about the CoffeeForLess coffee club.

For the most dedicated coffee lovers, the CoffeeForLess coffee club is the best way to sample new coffees, including four different varieties of single-serve K-Cups. Every month, CoffeeForLess will send you a personalized coffee box with four different varieties of coffee. 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 family and friends.

Do Coffee Day Right…

kennys-krumbsAnd check out our friends at Kenny’s Krumbs for the perfect coffee companion: cookies! Satisfy your sweet tooth with a bag or two of delicious treats. As Kenny’s Krumbs puts it: “We take the best part of the crumb cake, the crunchy crispy top, and turn it into a crunchy cinnamon cookie you just won’t want to stop eating. We know you’ll love our cookies.”

You’ll see bags of Kenny’s Krumbs at select events and stores around the country, but the easiest way to pick up these tasty products is online at kennyskrumbs.com.

Happy National Coffee Day from CoffeeForLess! We hope your favorite cup of coffee is extra special today. Our only question is, what will you brew?

Butter In Coffee: Inside the Latest Coffee Trend

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Pour-overs, nitro coffee, coffee soda – it seems like there’s always some hot new trend going on in the coffee world. If you’re a creature of habit, you may be left wondering, “What’s wrong with good, old-fashioned drip coffee?” And we’re with you, to a certain extent. We’re big fans of the classic morning ritual: a delicious cup of high-quality coffee, served piping hot. Then again, there’s something to be said for having a sense of adventure.

When It Comes to Coffee, Butter Is In

If you keep up on the latest news in the coffee world, then you’ve probably heard about people putting butter in coffee. It sounds strange, even to those who prefer their coffee with a healthy splash of cream. But people all over are swearing by buttered coffee. So what’s behind this new coffee trend?

Dave Asprey’s Bold Ideas

Our story starts with a guy named Dave Asprey. Dave is an entrepreneur, but lately he’s been garnering attention for his activities as a biohacker: someone who uses science and tech to boost bodily function. He’s the founder of bulletproofexec.com, a website devoted to the biohacking movement.

And while some of Dave’s health claims are sure to raise eyebrows, it’s hard to argue with his results. He used to weigh 300 lbs, though looking at him now, you’d never know that to be the case. He also claims to have boosted his own IQ by 12 points.

Anyway, back to the coffee. Dave discovered that by adding butter to his coffee, he was able to create a brain-boosting breakfast substitute with enough essential fats to keep him going for six hours or more. He dubbed the stuff “bulletproof coffee,” and it’s been catching on in a major way ever since.

DIY Butter in Coffee

coffee-butter-in-blenderIf that sounds appealing, then you may be thinking about tossing some butter into your own coffee tomorrow morning. But it’s not quite that simple.

First, you want to start with good quality coffee. Second, you’ll need to use the right kind of butter. A dollop of margarine isn’t going to do the trick. Instead, use unsalted, grass-fed butter. The amount of butter you use is up to you. Start with a teaspoon per cup. If you’re really hungry, add a bit more.

Asprey also sells a product called Brain Octane Oil, which is designed to boost brain performance and re-balance the yeast in the gut. If you’d like, you can add some of that into your blend as well.

Fire Up the Blender

The next step is to blend your coffee and butter together. Yes, it’s an extra step, but the experts say the blender is key for optimum results. The resulting drink is rich, creamy, and full of brain-boosting caffeine and healthy fats.

Tips and Tricks for Coffee Stain Removal

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We love just about everything about coffee, from the aroma, to the flavor, to the morning pick-me-up feeling. But if there’s one thing we don’t like about coffee, it’s coffee stains. Fortunately, there’s no need to let a coffee spill ruin your morning cup. Just follow these handy tips and tricks for coffee stain removal, and coffee stains will be a thing of the past.

Check the Care Label

When you’ve spilled coffee on clothing, it’s important to note that different fabrics require different strategies for stain removal. Remember that while stains can be removed from many clothing items and textiles using DIY methods, stains on delicate fabrics such as cashmere and silk may be better addressed by professional cleaners.

Blot Fresh Coffee Stains

If you’ve just spilled your coffee, taking immediate action can save lots of work later. The first thing you want to do is to blot the spill with an absorbent cloth or paper towel. The more you can soak up now, the less coffee you’ll have to remove later.

Use Cold Water When You Clean Up

This tip is extremely important. Hot water may seem like your ally in removing coffee stains, but it can actually cause the stain to set. Instead, run stained items under cold tap water, taking occasional breaks to scrub the stained area with a washcloth.

Break Out the Club Soda

If you’re out with friends, then you probably don’t have any laundry detergent or white vinegar on you. Instead, order a club soda and use its effervescence to tease out the stain. It may not be as effective as other methods, but it will certainly work in a pinch.

Vinegar Works Wonders With Coffee Stains

vinegar-cleaning-agentVinegar isn’t just for adding flavor to your recipes; it’s also a useful cleaning agent. Make a paste out of powdered laundry soap and white vinegar. Don’t use balsamic or red wine vinegar, for obvious reasons. Test your stain-removal paste on a hidden part of the garment. If it discolors the fabric, then this isn’t the right solution for this particular stain.

But if no discoloration occurs, use an old toothbrush to rub your cleaning paste into the stain. Once you’ve lifted the coffee stain, rinse the fabric thoroughly under cold water to make sure all of the vinegar and detergent have been removed.

When All Else Fails, Use a Stain Stick

If your garment is still stained, pick up a stain stick from your local grocery store. Like the vinegar and detergent paste, the stain stick should first be tested on a hidden section of fabric, like the inside of the collar or the back of a shirt’s placket (that’s the part with the buttonholes.)

If all goes well during the discoloration test, then apply the stain stick to the coffee stain. Wait five minutes or so, then run the stained article through the washing machine. If the stain is gone, it’s safe to toss your newly cleaned garment into the dryer. If not, hold off on drying; you could make the stain permanent.

Goodbye, Coffee Stains

If you’re unprepared, then coffee stains can be a real disappointment. But now that you know these helpful tips, you’ll be able to get rid of them like a pro. Don’t worry, drink coffee.

Try a Coffee Hair Dye for a Natural and Healthy Makeover

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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?

Take a Coffee Nap to Combat Daytime Drowsiness

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Have a case of the Mondays? Running on empty? When you have work to do and the sheep are still lining up to be counted, it can be quite difficult to maintain your normal, human-dynamo levels of productivity.

Most of us reach for coffee as a go-to solution for drowsy days, but it turns out that pairing that that cup of coffee with a quick power nap may make both more effective.

Stand Back! We’re Using Science

At first blush, coffee and naps might seem to cancel each other out, but scientific evidence suggests that drinking coffee right before a taking a power nap works better for restoring alertness than either solution does on its own.

How does it work? Put on your science goggles!

When you’re awake, a compound called adenosine accumulates in your brain. As adenosine levels rise, you start to get sleepy. Very sleepy… Hey! Wake Up! We’ve got science to do!

Anyway, when you sleep, your body breaks down adenosine. When you wake up in the morning, your adenosine levels are at their lowest level of the day, making you feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

But if you didn’t get enough sleep, those adenosine levels may be higher than they should be, contributing to your overall feelings of drowsiness.

Coffee Naps to the Rescue

set-alarm-for-napStill with us after all the science talk? Great. We still haven’t explained why coffee naps work, but we’re getting to that.

Caffeine’s stimulating effects compete with the sleepy-time effects of adenosine, but as you know, sleeping actually breaks this compound down.

Caffeine’s alertness-boosting effect typically peaks at about 30 minutes after the caffeine is consumed. Of course, adenosine levels continue to rise during that half-hour period as well… unless you’re sleeping.

If you take a nap while your cup of coffee is taking effect, there will be less adenosine in your brain for the caffeine to compete with. As a result, you’ll feel more alert than you would if you’d just taken a nap, or just had a cup of coffee.

The Perfect Coffee Nap

We know you’re tired, so we’ll break it down for you.

  • Step one: find a quiet space
  • Step two: Drink a cup of quality coffee
  • Step three: set your phone’s alarm for 20-30 minutes
  • Step four: zzzzzzzzzz
  • Step five: Wake up and show your to-do list who’s boss

Easy enough, right?

Don’t Overdo It

Coffee naps can work in a pinch, but if you’re finding that you need several per day to keep going, then you may want to reconsider your sleep habits. Try staying away from screens for two hours before bedtime, slowing down on the coffee during the afternoon, or just going to bed earlier.

We hope the coffee nap helps you get through the occasional drowsy day and perform to the level we all know you’re capable of. Until next time, happy napping, and enjoy your java!

Nitro Coffee: The Latest Trend in Coffee

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Have you heard about nitro coffee yet? No, it’s not some canned, super-caffeinated concoction marketed to frat boys and hyperactive teenagers. It’s a new way to make iced coffee, and it’s becoming the next big thing among black gold connoisseurs.

Here’s how nitro coffee came to be: Portland-based coffee chain Stumptown hired a food scientist who also happened to be a home-brewed beer enthusiast (this is Portland, after all). At the time, the company was searching for a way to transport large volumes of cold coffee over long distances. They also needed it to arrive at its destination fresh and delicious. Cue the light bulb moment. “Why not put coffee in kegs with nitrogen?” the food scientist mused, while thoughtfully stroking his beard.

So that’s what they did. And as it turns out, other coffee cognoscenti were simultaneously tinkering with similar processes. Great minds think alike, apparently.

The Beneficial Side Effects of the Nitro Coffee Process

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While the stated goal may have been the smooth transportation of cold coffee, the finished version had an extra perk. Nitro coffee is smooth and creamy, with a foamy head. It’s less acidic than a toddy brew, and more velvety than an iced Americano.

Unlike its trendy cousin, coffee soda, nitro coffee is less fizz and more foam. And it has more than a little in common with another nitrogen-infused beverage, the ever-popular Guinness.

How It’s Served and What It’s Like

Like the popular Irish brew, this type of coffee is served from a tap, if you’re fortunate enough to live near a forward-thinking coffeehouse that serves it. The barista pulls the lever, and out it pours from a highly pressurized nozzle, with tiny bubbles dancing through the rich and silky umber.

So what’s it like to drink it? It has a chocolaty richness, a luxurious mouth feel, and a wonderfully complex bouquet of flavor. It’s not quite as cold as a toddy or iced Americano, but cold-brew enthusiasts who’ve made the switch don’t seem to mind.

By now, you’re probably eager to try it for yourself. If your local baristas happen to be staunch traditionalists, don’t fret. Stumptown and other brewers have begun to distribute this new take on your old favorite in cans, so nitro coffee should soon be available at fine grocers in your area.