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[Another in our series on great coffee places.]

Recently, we heard some people talking about visiting Holland. After hearing more, we realized what they really meant was that they were traveling to the Netherlands.

Some people refer to the country of the Netherlands as “Holland” but that is not accurate.

Holland, to the Dutch, refers to the 2 provinces of North- and South-Holland (highlighted in orange, the country color). The Kingdom of the Netherlands is comprised of 12 provinces, and refers to the entire nation. Although they are used interchangeably, now you know which is which.

We enjoy writing about the Netherlands, because that is where Douwe Egberts began and still exists there more than 260 years later.

We know you enjoy Douwe Egberts too, so we are offering 10% off all our Douwe Egberts and Senseo products with no minimum order. at http://www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*

Please use coupon code: DEMAR10

*Discount valid through 11:59 pm PST 3/21/17 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com for Douwe Egberts and Senseo brand coffee with no minimum order. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale Douwe Egberts and Senseo products.

PS – The shipment we just received of Douwe Egberts coffee includes a new roast in ground:  Douwe Egberts Dessert coffee in 8.8oz/250g packages. This well-balanced blend is mild, good for drinking anytime, not just for dessert! Be one of our first customers to tell us about it! Order today.

Get a box of Barry’s Tea from Ireland and as our gift to you with your purchase, no minimum order required. Hurry though – this offer is only available today, while supplies last!

Choose your flavor:  Gold, Decaffeinated or Irish Breakfast, write in the flavor in order comments at checkout and we’ll add the box to your order. No coupon code needed.*

*Tea offer valid through 3/16/17 at 11:59 p.m. PDT at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum order and specified order comments. Offer available while supplies last. Not redeemable for cash; all sales are final; no returns please.

PS – Check out our Pinterest page for our St. Patrick’s Day ideas for eating and drinking to celebrate the green!

This week we give you another chapter in our occasional series on Great European Coffee Cities. Enjoy!

When we talk about German coffee, brands that immediately come to mind are Dallmayr, Jacobs, Tchibo, Eduscho, Davidoff and our newest brands from German coffee producer J.J. Darboven, Eilles Kaffee and IDEE Kaffee.

More than half of these brands are based in Hamburg, Germany, a global trading port on the Elbe River, located about 70 miles from the North Sea. Hamburg has been a coffee capital ever since the first coffee house opened in 1677. By the turn of the 20th century, Hamburg was the largest coffee market in the world. Take a canal boat ride through the warehouse district to view the bridges between the buildings, learn about the history of the massive buildings and the multitudes of goods stored within, right on the water. At the city’s port district, the streets are lined with coffee shops where snacks and hot coffee are served with beautiful views over the water as you watch the cargo ships come and go. Also near the town center is a lake with boats afloat and cafes surrounding the water’s edge.

Drive an hour southwest on Autobahn 1 and stop in Bremen, another great coffee city in Germany, and where two of these German brands are based. Bremen is a major port on the Weser River. (The North Sea is less than 40 miles north of the city.) Many companies are based in this thriving metropolis, from automobiles, the largest industry, to food and beverage, second largest, to aerospace and shipping engineering, wind power and communications. The Market Square, with the Town Hall’s impressive Renaissance architecture on one side and famous historical and fictional characters connected to Bremen depicted in statues, draws tourists year-round.

You deserve to enjoy the taste of German coffee, so we are giving you 10% off your order of these brands with no minimum purchase required at www.enjoybettercoffee.com.*

Please use coupon code: GERMAN10

*Discount valid through 3/14/17 at 11:59 p.m. PDT with no minimum order on Dallmayr, Jacobs, Tchibo, Eduscho, Davidoff Cafe, Eilles and IDEE products only at www.enjoybettercoffee.com. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products.

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What do Germany, Switzerland and Austria have in common? Well, probably a few things, but nothing more important than our new coffee lines! Introducing four new brands that each have something special to offer you. But first, let’s talk about the international company that brings them to us.

Johann J. Darboven founded a company in 1866 in Hamburg, Germany. An innovator, he pioneered delivering roasted coffee in bags to his customers. Within a few years, he was awarded a medal for his 100+ varieties of coffee at an international horticultural exhibition. A generation later, his sons successfully marketed a coffee under the brand name IDEE (Idea). IDEE was (and still is) produced with a special refining process developed by the Hygienic Institute in Hamburg. The beans are treated to reduce irritants and bitter flavors while preserving the taste, and the caffeine of the coffee. The coffee was (and still is) extremely popular in Germany, and is J.J.Darboven’s flagship product. The 1930’s found the company expanding into catering, later into other countries and during the 60’s, television, with one of the earliest coffee commercials shown. During the last few decades, J.J.Darboven has grown to include the brands described below. The company is still run by a fourth generation Darboven.

We know you will like these coffees, so we are offering 10% off your order of these brands, no minimum required at www.enjoybettercoffee.com.*

Please use coupon code: NEWBRANDS10

*Discount valid through 2/28/2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST with no minimum order at www.enjoybettercoffee.com, Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products.

Check out the new ranges here.

2017_eilles-kaffee-logoOur first new range is Eilles Kaffee, from Germany. Their slogan is “Enjoy the good things in life.” A distinctive and special blend of beans, Eilles Kaffee uses highland beans, which assures a high-quality coffee. For more than 130 years, Eilles Kaffee has been the preferred brand in Germany. In fact, Bavarian King Ludwig II served only Eilles coffee at court during his reign in the later 1800s. We have Eilles Kaffee Gourmet in ground, whole beans and instant, and Eilles Kaffee Arabica in ground. The beautiful blue and gold packaging evokes the royal court; the aroma and flavor are unforgettable.

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Also from Germany is IDEE Kaffee, a wonderfully mild classic coffee. The roasting process IDEE uses eliminates any undesirable elements with the beans prior to roasting, reducing bitter flavors that may result from regular roasting. This leaves a mild tasting coffee, with higher caffeine content, which is easier on the stomach. We have IDEE Kaffee in ground and Gold Express Instant coffee. Both are balanced and aromatic coffees.

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Introducing Movenpick from Switzerland, this coffee is roasted gently and carefully following an original Swiss recipe. Der Himmlische coffee comes in ground and whole bean, taking high-altitude beans from around the world, giving the coffee a wonderful aroma and distinctive taste. We also have Movenpick Espresso in whole beans, which has a rich and strong taste and aroma.2017_mozart-kaffee-logo

 

Finally, we have a coffee from Austria named after its most famous son, Mozart. Mozart Kaffee is a symphony of flavors, notes and aroma. Well-balanced, delicious and irresistible, this coffee brand produces. We have a Mild ground coffee that is light and Intensive ground and instant, with a powerful aroma and taste.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our wonderful customers!

Get a FREE tin of Rendez Vous Flavored Licorice Pastilles with your Valentine’s Day order.*

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Write RENDEZ VOUS in your order comments at checkout and we will add a tin of pastilles to your order.

We choose the flavor and you’ll get a sweet surprise!

*Offer available on orders placed Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 only on www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com. No minimum order is required but order comments “RENDEZ VOUS” must be included to receive the free tin of Rendez Vous pastilles. Offer not redeemable for cash.

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This week, we are putting our full range of French products in the spotlight: Coffee, chicory, chocolate, cookies, cakes and candies. Because the French love to make mealtimes memorable, we wanted you to know more about French food and drink customs. Read on, mon ami!

In France, a typical meal at lunch or dinner consists of 4 courses: Salad, Meat main dish, cheese with bread and dessert. Bread and water are always served and French wine is often served too. Coffee is always served!

While the French enjoy three meals a day, tea is also served in the late afternoon. Breakfast includes pastries, buttery croissants, sometimes with almond or chocolate paste.

The coffee is very strong, and it is common to have café au lait (coffee with hot milk). Fresh fruit and yogurt are also often served at breakfast.

By the way, if you order a café (coffee) in a shop, you’ll get a tiny shot of espresso in a tiny cup. This is also the café served at the end of your meal. Café Americain is filtered coffee and yes, it is more like the coffee Americans drink. Decaf gets you a decaf espresso, of course.

Read more below to find out about our range of products imported from France.  In the meantime, celebrate French delicacies from coffee to pastry to chocolate and everything in between, and we’ll give you 10% off your order of our collection of French food and drinks, with no minimum order at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*

Please use coupon code: FRENCH10

*Discount valid through 11:59 p.m. PST  on 2/14/2017 at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum order on French brands of coffee, cookies and candies specified in this newsletter. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products.

The Best French Coffee Is Here

Carte carte-noire-logoNoire, literally “black card”, began almost 35 years ago when Rene Monnier, a coffee blender and roaster whose family had already been producing Grand Mere, created the brand. The Monniers chose the name and the black and gold packaging to reflect sophistication and elegance. The coffee has long been marketed as “a coffee named desire”, which is also reflected in their commercials and other advertisements. In fact, some might describe their ads of their coffee as seductive! Carte Noire remains today one of France’s most popular coffee brands. We have it in ground, whole beans, instant, pods, espresso and decaffeinated.grand-mere-logo

Grand Mere, started by the Monnier family 47 years ago, is named after grandmother because “she knows how to make a good coffee.” Just look at the package to see her smiling down on you as you enjoy her coffee. Today, the brand is one of the top coffee brands in France. We have Degustation (Tasty) and Familial (Family) roasts in 8.8oz packages.

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Maison Du Café is made by Douwe Egberts France, and we all know that Douwe Egberts produces quality coffee. In France, their advertising slogan is “Each cup offers a moment of pleasure and friendship.” Ma Tradition is a combination of Robusta and Arabica coffee beans, roasted in the Douwe Egberts process, which produces a fragrant and balanced medium roast coffee. LOR Doux is soft and sweet from the 100% Arabica coffee beans.

 

Looking for something different?

Try one or all of these delicious and convenient drinks:

Ricore: Instant drinks made with coffee and chicory

Leroux: Instant drink with chicory – delicious alone or mixed in coffee or hot chocolate

L’Ancienne Instant Chocolate: Fine cocoa with sugar and Bourbon vanilla

A proper French breakfast includes pastries and cakes. Check out our lines of French baked goods.

Cookies and Treats Are a Sweet Deal

St. Michel Galettes Butter Biscuits and Caramel Butter Biscuits are crispy cookies made with butter, fresh eggs and sea salt.

Biscuiterie De Provence makes several cakes: Chestnut, Almond Cake, Almond Cake with Lemon, Almond Cake with Chocolate, Organic Almond Hazelnut Cake, Organic Almond Orange Cake. All are moist, made with simple ingredients such as butter and pure vanilla, and all are perfect for dessert or tea time. They do not contain preservatives, and they are all gluten free!

Pierre Biscuitere Butter Cookies, Lemon & Almond Cookies, Sea Salt Caramel Cookies, Coconut Butter Cookies and Mixed Berries Butter Cookies are made with butter and cream, real fruit and whole eggs. These ‘biscuits’ are simple yet elegant and delicious.

Delicate pastilles from Abbaye de Flavigny and Rendez Vous regular and sugar-free hard candy in tins in so many flavors. Our favorites are Lemon, Mint and Violet, but we also have Orange, Strawberry, Rose and Liquorice.

For the final touch of French flair, don’t forget Le Perruche sugar cubes with your coffee, available in Brown Sugar and White Sugar, ooh la la!