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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Drinking Coffee May Prevent Heart Failure

Coffee Consumption May Prevent Heart FailureA study published in the journal Circulation Heart Failure appears to indicate that coffee consumption can reduce the risk of heart failure in coffee drinkers. This is great news to the 5.8 million Americans who suffer from heart failure currently and even greater news to those who will suffer heart failure in the near future.

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is not sufficiently strong to pump blood to the far reaches of the body, and this condition is on the rise as the obesity epidemic truly settles into the American population.

However, two American-sized servings of coffee a day appears to combat this condition, giving the circulatory system just the boost it needs to pump essential blood to the outer limbs. If you are a regular coffee drinker, then you are already receiving this benefit from your daily brew. After learning about coffee’s potential long-term mental benefits, this news has many wondering if there is anything coffee isn’t good for!

Heart-Healthy Coffee Options at CoffeeForLess

While the study does not prove that coffee is medicine to the heart, it does indicate that coffee may offer health benefits to those already suffering from heart failure, and this is just one of the many health benefits coffee seems to offer according to study after study.

Certainly, you should drink your favorite brew, whether that is light roast, medium roast, or dark roast, but a great idea is to drink your coffee brewed from fresh coffee beans. Whole coffee beans are an effective natural packaging that seals in the coffee compounds and flavors more effectively than ground coffee.

If grinding your own beans is not your preferred method or you are just too short on time to put in the effort, consider single cup coffee options like Keurig K-Cups. These coffee capsules have an added advantage in that they are vacuum-sealed after roasting to ensure the coffee stays fresh, and fresh coffee is more likely to preserve those elements that make coffee actually good for you.

CoffeeForLess Gives Back to Our Troops

This weekend, Americans will celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. Communities across the country will pay tribute in various forms to those who have and will continue to serve our great country. CoffeeForLess would like to recognize these brave men and women around the world. We thank you for your service.

To show our support, we’ve partnered with ID.me (formerly Troop ID). For purchases made on CoffeeForLess.com, eligible members will receive an automatic 6% discount by signing in when making a purchase. This applies to Active Duty members, Veterans, Retirees, and Spouses.

As a special thank you, now through November 11, members of the military will receive a discount up to 10% off any purchase at CoffeeForLess.com. For more information on eligibility, please visit the Supporting Our Troops FAQ page.

You’re also invited to visit Facebook.com/CoffeeForLess where we’ve dedicated a Fun Friday Challenge to Veterans Day. Successfully answer a series of trivia questions about Veteran’s Day and you’ll be eligible to win one box of K-Cups. We’ll be picking three lucky winners on Monday, so stay tuned.

From your friends at CoffeeForLess, have a safe, happy and healthy Veteran’s Day Weekend.

Who Invented the Coffee Break?

How a Psychologist and Maxwell House Coffee Created the Coffee Break

The coffee break is as much a part of American culture as baseball and apple pie. Who doesn’t look forward to that morning or afternoon excuse to take a break and grab a cup of coffee? But the question is: who started this wonderful tradition? What if I told you its origins have something to do with a behavioral psychologist named J.B. Watson and the American coffee company Maxwell House? Sound weird? Wait until you read the story.

J.B. Watson’s Ad for Maxwell House Coffee

J.B. Watson was an American psychologist whose ideas were the basis for behaviorism—the theoretical system famous for its experiment known as “Pavlov’s dog.” Essentially Watson and other behaviorists believed people could be trained to react in predictable ways through repetitive actions. This theory captured the interest of many corporate advertising agencies trying to find ways to lure the buying interest of the public.

After his time as an academic psychologist, Watson worked for an advertising agency that came up with the devious idea of using brain washing techniques created by psychologists to get people to buy their client’s products.

Eventually Watson worked on an advertisement for Maxwell House coffee, and in the commercial he incorporated the idea of a coffee break. Of course, if you were going to have a coffee break you had to be drinking Maxwell House coffee.

Did it work? Well, Up until the late 1980’s, Maxwell House coffee was the most purchased brand of coffee in the United States. I guess you could say Old Watson knew what he was doing.

Other Theories

Not everyone agrees with the claim Watson and the Maxwell House coffee company gave birth to the coffee break. Others argue the coffee break originated in Wisconsin in the 19th century when working moms would take mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks to tend to their children. While they made breakfast and lunch, they’d enjoy a quick cup of Joe.

Another theory traces the story to two New York companies that claim they were the first employers to give their workers coffee breaks twice a day. At the same time, the labor movements of the early 20th century were pushing through minimum wage laws, labor unions, and benefits.

Today, a coffee break is taking place every minute. Whether you’re at home, at work or waiting in line at the bank, there’s bound to be a coffee machine somewhere, brewing up a fresh cup of Java. No matter how the coffee break originated, one thing is for sure: Americans around the country celebrate break time with a delicious cup of the good stuff.

A Company Molded With the Times: Wawa Coffee

The Wawa brand has come a long way from its beginnings as a dairy farm in Pennsylvania back in 1890. At a time when there was no way to keep milk from spoiling, local farms had to deliver fresh milk to your front door. This immediate delivery of fresh milk ensured it never spoiled.

It was not until the early 1960s that the company decided to change its business model. Once the pasteurization process was perfected, people no longer purchased their milk via home delivery, buying it instead at local stores.

The first Wawa convenience store opened in 1964 right on the heels of the new convenient store trend that developed throughout the United States, and the company has grown ever since. With over 195 million cups of coffee served every year and 500 Wawa stores in five states, Wawa has established itself as a legitimate household coffee blend.

Know for its smooth and mild flavor, Wawa Coffee and can be purchased in 2-ounce bags from CoffeeForLess.com in both caffeinated and decaffeinated blends. That means you no longer have to zip on over to your local store in order to enjoy a cup of this delicious coffee – now you can savor your favorite brew every morning in the convenience of your home.

Raising a Cup to Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The month of October is dedicated to an annual campaign with one mission in mind: to raise awareness to this widespread disease. By arming others with knowledge on how to detect cancer in its earliest stages, we can become more conscious of the afflictions of breast cancer and provide greater access to lifesaving services through donations. This year, Coffee For Less is joining the fight by teaming up with you, our loyal customers, over our shared love for coffee. We are raising a cup to contribute to the support and knowledge of free mammograms and the continued support on the dialogue for Breast Cancer Awareness.

As of now, it is still difficult to pinpoint what the exact causes of Breast Cancer are. Genetics, age, medical history, lifestyle, height and weight are all risk factors that may contribute to the disease. One in every eight women and one in every 1,000 men will develop Breast Cancer in their lifetime. Breast Cancer responds to treatment best with early detection, so breast self-exams are important to check for anomalies. However, mammograms remain the most effective method for early detection. The donations from Breast Cancer go to physician education, screening guidelines and efforts in increasing public awareness with the importance of yearly mammograms.

This Month, It’s Time to Think Pink

Be a part of something great and join us in our efforts to bring awareness to this disease. Bring hope to those diagnosed, and comfort to their loved ones.

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According to published research in 2011, drinking coffee reduces the risk of anti-estrogen resistant estrogen-receptor negative breast cancer. Coffee also contains polyphenols which potentially reduce oxidative cell damage. According to preliminary research, antioxidants may play a role in reducing the risk of some types of breast cancer. When some researchers tested antioxidant levels on a variety of food, and they found coffee to be one of the number one sources of antioxidants in the American diet.

Rest assured the finest beans are selected and roasted to order to ensure freshness because that’s the quality of our New York Coffee brand. Our decaf selection is Swiss water process decaffeinated, which is a chemical free process where water is used to extract the caffeine. This month when you purchase our Special Pink bag of New York Coffee Blends, the proceeds will be donated to National Breast Cancer Foundation.

A Brief History: The New York Coffee House

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

The Early History of New York Coffee Houses

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

The Kings Arm

It is believed by many historians that the first coffee house in the New World was a place in New York called the Kings Arm. Built on what is now Cedar Street in New York City, the Kings Arm stood two stories high and had a yellow brick facade imported from Holland. Patrons of the coffee house enjoyed its rooftop observatory with seating and a scenic view of the bay.

The Kings Arm set the standard for style and function of coffee houses throughout the Northeast, and it was not long after it opened that other coffee houses throughout New England followed suit.

The New York coffee house played an important role in the community and commerce. For instance, courtroom trials were held inside its long rooms, while business men held important meetings inside them. These particular functions distinguished the New York Coffee house from the taverns, which were used as stops for out of town travelers. Inside many of the old coffee houses people were hard at work building what would become one of the greatest financial and cultural cities in the world.

The Modern Day New York Coffee House

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

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

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.

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The Facts about Caffeine in K-Cups

The standard cup of coffee has 120 mg of caffeine in an 8 fl oz cup. However, an 8 oz cup of coffee from a standard 2 oz K-cup contains between 100-140 mg of caffeine. Most K-cups consist of 2 tablespoons of ground coffee which equals 2 ounces of coffee.

Extra bold blends have 30% more ground coffee in them (2.6 tablespoons) then regular K-cups. Some of the higher caffeine yielding blends include:

Which one is right for you? It really depends on how much caffeine you prefer and the type of flavor you like in your coffee. Your best option is to go to your local coffee shop and experiment with different kinds. Once you find the one you like, purchase it in bulk packages of K-cups.

No matter what your preferences is, there’s no denying that the caffeine in K-cups is a huge part of why we love coffee so much. In fact, caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world. It enhances our alertness and decreases sleepiness: two things we all need in the midst of our busy days.

One Million Sales! The CoffeeForLess One In a Million Contest

One Million Coffee Sales Contest and Discount Code

ONE MILLION SALES! That’s right. CoffeeForLess has successfully served one million customer orders, making us a leader in online sales of coffee, tea, and K-Cup coffee refills. We will announce the winner who ordered our one-millionth sale as well as the runners up who purchased the 999,998th, 999,999th, 1,000,001st, and 1,000,002nd sales at CoffeeForLess.

In the meantime, visit our One In A Million Sales Celebration Contest Page. We are offering a deep discount code to the customers who have helped us achieve this milestone. Enjoy a 10% discount on coffee, tea, and K-Cup purchases for a limited time as we celebrate ONE MILLION SALES!

One Million Coffee Sales Contest Prizes

The One In A Million Contest offers the customer that purchases our one-millionth sale a CoffeeForLess gift certificate for $1,000. The 999,998th, 999,999th, 1,000,001st, and 1,000,002nd sales will earn their purchasers a $50 CoffeeForLess gift certificate. Naturally, terms and conditions apply.

The CoffeeForLess One in a Million 10% discount code expires in five days, so make your purchases while this CoffeeForLess coupon code is available and sign up for our promotional emails to get contest and  promotional offers at CoffeeForLess delivered directly to your inbox.

We are already preparing to offer the best prices for coffee, tea, K-Cups, and other beverage accessories for the next million sales. CoffeeForLess will continue its tradition of offering the best prices for coffee and beverage products online guaranteed.

Thank you, CoffeeForLess customers, for making it possible for us to offer these products to our coffee community at the best prices possible. It wouldn’t have been possible without you, and that is why every single customer is One in a Million to us.

995K Sales So Far: The CoffeeForLess One In a Million Contest

Coffee Contests and Coffee Giveaways

The heat is on, folks, as CoffeeForLess is rapidly approaching its one millionth sale. Your opportunity to win the prizes that we plan to award the one millionth sale customer and the two sales preceding and directly after the one millionth sale will soon pass. We have just recently passed 995,000 sales!

One million sales is a really big deal for a company that set out to provide online coffee sales at the best price possible. We’ve accomplished that goal, and we would never have been able to do it without each and every one of our customers.

So, in our eyes, each of you is one in a million, the community that has given us the opportunity to succeed. In order to commorate this milestone and give back to the coffee community that made it possible, we are offering our customers prizes during our One In A Million Sales Celebration Contest.

5K Sales From One In A Million Contest Prizes

The One In A Million Contest offers the customer that purchases our one-millionth sale a CoffeeForLess gift certificate for $1,000. The 999,998th, 999,999th, 1,000,001st, and 1,000,002nd sales will earn their purchasers a $50 CoffeeForLess gift certificate. (Naturally, terms and conditions apply.) Just imagine all of the coffee that you could buy with a $1,000 gift certificate to CoffeeForLess.

CoffeeForLess is also offering a 10% discount code on the One in a Million Contest page when we reach one million sales. This CoffeeForLess coupon code will expire by 11:59PM on Sunday, June 30th, 2013, so check the page regularly to take avoid missing the discount or sign up for our promotional emails to get updates on this contest and other promotions that CoffeeForLess offers.

At CoffeeForLess, we look forward to continuing to offer the best prices on your favorite coffee, tea, single cup coffee refills, coffee makers, and beverage service accessories for the next million sales too!