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!

4 Tricks For The Best Coffee You Can Brew

How to Make The Best CoffeeCoffee has been elevated to an art in some cultures. Coffee drinkers across the globe pride themselves on their coffee preparations, and if you ask, most will tell you their method makes the best coffee. The best coffee, it seems, may not be a matter of preparation method or ritualistic artifice but instead all about the amount of care that goes into the cup.

Whether you use a percolator that’s been in your family for generations, a Moka pot, pour over funnels, a French press, drip coffee pots, or a single cup coffee maker, the best coffee comes from ingredients that are fresh and proper care of your coffee preparation device of choice.

We’ve gathered four simple tricks to help you enjoy the best coffee possible whenever you brew your favorite bean.

4 Ways to Ensure the Best Coffee

Follow these simple methods and you are practically guaranteed to enjoy a better cup of coffee. These methods of coffee preparation allow for your favorite method of coffee brewing, but by following these guidelines, you ensure that you are getting the best out of your beans.

1. Fresh Coffee is Best Coffee

Avoid old beans. Fresh, whole bean coffee holds its flavor and avoids as much oxidation as ground coffee can experience. For the best coffee possible, buy fresh beans and grind them as close to the moment of brewing as possible.

2. Coffee Grind Coarseness Matters

Investing in a good coffee grinder can truly upgrade your coffee experience. How finely or coarsely you grind your coffee beans directly impacts your coffee extraction no matter what method you use to do so. Too finely ground coffee may be too strong while too coarsely ground coffee may taste weak. Find the grind that fits your preferences for full flavor at the strength you like.

3. Good Water Makes the Best Coffee

There are only two ingredients in a cup of black coffee, so the water you use to brew your coffee will have a direct impact on your coffee’s flavor, body, and extraction potential.  Use filtered water or bottled water to ensure a clean, full flavor. Further, experiment with the proportion of ground coffee to ensure you are using the right ratio for your taste preferences.

4. Clean Your Coffee Equipment

Whether you’re running the BMW of espresso machines every day or pouring a kettle of boiled water over a funnel full of grounds, popping K-Cups in a Keurig or putting prepackaged coffee pods into the company urn, you will get the best coffee from clean equipment. It is essential to clean your coffee equipment and to descale coffee makers regularly exposed to tap water.

5 Hottest Coffee Trends Right Now

Pour Over Coffee Latest Single Cup Coffee TrendCoffee is finding its rightful place amongst the gourmet crowd, gaining an appreciation amongst many on par with fine wine. It is moving away from the utilitarian work-motivator and finding a comfortable home in the world of the gastronomical arts. One result of this transition has been a boom in artisanal coffee roasters, and another has been the adoption of new coffee preparation techniques that ensure a fresher, better extraction.

Today, we’re going to have a look at some of the emerging trends in coffee today and identify the five hottest coffee trends. While coffee still serves a utilitarian role in many lives, you can enjoy better coffee via the many methods of coffee preparation currently  growing in popularity.

Five Coffee Trends Raising the Coffee Bar

The five coffee trends below cover a spectrum of professional and personal choices that are influencing the way people drink their coffee. Many are focused on the quality and freshness of the extraction, often with a desire to brew a single cup or smaller volume of coffee more effectively and delicious-tasting.

Micro Roasting Beans

Small batch roasting is spreading across the country as a growing trend. Coffee shops are micro roasting green coffee beans. Coffee roasters are using equipment to brew smaller, more consistent batches of coffee, much as New York Coffee does. This trend has gone so far that many coffee fanatics are starting to roast green coffee beans at home. You really can’t get any fresher than that.

Cold Brewed Coffee

The last couple of years have seen the rise of the cold brewed coffee. This is coffee brewed in room temperature or lower water for as much as 24 hours. The cold extraction of coffee compounds provides a smoother, less bitter extraction that many compare to dark chocolate. While this method involves patience, it results in such an excellent brew that many companies are now bottling and selling cold brew coffee.

Pour Over Coffee Brewing

Pour over coffee is gaining in popularity so quickly that coffee shops across the country are investing in pour over coffee equipment to meet the demands of consumers.  Pour over coffee brewing is accomplished by putting a coffee filter into a glass or ceramic funnel, packing it with ground coffee, and then pouring boiled water through the grounds for the freshest extraction possible. Pour over coffee enthusiasts rave about the coffee produced with this method and the Hario V60 ceramic funnel cone  or the Chemex glass pour over coffee maker.

Light Roast Coffee Popularity

Ever since Starbucks stormed the American coffee scene in the 90s, Americans have been drinking more and more dark roast coffee. The trend seems to be reversing after nearly twenty years of dark roast dominance. Developing American palates are seeking out more complex flavors and really seeking to taste the bean rather than the roast. Light roast coffee is the way to do it.

Single Cup Coffee Brewing

Fresh, fresh, fresh! That’s how people want their coffee these days, leaving behind old stale carafes of heated-all-day coffee and embracing a single cup of coffee brewed on demand. While some use the pour over method to accomplish this goal, many are turning to single cup coffee makers to enjoy a fresh brew that is easy and convenient. Keurig K-Cup coffee makers are leading the way with this trend, but many other brands are arriving on the market to meet this consumer demand.

CoffeeForLess One in a Million Contest

Coffee Contest and Coffee Price Gift Certificates

At CoffeeForLess, we often comment on the fact that the community of coffee drinkers that are our customers are the best part of our business other than the coffee itself. We mean it. We have had the privilege of working with one of our favorite things, coffee, thanks to our customers, and we often try to come up with ideas for how we can give back to the community that has made us a success.

Recently, we noticed that we are approaching a fantastic milestone: one million sales! This is a pretty big deal for a company that set out to provide online coffee sales at the best price possible, and we recognize that we couldn’t have done it without each and every customer.

So, in our eyes, each of you is one in a million, the rare find that makes us fortunate to have you as a customer and the reason, we believe, that we have enjoyed the success that we have. In order to celebrate this milestone and the coffee community that have made it possible, we are holding the One In A Million Celebration Contest.

One In A Million Contest Prizes

We’re really excited about this milestone at CoffeeForLess, so we really dug deep and came up with a great idea to show our appreciation to our customers. We’re pretty proud of what we decided to do.

The customer whose purchase is our one-millionth sale will receive a CoffeeForLess gift certificate for $1,000. That’s a lot of coffee or a great upgrade to your current home or office coffee maker and still a lot of coffee! 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 one million sale celebration doesn’t end there. Not only is CoffeeForLess giving away five prizes to our coffee-loving customers, we’re also going to offer a 10% discount code on the One in a Million Contest page when we reach one million sales. This CoffeeForLess coupon code will expire 11:59PM on Sunday, June 30th, 2013, so be sure to check the page often to take advantage of the discount or sign up for our promotional emails to get updates on this contest and other sales in the future.

We are excited to share this milestone with our community of customers. You can bet that we’ll continue to offer the best prices on your favorite coffee, teas, single cup coffee refills, coffee makers, and beverage service accessories for the next million sales too!

Green Coffee Beans Found to Help Diabetes and Weight Loss

Green Coffee Beans Cause Weight LossThe words of the day are “chlorogenic acid,” a natural substance found in green coffee beans. Scientists have been studying this substance in an attempt to understand its effect on the human body. Multiple studies have been done on chlorogenic acid, but two were published in the last few weeks that have potentially huge ramifications for those who enjoy coffee and those who suffer from either obesity or type 2 diabetes.

The chlorogenic acid in green coffee beans is a naturally occurring chemical that can be found in many fruits and vegetables, including apples, cherries, and plums. It appears to have little to no side effects when applied to the body in concentrated doses, and this fact has led to multiple studies being done as to its medical uses. What science is discovering is that the chlorogenic acid found so concentrated in green coffee beans seems to have significant positive health effects on metabolic processes.

Unfortunately, chlorogenic acid is mostly destroyed by the high heat used to roast coffee beans. Some of it does make it to your mug, though, giving it some positive health impact. To experience the full health benefits discussed below, one must take a concentrated extract of green coffee beans. Nobody recommends brewing green beans, though that would be a healthful tonic, because unroasted coffee beans have a very bitter, strongly sour, even grassy taste to them.

Health Benefits of Green Coffee Bean Extracts

Type 2 diabetes is a growing epidemic in the United States, one that affects more than 90 percent of the 26 million Americans with diabetes. A study on the body’s physiological response to green coffee bean extracts was the result of Dr. Joe Vinson observing that those who drank seven or more cups of coffee a day experienced a 50 percent risk reduction for type 2 diabetes compared to those who drank just two cups of coffee a day. This led Dr. Vinson on a quest to uncover what about coffee decreased the risk of type 2 diabetes. What he found was multiple studies that had shown that unroasted coffee bean extract had a regulating effect on blood sugar regulation. He studied this effect in further detail with excellent outcomes, resulting in as much as a 30 percent reduction in blood-glucose at just a daily 400mg extract dosage. Further, those who received the extract experienced weight loss.

With that in mind, Vinson did another study, studying the effects of green coffee beans on weight loss specifically, and what he found is good news to everyone looking to get ready for that summer beach body. Participants lost an average of 17 pounds of body mass in just 22 weeks. This amounted to a 10.5 percent decrease in overall body weight and a 16 percent decrease in body fat. These results were accomplished with no significant lifestyle changes other than the addition of green coffee bean extracts ranging from 700 to 1,050mgs dosage daily. Vinson simply connected the dots between his previous study and other studies that had shown that green coffee beans cause weight loss.

The good news for everyone is that there may be even more health benefits to green coffee beans yet uncovered, and while drinking roasted coffee daily may reduce the amount of those benefits received, a lesser percentage of those healthful compounds finds its way into every single cup that you brew.

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.