Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy National Coffee Day from CoffeeCow!

Happy National Coffee Day from CoffeeCow!
National Coffee Day is September 29th and we’re celebrating! Enjoy free FedEx Smart Post shipping September 28th – 30th on any size order. All you need to do is enter promo code COFFEEDAY when placing an order to take advantage of this offer.

Speaking of National Coffee Day – what is the origin of this holiday and what do others do to celebrate?

Did you know National Coffee Day is actually International Coffee Day? Celebrated annually with e-cards and free or discounted coffee (though not always on September 29th for other countries), National Coffee Day is celebrated all around the world! Fair trade coffee is also heavily promoted on this day, along with raising awareness for troubles that coffee farmers face growing coffee berries. Though the exact origin of the holiday is unknown, National Coffee Day was first celebrated in Japan, 1983. It wasn’t until 2005 that National Coffee Day was publicly announced in the US.

So CoffeeCow Fans, we encourage you to join us - make sure you take that coffee break on Saturday and pay tribute to your favorite beverage! Don’t forget about FREE shipping on any size CoffeeCow.com order.

Friday, September 21, 2012

K-Cups and Pods: Is There a Difference?

The Difference Between K-Cups & Coffee Pods
People say K-Cups when they mean pods, pods when they mean K-Cups and the occasional fusion of the two (K-Cup pod or pod K-Cup). Question is - is there really a difference?

The Skinny on K-Cups

K-Cups are small “cups” filled with coffee for Keurig single serve brewers, king of the single portion coffee. Only K-Cups will fit in the Keurig, but it’s not unheard of to purchase pod coffee or tea, open the pod and use a My K-Cup reusable coffee filter to brew the pod coffee. To brew coffee or tea, the Keurig machine punctures two holes in the K-Cup (one in the top and one in the bottom), sends heated water through the top to the bottom and right down into your favorite mug.

The Rundown on Coffee Pods

Coffee pods are like tea bags or sachets. These sachets are filled with coffee or tea for use in pod brewers or even directly in your cup! We suggest purchasing individually wrapped pods for freshness. Pod coffee is the most environmentally friendly of all single portion selections currently available on the market because both the filter and grounds are biodegradable and compostable. Brewed similar to K-Cup coffee, pod coffee is brewed with heated water passing through the coffee grounds and into your cup, no punctures necessary.

Why They’re Both Great Choices

Both K-Cups and pods are easy to use, affordable, convenient and offer a large and wonderful variety of coffee, tea and even more to choose from! Other options are coffee bags, coffee capsules and T-Discs, but we’ll save that for another blog…

Browse our wide variety of K-Cups or pod coffee today at CoffeeCow.com!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

CoffeeCow Reviews Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herbal Tea K-Cups

Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herbal Tea K-Cups
If you’re looking for that perfect cup of tea before bed but fear the effect that even the slightest bit of caffeine can have on your sleep, we may have a solution for you. Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herbal Tea K-Cups – do these K-Cups live up to their “sleepytime” name? We taste-tested (and sleep-tested) to find out!

General Information:

Celestial Seasonings’ Sleepytime Herbal Tea contains 24 single serve cups per box for use in your Keurig machine.
The Test:

Since it’s starting to get chilly outside, we just had to get cozy and ready for bed before beginning our testing!  Once comfy in cow-print pajamas, it was time for a soothing cup of tea.
As the Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herbal Tea K-Cup began to brew, we noticed the pleasant aroma of chamomile and spearmint filling the room and became instantly relaxed. Ah, we were already starting to feel sleepy! Once our Keurig machine was finished performing its magic, mugs were picked up & brought it in for that first sip. The steam caressed our faces as we tasted the tender floral flavor - this tea was incredibly soothing and just right.

The Result:

On a scale from 1-5, we rate this tea a 5! Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herbal Tea K-Cups passes our sleep-testing with flying colors and IS called “sleepytime” for a good reason. It lives up to its name because it’s a wonderfully tasting and smelling tea that will not keep you up at night. Add a dollop of milk or nothing at all - this tea is perfect any way you choose to fix it.
Go ahead and inhale the pleasant aroma and exhale the worry when you sip on Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herbal Tea. Just be careful you don’t fall asleep with a partially full mug in your hands.

Visit CoffeeCow.com to view a list of tea K-Cups today!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Keurig = Excellence: The History of Keurig & the Inner Workings of K-Cup Technology

It’s not just CoffeeCow that believes Keurig is excellent…the actual name “Keurig” means excellence in Dutch!

Keurig began in the early 1990’s by two coffee-lovers with a vision, Peter Dragone and John Sylvan, and was then purchased by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in 2006. As they say, the rest is history! Keurig is now king of the single serve brewers, all thanks to its patented K-Cup brewing technology.

So, how does it all come together, making you a steaming hot cup of deliciousness every time?

The K-Cup itself is a plastic cup consisting of a filter and coffee grounds. Once the Keurig is warmed up and you pop a K-Cup into the machine, two holes are pierced simultaneously - one on top of the K-Cup with a spray nozzle and another on the bottom with a discharge nozzle. A measured quantity of water comes from the spray nozzle and is forced through the hole at the top. The water passes through the coffee grounds and filter then comes back through the bottom discharge nozzle where you have your favorite mug, eagerly waiting.

Visit CoffeeCow today to browse all types of Keurig brewers to satisfy your needs – even right down to the color!