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

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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.

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.

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.

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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GE To Make Refrigerator With Built In K-Cup Coffee Brewer

Some coffee purists may scoff at Keurig’s K-Cup coffee brewing system, but devotees swear by it. Even the most jaded connoisseurs are forced to concede its groundbreaking convenience factor and excellent selection of delicious hot beverages. Regardless of your opinion on the single-serve trend, there’s no denying its popularity. In fact, a 2014 survey by the National Coffee Association found that nearly thirty percent of coffee drinkers use single-cup brewers.

And why wouldn’t they? K-Cup coffee is easy and fast, it’s always hot and ready, and the process involves zero cleanup. No more dealing with spilled coffee grounds or spilling coffee because of sneak-a-cup features that aren’t so sneaky.

Big News for K-Cup Lovers

Now, GE and Keurig have announced a new refrigerator that actually brews coffee from K-Cups, which is big news for K-Cup coffee enthusiasts. Called the Café refrigerator, this forward-thinking kitchen companion allows users to brew their K-Cups even more conveniently than a traditional Keurig machine.

There’s no need to refill the water reservoir, because the refrigerator has its own water line for ice, water, and of course, for glorious coffee brewed fresh from K-Cups. The Café fridge also conserves counter space, leaving more room for that fancy new juicer you thinking about purchasing.

The Café Has Some Very Attractive Features

To make great coffee, you need great water, and the Café boasts one of the most advanced filtration systems available on any refrigerator. Independently verified to remove trace pharmaceuticals, water treatment chemicals, and other impurities, it’s designed to provide the perfect cup of K-Cup coffee or tea, every time.

The Keurig machine isn’t the Café’s only high-tech feature… far from it. It also sports a touch-screen interface and mobile device connectivity. Via an Android or iOS device, you can preset your brew time so your water will be steaming hot as soon as you get out of the shower.

Environmentally conscious consumers will be happy to know that the future of refrigeration is also ENERGY STAR certified. There’s no need to worry about your electricity bill, as this refrigerator barely uses as much energy for brewing your K-Cup coffee as charging your cell phone overnight.

The one thing it doesn’t have? Portability. You won’t be bringing this coffee maker on the road to your next out-of-town conference, so you may want to hold on to your Keurig machine, just in case. Other than that, it seems like a sure winner.

Where Can I Get a GE Café for My Morning K-Cup Coffee?

By now, many of you are probably wondering where you can get your own Café Refrigerator. We have some bad news – this machine is from the future.

For now, you’ll have to hop in your time-traveling Delorian to get your hands on the Café. But if you can wait until Fall 2015, it can be yours for $3,300, and you won’t have to worry about disrupting the space-time continuum in order to brew your fresh cup of K-Cup coffee.

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!

How Recent Weather in Brazil Might Affect Coffee Prices and Production

Many of us tend to take our morning coffee ritual for granted. We roll out of bed, and if we’ve planned ahead, our morning coffee is already hot and ready to go, brewed by our automatic coffee makers. Ah, the miracles of modern technology.

The Rain in Brazil Falls Mainly on the Coffee Plants (Or Not)

How often do we think about the weather in Brazil while we’re enjoying our cup of morning coffee? Unless we’re invested in Arabica futures, it probably never crosses our minds. But it should. Brazil produces around 40% of the world’s coffee supply. When the South American nation’s coffee output is reduced, coffee prices tend to go up worldwide. Recently, there have been concerns that Brazil’s dearth of precipitation could curtail coffee production, causing shortages and rising prices at your local coffee shop.

Coffee: A Fragile Commodity

Coffee plants are extremely sensitive to changes in weather. A lack of rainfall could damage the fragile flowers, and if those flowers are not allowed to bloom, the coffee “cherries” don’t develop. When that happens, the plants can’t produce coffee beans – whether they’re grown in Brazil or anywhere else.

This isn’t the first time that arid weather conditions have caused commotion in the coffee futures market. Around this time last year, Brazil was in the throes of one of the worst droughts in recent memory, and coffee prices rose accordingly. By March, the tight Arabica market caused coffee prices to top $2.00 per pound. They haven’t gotten that high yet; as of this writing, the end of day settling price is hovering just below $1.53/lb. Sporadic rainfalls in Brazil have allayed fears of a worldwide coffee shortage.

A Worldwide Coffee Shortage Starting in Brazil?

The currency exchange rate has also kept coffee prices somewhat conservative. Coffee beans are traded in U.S. dollars on the international commodities market, and as the dollar gains ground on the Brazilian real, coffee growers and exporters look to move more product abroad, in order to take advantage of advantageous exchange rates.

So is it time to worry about getting your morning caffeine fix? Well, not quite. Still, it’s worth keeping an eye on the weather in Brazil during the coffee growing season, and when they start praying for rain, you may want to invest in coffee futures.

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!