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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Source: zerowasteboxes.terracycle.com

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!

 

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.

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Shop Arts For All Charitable Coffees

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.

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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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.