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.

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.