Tuesday, December 30, 2014

White Chocolate Latte Recipe for New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is a great night for getting together with friends, family, and even strangers to watch the clock tick and strike midnight, welcoming the new year. Of course, the energy it takes to be energetic and awake all the way until midnight tends to wane as we get older.

So what is the solution? Coffee. A cup of coffee. Now, I find that taking the time to make an ordinary cup of coffee something special does not have to be a huge ordeal. This K-Cup coffee  recipe is easy to make and will wow your tastebuds and your party guests. 

What you will need:
  • 1 extra bold coffee K-Cup -- this can be whatever brand of coffee that you like, just make sure it is indeed extra bold. 
  • 4 ounces of skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons of white chocolate chips
  • whipped cream
  • A milk frother-- If you do not have this, then get heavy whipping cream and use a whisk on it for a while until it gets nice and airy. 
  • Mug
Now what? Now, we get to make the coffee. It is easy, trust me. 
  1. Put 2 tablespoons of white chocolate chips into a 14 ounce mug
  2. Brew the single cup coffee into that same mug
  3. Froth the milk
  4. Stir the coffee until the chocolate chips are melted
  5. Mix in the frothed milk (if you use a frother, be careful because it will be hot)
  6. Top that loveliness off with whipped cream
This coffee drink will both delight you and make the night even more exciting. It'll make the night go from, "Wow, it's almost midnight…" to "Wow! It's almost midnight!" 

Short on K-Cups in your home or office? Buy coffee from Coffeevines and get your coffee delivered to you ASAP with fast & easy shipping. 

Not a fan of K-Cups? Consider someone you know who might be. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays from Coffeevines

It is that time of year when we are to gather with friends and family and celebrate what matters most, being with those we love.

Take time this holiday season to spend some time with those that make your life better and return the favor. Whether you enjoy your time together over some aromatic K-Cup coffee, therapeutic K-Cup tea, or luxurious hot cocoa, make sure sure you make some good memories.  

Enjoy the season, my friends!

Coffeevines is a retailer for K-Cup coffee in Chicago.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Advantages of Drinking Green Tea When You're Sick

Trying to keep your body healthy is incredibly important. This importance takes a few ticks up when you are sick; doing whatever you can to ease the situation becomes a priority. Depending on the type of illness that you have, there are different things to do to help the situation and get you feeling better sooner.

Green tea has been considered a great natural remedy for many centuries. Even research from today confirms that there are many healthy qualities of green tea; anti-inflammatory qualities, anti-infective compounds.

Anti-inflammatory qualities-- There are many illnesses that have inflammation as a side-effect. Things like fever, swelling, pain, etc are all connected to inflammation. Green tea is loaded with great polyphenols, compounds that help suppress inflammation. It doesn't allow the immune cells, neutrophils, do their thing (which cause inflammation). Green tea also has catechins, which suppress inflammatory compounds called interleukins. You can indeed get these awesome qualities with green tea K-Cups.

Anti-infective qualities-- If you are sick with some sort of pathogen, then consuming green tea can help with hastening your recovery. A medical study from 2011 found that green tea can help prevent the admittance of Hep C virus. Another study from 2013 said that it also prevents the buildup of cells from various bacteria and fungi.

Looking for healthy, delicious way to help your body feel better and get over sickness? Consider having some K-Cup green tea.

Don't have any in your home? Then purchase tea from Coffeevines and get it at your home or office in only a day or two! We have many tea options available.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

7 Delicious Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is very delicious. Hot chocolate is very delicious. Dark chocolate hot chocolate is double delicious. Now, with the fact that it is so good, we might think it is either not healthy for us or just not that healthy.

Here are 7 health benefits of consuming dark chocolate. 

  1. It is nutritious. If you purchase dark chocolate hot cocoa that has a higher cocoa content, then you get a good amount of soluble fiber and minerals such as:
    1. 11 grams of fiber
    2. 67 percent of the recommended daily amount of Iron
    3. 58 percent of the recommended daily amount of Magnesium
    4. 89 percent of the recommended daily amount of Copper
    5. 98 percent of the recommended daily amount of Manganese
    6. You also get a good amount of potassium, phosphorus, zinc, selenium. 
    7. It has a great fatty acid profile, which the fats are both saturated and non saturated, and a very small amount of polyunsaturates. 
  2. A great source for some good ol' antioxidants. Dark chocolate has a great ORAC, or "Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity". This is the scale for the antioxidant activity in various foods. What happened here is that scientists will put free radicals in some food and then see how fast and efficiently the antioxidants eliminate the free radicals. Dark chocolate has a lot of organic compounds, which allows for a great function of antioxidants. 
  3. Dark chocolate can help with your blood flow and blood pressure. There are things in dark chocolate called flavanols, these little guys stimulate the lining of the arteries (endothelium) to help produce a Nitric Oxide (NO). When there is the NO in the system, it helps send signals to the arteries to "take a deep breath and relax". This reduces the resistance to blood flow and in turn, reduces your blood pressure. So when someone says, "Have a cup of dark chocolate hot cocoa K-cups and relax." You really can relax and so will your artery linings. Winner winner. 
  4. Dark chocolate helps increase HDL and protects the LDL from oxidation. Cocoa powder has been found to help reduce the amount of oxidized LDL cholesterol in men; it has also been found to increase the HDL cholesterol (LDL is bad, HDL is good). It is the antioxidants in the cocoa that reacts with the LDL and helps you out. Dark chocolate helps reduce resistance to insulin. 
  5. Dark chocolate helps with reducing your risk for heart disease. There are compounds in the dark chocolate that help with protecting your heart from the harm of the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Dark chocolate has been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death by over 50 percent in a 15 year period. 
  6. Dark chocolate can help protect your skin against the sun and its damaging UV rays. The flavanols in the chocolate can improve blood flow to the skin and improve your skin's density and its hydration levels. The cocoa in the chocolate helps protect against UVB rays. So load up on dark chocolate hot chocolate K-Cups before a beach day. 
  7. Dark chocolate can help with brain function. Some studies have shown that the flavanols in the chocolate have the ability to improve the blood flow to the brain. It also helps with verbal fluency and protecting against risk factors for disease. There is a bit of caffeine in it too. 
So now you can enjoy the dark chocolate hot cocoa K-Cups guilt-free. The idea that something can be so good for our taste buds and our bodies in general can be a little crazy. So next time you want to do your body some good, sip a cup of hot cocoa

Do you want hot cocoa shipped directly to your house? Maybe you live too far from a store or do not have time to shop for it, then buy hot cocoa from Coffeevines

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

7 Wonderful Health Benefits of Coffee

is not only a good thing to drink because it changes us from zombies to functioning, pleasant human beings, it also has some really nice health benefits.

Coffee helps with our reproductive systems. Hey fellas, if you are looking for something to help with warding off that prostate cancer, then consider coffee. Ladies, if you are looking for something to help with warding off endometrial cancer, then consider coffee. A study from 2011 discovered that men who drink about six cups of java a day are less likely to have prostate cancer by 20 percent! Wonderful. Another recent medical study from the Journal of Epidemiology, Biomakers, and Prevention discovered that women who consumed four cups of java a day reduced their risk of endometrial cancer by 25 percent.

Coffee can reduce risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Coffee has been discovered to have the ability to block a substance in our bodies that is called the human islet amyloid polypeptide, which is believed to be a role player in the development of Type 2 Diabetes. This is a reason for having another coffee K-Cup.

Coffee helps your brain. The coffee of the world can rejoice at the thought of their habit being helpful in warding off the development of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. Coffee also helps our brains feel happier, even just the smell of it; this is often why we wake up with a smile when we smell coffee brewing as we get out of bed.

Coffee can help with bowel issues and your colon. If you have ever had a bowel function issue, such as being constipated, then you know it can be frustrating and even dangerous. Coffee can get things moving down there and have a helping hand in relieving that situation.

Coffee is good for your skin. Coffee has been found to be a helper in defending against the most common form of skin cancer. Medical research studies found coffee to be a helper in defending against basal cell carcinoma.

Coffee helps against oral cancer. Recent medical studies found that coffee has a great way of helping people have a 50 percent lower risk of developing oral cancer. Those who consume more than four cups a day get this benefit.

Coffee helps with muscles. It is not a substitute to that odd tasting protein shake but it can help with muscle function and health. Coffee can have similar positive effects on muscles exercising does, some medical studies found. It can also be a great thing to have before a workout since it wakes you up and helps with muscle memory.

Looking for another reason to have another cup of coffee? As if we need more reasons for consuming single cup coffee besides the ease and tastiness. Shop from Coffeevines and get coffee delivered to your door quickly; remove the stress of stopping at the store for coffee and let us help you!

Now, some of these are more valid than others, due to more testing. Do your research and find facts before accepting these as true, 100% verified facts. Coffeevines does not guarantee that these health benefits are 100% verified and should not be accepted as such. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Can We Have Tea or Coffee After Thanksgiving Dinner?

It is customary for many people to have a cup of tea or coffee right after having a large meal. We get tired and so a cup of coffee is ideal to wake us up; a cup of tea often seems ideal, too, because we think the menthol or mint can soothe our stomachs.

While we can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea after a meal, right after is not always the best plan of action. The best time to have some coffee or tea is an hour after eating.

Why should you wait an hour after eating? Well, tea and coffee both have acid in them and that acid can cause proteins to digest slower; this could cause us to not get the full benefits from the meal.

This is why you should wait an hour after finishing the meal; you get the benefits of the meal and then still get to enjoy the benefits of the coffee or tea.

Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving Day from Coffeevines! Do you need some coffee or tea delivered to you quickly in time for the holiday? Then shop Coffeevines and get your coffee delivered right to your door.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What is the Best Tea for a Sore Throat?

Do you have a sore throat? There are several tea options you can choose from that should help.

Herbal tea-- Herbal teas can help your sore throat in a few different ways. Some herbal teas have some sort of mucilage that will coat the mucus and shorten the healing process and have anti-inflammatory properties. They can also give you immune system a boost. Eucalyptus and peppermint tea are great for this. If you consume peppermint tea, you will consume menthol, which is great for decongesting nasal passages.

Traditional tea- Teas that are from the Camellia Sinensis plant, such as black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong tea, and pu-erh tea, are great at helping with sore throats. Some tea manufacturers blend these together and get creations like Irish Breakfast or Earl Grey tea. If you have these teas, you can add in some cinnamon bark, ginger root (peeled and sliced), and some honey or lemon; this will create a wonderful tasting tea with great nutrients that will help ease the soreness.

Fusion tea- Teas can be infused with sweeteners (natural) for added nutrients and health benefits. Honey and citrus are often the things that get infused into the tea. Honey is great for reducing inflammation and citrus (such as lemons or oranges) are great for vitamin C.

Of course, remember to take your medication when you are sick.

Do you need great tea delivered to you quickly? Then shop Coffeevines for a wide assortment of tea that will be delivered to your door.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

8 Fun & Festive Twists on Coffee

Coffee is already an amazing thing but who is to say that you can't make a great thing better? I say you can! In the spirit of it being cold out now and holidays coming up, here are 8 ways to make your coffee a bit more delightful.

  1. Caramel. Using some of the caramel ice cream topping in your fridge will work wonderfully for this. If you are more of a purist, you can melt down some caramel and mix it in. 
  2. Vanilla. Mixing in some vanilla extract or some vanilla coffee creamer makes coffee taste like heaven. 
  3. Cinnamon. If you use ground cinnamon, then add in a teaspoon of it; if you want to be a bit more adventurous, then use a cinnamon stick to stir your coffee. This is a common thing to do in Spain and some South American countries. Very good.
  4. Ice cream. Mix in whatever kind of ice cream you want but I tend to stay with vanilla or chocolate. Make sure your coffee is hot enough to take the coldness of the ice cream and stay warm. 
  5. Peppermint. Use a peppermint candy cane to stir your coffee, it tastes great and works wonderfully! It is cool, too, because you hear the candy cane crackle and melt due to the heat of the coffee. 
  6. Chocolate. Make it mocha! I like to mix in some hot cocoa mix, chocolate chips, or break of pieces of a candy bar. 
  7. Honey. A spoonful of honey gives it great flavor and texture. Who doesn't love honey? 
  8. Marshmallow fluff. I was skeptical about this one but it gives great flavor and makes it a bit thick and creamy. Wow, so good. 
Give these tips a try! You'd be surprised how delicious some can be, like the marshmallow fluff, who knew? Once you try them, let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or in the comments! 

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Monday, November 10, 2014

4 Common Mistakes People Make with Coffee

Coffee is at the heart of many Americans, and frankly, people around the globe. Many of us consume it first thing in the morning, then again later on in the morning, perhaps again in the afternoon, etc. We drink a lot of it. It smells good, it tastes great, and keeps us happy and sane.

However, there are certain things that we do with coffee that are not great to do with coffee.
  1. The first thing is that some people try to use coffee as a substitute for smoking. While this can be a great idea, replacing the cigarette with the coffee K-Cup is that some of the effects of the chemicals in the cigarette and the tobacco can make the liver perform faster; this makes the metabolism burn the caffeine faster than a coffee drinker who does not smoke. Due to this, smokers can have a higher caffeine tolerance than non-smokers and might have to drink three to four times the amount of coffee to have the same effect. Having too much coffee can create some health risks, remember, everything in moderation.
  2. Having coffee too late in the day creates another issue. The point of coffee is to wake us up but we do not want to have coffee but we do not want it to prevent us from falling asleep at night. If you have coffee too late, then you might find your bedtime is thrown off, which disrupts your sleep cycle. Know your body and how it reacts to caffeine. If you really want more coffee later in the day, try using decaf coffee.
  3. Trying to sweat out the caffeine is not something that works too well either. Have you ever had one cup too many and then you feel jittery and anxious? Often times, we try to do something to sweat out the caffeine. Sometimes, we try to eat something to soak up some of the caffeine as well. The ladder might work, depending on what you eat but not always. See, caffeine is metabolized at the same rate no matter what so trying to sweat it out or eating food to soak it up does not really work too well.
  4. Believing that only die-hards can tolerate espresso. Yeah, we know that espresso can be a real bold way to drink coffee but it is not reserved for the dedicated and seasoned coffee consumers. A shot of espresso has less caffeine than an 8 ounce cup of coffee. You also might find it interesting that a lightroast coffee has more caffeine than a dark roast coffee or a mediumroast coffee.

Coffee sure is an interesting beverage. We love it!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

10 Fun Twists to Put on Hot Cocoa

What is better than having a cup of instant hot cocoa on a chilly day? Nothing, that's what. You can submit other answers but hot cocoa trounces them all. Anyway, it is delicious, warm, and brings happiness to us all. Have you ever wondered how to make something so good even better? Well, I have 10 excellent ways to make your amazing hot cocoa even more fantastic.

  1. Add caramel. I'll admit it, I'm on the "cars-mel" side of things when saying that word, sorry "carmel" fans. Add in a tablespoon of caramel to this and you get a great mix of flavors. Just brew your hot cocoa K-Cup and mix in the goodness. 
  2. Add in ice cream. A small scoop of ice cream is a wonderful way to add in some creaminess and body to the cocoa. Do not worry, your cocoa should still be plenty warm after mixing in the cold ice cream, assuming you heat up the cocoa hot enough prior to the ice cream. 
  3. Add in cinnamon. A great way to add in some spice. 
  4. Add in zest from an orange. What a refreshing and fragrant way to make your cocoa tastier! It is no secret that orange and chocolate make a great combo.
  5. Add in some peppermint. Mmm-mm how about a minty, chocolatey drink??
  6. Peanut butter. It is like a liquid Reese's cup. Amazing. 
  7. Habanero pepper. A spicy twist that makes it tantalizing and oh so good. 
  8. Cherries. You know that jar of maraschino cherries in the fridge? Plop a couple of those in and have a chocolate cherry. 
  9. Maple syrup. Squirt some if nature's nectar in some cocoa and have a great cocoa! It's not just for waffles and pancakes, anymore! 
  10. Coffee. Brewing some K-Cup coffee and then mixing it with your cocoa is a wonderful way to get some nice flavor, and caffeine, into the cocoa! 
Enjoy these twists on a cold weather favorite! In need of cocoa? Then purchase hot cocoa from Coffeevines! We sell Swiss Miss

Thursday, October 30, 2014

6 Health Benefits of Hot Cocoa

Hot cocoa, a nectar of the gods, a life source of elves, a delicious warmer upper of the ice dwellers, whatever nickname you have for it, we can all agree it is fantastic.

Ultimately, we can thank the Mayans for this wonderful drink. When they weren't preoccupied with creating languages, calendars, and combating conquistadors, they were making drinkable chocolate. However, their version was a spicy, cold variety; the warmer, sweeter version we have come to love today was made by Spanish travelers in 16th century Europe. In that time, hot chocolate was consumed as a medicinal drink.

Hot chocolate used to be consumed for many medical reasons, such as for treating ailments and injuries. 17th century France used it as a way to improve moods, which is still true today (have you seen an angry person drink hot cocoa?) This makes us ask, does hot cocoa still have medicinal properties? 


  • Hot cocoa has 2x the antioxidant count of red wine. It doesn't stop there, either, it has 3x more than green tea and 5x more than black tea. 
  • Cocoa has more antioxidants when hot. When you have your cocoa hot, more antioxidants are released, making you have a more health beneficial drink! 
  • It helps with internal hemorrhages, albuminuria, and diabetes. Hot cocoa has phenolic compound gallic acid equivalents (GAE) and flavonoid epicatechin equivalents (ECE). The gallic acid is what is great for the hemorrhages, albuminuria, and diabetes. 
  • Less fat than other chocolate. Compared to a standard chocolate bar, hot cocoa has 8 fewer grams of fat. 
  • It helps with blood clots. The flavonoids help prevent your blood platelets clump together, forming blood clots. 
  • Great for the brain. It helps you think better! The flavonoids help blood flow and oxygen get to the brain, which helps you think better and get a reduced risk of dementia. 
So why not have another cup of hot cocoa? It helps you body in many ways. Need a quick and easy way to buy hot cocoa? Buy from Coffeevines! We carry amazing Swiss Miss hot cocoa. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Artisanal Coffee is the Next Coffee Revolution

We all know about artisanal cheese and beers but there is a new brew on the menu, artisanal coffee; this is a new gourmet coffee that requires the best beans, precise measurements of coffee and water, and poured in a pre-warmed cup. Of course, this is according to the brew geniuses over at Stumptown Coffee.

Stumptown is an industry leader in the ever-growing movement of brew masters looking to leave their footprint on the way that coffee is consumed. Some say this latest way is the third wave of coffee. The first wave was back in the 1960s when coffee was mass marketed by Folgers and other companies and the second wave was in the 1990s when Starbucks & other chains made specialty drinks to order.

This "third wave" is bringing a certain sophistication and intricacy to the coffee world, leaving artisanal brands to lead the way for the coffee consuming world. Of course, they still have their work cut out to get serious slices of the pie from Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. 

It makes sense the new trend would be headed in US cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. After all, us Americans consume around 400 million cups of the stuff everyday; that number boosted when single cup coffee hit store shelves.

Don't think it'll last? Well, coffee experts believe that artisanal coffee is the future of coffee consumption. People are ready and willing to pay a little extra for an experience.

Do you want a coffee experience that delivers to you? Then shop Coffeevines! We carry major brands like Starbucks and deliver right to your door.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall Coffee Recipe: Maple Mocha Latte

This recipe is wonderfully easy and worth it. All the ingredients are easy to get (if you don't have them already). The maple mocha latte is a fall coffee recipe favorite around the office and for good reason.

The ingredients you will need are: 

  • 1 coffee K-Cup of your choice. It can be whatever blend or brand that you like. I personally like to use the Starbucks Caffe Verona K-Cup. 
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, unsweetened 
  • 3/4 cup of warmed milk
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of whipped cream
Now that we have the wonderfully easy ingredients ready to go, we are able to get to making the coffee!
  1. Brew your K-Cup in your machine into a 16 ounce mug. 
  2. Warm the milk in the microwave but do not do so much that it boils. So a couple minutes. 
  3. After that, add in the 2 tablespoons of maple syrup into your mug. 
  4. Mix in the 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. Mix this all together a few times and make sure they blend well. 
  5. Mix in the milk. Stir. 
  6. Top it off with the whipped cream and sprinkle on some of the cocoa powder, if you have any left over. 
Make sure to shop Coffeevines for any of your coffee needs! We are carriers of many famous brands and deliver right to your door (home or office). Not a coffee fan? We also carry many selections of tea and hot cocoa as well. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Halloween Recipe: Dark Devil's Food Cake

You may be wondering, "Why am I reading a recipe for Devil's Food Cake on a Coffee blog"? Well, it is close to Halloween and the recipe uses K-Cup coffee. It's a win-win, folks. However, don't be spooked by the thought of eating cake, this one has fewer calories than many recipes.

The prep time for this is about 10 minutes and the cook time is just over 30 minutes, max 35 minutes. The ingredients you will need for this recipe are simple but may require a quick trip the the grocery store. This will serve about 20 people, unless you have a few monsters running around who are particularly hungry.

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups of sugar - can be raw, organic, or sugar substitute if needed
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder- unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 2/3 cup of applesauce - no cinnamon
  • 1 cup of low fat buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 coffee K-Cup
Now that we have the ingredients, let's get going! 
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Take a baking pan, 13x9x2 and spray it with some PAM or vegetable oil spray. Sprinkle a bit of flour in there too. 
  2. Take a mixing bowl, a large one if you can find one, and mix in the flour, sugar, cocoa, and the baking soda. Give it a nice stir. 
  3. Mix in the applesauce, buttermilk, the vegetable oil, and the eggs. Again, give it a nice stir. 
  4. Now, grab yourself a saucepan and put the coffee in there (after you've brewed that, of course). Bring the coffee to a light boil on medium heat. Stir occasionally. Once it comes to a light boil, mix it into the batter from step 3. 
  5. Pour it into the pan. Put in oven for 35 minutes. If it is not done, do 5 more minutes. Of course, use the toothpick test to see when it's good to go. 
  6. Chow down, my friends. 
Enjoy your Halloween! Don't get scared when you run out of coffee or tea, though! Just order from Coffeevines! We will deliver right to your door; ordering from us is quick, easy, and painless. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

What Are Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms?

Whether you are a coffee or a tea drinker, you are most likely a caffeine lover. It wakes us up in the morning and keeps us going all day long. This builds up a need for the caffeine and when that supply is stopped, people can experience caffeine withdrawal symptoms.

What are the symptoms?
The symptoms depend on the person and their level of caffeine consumption.

  • Chills
  • Reduced alertness, concentration, thinking
  • Depressed behavior
  • Fatigue/tiredness
  • Headaches -- these are some of the most common
  • Irritability -- this is also a very common one
  • Muscle aches
  • Sinus congestion

When do the withdrawal symptoms occur?
These symptoms often start between 12 and 14 hours after the caffeine consumption has stopped. Once the consumption has been stopped for 24 to 48 hours, the symptoms are often at their worst. Generally, the more caffeine a person has consumed, the worse their symptoms will be.

No matter the reason for someone to give up caffeine or they go an extended period of time without it for whatever reason, these symptoms will happen. Nearly half of people who consume coffee who then give it up experience the withdrawal symptoms; 13 percent of these people will experience severe symptoms.

What to do about it?
Well, the best solution is to go and get yourself some coffee, tea, or even soda (if that is the only caffeine source you have on hand). If you can't find coffee quickly, then shopping from Coffeevines is a great way to reduce your caffeine withdrawals. If you have purposefully cut it out of the diet, then you can wean yourself off of it. If you are a big coffee fan but cannot handle the caffeine or want it out of your diet, then buy decaf coffee. You can also find caffeine-free tea.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall Coffee Recipes: Cinnamon Dolce Latte

One of the best things about Fall is that you can have so many things that would almost seem weird to have another time of the year. One of those things is the cinnamon dolce latte. One of the best coffee drinks around can be made in mere minutes, right in your kitchen.

The recipe is incredibly easy to make, it only has four ingredients; all of these ingredients will likely be in your kitchen already.

  • Medium Roast coffee K-Cup - This can be dark or light roast if you prefer one of those. I like the medium roast best here because the amount of coffee flavor from the medium roast is a perfect fit.  
  • Cinnamon (ground)- This will be used both as part of the coffee itself and as decoration. Whatever brand you like best will be great, my friends. 
  • Honey- You can use another sweetening agent if you would like. Honey is a big favorite in my house so that's what I like to use. It does add a certain "Fall" flavor. 
  • Whipped cream- This is only for decoration so it is entirely optional. If you use it, using the kind from the spray can works much easier. 
Now that we have the ingredients, let's start making the cup of deliciousness. 
  1. Sprinkle some of the cinnamon into the bottom of your cup before you brew your K-Cup coffee into it. If you are using traditional drip coffee or a french press, then you can add it to the grounds before you brew. 
  2. Once your coffee is brewing, heat up your milk. I use the microwave but you can also use the stove. 
  3. Once the milk is warm, sprinkle some cinnamon to this too. Now, add in some honey. Both the cinnamon and the honey are to taste, so add in as much as you want. Give this a nice stir with a whisk (this will make it frothy).
  4. Pour in the coffee. Mix in your milk mixture from before and stir it again (you don't have to use the whisk again if you don't want).
  5. Top the coffee with whipped cream and sprinkle some cinnamon on top. 
  6. Enjoy. 
Now you have an amazing coffee in you mug. Be sure to shop Coffeevines for you coffee needs! We ship quickly and right to your door. No hassle shopping that can be done from anywhere. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Starbucks Testing a Beer Flavored Latte

Lots of people enjoy a cup of coffee, some people enjoy a glass of beer; now, we can enjoy a cup of beer-flavored coffee. If you are into craft beer, then this concept is familiar to you since there are coffee-flavored beers.

Starbucks is known for having interesting coffee drinks and pushing the limits beyond where they were in the past. What they have now is setting the social media world into a frenzy-- good and bad frenzy, depending on who you follow.

The Seattle-based chain is testing a new latte that is dubbed, "Dark Barrel Latte" that is made with espresso, whipped cream on top, and dark caramel drizzle, oh we forgot the chocolatey stout flavored sauce. Only a few stores in Ohio and Florida get to test it at the moment.

Some consumers are already in love with the blend, stating that it "tastes just like beer. Guinness." Other consumers find it repulsive, stating that they find it weird to "feel like you're drinking beer in the morning. Gross."

There is no beer or alcohol in the latte at all. It only tastes like it. The stout flavor comes from the roasted malt.

Some analysts believe that the new blend, if it succeeds in testing, will be to bridge the gap between the morning coffee people and the evening beer/wine people. Who knows, maybe the blend will survive and then be released in coffee K-Cup format?

Until then, we'll just have to wait and see. If you are a fan of Starbucks, then shop from Coffeevines. We have major brands, including Starbucks!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Which Professions Drink the Most Coffee?

Journalists and reporters consume more coffee than other industries, according to a recent study that studied the coffee habits of 10k people. Especially since the invention of the coffee K-Cup machine where coffee is made quickly.

Apparently, 85 percent of the participants stated that they consume at least three cups of coffee per day while another 70 percent believed their work quality would suffer if they went without their daily coffee.

It would seem that drinking coffee is a must for business professionals, states Pressat survey researchers, the group that conducted the study. Some of the professionals in PR, the industry that ranks 1st, consume as much as 6 cups of coffee per day. Those with stressful jobs/careers consume the most, which makes sense since PR is often ranked in the top 3 for stressful jobs.

After public relations, police officers come in 2nd, then teachers, plumbers and other trade professionals, nurses and doctors, company execs, telesales, IT support, retai
l, and drivers (truckers, limo, buses, etc).

One hypothesis includes the possibility that professionals are being overworked, overstretched and pushed beyond limits.

The recommended dosage of caffeine is 200 mg per day; this over consumption can lead to health concerns.

So if you need coffee to get through the day, make shopping for it less stressful and buy from Coffeevines- we will deliver right to your door with easy UPS shipping. Shop for brands like Starbucks, Green Mountain, Peet's, and more.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

10 Coffee Trends to Expect in 2015

Every year, something new happens in the world of coffee and every time, there are trends that make people wonder, "Why are we doing this?" and there are also ones that make people wonder, "Why didn't we do this sooner?"

We have a list of 10 trends that we believe will happen next year; only time will tell if we are right or wrong. Let's hope we're right!

  1. Using coconut/almond milk. There are some coffee shops that are using almond and/or coconut milk as options to regular milk but next year, these milks will be at every shop. Why? Well, people are looking for alternatives to even soy milk and these milks are already popular choices in stores. 
  2. Coffee drive-thrus. These are already around and can be popular, depending on the area. However, these will become just as popular of a way to order your co
    ffee as going into the store. People don't always like to have to park their car, go into the shop, order, wait in line, then get back into their car and go. Expect to see more coffee shops with drive-thrus. 
  3. Desserts from local bakeries. More coffee shops will have pastries from local bakeries instead of using pre-packaged goods. 
  4. Chilled coffee over iced coffee. Due to droughts in many regions of the country, more shops are cutting back on water usage, which means switching to chilled coffee. 
  5. Getting to see how it's done. Much like some shops already do, expect to be able to watch your coffee be made very easily. Of course, if you use a K-Cup coffee machine, then you can already see your coffee be made. 
  6. Coffee being used as a marinade. Some chefs are discovering how coffee adds great flavor to meat. This isn't a coffee shop trend but it still fits with the list. 
  7. Coffee used as a sleep-aid. That's right, some people are already using coffee to help them fall asleep. We're not sure how it works but bedtime coffee might be a thing. 
  8. Single cup coffee machines in hotel rooms. Having the ability to make a real cup of coffee in the morning is something that frequent hotel travelers love to do instead of the toy-sized coffee pots they usually see. 
  9. Blends from countries we don't usually see. We are used to seeing Brazil, Colombian, and French blends but expect to see blends from countries you didn't know had their own coffee blends
  10. Small and mighty. As a nation, we are looking at Europe and liking their style of coffee, especially Italy, where coffee is small but packed with power. Expect to see more espresso style drinks become the norm. 
We love coffee and the styles that go along with it. At Coffeevines, we believe the best coffee is the coffee you brew yourself and can shop for when it's most convenient for you. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Brief Explanation of the Coffee Nap

You read it here! The traditional nap where you just feel tired then lay down and sleep for a couple hours are naps of the past! The new "coffee nap" is in. The next time you feel tired, take a coffee nap, my friend.

It sounds contradictory, right? Well, yeah, it does sound contradictory. However, in reality, it works out great! Scientific evidence suggests that taking one of these will actually power you up more than just having a cup of coffee or just taking a nap.

How does the power nap work? Well, it's all about the chemistry; there are two competing effects at play here: caffeine and adenosine. Adenosine is the neurotransmitter in our bodies that tell our minds when we are feeling awake (it accumulates) and when we are feeling tired (when it dissipates). Caffeine takes about 30 minutes to take effect and make you alert.

How does one accomplish the coffee nap? When you start to feel tired, drink a cup of coffee. If you want the coffee quickly, then choose K-Cup coffee. After you consume that, take a 20-30 minutes and when you wake up, the caffeine will have kicked in and you'll feel great. This will help fight off sleep-inertia, or, the grogginess you feel right after waking up.

So the next time you want to take a nap, have some single cup coffee right before and then do a power nap. Let us know how well it worked out for you by commenting on the blog post!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sports Drinks & Energy Drinks Threaten Coffee Market

Coffee is an incredibly popular drink with people of almost all ages (almost because it's not popular with kids). However, the potency of the coffee market is getting impacted by the strength of the sports drink and energy drink market that is a favorite of the young adult demographic. The latest survey according to the National Coffee Association published their annual consumer survey that states this troubling news for coffee, including K-Cup coffee.

The majority of the coffee consumption in the country, even world, tends to lean more towards the older age demographics and less for those below the age of 24. For those between the ages of 18 & 39, approximately 20 percent of them mentioned that they have at least one sports drink or energy drink per sitting a couple times a week.

For those in coffee game, this means understanding the popularity of energy and sports drinks, which offer some of the same solutions as coffee. Coffee companies need to find out this information so the energy and sports drinks don't steal the coffee times.

While this news was sad, there was plenty of good news for coffee lovers. Gourmet coffee has become a favorite for the younger markets despite the decline in popularity of traditional coffee. About 34 percent of coffee drinkers stated that they prefer the gourmet coffee these days. This is up 10 percent from four years ago.

Coffee also still remains most popular beverage than soda and even tap water in the U.S. which is the world's largest market for coffee. With the popularity of single cup coffee, it has become even easier to make.

Monday, August 25, 2014

What's the Smartest Thing to Do After Coffee?

Everyone loves to have a morning cup of coffee, especially when it only takes a few seconds to brew like single cup coffee. However, what is the best thing to do after you finish that morning cup of joe? Well, some people like to write, exercise, and some are forced to head to the good ol' job.

According to a study in Health (magazine), it was reported that coffee can help your body with pre-workout. It was shown to improve your circulation, reduce pain, and improve muscle memory (and your brain memory). It has also been said to help with burning calories/fat.

Not much of an exercise fan? Maybe you'd rather nap. Coffee clears your body of adenosine, a chemical. This chemical collects while you are awake and eventually tells your brain to sleep. During your sleep, this chemical breaks down. Coffee decreases this chemical in the brain but it takes about 20 minutes to complete. So, if you finish your coffee, have a 15 minute nap and feel the peak of alertness.

Maybe you want to do some art! Great idea, Picasso. Coffee helps with your focus and attention, which helps you create more fresh ideas.

Now, feel free to go workout, sleep, or finish some art. If you are looking for a quick and easy place to buy coffee K-Cups, then shop Coffeevines! We also have a vast assortment of K-Cup tea.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cold-Brew Coffee- The Next Big Caffeine Craze

Since the brewing of coffee has been mainstream, hot brewing has been the way of choice… mostly because it was pretty much the only way. However, cold brew coffee has come along and it is creating a divide in the coffee world. It is proving to be very popular and give a really great tasting coffee.

For those who believe cold brew coffee is the way to go, they may soon be able to get it at a lot of coffee shops and in K-Cup coffee forms, including establishments like Starbucks. Starbucks is currently in testing mode of the cold brew method in Boston and other coffee house chains are testing it as well.

Cold-brewed iced coffee is brewed by steeping coffee ground in room temp water for quite a few hours. After the grounds have soaked, you strain them. Those who prefer this brew state that it gives a smoother, superior flavor of coffee because it is less acidic than traditional brewing methods.

The cold-brew method takes between 12 and 24 hours, so it is not ideal for shops that need to serve coffee quickly but the new round of testing is challenging the brewing speed. Typically, many coffee places prepare their iced coffee by brewing it hot and then putting ice in it.