Decisions, Decisions: Tassimo Latte vs. Tassimo Caramel Latte Macchiato

The other day, I had some friends over for coffee. I had forgotten they were stopping by, and my nearly empty pantry had only two options left: Tassimo Latte and Tassimo Caramel Latte Macchiato. Luckily, these were among my friends’ favorite drinks. Unsurprisingly, they cleaned me out of both beverages.

When it came time for my last guest to pick her drink, she couldn’t make up her mind. She couldn’t decide if she wanted to keep things simple or if she wanted that hint of caramel. Being a notorious flip-flopper, my friend began to irritate everybody else. Each person took turns trying to sway her. I got to thinking, which one was really the better option?

A Tale of Two Tassimos

My mind began drifting to a fantasy world where each option was an applicant for a highly sought after position. I imagined I was at my desk doing a final review of their resumes.

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My first thoughts went to the obvious difference in preparation between lattes and latte macchiatos. The average coffee drinker may not know this, but there is a difference: lattes are prepared by adding milk to espresso, whereas latte macchiatos are made by adding espresso to milk. When I remembered this, I considered how my imaginary candidates came from different backgrounds.

I moved to reviewing the Tassimo Latte. I thought about the taste. I always found the Tassimo Latte to be scrumptious. The combination of dairy and coffee flavors is perfect for dessert or a mid-afternoon treat. The plain but distinguished flavor goes down smooth, and my tongue always has a pleasant tingle when I drink it.

Next, I took a moment to reflect on the Tassimo Caramel Latte Macchiato. Similar to the Tassimo Latte, it has a perfect blend of milk and espresso. However, it also has a subtle yet noticeable hint of caramel. Whenever I need a little extra sweetness in my day, the Tassimo Caramel Latte Macchiato is a great go-to option.

Sweet Victory

After wrestling with the decision, I prayed that my friend would pick the Tassimo Latte. I only had one of each option and decided I needed some extra sweetness. Thankfully, she made the right call, and we both were able to enjoy our beverage of choice. As we sat down to enjoy our drinks, I logged into CoffeeForLess.com to order myself more of each.

Though my preference was for the Tassimo Caramel Latte Macchiato that day, it could have very well swung toward the Tassimo Latte. Each drink has its benefits. The decision is really a matter of mood and preference in the moment.

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.

5 Reasons Why Tassimo Makes Great Coffee Machines

In case you haven’t heard, Tassimo has a unique line of coffee makers that brew the perfect beverage every time, be it at home or in the office. This innovative machine offers features like T-Disc technology, multiple beverage types, and liquid foam for a Tassimo latte. Before you run out and buy your next coffee machine, check out these five great reasons to consider a Tassimo.

1. T Disc Technology

T-Discs can be filled with coffee or espresso grounds, tea leaves, or milk creamer (the milk creamer can be frothed to make cappuccinos or lattes). In less than a minute, your machine will brew you a fresh cup of coffee, latte, or tea. Each disc comes with a barcode that tells the brewer the exact amount of water, optimal temperature, and the length of brew. This way you’re guaranteed a perfect cup on each use.what-is-tassimo-t-disc

2. Adjustable Stand

Tassimo’s machines feature adjustable stands that allow you to fill most any sized container. Fill coffee cups or travel mugs with ease.

3. Easy to Clean

All removable components of a Tassimo machine are hand washable and all parts are dishwasher safe, except for the water container. The barcode reader can be wiped down with a damp cloth.

4. Automatic Cleaning and Descaling

Many other brewers need to be descaled or cleaned manually, which means you have to take time filling your brewer with vinegar and water. However, with a Tassimo, it’s programmed to do cleaning and descaling on its own. You simply pop in a special T-Disc (that comes with your purchase), run the machine, and your brewer stays clean. It is recommended that the re-usable cleaning insert be used about once a week.

5. Tassimo Vs. Keurig

Tassimo has a variety of unique features that make it comparable to the best-selling Keurig brewer. For instance, Tassimo’s barcoding system can program the machine to adjust to different types of drinks like lattes. Another unique feature of the Tassimo is that it makes coffeehouse style foam from liquid milk that any latte or espresso lover would appreciate. Keurig brewers, on the other hand, generally only use powdered milk to create foam.

As you can see, the Tassimo machine can compete with the best brewers on the market. If you’re someone who loves lattes, or even just the type of coffee drinker who appreciates convenience, the Tassimo may be just the right coffee machine for you.

The 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?

A Date Set By Senseo Medium Roast Coffee Pods

A short story… A couple of years ago, I had my eye on this girl. Every morning, we stopped at the same coffee shop and took the same bus to work. After three months of awkward silence, I had never built up the courage to talk to her. That changed when I got in line behind her and she dropped her wallet.

I picked it up, and we began talking. At first we didn’t have much to discuss, but being in a coffee shop, I improvised. I asked what her favorite drink was. Then, she returned the question. Quickly, the conversation turned to home brewing. I mentioned I liked Senseo Medium Roast Coffee Pods yet she met me with a hearty chuckle.

She explained that after swearing off coffee for decades, she got her parents to try it. Ironically, she served them coffee made from Senseo Medium Roast Coffee Pods. Afterwards, she said they didn’t go a day without enjoying a cup. We decided to meet up later that week for dinner.

An Interesting Evening

We met each other that Friday. We found we had a bit more in common than taking the bus and enjoying coffee. We were both diehard New York sports fans. She also mentioned that she was going to be changing jobs the next week. It was the makings of a fun evening, but also a wild one.

After dinner, it wasn’t too late, so we decided to take a walk down to our usual coffee spot. When we started walking, the sky was clear. Unfortunately, after a few blocks, the weather took a turn for the worse. It became a complete downpour. Before we could react, we were soaked.

It became quickly apparent that we were in no shape to make it to the coffee shop. We decided to call it a night, and we each made our way back home. It was only after I got into my cab that I realized I didn’t have her number. I figured I would just catch her the next week at the coffee shop. When I got home, I brewed some coffee from my stock of Senseo Medium Roast Coffee Pods and ordered some more off of CoffeeForLess.com to share with her next time

The First And The Last

Unfortunately, you should always exchange numbers. In my assumption that I would see her the following week, I failed to consider that her new job might not put her in the neighborhood. Lo and behold, she never made her way back to our coffee shop.

Having had time to reflect back on that evening, I realize that at least I have a cute coffee story to tell – I got a date all because of Senseo Medium Roast Coffee Pods.

What’s The Deal With Keurig Cup Sizes?

There were a ton of things to consider when I went on the market for a new coffee maker. Most importantly, I needed a machine that made delicious coffee fast. As I was doing research, my mom suggested I go with a Keurig. I found that the machine brews various Keurig cup sizes to which I wondered what the benefits would be to choosing one size over the other.

Size Does Matter

Keurig brewers feature sizes ranging anywhere from 2-5 cup sizes. For example, the Keurig Platinum K75 K-Cup Coffee Brewer holds 4 oz., 6 oz., 8 oz., 10 oz., and 12 oz. cup sizes. The amount of coffee I drink on a particular occasion matters to me, so having more choices is appealing. I don’t like to waste coffee on one hand, but I also dislike when I don’t make enough to quench my coffee thirst.

On those days that I’m looking for just a few sips to give me a little extra pep in my step, the smaller Keurig cup sizes come in handy. Rather than brew a full pot of coffee, I can plug a 4 oz. or 6 oz. k-cup into my Keurig.

Ever Heard of a Coffee Tasting Party?

Plenty of people have been to wine tastings. Now, with a variety of Keurig cup sizes at my disposal, I am able to throw coffee tasting parties. Instead of brewing a full pot of coffee in one flavor, I can offer cups of every size and in many flavors.

I am continuously looking around CoffeeForLess.com to find different flavors made by my favorite brands like Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks, and Tully’s. My guests enjoy different flavors in large and small servings so they can sample new flavors and sip on old favorites.

With a variety of Keurig cup sizes, I can prepare them a small cup of coffee of their choice. And, if the person takes a liking to the new flavor, I can always pop in a larger 8 oz., 10 oz., or 12 oz. cup to quickly brew a larger serving.

Mom Is Always Right

One of the best aspects of owning a Keurig is convenience and the ability to choose from various Keurig cup sizes. With the ability to make the perfect up each time, I made sure to thank my mom for her advice. As the saying goes, “Mom is always right!”

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.

In the Market for a New Coffee Machine?

Everyone is talking about why Flavia is a popular choice for your next coffee machine. It's easy to brew a tasty cup of gourmet coffee in the convenience of home with a Flavia coffee machine, so if you’re considering one, here are three reasons why you should consider Flavia’s.

1. Variety and Choice

Who doesn’t like options? Most coffee drinkers want a wide selection of roasts to choose from. For instance, the right coffee flavor can highlight the spirit of a season, or complement your mood. In autumn, I have to have a pumpkin spiced latte, and if I need a quick pick-me-up, I’ll reach for a French Vanilla roast. If this sounds like you, then you’ll be happy to know Flavia coffee machines are compatible with most coffee flavors.

Flavia coffee pods include:

·      Starbucks coffee pods

·      Seasonal coffee pods

·      Caribou pods

·      Celestial Seasons Tea pods

·      Iced coffee pods

Personally I like the Flavia’s single cup variety packs; I know when I wake up in the morning I always have a new flavor to choose from.

2. Convenience and Reliability

You can’t go wrong with a Flavia coffee machine. Flavia’s fresh release brewing system guarantees you get a fresh cup of coffee every time. The water releases the flavorful coffee inside, producing the freshest cup right in your own home.

3. Guaranteed Freshness Everytime

Your Flavia coffee machine is made to brew a fresh cup every time. It’s called Flavia’s 3-step SOURCE, SEAL, and SERVE brew system and it breaks down like this:

  • Step 1: The Flavia coffee team only uses coffee roasts from expert roasters and blenders around the world.
  • Step 2: The Flavia sealing process ensures the rich flavors and quality is preserved inside your coffee pod until the day you’re ready to brew your cup.
  • Step 3: Your Flavia coffee machine has a unique FRESH RELEASE ™ process that releases the flavor from your coffee in just the right way. 

The process is easy and guarantees you’re getting quality each time you pop a coffee pod into your Flavia coffee machine.

Look around and you’ll see that Flavia coffee is becoming the preferred choice of coffee drinkers. The reason why this is happening is because people are noticing the difference in flavor and freshness whenever they get a cup of coffee from a Flavia coffee brewer. If you haven’t already, make the switch today and enjoy the convenience and flavor of Flavia coffee.

Wake Up with a Fresh Cup of Eight O’Clock Coffee: Now in 24ct K-Cups

The deliciously rich Eight O’Clock Coffee brand has been providing a quality roast to Americans for the past century and a half. Acknowledged as one of one of America’s greatest java brands, Eight O’Clock is revered as a titan in the coffee industry. With its 150 year long history, this brand is certain to deliver the same consistent high-caliber product to its customers to meet and exceed your expectations. This excellent brew is now offered at Coffee For Less as a tasty beverage for your enjoyment, one cup at a time.eight-oclock-kcups

Many customers like the great taste this familiar coffee blend provides. Eight O’clock K-cups are able to strike the perfect balance between its sweet tang and the hardy coffee notes. The coffee tends to be non-acidic, and doesn’t leave behind the bitter taste that other breakfast coffee blends have. As the coffee is brewed, the beans release an aromatic coffee scent in the air for everyone to smell and appreciate. The coffee taste itself is complex and layered, and its light floral sweetness gives added character and a deep heaviness to the cup. Anyone who tries a cup will taste the full and attractive mouth body taste, and the hints of roasted mustiness.

Get Your Eight O'Clock 24ct Coffee K-Cups at CoffeeForLess.com

Perfect as a morning wake me up or as an evening warm me up, Eight O’Clock K-cups is just right for all occasions. The flavor is great for warming up the belly in the winter, and refreshing in the warmer months for fuel to jumpstart your day.

Taste an original cup of Eight O’Clock K-cups. It doesn’t leave a translucent film in the cup, and has a pleasant taste that isn’t too overwhelming to the taste buds. With slight hints of citrus, equally clean and crisp, try the mouth-watering taste of Eight O’Clock Hazelnut K-cups for a mild and nutty taste. The Dark Roast Coffee is made entirely from dark roast Arabica coffee with heavy espresso notes and infused with its caramel flavor. The blend is perfect to use in your kitchen as a cappuccino or a latte beverage. Eight O’Clock has a Colombian Medium Roast that stands out with its full body and rich medium roast flavor.

Try each flavor in a K-cup, engineered exactly for a great cup each and every time. Each cup allows you to enjoy a quality cup, proven over time for its freshness and delightful commitment to coffee.

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.