Tchibo Takes Corporate Responsibility Seriously

Most recently, Tchibo collected accolades from several organizations. Awards include The German Ethics Network’s “Business Ethics Award” 2014_CSR Award for Europe Sustainfor becoming a 100% sustainable business in the coffee and non-food sector. In 2013, the German consumer initiative collaborated with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Environmental Agency to award Tchibo the Gold Medal for Sustainability Communications in Retail in a consistent and credible manner. Last year also saw Tchibo receiving the European CSR award and the German CSR award, both for responsible business conduct, and the German Supply Chain Sustainability Award. Ethical, responsible and committed to sustainable practices define the Tchibo brand.

Four Ways To Repurpose Coffee Waste

Inspired by our brands’ ongoing 2014_filter grounds and beanscommitment to sustainable practices, we found some ways you can reuse coffee and grounds rather than just throwing them away. First, as a delicious alternative to water in a cake recipe, use leftover coffee in the batter, especially chocolate cake or brownies. Or, combine the leftover coffee with milk, cream and sugar to make homemade coffee ice cream. You can even water your plants with leftover cooled coffee. Finally, add coffee grounds to your compost pile. The acid has already been extracted during the brewing process, so what remains is a nitrogen source. Enjoy!

Good Friends Do Spill The Beans…

…At least when it comes to caring for your whole bean coffee! The biggest threats to the taste and freshness of coffee beans are air, moisture and time. In a perfect world, coffee would be ground, brewed and drunk as soon as possible. When you buy fresh beans, you should try to use them within 2 weeks.2014_beans

Storage: Store your beans in the bag in which they were packaged, grinding them as you need them. Roll the top of the bag, forcing out as much air as possible, then seal the bag with tape or a strong clip. You can also store them in an air-tight canister, but make sure the container does not allow light to get in. We do not recommend storing beans (or ground coffee, for that matter) in the freezer or refrigerator. That is because moving coffee (or anything) in and out of the cold allows condensation to form on the coffee. That moisture will then refreeze and thaw each and every time you move it from the cold to the ambient room temperature. This will quickly deplete the flavorful oils of the coffee, making your coffee taste flat. No one likes flat coffee.

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Because Holland is home to Douwe Egberts, we love keeping up with the news and events of this small but industrious country. While there are always cultural and social happenings in The Netherlands, September brings the celebration of Heritage Days (Open Monumentendag, as the Dutch say). This event is always the second weekend of September, where historical buildings and sites open their doors to the public, usually free of charge. More than 80 percent of Dutch towns participate in the event, organized by local groups. Often included in the celebrations are on-site activities, including art and other exhibitions, concerts and guided tours. It can be a tough choice about where to go: The Hague reflects the political center of the country; Maastricht shows off its medieval churches; Amsterdam has canal houses and Gouda has a beautiful city hall. So many sites, so little time.

You can celebrate Dutch Heritage too with a cup of Douwe Egberts coffee. When you order Douwe Egberts products at, get 10% off with orders of $30 or more.*

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Meet Our New Partner In Hawaii: Kauai Coffee Company

Kauai Coffee is grown on 22,000 acres of a former sugar cane plantation by the Kauai Coffee Company since 1987. Kauai Coffee’s Koloa Estate is the largest coffee farm in the United States, with more than three thousand acres where four million coffee trees grow. The soil, rain, sun and gentle winds work together to produce some of the finest Hawaiian coffee beans. Kauai Coffee Company is committed to caring for the environment with the utmost respect for the land.

2014_Kauai Coffee FarmUnfortunately, five years after the coffee estate began, a devastating hurricane ruined most of the crop. Only four years later, Kauai Coffee rebounded and their annual harvest equaled the entire Kona Coffee Belt’s harvest. Today, coffee grown in Kauai is preferred over Kona by many because it is a more flavorful cup. Were you to visit the island of Kauai, you could tour the estate by foot or by video. The tour shares information on the coffees, the process and the final roasting. Their logo of a hula girl rising from the steam of a coffee cup is well-known around the islands.

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Say “Aloha” to Our New Hawaiian Coffees!

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That’s right! We now have coffee grown in Hawaii, from the island of Kauai. But wait…isn’t all about European coffee? Well, yes, we are, but we are also about premium coffee, grown and processed with respect for the land and for the farmers. Hawaii has the perfect climate and soil for growing rich, delicious coffee. And indeed, this is a product made in America as Hawaii is the only U.S. state where coffee is grown.

Now you are probably thinking that coffee from Hawaii has to be Kona coffee. Well, at one time that was the case – all coffee was from the Big Island, grown in a specific area known as the Kona coffee belt. Thus the coffee produced there is named Kona, which describes where it is grown (not the type of bean). Like all coffee grown in Hawaii, the beans are Arabica. In the recent past, though, the other areas and islands are getting in on the fun, with Arabica beans being grown in the Ka’u district, the Puna district and the Hamakua district of the Big Island. The islands of Maui, Moloka’i, Oahu and Kauai now all produce coffee, each with its own special nuances, a direct result of the specific area in which they are grown.

We have four flavors of ground Kauai Coffee in stock: Koloa Medium Roast, Koloa Dark Roast, Koloa Coconut Caramel Crunch and Koloa  Vanilla Macadamia Nut, all grown on the Koloa Estate. These are single-origin coffees with consistent and specific flavors. The Koloa Medium Roast coffee begins with a lively aroma and finishes with gentle floral notes. The Koloa Dark Roast is bold with cocoa notes. (We also have Medium and Dark Roasts in whole beans for the same price!) Koloa Coconut Caramel Crunch and Koloa Vanilla Macadamia Nut ground coffees are just as flavorful as their names suggest!

This is a great new range of coffees we are excited to make available to you! Buy today at and get 10% off Hawaiian coffee with no minimum order!*

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