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

 

Reduce Your Risk of Endometrial Cancer: Drinking Coffee Is Healthy

Coffee is often a woman’s best friend – for both stay at home moms, as well as working professionals. It helps to wake her up, it keeps her on her toes throughout the day, and it just plain tastes so good. Making coffee an even more attractive beverage, it has recently been found that coffee is also good for one’s health. It seems that the magical brew can reduce the risk of endometrial cancer.

Endometrial cancer is a disease specific to women who are generally over the age 45. The cancer that forms in the lining of the uterine wall will be diagnosed in over 50,000 middle-aged women in 2015, according to Cancer.org, making endometrial cancer the most common cancer of the female reproduction system.

The Link Between Coffee and Endometrial Cancer

Reduce Risk Of Endometrial Cancer By Drinking Coffee

A new study finds the risk of developing an endometrial cancer is reduced by 19% with only three cups of coffee per day.

It only takes three cups of coffee per day to reduce the risk of developing an endometrial cancer by 19%, according to a new study. The study was designed to determine the risk factors associated with 84 different foods and nutrients. Though the exact health implications were unknown, coffee was thought to correlate with cancer risk, alongside foods such as cheese, butter, monounsaturated fat, yogurt, and carbohydrates.

Then, the study group led by European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), created a new study group of 1,500 women who had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer. This group, called the Nurses Health Study (NHS), focused on nine foods that were found to affect cancer risk: total fat, monounsaturated fat, phosphorus, carbohydrates, yogurt, butter, potatoes, cheese, and coffee. NHS discovered the positive health effects of three cups of coffee, and also concluded that four cups can reduce risk by 18%.

What to Do With the Correlation Between Coffee and Women’s Health

Now that researchers have determined this strong, positive correlation between coffee and reduced cancer risk, scientists need to get to work to determine what it is about coffee that specifically bolstered the health of so many women. It could be affecting the hormonal system in a particular way, or there might be special antioxidants that stave off cancer cells.

It’s also important to note that not all types of coffee and health benefits are created equally. Some beans have higher caffeine content than others, and there are many other compounds that go into our daily brew that can vary from bean to bean. So some coffee varieties might end up being better for fighting endometrial cancer than others. For now, coffee lovers should continue to drink three cups of their favorite brew each day to help maintain optimal health.

Coffee is a great part of so many people’s days. Some people go to sleep so that they can wake up and have a cup. Now that we know the positive health effects that drinking three cups has on the body, there is even more reason to look forward to it. Make sure that middle-aged women know about this study so they keep the java flowing!

 

Coffee linked to lower endometrial cancer risk

 

How Do You Know if You’ve Had Too Much Coffee in a Day?

Some of you might scoff at the notion of there being such a thing as “too much coffee.” We get it completely, because we love coffee too, obviously. Not only that, but drinking coffee has been shown to have significant health benefits. In spite of this, there is such a thing as too much caffeine when you drink coffee. So how can you tell if you’ve overdone it?

Coffee and the Jitters

When you’re working, it’s easy to lose track of how many cups of coffee and caffeine you’ve had. If you start fidgeting or your hands are getting a little bit shaky, then it may be time to switch to water or herbal tea for the day. Ditto that for increased heartbeat and feelings of restlessness – you may have ingested too much caffeine from coffee if you’re exhibiting these signs.

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Getting the Heebie Jeebies From Caffeine?

Anyone who has ever experienced an anxiety attack knows that it’s not a pleasant experience, to say the least. And too much caffeine from coffee or other beverages can produce similar symptoms. If you’ve had so much coffee that you begin to sense impending doom for no apparent reason, or feel like spies might be following you around the office, then it’s probably a good idea to hold off on your 9th cup.

Be Still, My Beating Heart

Increased heartbeat is another sign that you may be drinking a bit too much java. You may also experience a feeling that could best be described as your heart “skipping a beat.” That’s not actually what it’s doing, and it’s probably not life threatening, but it can be rather unsettling. If you find the old ticker galloping away with nary a treadmill in sight, it could be the caffeine in your coffee. Oh, and we’re not doctors, so if you feel like something’s seriously wrong, you’d be wise to consider seeking medical attention.

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I Don’t Feel So Well. Is It the Coffee?

If you have a knot in your stomach, or start to feel like you just got off the Zipper at the State Fair, then you may have had too much caffeine. Heartburn can also be caused by excessive coffee intake, as coffee and caffeine relaxes the part of the esophagus that normally prevents stomach acid from making its way up the throat.

So Thirsty… Must Have Water

Caffeine is a diuretic, which basically means that it makes you have to urinate. If your urine is dark yellow or orange, then you might very well be dehydrated, and that’s not a healthy thing. Try alternating coffee with water throughout the day, or just cut down on your coffee intake so you’re ingesting less caffeine.

Counting Sheep

After a long day of hard work and an evening of socializing or hitting the gym, your body should be ready for dreamtime. If you have trouble drifting off to sleep on a regular basis, excessive caffeine from your daily coffee intake could be the culprit. Caffeine’s effect can last 5 hours or more, so try cutting out the coffee after lunchtime and see if that makes a difference, before you decide to reduce the amount you drink each day even further.

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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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Friday is National Wear Red Day in Honor of Women’s Heart Health

The American Heart Association has dedicated Friday, February 6, to National Wear Red Day to help raise awareness for heart disease – particularly in women. Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable.

Significant strides have been made over the last 10 years since the first National Wear Red Day as guidelines have educated millions of healthcare providers to recognize and treat heart disease and stroke in women. It’s no longer thought of as “just a man’s disease,” with nearly 90% of women making at least one behavior change.

Even making small adjustments to one’s diet can make a big impact — and naturally, we turn to coffee and its potential benefits. Here are 3 easy ways to make your favorite morning drink that much healthier:

  1. Cut down on the sugar. Skip the artificial sweeteners and other chemical additives. Use real cream (in small doses) or milk (skim, 1% or 2%), or try alternatives like almond milk and coconut milk. To add a little sweetness, nectar, honey or natural sugar (in the brown packet) will do the trick. For an extra Wear-Red-Day-IMAGEimmunity boost, try adding coconut oil, which can help stimulate your metabolism.
  2. Optimize what time you drink coffee. It might be best to wait just a little longer after waking to enjoy that first cup of coffee because your body is “naturally caffeinating,” meaning your cortisol levels are at their peak around 8-9am (under normal circumstances). So staggering your coffee breaks between 9:30-11:30am, and 1:30-5:30pm gives you the true caffeine boost your body can take advantage of.
  3. Drink water first thing in the morning. Before filling up your coffee pot, or preparing your K-Cup machine, drink a glass of water. A small glass of water first thing in the morning can go a long way and keep you hydrated.

Show your support for saving women’s lives through heart health by wearing red and spreading the message on Friday and all year long. On social media, use the hashtag #GoRed to show how you Go Red to support the cause on National Wear Red Day.

Learn About 10 Ways to Go Red in February at goredforwomen.org/get-involved/national-wear-red-day/10-ways-to-go-red/, and explore more surprising health benefits of coffee in the infographic below.

Interested in donating? Visit the American Heart Association’s Donate page to learn more: goredforwomen.org/wearredday/donate/.

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Vietnam Coffee Growers See Smaller Crop Yield

In response to smaller crop yields, Vietnamese coffee farmers are restricting coffee sales in an effort to maximize their profits on a paltry harvest this year, as well as fears over diminished crops next year. Drought conditions are expected to reduce the 2015-16 crop yield even further than the current harvest. Vietnam is the world’s primary producer of the Robusta bean, a product marketed by Nestle, SA.

Vietnam and Global Supply of Coffee Are Down

The decrease in Vietnamese coffee sales tracks with the decline in harvest, both of which are off by approximately 7% compared to the previous year. Over the past five years, farmers have averaged a 40% sell-off of their harvest by the end of January, where this year they sold only 29% by the end of January (representing a full 11% sales restriction).

The coffee crop shortage is not unique to Vietnam coffee, however, as both Brazil and Indonesia have also experienced shortfalls. These two coffee growing nations are also in the midst of a drought, which is putting more pressure on coffee prices. The Brazilian drought is further impacting the Robusta crop of coffee from Vietnam, while Indonesia produces varieties such as Sumatra, Arabica, and Java. The Arabica crop is also feeling pressure from a drought in Latin America.

Coffee Commodities Traders Are Happy

Commodities markets have been reflecting the pressure, and Robusta beans have been trading higher. On February 16, London’s Robusta futures market saw May contracts rise 1.5% to $2,066 per ton, after reports of dry conditions in Brazil compounded the bean’s plight. The Robusta supply is also experiencing a temporary slowdown due to the Vietnamese Tet holiday, which celebrates the lunar New Year and effectively shuts down the entire nation.

Rising Demand for Vietnam Coffee

Meanwhile, coffee consumption is expected to continue rising by as much as 25% over the next five years. The diminished supplies, in concert with rising demand, are bound to result in a strong upward trajectory for the Robusta bean price. Markets such as China, India, and Latin America, where they are discovering a taste for the dark and smoky brew, are set to drive an increase in demand.

While Vietnam is restricting its coffee sales in a deliberate move to raise the price, the international markets, weather predictions, and conditions are also driving the rise. The dollar-point rise for a consumer in the grocery store is not yet known, but coffee lovers worldwide are sure to be digging a bit deeper for a cup of morning java.

Keurig Recalls MINI Plus Brewing System

Keurig Green Mountain Inc. announced a voluntary recall today of its MINI Plus Brewing Systems. The affected model series sold through CoffeeForLess.com was known as the Keurig Mini Plus B31 K-Cup Brewer (the machine is now identified as the K10 series). The identification number for the affected brewers starts with “31” and is printed at the bottom of the machine. No additional brewing machines or models are affected.

Keurig is offering a free repair kit to fix the potential issue for anyone with a recalled brewer machine. It is best to check with Keurig to see if your machine is affected. Please visit Keurig’s Safety Recall Notice page for additional information, including the reason for the recall and action required for all end users. To arrange for a free repair kit, customers that purchased this machine with CoffeeForLess.com may contact Keurig directly at 1-844-255-7886.keurig-b31

As Keurig mentions in its statement, you may continue to use the B31 machine, but cautions against brewing two cups in rapid succession, and to maintain an arm’s length distance from the brewer during the brewing process.

If you’ve purchased the machine through CoffeeForLess.com as a gift, it is best to contact the recipient to let them know of the safety update.

The recall is for units produced prior to July 2014, and only includes the B31 model (now sold as K10).

Free Shipping Day is Thursday, December 18

Check it out. Free Shipping Day is returning to CoffeeForLess.com this Thursday, December 18th. Free Shipping Day is a one-day event many online retailers choose to participate in each year, and it has become wildly popular since its inception in 2007.

 How Do I Get Free Shipping?

  1. On 12/18/2014 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!free-shipping-day-cfl

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 Keurig B145 Door Buster Bundle and coffee gift baskets are great ideas — or stock a stuffing or two with Seasonal K-Cups in a variety of delicious 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.

 Free Shipping Day Facts

  • The first Free Shipping Day was organized just two weeks before the event.
  • 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 page for more!

 

Promoting Arts Awareness Through Coffee

Community is a big part of our mission at CoffeeForLess. That’s why we’re excited to announce our partnership with Arts For All, a New York City-based non-profit organization that provides under-served children the chance to discover and develop their creative side through arts outreach.

The value art can bring to a child’s life – building, creating, learning, doing – can last a lifetime, and it’s been proven that children who make art are stronger readers and get better grades in both math and science. Through their efforts, Arts For All aims to use art to instill self-confidence, self-expression, teamwork, resilience, and creativity in children.

This is a mission we’re very fond of, started by the late, great Vice President of CoffeeForLess.com, Zachary Ciperski. Zachary was well known for his caring and giving nature, and we’re very proud to carry on this partnership in his name.

Fine Coffee for Fine Arts

You can support this great cause by purchasing one of our signature Purple Bag coffee blends of New York Coffee. Proceeds for every bag purchased through CoffeeForLess.com will be directly donated to Arts For All, which will help bring creative workshops to over 3,500 in-need NYC children.

Choose from four blends of ground coffee, appropriately themed in honor of the core principles championed by Arts For All: Resilience 100% Colombian, Self Express-O Blend, Confidence Builder Blend Decaf, and Creative Blend. Each one is delivered in a beautiful purple bag and contains our signature house blend of New York Coffee. Make a difference in children’s lives while enjoying a delicious cup of coffee.arts_for_all_confidence_builder

We thank you for your help in promoting awareness for Arts For All. Together we can remove barriers and help children explore the arts who may otherwise face socio-economic, physical, or emotional barriers in doing so. Visit our dedicated partnership page at coffeeforless.com/nyc-youth-arts-for-all, and learn more about this uniquely enriching outreach program at arts-for-all.org.

Have a story to tell about your experience with art and community? Share yours in the comments section below and we’ll help spread the word.

 

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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