Dunkin’ Donuts Employee Uses Hot Coffee As Weapon

Quick thinking on the part of a Dunkin’ Donuts employee and minimal thinking on the part of a would-be crook has taken the Internet by storm. A failed robbery and hot coffee used in self-defense make for good water cooler chat, and this Dunkin' Donuts robbery story has it all. Quick thinking heroism, dumb criminals, and our favorite beverage standing in as the weapon that vanquished the criminal.

The scene opened on the Dunkin’ Donuts drive through window seen from the vantage of a security camera. A man in a light-colored hooded sweatshirt asked the Dunkin’ Donuts employee to make change for a $100 bill, and when the worker refused, the man announced his intention to rob the Dunkin’ Donuts from the drive through. He then attempted to climb out of the window of his vehicle and into the drive through service window, reaching into his pocket for what we must assume was a weapon.

Thinking quickly, our donut shop hero threw the man’s hot coffee in his face and attempted to close the service window. When the man’s now-seared bulk blocked the window from closing, the employee grabbed a pot of hot coffee and tossed the steaming Dunkin’ Donuts coffee at the man who’d had enough and drove off. Watch it yourself in the video embedded below.

Coffee: 1, Crime: 0. Hopefully the lesson this crook takes away from this experience is that drive through crime doesn’t pay.

Donut House Coffee At CoffeeForLess

Let us celebrate this heroic donut shop coffee warrior with a mug of delicious donut-shop-style coffee for Keurig K-Cup brewers. Green Mountain Coffee has recently revamped their Donut House line of classic coffee K-Cups. These K-Cups attempt to capture the traditional taste of American donut shop counter service coffee, though we cannot guarantee that they make quite as effective of a self-defense plan as the coffee flung at the failed robber. What we can guarantee is that Green Mountain Coffee has truly composed classic donut shop tastes in these K-Cup coffees.

Green Mountain Coffee Donut House Coffee K-Cups are a light roast coffee that is available in both regular and decaffeinated K-Cups. It has a smooth, light roast coffee flavor with piquant acid notes and a mildly astringent aftertaste. It hearkens to classic American coffee roasts found at any diner or donut shop during the 20th Century.

Flavored coffee fans will certainly enjoy the two Green Mountain Coffee Donut House Flavored Coffee K-Cups available. Green Mountain Coffee Donut House Chocolate Glazed Donut Flavored Coffee K-Cups are delicious, combining cocoa-rich chocolate donut and sweet glazed icing flavors with smooth, light roast coffee! If you enjoy the pairing of a buttery, spiced cinnamon bun and coffee, then try Green Mountain Donut House Cinnamon Roll Flavored Coffee K-Cups. This coffee brews fresh every time with the aroma of actual cinnamon buns baking in an oven. The combination of brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla glaze icing flavors with coffee is excellent.

Grow Your Own Coffee From Green Coffee Beans

Green Coffee Beans are Coffee SeedsDo you absolutely love coffee? Odds are that you love coffee if you read this blog. Some of us who love coffee very much find that having a coffee plant in our house is a wondrous way to be close to the plant that provides our daily perkiness. If you are that in love with coffee, then don’t worry. You are in good company. Many people grow coffee at home or even in their yard (if they have no frost) and find the experience fun and rewarding.

Coffee is a tropical tree that grows well as a bush if trimmed correctly. It has large, waxy leaves like most tropical pants and requires mottled light, which is to say indirect sunlight or lower levels of artificial light. It grows much as most any other tropical plant we keep as houseplants does, and although it calls for much care in the beginning, it can actually be a relatively low-maintenance plant once established.

What many don’t know is that you can attempt to grow a coffee plant from green coffee beans of your favorite variety. These beans are older than those you’d buy from a greenhouse or seed store and are therefore prone to lower germination rates and extended germination times, but if you are already buying green coffee beans or just want to try a little coffee-growing experiment, they are a fun way to try to grow a coffee plant.

From Green Coffee Beans to a Coffee Bush

Grow Coffee Plants from Coffee BeansGreen coffee beans bought commercially rather than from a specialty plant store are older, having been processed and shipped through the manufacturing process. So, if you are truly serious about growing a coffee plant, you may want to buy a seedling or a fresh coffee bean online or at a nursery. However, for fun, you can take a handful of green coffee beans and soak them in water. The freshest, most viable ones will sprout, possibly within 24 hours but possibly over the course of days. These sprouted seeds are your best bet from your green coffee beans.

Honestly, soak a handful of beans from your bag of green coffee beans in water, and then select the ones that sprout tails to plant in rich, yet well-draining soil. The better the soil, the better your chances of attaining a coffee bush because the next part is the hard part.

It could take months, as many as three months for the coffee plant to get itself well-established enough to be considered hearty as a houseplant. During this time, the germinated green coffee bean needs a lot of careful attention. Do not overwater it, but do not underwater it. The soil should remain moist but never swampy. Keep the potted green bean in a room temperature environment, approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and wait patiently.

The plant is very slow moving at the seedling stage, and during this stage is when most everything can go wrong. You want to avoid letting the soil harbor the wrong organisms yet damp enough for the seedling to thrive.

The first set of leaves, or seed leaves, don’t look like coffee plant leaves, but they start the food production process for the plant, leading soon to waxy, lovely coffee leaves. While this might be a roundabout way to grow your favorite plant, the plant is beautiful and easy to maintain once fully grown. General care instructions are just about the same as those for camellia bushes or plants.

Coffee Shops and Food Service Establishments Popularize Green Convenience

Save the Planet with Corn Plastic Compostable CupsAs consumers grow more aware of the impact of their consumption decisions, businesses across the country are racing to find consumer-friendly replacements for conveniences that most consumers have come to expect. Not since the battling burger giants’ rejection of Styrofoam has there been such a shift in consumer expectation.

Today’s cafes, coffee shops, and restaurants have more opportunity to replace currently expected disposable conveniences with more environmentally friendly alternatives, and the price differences are shrinking every day as demand drives competition for the environmentally-friendly food service supplies market.

Compostable Cups, Plant-Derived Plastics, Disposable Beverage Services Go Green

Today’s consumers love to know their disposable conveniences are in line with their environmental outlook. So, when your customers see that your company invests in such corn plastic cold beverage cups as those made by Eco-Products or Savannah, they feel their money is being spent at an establishment that cares about the future.

A cup of coffee served in a Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Ecotainer Cup shows the buyer of that coffee that they are contributing a biodegradable cup to the landfill. A Savannah Bagasse Cup is made from biodegradable sugar cane fiber, making it an excellent choice for hot beverage service.

Compostable Plates and Cups Break Down With TimeEven food service options today provide a variety of environmentally-conscious disposable food service options. Eco-Products produces both disposable compostable bowls and disposable compostable plates. Seventh Generation Napkins are made from recycled paper pulp, making them a green choice when it comes to disposable napkins.

While replacing outdated disposable beverage service or food service products may be good for the planet, it is also a great marketing move for your business. Meeting today’s conscious consumer where they are comfortable makes them more likely to identify with your business or services, and that ensures repeat business.

It’s easier than ever to advertise your business’s green efforts thanks to products that are at the cutting edge of convenience science.

Central American Coffee Prices Likely To Rise

Central American Coffee Bean Shortages Due To FungusCentral American coffee growers are rushing to contain the spread of a coffee-eating fungus that has taken root in the region as events associated with global climate change have made the region an ideal home to the fungus. The hemilea vastatrix fungus thrives in the hot temperatures and drought conditions that the Central America experienced throughout 2012 and into the 2013 coffee harvest.

The fungus is known as “leaf rust” due to its tendency to dry up coffee leaves, causing them to discolor a rusty orange. The fungus is estimated to have impacted as much as 35% of the sown crops throughout Central America and may cause a loss of $300 million in crops. Governments from Costa Rica to Guatemala are rushing to contain and combat the invader.

What the leaf rust fungus means to coffee consumers the world over is a scarcity of Central American coffee and a general rise likely in coffee prices as this region struggles to meet world coffee demand.

Regions Affected and Central American Coffee Beans To Stock Up On

Price changes in agricultural goods like coffee beans tend to lag behind real-world events, so price fluctuations have not quite reached the market. This makes now a good time to stock up on coffee from regions that are likely to experience scarcity due to the leaf rust fungus. Stock up now and save money one coffee that is likely to be more expensive from the following regions:

Millstone Nicaraguan Coffee BeansNicaraguan Coffee

Millstone Organic Fair Trade Nicaraguan Mountain Twilight Blend Coffee Beans

Guatemalan Coffee

Barrie House Guatemalan Coffee BeansNew York Coffee Guatemala Antigua Green Coffee Beans

New York Coffee Guatemala Antigua SWP Decaf Ground Coffee

Barrie House S.H.B Guatemalan Coffee Beans

El Salvadoran Coffee

New York Coffee El Salvador Peaberry Coffee BeansCosta Rican Coffee Fresh Packs

Costa Rican Coffee

New York Coffee Costa Rica Ground Coffee

New York Coffee Costa Rica Tarrazu SWP Decaf Ground Coffee

Costa Rica Coffee Fresh Packs

Is Elephant Poo Coffee From Thailand The Next Kopi Luwak?

Entrepreneur Blake Dinkin thinks he has found the next hot trend in pre-digested coffee beans: the elephant. His unique coffee growing, harvesting, and roasting process uses this mammoth mammal to hand(trunk?)-select coffee beans at the height of their ripeness, pass them through this intrepid coffee harvester, and then hand(truly)-select the beans from the excrement of the elephant before roasting.

Alright, if you are still reading, then you might have the stomach for such a coffee product, and you probably already know about Kopi Luwak coffee beans and the civet cat. Kopi Luwak coffee is one of the most expensive coffees in the world, mostly due to the rarity created by the process involved in harvesting these coffee beans from the leavings of the civet cat. The beans, however, are transformed by the digestive enzymes of the civet and passed whole, the civet having digested the coffee berry from which it derives nutrition.

Blake Dinkin took nine years to develop the process by which his Black Ivory Coffee beans are produced, assuring those who think it is a gag coffee that his intent is quite serious. To the naysayers who are grossed out by this new breed of enzymatically-altered coffee bean, he suggests we remember that “honey is bee’s vomit and no one has a problem with that,” and he may be onto something. Kopi Luwak coffee received much the same reception but has remained a highly prized coffee variety.

Elephant Dung Coffee, Cat Poo Coffee, Racoon and Laboratory Coffee?

This trend of coffee altered through the chemistry of herbivores’ digestive tracts is not going away. In fact, it seems to be growing in popularity. As more coffee drinkers consume the oddly smooth, rounded flavor of these altered coffee beans and come to desire the traits that they possess, investment in finding ways to produce more coffee beans of such a caliber is likely to continue.

In Peru, coffee growers have begun harvesting the droppings Peruvian coati raccoons, a native animal that consumes the coffee berries in the region much as the civet cat does in Indonesia.  Perhaps truly the future of enzymatically altered coffee, a laboratory at the University of Florida has attempted to alter coffee beans by laboratory means that emulate the digestive processes involved in the digestive tracts of the civet cat to produce laboratory-made Kopi Luwak coffee.

By whatever means this type of altered coffee bean is produced, the coffee is regularly considered some of the finest tasting on the market. It is prized for its reduced acidity, smooth flavor with rich, cocoa notes, and full bodied character.

While we may one day move away from treating coffee beans with a good pre-digestion and toward a less natural, more laboratory-based process, the trend of animal harvested and processed coffee beans is likely to continue. The process highlights the tastes and experiences that define good coffee, so coffee producers around the world are likely to look a bit closer at the droppings of the native inhabitants of their coffee farms.

Happy New Year From CoffeeForLess

Coffee Beans and K-Cups New Year Deals at CoffeeForLessIn the last hours of 2012, we want to raise our mug and wish our customers a Happy New Year of great coffee and well-being. We have worked hard to up our game in 2012 at CoffeeForLess, providing more helpful infographics and articles to our customers and striving to provide the best prices on coffee beans that we could.

Our efforts to build a coffee community have really paid off, with our customers returning over and over again and offering great feedback and helpful reviews on the coffees that we carry at CoffeeForLess. We have sought the best coffees and most useful coffee accessories that we can provide, and our customers have noticed.

We are truly excited for 2013 and the emerging coffee regions that we will be able to enjoy and offer to our customers.

CoffeeForLess New Year’s Resolutions

CoffeeForLess’s team of coffee enthusiasts is just as passionate as your community of customers when it comes to quality coffee. Our New Year’s resolution is to continue our efforts to find the most exciting emerging regional coffee beans and delicious, gourmet flavored coffees that we can offer.

We will continue to seek out the best single cup coffee makers, seeking out the best technologies and keeping our customers up to date with product updates and news in the single serving coffee world. Beyond that, we will seek to offer the best prices on single cup coffee refills like K-Cups for your Keurig, Tassimo, and other coffee systems. As more useful accessories become available, we will provide them at great prices to our customers.

While they may seem like obvious resolutions to make, we know these efforts on our part are what set CoffeeForLess apart from other online coffee shops. Our dedication to great coffee and great deals are what has given us the opportunity to work with such a great coffee community.

We would love to hear any New Year’s coffee resolutions, if you have any, from our community of passionate coffee drinkers.

Happy New Year!

-The CoffeeForLess Crew

Coffee Shortages Expected From Global Climate Change

Coffee Bean Production to Be Affected By Global Climate ChangeRecord heat waves, unusual droughts, floods, and wild fires are some of the horrors that global climate change models predict, but now some are saying that something even worse is on the way: coffee shortages!

The Coffee Arabica plant grows in a specific belt on the globe known as “The Coffee Bean Belt,” and this belt maintains a 4-5 degree temperature range that is ideal for producing great coffee beans. Almost all of the coffee that we enjoy is grown in this specific temperature range. Global climate change models suggest that the regions which we rely upon to produce our coffee will shift out of this temperature range by 2080, resulting in major stress upon the industry.

This does not mean the end of coffee, but it does suggest that the industry will have to adapt to a changing world, as much of agriculture around the globe is likely to experience.  This could cause shortages, price increases, and many other difficulties, but it also provides opportunities.

Coffee Plants and Grape Vines, A History of Agricultural Shift

The grape vine is another sensitive plant on which we rely for another one or two of humanity’s favorite beverages. It grows well within a limited climate too, so as climate change has occurred, vineyards have been chasing this zone of ideal weather as it moves farther and farther from the equator. Some suggest that we may one day be drinking English instead of French wines!

Certainly with time, coffee agriculture will adjust to global climate change, but this coffee drinker still finds it difficult to imagine drinking Georgian coffee or New Zealand coffee, but the day may come. In the short term, coffee drinkers should expect sporadic harvests as a result of warming temperatures and spreading drought conditions.

In the meantime, you can get all of the coffee beans that you want at the prices that you expect at CoffeeForLess.

As the coffee world changes, we will keep you informed of the events that affect coffee prices, but one thing you can trust not to change is that CoffeeForLess will continue to offer you the best prices of coffee that we can.

CoffeeForLess Hit the Books Scholarship Winner Announced

Twice a year, CoffeeForLess awards an educational scholarship that we call the Hit The Books Scholarship to a student from within our community of coffee enthusiasts. This award of $500 dollars is meant to assist the budding scholar in affording the books and experiences that make up their college or university experience.

Today, we are pleased to announce the winner of the Fall 2012 Hit The Books Scholarship: Jane Marchant!

The Fall 2012 Hit The Books Scholarship Award Winner

CoffeeForLess Hit The Books Scholarship Winner Fall 2012Jane is a returning student to university life, having taken a sebaticle to travel the world and gain experience on her way to returning to her education. She is starting at Columbia University and majoring in Creative Writing.

She wrote us about her journey and how she sees the CoffeeForLess Hit The Books Scholarship as an affirmation of her decisions:

I would like to thank the scholarship committee at Coffee For Less for choosing me as their recipient of the most recent Hit the Books Scholarship. As a creative writing major, I will definitely be hitting the books this coming semester! I am a returning student, and will be starting Columbia University, in New York City, after five years out of university. I spent my time traveling the world; and while it was a beautiful experience, it taught me that I wanted something more. I wanted an education.

It was a difficult decision for me to return to finish my bachelor’s degree, and the tuition of a private school put a lot of pressure on me financially. Thanks to this scholarship, a little of the load has been taken off of my shoulders, and I am very grateful for that. The support from Coffee for Less reassures me that the financial aspects of university will work themselves out; and motivates me to concentrate all of my energy on my coming studies. There is nothing more important to a person than their education, and I thank Coffee for Less for contributing to mine.

Sincerely,

Jane Marchant

The CoffeeForLess Hit The Books Scholarship Spring 2013

Congratulate Jane and wish her luck on her educational journey, but remember, the next CoffeeForLess Hit The Books Scholarship deadline is January 31st. If there is a scholar in your life, a friend or relative that could use a little assistance on their educational journey and that is passionate about their love of coffee, then make sure they apply for this scholarship opportunity.

Coffee has long been the drink of choice for deep discussions, so join CoffeeForLess in supporting the next generation of scholars.

New Study: Coffee Helps Prevent Skin Cancer

 

Coffee May Prevent Skin CancerStudy after study finds that coffee, when consumed in moderation most befitting of your body, is practically a health tonic. In the past, we have found that coffee appears to protect neurons from such degenerative diseases as Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. Regular coffee consumption has been associated with a reduction in heart disease, and when consumed with reasonable or low amounts of sugar, coffee appears to have protective effects against Type II Diabetes.

Regular coffee consumption has even been associated with antidepressant effects and a longer lifespan, but few would have expected the findings of a recent study that suggest that regular coffee consumption reduces the occurrence of basal cell carcinoma, more commonly known as skin cancer. Even more shocking is the fact that one need not apply the coffee to one’s skin to enjoy the effects. Just drinking coffee, a naturally rich source of antioxidants, can help prevent the development of skin cancer, one of the most commonly occurring cancers the world over.

 

Healthy Coffee Options at CoffeeForLess

The key, it seems, to enjoying the health benefits of coffee are two part. First, one must avoid adding too much sugar or creamer to one’s coffee, and unfortunately for fans of the “Frap,” this means getting a little more traditional with your coffee. Studies have found that regular drip coffee of the sort enjoyed by the majority of pour over and single cup coffee maker coffee enthusiasts is the healthiest; sorry, espresso fans, but pressure does not seem to extract the healthful compounds quite as well as a slower hot water extraction.

Second, one needs to enjoy one’s coffee as fresh as possible. In this way, coffee beans are ideal. By grinding your coffee fresh, you allow the natural density of the bean to act as a preservative of many healthful compounds, not the least of which is the antioxidants held within. By grinding fresh coffee beans, you ensure that you have access to the most undamaged coffee compounds that you are going to get from roasted coffee.

So, while you may not yearn to forego your favorite sweetener, perhaps try a flavored coffee with light sugar and enjoy all of the healthful benefits held in the miraculous coffee bean.

Drinking Coffee May Prevent Heart Failure

Coffee Consumption May Prevent Heart FailureA recent 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.