CoffeeForLess K-Cup Flavor: Delicious K-Cup Flavored Coffee

Coffee drinkers the world over agree: they cannot agree about flavored coffee. Sure, some people love flavored coffee, but coffee purists claim to loathe it. Well, I’m not one of them apparently because flavored coffee is a joy in my life, and I love it. When it comes to green-mountain-coffee-donut-house-cinnamon-roll-k-cups-24ct-flavored-914enjoying flavored coffee, I turn to my Keurig K-Cup coffee maker and enjoy a variety of K-Cup flavors.

The number of K-Cup flavors is stupendous. I love sampling new flavors with the single cup at a time feature of K-Cup flavored coffees. That way if I don’t like one flavor or another I’m not committed to an entire pot of coffee I’d rather not drink. A single cup of K-Cup flavored coffee sets me up with variety and options, and that means great coffee every time.

K-Cup Flavor Favorites

wolfgang-puck-creme-caramel-k-cups-24ct-914If you are looking for over the top K-Cup flavor, then this post is for you. Below, we review some of our favorite intensely flavored coffee K-Cups. Read on for the skinny on K-Cup flavor. Every single K-Cup reviewed below has intensity, impact, and the sort of K-Cup flavor preferred by flavored coffee lovers.

Light coffee drinkers who love a lot of flavor from K-Cup coffee are going to want to try Green Mountain Coffee Cinnamon Roll Flavored Coffee K-Cups. This offering from Green Mountain Coffee packs a lot of K-Cup flavor onto a light roast coffee ideal for breakfast. Our overall review of this K-Cup flavor: pour me another cup.

If you want a K-Cup flavor that is smooth as silk, try Wolfgang Puck Creme Caramel K-Cups. This K-Cup flavor is a luscious mix of vanilla cream and buttery rich caramel flavors over a quality roast. A little stronger than the Green Mountain Coffee in the prior paragraph but just as full of K-Cup flavor. Our overall review of this K-Cup flavor: we could drink this for dessert after dinner, it’s so good.

Maybe you want K-Cup flavor but aren’t looking for the buzz of regular coffee. If that’s the case, we highly recommend you check out Green Mountain Coffee Decaffeinated French Vanilla K-Cups. They are by far our favorite decaffeinated K-Cup flavor. The classic French vanilla flavor rounds out this medium intensity coffee, making it a well-balanced offering for anyone who wants K-Cup flavor without the caffeine.

Let us know your favorites!

K-Cup Tea for the Winter Season

Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herbal Tea K-CupsWinter is the season for hot mugs of soothing salves against the biting cold found outside in much of the Northern Hemisphere. As the snow flutters outside the window, a comforting mug of hot tea often makes for a warm belly and a soothed psyche. What many do not know is that K-Cup tea is great for just this purpose.

Pop some K-Cup Tea into your Keurig K-Cup coffee maker and enjoy an instant mug of your favorite style tea on demand. Read on for some links to great Winter K-Cup teas that go great with the season.

Winter K-Cup Tea Favorites

The way most people see it during the gray days of Winter, you either embrace the mellow tempo of the cold months or your counter them with whatever brings you out of the gray fugue of short days and long nights. The following K-Cup teas take both approaches to winter to suit whatever strategy makes you happiest.

Gloria Jeans Earl Grey Tea K-CupsThose who embrace the sleepy nature of Winter and seek to hibernate away the gray days, perhaps with a good book or a roaring fire, will enjoy the herbal tea K-Cup strategy. For this, I recommend stocking up on Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea Herbal Tea K-Cups. This herbal tea blend from Celestial Seasonings is composed of herbs that seek to sooth and calm with soporific effects. No doubt, for a down tempo tea that is hot and delicious yet free from caffeine, go with this K-Cup tea.

If you are more prone to resisting the desire to hide away from the cold and wait it out until Spring, then you probably want a pick-me-up during these short Winter days. For this, I recommend a nice strong cup of Earl Grey tea, that traditional Bergamot-flavored English black tea so popular in the muggy gray Isles of Britain. Earl Grey tea K-Cups have a lot of flavor and a mild but noticeable amount of caffeine to them that both warms and energizes on a Winter day.

Try either Celestial Seasonings Earl Grey Tea K-Cups or Gloria Jean’s Earl Grey Tea K-Cups and let us know which you think is best.

Time for Hot Chocolate K-Cups

As anyone who reads the K-Cup Blog here at CoffeeForLess knows, I love coffee, and I loveswiss-miss-hot-cocoa-k-cups-24ct
K-Cups. So naturally, I think coffee when I think K-Cups.  This time of year, though, brings with it a delicious treat that I look forward to every year: Hot Cocoa K-Cups! Hot chocolate K-Cups are great. They let me enjoy hot chocolate any time I want it without having to spill cocoa all over the counter ripping open an instant hot cocoa packet.

With hot chocolate K-Cups, I can simply pop a K-Cup in the Keurig brewer and enjoy a steaming hot cup of hot cocoa on demand!

Hot Chocolate K-Cups Options: Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate

Really there are two hot cocoa K-Cups that I buy. They are both excellent but for very different reasons. While there may be other options, if hot chocolate in a K-Cup is what you want, I recommend these.

Traditional hot cocoa enthusiasts will enjoy Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa K-Cups. This is your standard cocoa and milk delicious hot cocoa from your childhood school snow days. It is rich and milk chocolate delicious.

cafe-escapes-dark-chocolate-hot-cocoa-k-cups-24ctThe more adventurous among us might enjoy Cafe Escapes Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa. It is so good if you are a fan of dark chocolate. Cafe Escapes Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa K-Cups are so rich and sophisticated with just the right amount of sweetness, and not too bitter. It feels like a boutique treat every time.

Let us know how you feel about these flavors and if there are any other Hot Chocolate K-Cups that you enjoy.

Aloha Island Coffee Pods Are Great Hawaiian Coffee

Aloha Island Coffee Pods for Coffee Pod SystemsAnyone who owns a coffee pod system knows that coffee pods are convenient and that they make it easy to enjoy a single cup of quality coffee any time that you want. Coffee pod coffee makers are versatile in such a way as to offer a great range of coffee experiences that are less dependent on specific proprietary cartridge refills. However, many coffee pod coffee drinkers may not know about Aloha Island Coffee Pods.

Aloha Island Coffee Pods are a brand of coffee pods that focus specifically on the coffee of the Hawaiian Islands. All Aloha Island Coffee beans are derived from estate-raised coffee and hand-selected for quality. This means that, whether blended with other regions’ quality coffees or 100 percent Kona, Aloha Island Coffee pods always contain the highest quality coffee that you can brew from your home coffee pod system.

Aloha Island Coffee Pod Varieties

All Aloha Island Kona coffee is 100% natural and organic, sourced from coffee estates in the Kona region of Hawaii’s Big Island or the islands of Oahu and Kauai. Aloha Island Coffee Kona coffee blends are made with coffee beans grown in South America at the same natural and organic standards to which Aloha Island holds its Kona coffee. This means that Aloha Island Coffee is always 100% natural and organic whether it is 100% Kona coffee, a Kona blend, or any other regional variety offered by Aloha Islands.

Aloha Islands Coffee 100% Kona coffee pods are just as they claim. These elegant coffee pods for your coffee pod system contain only pure Kona coffee, a coffee known for its delicate yet robust character thanks to the regional qualities in which it is grown. These coffee pods will surely please those who like a lot of flavor but prefer a lighter body to their coffee.

aloha-island-coffee-artisan-organic-island-breakfast-kona-coffee-podsAloha Island Coffee Kona Blend coffee pods combine the gourmet Kona coffee that makes Aloha Island Coffee great with other regional varieties to produce a smooth and delicious series of coffee pods for you coffee pod system. These coffees are generally very balanced so that the delicate, smooth nature of the Kona coffee within them is not overpowered by the other regional variety.

Aloha Island Coffee regional coffee pods are not Kona coffee pods. These vary as much as any other company’s coffee pods and are hand-selected to live up to Aloha Island Coffee’s rigorous standards of quality. They are an excellent choice if you prefer only the finest quality coffee pods but are looking to try something other than Kona coffee.

Whichever Aloha Island Coffee pod you choose, you are guaranteed an excellent coffee experience. Aloha Island Coffee has truly earned its reputation for amazing coffee, and this carries over to their coffee pod line.

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.

Turn Your Break Room into A Coffee Bar

Add Luxury to Office Coffee With Flavored CreamersLook at your break room at your office. Is it lovely? Seriously, do you love it? Or is it a utilitarian space in the office that suffers from an ill-advised maintenance plan and a serious lack of organization in terms of beverage service resources.

In this post, we’ll look at ways to take your average office break room and transform it into a coffee bar that will boost office morale and provide your employees and coworkers with a coffee break that they’re sure to enjoy.

By simply upgrading your coffee service to meet the needs of your office, you will enjoy café-style, quality coffee drinks at the office, saving time and showing everyone who works there that their coffee (or tea!) satisfaction matters.

Essential Coffee Bar Supplies for Your Break Room

The trick to ensuring that you can upgrade your break room coffee service is to focus on the most gain for the least inventory. A few key upgrades or additions can take a hum-drum coffee service and elevate it to the level of luxury in many people’s eyes. The trick is ensuring that the right treats are in place because it’s the little luxuries that can really elevate your break room to an employee coffee bar.

The most expensive but perhaps the most effective upgrade that you can make to your break room is to purchase a new coffee machine. Coffee makers have come a long way in the last 20 years, and the single cup coffee maker revolution has taken many homes and offices by storm. Investing in a new office coffee maker can feel like a true luxury. An upgrade to a single cup coffee maker, such as Keurig K-Cup coffee makers, can give your office a real opportunity to enjoy a fine array of gourmet coffees.

The least expensive and yet rather effective upgrade that you can make to your coffee service is to upgrade your coffee accessories. These small addendums to the daily coffee ritual can transform a boring cup of brew into a tasty treat that is looked forward to each day. By providing quality flavored creamers and alternative sweeteners, you can ensure that your coffee service provides the coffee comforts everyone expects no matter how they take their coffee or whatever their dietary restrictions may be. To really take it up a level, consider keeping a few flavored syrups around to add a bit of luxury flavor to the daily cup; variety is the spice of life, after all. Flavored coffee syrups are also available in sugar-free varieties for those with dietary restrictions.

These upgrades, ranging from large to small, can take your office break room and provide it with a feeling of personalization and luxury that today’s coffee drinkers have come to expect. Provide café quality coffee at work, and you’re sure to notice fewer employees taking a break to head to the local coffee shop.

 

K-Cup Coffee Review: Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups

Today, we review a coffee that is certain to delight fans of dark roast K-Cup coffee. This brew is dark and mysteriously complex, and though we once had to trek to a Starbucks café to have a single cup of this dark coffee, Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee is a blend of Starbucks Yukon Blend and Starbucks Italian Roast that combines Indonesian and Latin American coffee beans. It is available for brewing at home, recently having been added to the Starbucks Coffee K-Cups line as well, much to the joy of Keurig K-Cup coffee maker owners who love dark coffee.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups are a great way to enjoy an authentic Italian roast coffee at home or at the office. It’s a strong brew that is best brewed at the medium cup size setting on your K-Cup brewer to ensure a thick and satisfying extraction. If you fear the dark roast intensity of this brew, use the large cup setting on your machine for a slightly more watered down dark roast brew.

Overall, this thick and satisfying Italian roast coffee is a great addition to the Starbucks K-Cup Coffee options available to Keurig owners.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups Cup Experience

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups are simply good fortune for dark coffee fanatics like myself. From the moment they brew, one is greeted with a very roasty aroma that hints at burnt sugar and smoke. It’s an earthy aroma that is complex and curious, a bit sweeter on the nose than your average espresso roast.

The resultant coffee is very dark with a light oily sheen that clings to the mug. Frankly, it’s lovely with its oily rainbow patterns and distinctive brown-black color. The aroma blooms in the cup, offering an olfactory mélange of wood smoke, deeply caramelized sugars, and hints of bitter cocoa.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups brew a cup of coffee that follows through on its aromas, presenting an interesting and complex array of flavors to the tongue. For a brew as dark as this one, the flavor is surprisingly sweet, lacking the bitters associated with other full roasts. One cannot help but note strong hints of dark cocoa intermingled with the resultant Maillard reaction savory-sweetness from the roast. The aftertaste is very smooth with very little aftertaste but for a hint of sweetened smoke.

If you like your coffee extra bold, brew this one at lower cup volumes, but for a regular cup of dark coffee, your normal settings will work well also. The strong character of Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee from K-Cups stands up to the addition of cream, resulting in a more milk-chocolate character particularly with sweetening as well. A bit of sweetener alone accents the caramelized sugar flavors resulting in a complex, syrupy cup of coffee that is very easy to drink.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups by the case are also available. Trust me, you’ll want a case if you love dark coffee.

Seasonal Pumpkin Spice K-Cups Are Back

Cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of clove, the spiced-pumpkin custard taste of Fall is back! Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice K-Cups are the taste of Autumn that many of us wait for all year, and they are back in stock at CoffeeForLess. Buy Green Mountain K-Cups by the green-mountain-coffee-pumpkin-spice-k-cups-24ctcase and stock up because this seasonal favorite is one that we always have trouble keeping in stock. It’s just too popular.

We make sure our regular customers get first dibs on this exceptional flavored coffee K-Cup by announcing it and all of the seasonal K-Cups via our newsletter, Twitter, Facebook, and blog pages. If you love this flavored K-Cup as much as we know many of you do, then keep in touch and never miss out on another seasonal K-Cup.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Continue The Spiced Coffee Tradition

The spices that make Pumpkin Spice Coffee K-Cups great are traditional to seasonal desserts at this time of year, from pumpkin pie, to pumpkin nut roll, and even simple pumpkin spice custard. Vanilla bean adds to these desserts sweetness along with cinnamon. Nutmeg and clove give the desserts a tangy intensity, a sharp bite that balances out the sweetness.

All of these spices are traditional to coffee as well for much the same reason. They accent coffee flavors in much the same way that they blend do with pumpkin. Vanilla coffee, cinnamon coffee, a sprinkle of nutmeg, all are café standards.

With Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice K-Cups, you can enjoy these traditional coffee and dessert flavors a single cup at a time, brewed with the convenience of Keurig K-Cup coffee brewing. Each cup has the pumpkin spiced coffee flavor that combines traditional Autumn dessert taste with quality Green Mountain Coffee. This flavored coffee is a grey dessert alternative the finish a great meal, one that many find supports their weight-loss plans.

Low Calorie Sweetener Options at CoffeeForLess

Low Calorie Sugar Alternative SweetenersEveryone enjoys the rich taste created by adding cream and sugar to their coffee, but not everyone enjoys the extra calories that are tacked on. No matter how you take your cup of joe in the morning whether it be with cream, sugar, flavored, whipped, or topped all of those extras could add somewhere from 250-600 calories to your daily diet. Black coffee may not taste as great to you, but it contains virtually no fat or calories whatsoever.

One of the best ways to combat these extra calories is to use low calorie sweeteners, because sugar substitutes provide avid coffee drinkers a sweet taste, without all of the extra calories and carbohydrates. Found in a variety of foods and beverages today, low calorie sweeteners are more than hundreds of times sweeter than regular sugar and contain essentially no calories.

Top Low Calorie Sweeteners

Splenda

One of the most popular low calorie sweeteners used to make coffee taste great is Splenda. Also known as sucralose, Splenda low calorie sweetener is actually manufactured from sugar, so it tastes just like sugar without a bad aftertaste. Another great benefit of adding Splenda to your coffee is that when it is consumed it passes through the body without being broken down for energy, which means the body does not recognize it as a carbohydrate. This low calorie sweetener is great tasting and can be used as part of a healthy diet to reduce calories and carbs in your morning java. 

Equal

Discovered accidentally in 1965 by Dr. James Schlatter as he was doing research with amino acids, Equal is a low calorie sweetener that revolutionized the sweetener industry. Also known as aspartame, Equal is the low calorie sweetener that has been trusted for over 30 years. Equal is the perfect way to add sweetness and flavor to your favorite iced and hot coffee.

Sweet’N Low

Created from the idea that sugar bowls were unsanitary, Sweet’N Low was one of the first low calorie sweeteners that were packaged in individual envelopes.  Sweet’N Low is chemically known as saccharin, which was discovered in the late 1800’s and has been used and consumed safely ever since. Known to be around 300 to 500 times sweeter than sugar, Sweet’N Low set its self apart from other low calorie sweeteners as it does not lose its sweetness when it is heated in a cup of coffee.

No matter which low calorie sweetener you decide to put in your cup of coffee all of them are a healthy and safe substitute for normal sugar in the morning. Coffee For Less carries all of the top low calorie sweeteners and helps you to keep your coffee healthy and great tasting.

Enjoy Starbucks Single Cup Coffee at Home

Starbucks K-Cups For Starbucks At HomeIn the aims to provide customers with a consistent, quality cup of coffee that is equal to what is severed in stores, Starbucks has been producing single cup coffee products. As customers call for the ability to craft rich and flavorful cups of their favorite coffee at home with just the press of a button, Starbucks has delivered with their limited selection of single cup coffee. In an attempt to build their brand, enter consumer’s homes, and be in their head morning through night, Starbucks is hoping to build a base of repeat customers with their single use product line. Although the quality is not exactly the same, Starbucks single cup coffee delivers reliable rich flavor that is convenient to make and won’t waste any coffee, all without having to leave your kitchen.

Starbucks Extends Contract with Green Mountain Coffee

Although in the past year Starbucks has produced their own coffee maker, the Verismo, they have extended their contract with Green Mountain Coffee to continue producing Starbucks coffee in the popular K-Cup format. Many K-cup customers thought they would never see their favorite Starbucks single cup coffee ever again since it seemed to pose a threat to Starbuck’s new machine. Yet Starbuck’s upper level management felt that extending their contract with Green Mountain would be a win-win-win for both companies, and for coffee consumers around the world. As part of this new agreement Starbucks will add more single cup coffee for Keurig machines including Seattle’s Best, Torrefazione, Teavana, and Starbucks Coca brands. In the past year, the single cup coffee segment has grown nine times faster than the overall coffee category during the past year, and Starbucks hopes to strengthen its leadership position in this industry.