Fika, Hygge and the Secret To Happiness at

EBC-Scandi-Banner-Coastal-View-082618Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga); Norwegian for “to give comfort, joy;” similar to a hug.

Fika (pronounced fee-ka); old Swedish term, for which there is no English equivalent, but roughly refers to making time for friends and colleagues with coffee and goodies.

It is also the name of a new coffee roast from Lofbergs, but more about that in a moment.

EBC-Scandi-FIKA-082618-E2This week, we are highlighting the range of Scandinavian coffee we offer at No mention of coffee from countries such as Norway, Denmark, and Sweden would be worth its weight in beans without the mention of hygge and fika, key parts of life in the Nordic countries. We aren’t talking about a coffee break, but an extended break, twice a day, with special baked items to make it all cozy and comfortable. And, it’s the law in Sweden that companies give employees two Fikas per day. It is considered socially unacceptable for employees to skip these gatherings.

Happiness-Factor-Scandinavia-2-300px-E2These Scandinavian cultural norms, which put a premium on cozy and warm feelings as key parts of interactions with friends and co-workers, could be a big part of why the Nordic countries consistently place in the top 10 Happiest Countries, per the annual World Happiness Report. For 2018, the report deemed Finland to be the overall happiest country in the world. Following in order are Norway, Denmark, Iceland, with Sweden jumping to 9th place, up from 10 last year. You may already know that the report is based on values assigned to six variables that contribute to well-being: income; healthy life expectancy; social support; freedom; trust, and generosity. Data is pooled from Gallup World Poll surveys to calculate the happy ratings. (The U.S.A. comes in at 18th.)

Are there other reasons for this regional contentment? Frigid weather and long winters may bring communities together in support of each other. (Think of the effort behind a barn-raising where everyone helps the farmer in need.) These countries also offer social programs, affordable higher education and healthcare, and have a high GDP. A Finnish researcher speculates that Finns are quietly satisfied with life conditions, and unwilling to compare what they have against others, comparison being the “thief of joy” (according to Teddy Roosevelt).

Through Tuesday, get 15% off your orders of Paulig, Lofbergs, and Arvid Nordquist coffees with no minimum required at*

Please use coupon code: NORDIC15

*Discount valid from 6/3/2018 through 11:59PM ET on 6/5/2018 at with 15% off no minimum order required on Arvid Nordquist, Lofbergs and Paulig coffees. Offer not redeemable for cash. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call us at 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

Check out our roast reviews to help you decide among these comforting coffees.

Lofbergs-Swedish-Fika-Advert-NLLofbergs, one of the largest coffee roasters in the Nordic countries, is based in Sweden. We offer two exemplary roasts, both new to us: Lofbergs Swedish Fika Medium Roast Ground Coffee and Lofbergs Swedish Fika Dark Roast Ground Coffee. Fika Medium Roast is a light roast (3 of 5) of Arabica beans with a balanced taste and aroma. Fika Dark Roast is rated 4 of 5, made of 100% Arabica beans, including about 1/3 of beans certified by the Rainforest Alliance (an international sustainability organization we have written about here before). These two special roasts alone make this deal special!

Arvid-Advert-NLArvid Nordquist opened a small shop in Stockholm, Sweden in 1884. Today the Arvid Nordquist brand is a leader in premium coffee, food and wine products. We offer three roasts: Medium roast, Extra Dark roast, and Classic Gran Dia, all prime examples of Swedish coffee roasting. In addition, all three are UTZ Certified and CO2 Compensated (read more about these organizations on the product page). The Medium roast is balanced, with chocolate and spice notes. Extra Dark is full-bodied, and intense, with just the right amount of bitterness. Classic Gran Dia is a medium to dark roast, full-bodied, with nut and floral notes, and a nice finish.

Paulig-Advert-wDKRoast-NL-EOur last Nordic brand is Paulig, from Finland, who roasts and packages their coffee out of their facilities in Helsinki. We offer three roasts. Juhla Mokka ground coffee is light-roasted, rich, balanced and intense blend of beans from South America and Africa. Presidentti ground coffee is a light roast (1 of 5) from a blend of beans grown in Africa, and delivers a strong and rich coffee. Juhla Mokka Dark Roast ground coffee is a medium roast coffee with chocolate and baked pastry notes. This coffee works with most preparation methods, including drip, French press and moka pot. All three of these coffees are perfect examples of Finnish coffee and well worth a try.

We get it directly from the region, for the Nordic market, so you are getting the real deal, just as a native would buy.

Coffee In The News

Queen of Specialty Coffee Passes at 96

Erna-KnutsenIt shouldn’t be surprising that a central figure in coffee history, a legend in the coffee industry, and the person credited with originating the term “specialty coffee,” was from Norway. Erna Knutsen died in June, just short of her 97th birthday. Knutsen emigrated to the United Sates in 1927, a couple years after her father arrived alone to work in the shipyards while saving to send for his family. Erna, her mom and two sisters would move to New York, where her parents eventually had four more children.

Erna went on to work as a secretary for a Wall Street firm. Eventually, she joined a coffee, tea and spice trading house in San Francisco. There, she was one of the first women ever to sell green coffee. Legend has it that during the 1970’s, she was able to convince an Indonesian man who was driving to New York city with very special coffee beans to open, roast and cup (taste) the coffee. Ten years on, she bought her own trading house and renamed it Knutsen Coffees, Ltd. (She would later recount that being disallowed from the cupping room because she was a woman actually made buying the company all the sweeter, especially when she fired the men who excluded her.)

As always, enjoy better coffee and thanks from the EnjoyBetterCoffee Team!

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Today Only! It’s Time For A Customer Favorite Giveaway…


This promotion ends at 11:59PM ET on 8/22/18. Offer available while supplies last at on orders of $30 or more, before shipping costs, and must include required order comments. We are unable to honor requests for promotional items received after 8/22/18. Offer not redeemable for cash. All sales are final; returns are not available on promotional items. Questions? Call us at 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

As always, enjoy better coffee and thanks from the EnjoyBetterCoffee Team!

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Douwe Egberts: Best Coffee In The Netherlands

We enjoy writing about the Netherlands not only because it’s home to Douwe Egberts, but also because it’s a beautiful country with fun traditions. If you are traveling there, try these suggestions for activities to see and do while you’re there.


First, ride a bike. Anytime you are trying to go anywhere. There will be plenty of other bikers on the road, even between towns. Streets in the Netherlands are narrow and filled with parked cars, sometimes trams, walkers and a lot of bicycles. Because of the network of well-maintained bike paths, it is safe, convenient, and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of local transport to get around.

gezellig-2-nbNext, stretch out in the grass at the park, or enjoy a very long lunch with friends, and feel gezellig. This Dutch word (pronounced ‘khuh ZEL ick’) is a term that’s difficult to translate into English, but the word has a general meaning of coziness and friendliness. This feeling of enjoyment is highly valued in the Dutch culture.

The Dutch have some of the lightest and tastiest pastries in Europe: appeltaart, soesjes (tiny cream puffs), and stroopwafels (a syrup cookie made only better by being warmed over your freshly poured cup of coffee).


And, finally, the coffee! Dutch coffee (just like Dutch cheese) is considered the best in the world. Douwe Egberts is the best-selling coffee in the country, and remains popular around the world.

We enjoy Douwe Egberts coffee, and we think you will too. If you haven’t tried it before, this is your chance to scoop up a deal. Of course, if you have tried it, then you already know what a deal it is! This week, get 15% off your order of Douwe Egberts and Senseo coffee and accessories, with no minimum purchase required.

Please Use Coupon Code: IHEARTDE

*Discount valid from 8/19/18 through 11:59PM ET on 8/21/18 at with no minimum order required for Douwe Egberts and Senseo products. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products.
Questions? Call 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

These Are Some of Our Favorites from Douwe Egberts

DE-Sale-Advert-August-2018-NLDouwe Egberts Excellent Aroma and Select Aroma, ground in 8.8oz/250g soft packs, are two special Douwe Egberts roasts. Douwe Egberts Excellent Aroma is medium to dark roasted coffee, smooth and full. Select Aroma, with a light-medium roast, is gentle and mild. And, most importantly, you can use the discount above.

We have Douwe Egberts most popular blend, Black, in ground coffee, at a great price and still eligible for the discount above. If you like your coffee flavorful and strong, then you must try Douwe Egberts Black. And, yes, the discount above is valid too!

We also have variety packages of ground and of whole beans, so you can try more than one of the Dutch’s favorite coffee, and save even more!

The Netherlands In The News

Don’t Read This Over Your Eggs Benedict

Dutch-people-healthyAccording to European Commission figures, the Dutch exercise more than any other group in Europe, by almost double. Eighty percent cycle, walk, swim, dance and/or garden on a regular basis. The European average is a mere 44%. With the strong and supportive cycling infrastructure, it’s easy for people to cycle to work, or to ride to the tram. The data also showed that the Dutch expressed a preference to perform regularly in sporting activities for pleasure, rather than health. An online and weekend-printed newspaper in the Netherlands crunched the numbers. And, if you’re wondering, yes, they ride bikes in the snow.

As always, enjoy better coffee and thanks from the EnjoyBetterCoffee Team!

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Get A Deal on Italy’s Best Coffees

Italian Coffee: Who Fuels Italy?

Would you be surprised to know that Lavazza holds the number one spot in the retail coffee market of Italy? Lavazza is so popular, it holds more than a third of market share at 36 percent! In addition, included in the top are Kimbo at ten percent market share and Segafredo with a solid two percent share. Considering that nine out of ten Italians drink their coffee at home, that is a lot of coffee.


This week, we are highlighting 3 big Italian roasters: Lavazza, Kimbo and Segafredo.

moka-pots-groupedIn Italy, coffee is drunk at various times during the day, usually with sugar and no milk. Espresso is made with coffee machines that use pods, capsules or sachets. Moka pots are also popular, and most households usually have one of those. Coffee is usually served with a glass of water to drink alongside.

We have a range of coffees from these popular Italian brands, including Nespresso-compatible capsules, all of which makes for a truly authentic Italian coffee experience.

This week, we are giving you 15% off your order of these top 3 brands with no minimum order required on*

Please Use Coupon Code: COFFEEIT

*Discount valid from 8/12/18 through 11:59PM ET on 8/14/18 at with no minimum order required for the following brands only: Lavazza, Kimbo, and Segafredo. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call us at 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

 Lavazza: Italy’s Favorite Coffee

Lavazza-espresso-advert-square2We have a wide range of Lavazza coffee, from those made with 100% Arabica to blends of Arabica and Robusta beans. Lavazza harvests coffee beans from South America, many from Brazil. Lavazza also makes annual calendars with well-established artists and photographers, which have long been collector’s items.

We have the most popular coffee in Italy, Lavazza Super Crema Espresso Whole Bean Coffee. This coffee is mild and creamy, with a spicy aroma. Also popular is Lavazza Crema e Gusto ground coffee, intense and distinctive, with chocolatey notes, this full-bodied coffee is already priced economically even before our discount above! Try Lavazza Caffe Espresso ground coffee in a can, which is intense, velvety, and distinctive from 100% Arabica beans. Try any of our four Lavazza capsules for Nespresso machines, with Delicato and Decaf on the lower end of intensity and Vigoroso and Deciso on the high end of intense.

Kimbo: True Italian Espresso

kimbo-advert-250px-CR2Kimbo Coffee, as they say, is not just Italian espresso. It is espresso from Naples, “bellebbuono” (extra good) as they say. We have several coffees available, from the rich and delicious Antica Tradizione, to Aroma Gold, with 100% Arabica beans, perfectly balanced, smooth and delicate. Try Kimbo Extra Cream Espresso in whole beans, which are sweet and balanced, with a good crema. Try any of our three Kimbo Nespresso capsules, or get a variety package with all 3 types of capsules.

Segafredo: Crafted Like No Other

Segafredo-advert-espressoA flagship product from the Massimo Zanetti coffee empire, Segafredo is consistently high-quality coffee. We have a wide range of Segafredo coffee, including rich and intense Espresso Moka ground coffee, to the dark and rich Montagna, to the spicy Casa whole bean coffee, with plenty of choices in between. Segafredo makes capsules for the Segafredo Espresso machine (not Nespresso), all of which are strong with a persistent crema.

Italian Coffee In The News

Lavazza Labor Agreement Supports Parents

For Lavazza workers at the coffee plant outside Turin, having or adopting a child earns the employee a 250 Euro bonus. This is part of a new labor agreement, which was approved almost unanimously by workers. Others benefits include work performance-linked bonuses.

Charge Yourself and Your Phone

airoAn Italian company has created Airo Vision+, a coffee machine and wireless charger combined. Development started in 2014; now the product is completely designed, ready for production and available via Kickstarter. The espresso machine uses the current pods and capsules, or new, composable Airo capsules can be used.

As always, enjoy better coffee and thanks from the EnjoyBetterCoffee Team!

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The Rich Tradition of German Coffee

Fact: More than 80 percent of the entire German population above the age of 14 drinks coffee. That’s even more than in the United States. Jacobs Kronung is the most popular coffee drunk by German consumers. In the top five most popular brands in Germany, Dallmayr and Tchibo are in the third and fifth spots.


This week, Jacobs, Dallmayr and Tchibo are in our spotlight, along with these other German coffee roasters: Eilles Kaffee, IDEE Kaffee, Eduscho, and Davidoff.

We have shared the history of coffee in Germany, so you may recall that coffee houses were open to both men and women in the earliest days, back in the 17th century. Women were able to sit down inside and meet with other ladies to chat. Men grumbled, and it came to be referred to as coffee and gossip (“kaffeeklatsch”), the term well-embedded in the language by the 19th century.

Today, with family and friends, coffee is served with cake (“kaffee and kuchen klatsch”), as a late afternoon break, and on holidays and Sundays. Honey almond cake, cheesecakes, fruitcakes, and the iconic Black Forest cake are some of the most popular.

At, we have the best of German coffee, including several specialty coffees. Get 15% off of your purchase, with no minimum order.*

Please use coupon code GERMAN15

*Discount valid from 8/05/18 through 11:59PM ET on 8/07/18 at with 15% off on Jacobs, Dallmayr, Tchibo, Eilles, Eduscho, IDEE, and Davidoff coffees with no minimum order required. Offer not redeemable for cash. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call us at 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

Did You Know…?

> A German woman is responsible for creating the coffee maker filter, so we have her to thank for being able to drink ground-free coffee.

> Germans drink more coffee than beer or water on average.

Hamburg-cropped> Many of the brands above are based in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany. Hamburg is a major global trading port, located on the Elbe River, in northern Germany. The city is a popular tourist destination, with major European education and research industries, cultural and artistic venues. And, of course, the Beatles were greatly influenced by, and even performed there in their early years.

Have You Tried…?

EBC-German-Coffee-Brands-NL-80518Try Eilles Kaffee Gourmet in ground, and instant, and you’ll appreciate the distinct aroma and flavor.

IDEE Kaffee is delicious, mild coffee, with a higher caffeine content. Because of special processing, the coffee is very gentle on the stomach. We have balanced IDEE Kaffee in ground.

Dallmayr French Press Selection is an extra-coarse blend created with help from a popular French Press maker. The blend is 100% Arabica beans, with a floral and spicy aroma. We also have 3 very special blends: Neiva (spicy), Kilimanjaro (light and floral) and Granverde (nutty and soft). All are 100% Arabica beans, ground, in 8.8oz packs. We have 10 Capsa roasts capsules for the Nespresso maker, including: Prodomo (the flagship blend, strong aroma, full-bodied and smooth); Espresso Dark Roast (intense, full-bodied, with fruit and chocolate notes), and Vanillla (sweet and delicate, with a delicious aroma). Vanilla is a perfect addition to a special coffee drink, but any Dallmayr coffee is great on its own (milk’s optional)!

We have Jacobs Kronung coffee, the flagship roast, in instant, whole bean, and regular and decaffeinated in ground. We also have 3 new roasts from Jacobs new line of whole beans:  Jacobs Crema Intenso is a full-bodied dark roast. Jacobs Espresso is intense and velvety with spicy notes. Jacobs Crema is a smooth and balanced medium roast

Tchibo Exclusive Ground coffee is great for stovetop Moka makers and espresso, and we have the roast in Instant too. Tchibo Beste Bohne, literally ‘best bean’, is made from the best available beans and carefully harvested, processed and roasted to perfection, and available in ground. Tchibo’s Espresso Milano Style is a medium/dark roast, intense, with a medium body and an excellent crema. Tchibo Black & White in instant and ground is full, intense and unique, a special coffee from Tchibo.

Eduscho Gala Nr. 1 Der Klassiker blends carefully selected beans roasted to a smooth, classic drink. If you like smooth, try Gala Mild coffee, naturally roasted for a balanced taste.

Davidoff Café Creation Superieure Jade instant coffee is a blend of choice Arabica beans from Colombia and Brazil, giving the coffee a pleasing body, sweet aroma, and a soft taste. Café Rich Aroma is an intense, full-bodied coffee that we have in ground and in instant coffee. Fine Aroma is mild with a delicate aroma and a soft texture and is available in ground and instant. For Nespresso makers, we have Nespresso-compatible capsules from Davidoff available in two roasts.

Coffee In The News

Made From Coffee For Coffee

coffee-cups-from-recycled-coffee-groundsA German designer and a Berlin start-up company have partnered to create reusable coffee cups from coffee grounds and wood particles. The components are combined to create a liquid that can be injection molded to create the espresso, cappuccino, and travel cups. The coffee grounds come from cafes in Berlin, and the wood is from sustainable sources. The dark, speckled cups are all dishwasher safe and durable. Prices range from $17 USD for one cup to sets of 8 espresso or 6 cappuccino cups, with saucers, for about $140 USD. The products were awarded the Red Dot Award for design just this year. Reuse, check. Recycle, check. Reduce, check.

As always, enjoy better coffee and thanks from the EnjoyBetterCoffee Team!

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