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.

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.arts_for_all_confidence_builder

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.

 

Get Up, Stand Up With Marley Coffee

Jamaica is famous for Reggae music and having some of richest soil for growing coffee. That’s why Rohan Marley, son of the legendary Bob Marley, has returned to his father’s estate in Jamaica to create Marley Coffee. Founded in 2009, Rohan set out to complete the other half of his father’s dream by coming back home to farm.

Varieties of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee began flourishing in the 1700′s and continue to be some of the most sought-after coffees in the world. What makes Rohan’s brew of coffee unique is that the beans are grown on the family’s 52-acre estate farm with no genetic engineering or use of pesticides in the production process. In fact, Marley Coffee is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Organic Crop Improvement Association of Canada, OCIA.

Rohan and the other members of the company pride themselves on producing coffee through sustainable methods. This means the production process doesn’t just take from the environment, it also gives back by growing new trees and shrubbery after the marley-coffee-stir-it-upland is tilled. The company recently partnered with the Rain Forest Alliance, using the organizations guidance on how to produce coffee in ecologically friendly ways.

Community is also another important principle of Marley Coffee. The company has created economic opportunities in Jamaica and other parts of the world through their coffee producing methods. The jobs provide a living for many growers who would otherwise not be able to earn a livable wage.

You can find Marley Coffee online, at retail stores like Safeway or Whole Foods and others throughout the United States and Canada. Rohan believes that as the organic movement continues to grow and become commonplace in the everyday diet, Marley Coffee will be positioned to be a major player in the coffee market. If things work out like he expects, it won’t be long until you’ll see bags of Marley Coffee alongside those of Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Top 7 Flavored Syrups To Put In Your Coffee

It’s estimated that 1.6 billion (with a “b”) cups of coffee are consumed worldwide everyday. Considering the variety of flavors brewed in coffee beans – let alone flavored syrup for coffee – the possibilities for concocting a perfect cup of coffee are endless.

There are plenty of occasions where I sit down with a particular roast and think that it could use an additional flavor or two. I can readily add these flavors with a small contribution from my stock of flavored syrups. If you are unfamiliar with flavored syrup for coffee or want to broaden your horizons, the following list will help you make the best purchases. Here are the 7 flavored syrups that every coffee drinker should own.

Monin Strawberry Syrup

Monin Strawberry Syrup is great when you are looking to add sweetness to coffee. It’s a good choice for anyone who loves strawberries and strawberry flavored products. It also contains no preservatives for a more natural taste.

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Monin Peach Syrup

Many people enjoy the fuzziness and sweetness of a peach, but it is hard to find coffee that is peach flavored. This Monin syrup uses natural ingredients to sweeten your coffee. Peach flavored coffee offers a pleasantness unparalleled in many standard brews.

Monin Lemon Syrup

For coffee with a crisp fresh taste, you should add a healthy dose of Monin Lemon Syrup. This fat free, cholesterol free, and alcohol-free syrup is healthier option to add flavor to your coffee. I recommend this particular syrup after a big meal for palette cleansing.

Entner-Stuart Caramel Premium Syrup

Coffee drinkers who want to add a subtle hint of caramel flavor to their coffee should try this. While caramel flavored coffee is readily available, it sometimes has too strong of a caramel flavor. This syrup solves that problem by allowing you to manipulate the concentration of flavor.

Entner-Stuart Almond Premium Syrup

This choice from Entner-Stuart Coffee Syrup collection is a fantastic addition to any cup of coffee. Made with 100% Hawaiian liquid cane sugar, you know that this syrup is made from the highest quality ingredients. Entner-Stuart Almond Premium Syrup is an excellent choice for making your coffee taste a bit more tropical.

Monin Yellow Banana Syrup

You will go bananas when you realize that banana flavored coffee is a possibility. This product is great for those fringe coffee drinkers who want to mask some coffee flavor with a less intense fruity sweetness.

Entner-Stuart Blackberry Premium Syrup

A tart, sweet, and fruity flavored is just a quick pour away with a bottle of this in your cabinet. This brand of syrups provides maximum flavor but also prevents any sludge from accumulating at the bottom of your cup.

Getting Started

For those of you who are interested in purchasing flavored syrup for coffee, your local coffee shop or CoffeeForLess.com are great places to start. A set of options to spice up your coffee is never a bad thing. Just one questions remains: How do you like your cup of coffee?

Top Flavored Coffee Beans of 2013

Another year has come and gone, and – no matter what – I always enjoyed a cup of coffee. So, I’ll let old acquaintance be forgot and take a moment to laud our favorite flavored coffee beans of 2013. Without further adieu, we present the best flavors of 2013 and wonder if any could top the list in 2014. Happy New Year!

New York Coffee Irish Coffee

These flavored coffee beans made me think of my ancestors who immigrated from the Emerald Isle. They never failed to give my taste buds the Irish Coffee flavor they craved. The creamy body and mouth-feel were just another reason New York Coffee Irish Coffee is included on this list.

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New York Coffee Jamaican Rum

Whenever I needed to escape to a tropical place, I brewed a cup of Jamaican Rum (a plane wasn’t usually an option). Each sip brought sweet rum flavor to my lips that was always “Jamaican me crazy.” I think of it as an island paradise in a cup.

New York Coffee Hot Fudge

Sometimes, all I needed to cap off a particularly great day was a cup of Hot Fudge. Having the soft spot I do for sundaes, there is no better thing to drink. Every gulp of hot fudge heaven brought warmth to my belly and a smile to my face.

New York Coffee Gingerbread

Run, run as fast as you can! You might not catch the Gingerbread Man, but Gingerbread flavored coffee beans don’t run very fast. They have a spiced, gingerbread flavor that can make any day feel like the holidays. This is a great brew for days that you feel blue.

Barrie House French Vanilla Cream

There was no single association I had with this coffee flavor other than pure and utter deliciousness. Any time I brewed a cup of French Vanilla Cream, the sweet aroma filled the house. I always keep a bag on hand for any social occasion.

Barrie House 100% Colombian Decaf

For those days when I needed a smaller boost to start my day, I turned to my bag of Colombian Decaf. What it lacks in caffeine, it makes up for in rich, caramel flavor. Every cup brewed from these flavored coffee beans was guaranteed to have premium quality flavor and smoothness.

Aloha Island Hazelnut Paradise

Mentally escaping to a tropical island was a very common pastime for me this year! Aloha Island Hazelnut Paradise has the ideal blend of coffee and hazelnut flavors to put me in total relaxation. Any night that featured Hazelnut Paradise felt like a luau to me.

Who Will Be The Best of 2014?

These sevens varieties of flavored coffee beans reined supreme in 2013, but 2014 is a whole new ball game. I have decided to broaden my horizons and have actively been searching CoffeeForLess.com for new flavors to try. Who knows? Maybe one of them will make it onto this list next year.

Coconut Water A Healthy Alternative to Sports Drinks

Vita Coco Coconut WaterWe’ve been hearing it for years: electrolytes are key for quick and effective hydration. Sports drinks advertise them, enhanced water brands add them, and now coconut water is making a splash by focusing on its natural electrolyte content. Some swear by the rehydrating power of coconut water while others just like the taste. Either way, coconut water appears to be here to stay.

Coconut water is the water that is naturally found within coconuts. It has been the survival strategy of Robinson Crusoe-type island survivalists and a delicious treat throughout any region that supports coconut palms. Now, coconut water is being touted for its health benefits. It is a natural source of such natural minerals as Potassium, an electrolyte and essential nutrient, and it also boasts a high antioxidant content, allowing some to argue that coconut water can be an dietary element in cancer prevention.

Coconut Water Options at CoffeeForLess

CoffeeForLess is proud to carry the Vita Coco Coconut Water product line. Vita Coco has been a leader in bringing coconut water, a once exotic island vacation treat, to the consumer market and continues to innovate flavored coconut water beverages that meet our customers’ discerning tastes.

Running with the tropical themes associated with their product, Vita Coco has introduced a variety of flavor options that hearken to the islands that grow coconuts. Enjoy pineapple, orange, peach-mango, or tropical fruit flavors and savor the tastes of the tropics. Original flavor tastes very much like sipping from a freshly cracked coconut.

Coffee fanatics can enjoy the healthful benefits of coconut water with Vita Coco’s Coco Café. This fantastic flavored coconut water combines espresso and coconut water for a tropical late unlike any other. The combination of coconut water and coffee is an abundant source of naturally-derived antioxidants and an energy drink that hydrates as it invigorates.

So the next time you think about reaching for a high-fructose corn syrup-sweetened sports drink, remember the humble coconut. It packs much the same hydration power but is less heavily sweetened and quite a nutritious choice when you are in need of serious hydration.

Refreshingly Cool: Discover Organa Mint Green Tea

For many, the art of tea drinking has become a daily ritual. Each step in the process brings you closer to enjoying a steaming hot cup of tea. From heating the water to selecting your favorite mug, tea time is your time. Exploring new blends of tea is part of the ritualistic process. Organa Mint Green Tea Pods offer a delectable new experience. Filling your cup with an enjoyable blend of organic green tea, the refreshing taste of mint creates an overall revitalizing brew.

Organa Mint Green Tea

Experience a Cool Flavor Burst with Organa Mint Green Tea

Organa Mint Green Tea travels to your cup from China’s Zhejiang province. Known for its high-quality green teas, this eastern coastal area is the main green tea growing area in China. It produces some of the most popular green teas including, Longjing. This green tea is mostly produced by hand and known for its high quality and delicate flavor. Organa Mint Green Tea Pods from CoffeeForLess infuse your senses by combining that delicate green tea flavors with American spearmint and peppermint. Part palate cleanser and part refresher, this soothing cup of mint green tea is simple yet flavorful. With its highly aromatic minty blend, it satisfies with notes of smooth herbal ones and minty finishes for an overall delightful blend. Perfect for an afternoon cup of tea, Organa Mint Green Tea can be sweetened with a touch of sugar and is enjoyable warm or served over ice for a refreshingly cool blend.

Boost your Health with Mint Green Tea

Drinking mint green tea offers quite a number of health benefits, including the anti-cancer antioxidant, catechin. High numbers of catechins are naturally found in green tea. Likewise, green tea helps increase the number of regulatory T cells in the body, which can strengthen your immune system. Green tea also is associated with boosting functioning abilities in old age, losing weight, shrinking tumors and lowering your risk of heart disease. It’s definitely a step forward for your health to enjoy a daily cup of green tea.

Organa fine teas offer fresh, organic teas that are harvested in small batches from renowned tea estates from around the globe. No chemical fertilizers, growth stimulants, pesticides or antibiotics are used in growing the tea leaves, making the tea 100% organic and certified by the US Department of Agriculture and the Organic Crop Improvement Association. Served to you in tea pod form, Organa Teas pods are compatible with the single-serve pod brewing systems. Each pod contains no calories, fat or allergens. Likewise, they are gluten free and Kosher certified.

Crystal Light Instant Drink Packets Beat the Heat

Crystal Light On The Go Instant BeveragesThe weathermen are predicting a huge heat wave over the next week, and that means thirsty times are ahead. If you are looking for a great diet-friendly way to beat the heat and quench your thirst, then Crystal Light instant beverages are a great choice.

Try any of a variety of Crystal Light drink mixes over ice and enjoy a cooling, satisfying drink beverage that has as much as 90% fewer calories than leading drink brands. CoffeeForLess carries a variety of Crystal Light flavors, so there’s certain to be one that you like.

 

Crystal Light Drink Mix Flavors at CoffeeForLess

CoffeeForLess carries a variety of Crystal Light flavors in boxes of thirty individually packaged servings. These Crystal Light packets are so convenient that all you need to do is add cold water and a tasty beverage is yours to enjoy immediately. Don’t forget the ice if you want to beat the heat.

Nothing beats the high temperatures of a heat wave like lemonade, and Crystal Light On The Go Lemonade Drink Mix is a great low-calorie way to enjoy lemonade on a hot day. Feel like something fruity and delicious but not looking for something as sour as lemonade? Try Crystal Light On The Go Raspberry Ice. The sweet taste of raspberries has never been so easy to make or so diet-friendly. If you want a more traditional beverage, try Crystal Light Fruit Punch. It is sweet and satisfying without any of the worries involved in other high calorie beverages.

For some, nothing quenches thirst on a hot day quite like iced tea. Crystal Light On The Go Iced Tea is the drink for you then. Classic iced tea flavor instantly without any of the calories usually associated with sweet tea. For a more adventurous flavor, try Crystal Light On The Go Peach Tea. A hit of sweet peach flavor really makes this instant tea delicious.

Beat the heat and get yourself a sweet and satisfying beverage without having to worry about burning off those calories at the gym. Crystal Light has been the dieters’ friend for decades, and now you can get it at CoffeeForLess.

Tortuga Rum Cakes Taste of Florida Cakes

Tortuga Rum Cake A Taste of Florida Orange-Flavored Rum CakeFor more than 25 years, Tortuga Rum Cakes has been bringing a traditional taste of the Caribbean to North American plates, and now they have released a unique line of Florida-themed flavored rum cakes in favors familiar to Floridian throughout the peninsula.

Tortuga Rum Cakes Taste of Florida Cakes are flavored with some of the traditional dessert flavors beloved to Floridians. By enhancing their traditional rum cakes with flavors one might normally associate with pies, Tortuga Rum Cakes have created a whole new taste sensation sure to please the discerning palates of the CoffeeForLess coffee community.

 

Tortuga Rum Cakes Taste of Florida Cake Flavors

Many Americans think oranges when they think Florida, and so it should be no surprise that one of the Taste of Florida Rum Cake flavors is orange-flavored. Enhancing these savory cakes with the bright citric taste of orange juice makes for an elegant as well as subtly sweet taste experience. Tortuga Rum Cake Taste of Florida Orange Flavored Rum Cake is great with a cup of light roast coffee because it enhances the natural citrus notes and pairs with the bright flavor rather well.

Do you like Key Lime pie? Try Tortuga Rum Cakes Taste of Florida Key Lime Flavored Rum Cake. This one has a lovely yet strong Key Lime flavor that makes it very satisfying with a strong cup of tea or even a bold dark roast coffee. Fans of Key Lime pie are sure to enjoy this novel take on a traditional Rum cake.

Coconuts grow throughout the Caribbean and also in Florida, lending their flavor to myriad desserts, dishes, and drinks, and Tortuga Rum Cakes included this island flavor as their third Taste of Florida. Tortuga Rum Cakes Taste of Florida Coconut-Flavored Rum Cakes are a savory delight. The smooth coconut flavor truly pairs with the authentic island rum flavors and the buttery cake taste to provide an excellent dessert experience. Try pairing it with your favorite coffee, and you will not be disappointed. Coconut seems to go well with just about anything.

If you cannot decide between these Tastes of Florida, it’s no problem. CoffeeForless carries a Tortuga Rum Cakes Taste of Florida Variety Pack featuring two cakes in each of these flavors. Go ahead and treat yourself today.