Vrolijk Kerstfeest!

Or as we say: Happy Holidays!

In the Netherlands, home to Douwe Egberts, an authentic and traditional Dutch Christmas is all about family and being together. The Dutch have a word that epitomizes the closeness and warm feelings generated by being together. “Gezellig” is a sense of being cozy, enjoying food, drinks and laughter in a comforting place. Even better, a cozy Christmas is celebrated over two days. First Christmas is on the 25th, and Second Christmas is the 26th (sometimes referred to as Boxing Day). Special treats are enjoyed only during this season: Ginger nuts, egg-yolk liquor (eaten with a spoon), mulled wine (Santa’s favorite drink), and chocolate or pastry letters of your initials.


The Dutch enjoy this time of year for all its beauty and warmth. Indulge in the wonder of it all with authentic Dutch coffee from Douwe Egberts . As our gift to you, we’ll take 15% off your $30 minimum order of Douwe Egberts products.

Please Use Coupon Code: IHEARTDE

*Discount valid from 12/15/19 through 11:59PM ET on 12/17/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with $30 minimum purchase before shipping cost required for Douwe Egberts products. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

We Have Douwe Egberts For Everyone

Our Douwe Egberts range includes whole bean, ground and instant coffee.

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We recommend grinding the beans just before brewing, which really produces the best-tasting coffee. Our whole bean selection includes Douwe Egberts Excellent Aroma, made with 100% Arabica beans; it’s a perfect medium roast, with a smooth and full-bodied taste and a strong finish. (It’s available in ground too!) If you are looking for a delicious coffee anytime, try Douwe Egberts Aroma Rood, a medium, smooth, and aromatic blend of Robusta and Arabica beans.

Douwe Egberts makes delicious roasts available in ground. Douwe Egberts Select Aroma is a lighter roast, silky-smooth and fruity. Douwe Egberts Black is a dark, rich coffee. This customer favorite has been discontinued before, but it is back and as popular as ever. Douwe Egberts also makes an Aroma Rood Decaf in ground. You won’t miss out on any flavor, just the caffeine.

For convenience, and as a great gift for people who travel or spend a lot of time on the road or love iced coffee drinks, we have 3 roasts of instant coffee. Get Pure Gold, Pure Indulgence, and Moccona Classic Decaf in beautiful, resealable jars that can be repurposed later. Our Pure Gold instant is also available in easy to use sticks in 4 package sizes, one includes a mug.


Holiday Ordering

If you absolutely must have your order before the holiday, we suggest you choose from one of our expedited shipping options available when checking out. Find out more on our Selling Policies page.

It Takes A Village To GLOW and To Make Delicious Coffee

Come Together, Right Now, Over Good Coffee

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What happens when you get the best artists, designers, and engineers together to create something completely original, unique and special? When that happens in Eindhoven, Netherlands, as it does once a year, the results are, well, enlightening!

The GLOW Festival 2019, an outdoor light art event, opened yesterday in Eindhoven, and runs for the next week. Visitors to the free event walk a designated path approximately 5km long, where light art installations are on display. The route changes every year to allow different neighborhoods to shine. This popular festival started in 2006 with 45k visitors. The 2018 festival broke all records with more than 750k sightseers. (Eindhoven has a population of just over 200k.) The festival is ranked in the top 5 most-attended light festivals in the world.

de-AdvertJust as with GLOW, the Douwe Egberts team of artists, designers, and master blenders come together to create some of the world’s best coffees. We have a range of Douwe Egberts coffees, from pre-ground to ready-to-grind whole beans, and instant. Because our coffee is made for the European market, the flavor profiles are stronger than coffee produced for the American market.

Be sure to check out our current roast recommendations below.


For the two days, we will give you 15% off your order of Douwe Egberts with no minimum purchase required.*

Please Use Coupon Code: IHEARTDE

*Discount valid from 11/10/19 through 11:59PM ET on 11/12/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum purchase required for Douwe Egberts products. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

Your Favorite Coffees, At Your Command

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Our Subscribe and Save program allows you to place a regular order and schedule a regular delivery time so you are never without your favorites. Then, automatically, at the interval you want, we will bill you and ship your order to you. After the initial order is sent, all subsequent Subscribe and Save Program orders will get 10% off the order total. It is that simple!

Call us at 1-800-582-6617 or email us at support@enjoybettercoffee.com to Subscribe & Save today!


So Many Coffees, So Little Time

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Not sure what to choose? Let’s start here: Do you prefer a lighter coffee?

Douwe Egberts has Select Aroma, a lighter roast, made from 100% Arabica beans, and Aroma Rood, a smooth medium roast with Arabica and Robusta beans.

Douwe Egberts Excellent Aroma is a medium roast, made with Arabica beans, no bitterness. Douwe Egberts Decaf is also medium strength.

For those who prefer a darker coffee, we recommend Mocca Aroma, an earthy, spicy roast and Douwe Egberts Black, an intense, strong, full-bodied coffee. It is a favorite in the Netherlands.

Douwe Egberts makes 4 different instant coffees. Aroma Rood, Pure Gold, and Moccona Classic Decaf instant coffees are medium roasts, and super-convenient to make. Darker roast Pure Indulgence instant is rich and full.

Don’t miss out on this discount – Order today.


Fun Facts For The Day:

Last year, 309 couples in the Netherlands celebrated 70 years of marriage.

There are more antioxidants in a cup of coffee than there are in a cup of grape juice. ↓

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Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of coffee. Second is Vietnam. Colombia, Indonesia, and Ethiopia round out the top five.


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

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The Most Important Meal of the Day: Serve with Coffee

Germany is home to the brands we’re spotlighting this week, so here’s a little more about this historic and important country.

Let’s start in Germany’s capital, Berlin, considered to be the best city to live in for its culture, according to a survey conducted by a bank whose customers live abroad. This expat banking service, for people living outside their native countries, asks participants to rate top locations, quality of life topics, work opportunities and standards, cultural offerings and more. The survey found 70 percent of expats living in Berlin found its cultural side to be “vibrant” and 55 percent found the city diverse and “welcoming.”

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Another welcoming aspect of Germany is the traditional food of the country. Despite the name, Boiled Meatballs are a favorite and filling comfort food. Veal (or other ground meat) is mixed with onions, eggs, anchovies, and spices, made into small meatballs which are cooked and served with a creamy, lemony white sauce dotted with capers.

sauerbratenAnother national dish is Sauerbraten. The pot roast dish (literally “sour roast”) is labor-intensive to prepare, so it is often for special occasions. While there are regional variations, basically beef or venison is marinated in a red wine vinegar spice mixture for several days, then cooked slowly in a covered pot at a low heat. Serve the thinly sliced meat with a dark beetroot and sugar gravy, rye bread, red cabbage, and potato dumplings. Finally, we have to mention the most popular food in Germany: Potato pancakes, a comfort food and street food staple, are usually served with apple sauce on black pumpernickel rye break, sometimes with a drizzle of sweet syrup.

Kuchen-un-kaffeeOur last highlight of the day is a mention of Kaffee & Kuchen. This long-standing German tradition calls for sitting down in the afternoon with a piece of good cake, and a cup of coffee! Everyone participates in the ritual, from the young to the old, and cafes fill up with people gossiping away the time while enjoying good German coffee.


You supply the cake, we’ve got the coffee! Choose from these premium German brands:

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 Get 15% off your order of anything from these brands with no minimum purchase required.*

Please Use Coupon Code: GERMAN15

*Discount valid from 10/20/19 through 11:59PM ET on 10/22/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum order required for Jacobs, Tchibo, Dallmayr, Mount Hagen, and Eduscho products. 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.

Find Love At First Sip With These Brands

JACOBS

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Jacobs flagship coffee is Kronung, [“coronation” in German], and is well-known for its aromatic qualities, mellow flavor and reasonable price. We have several options including Mild and Balanced. We currently have Jacobs Cappuccino instant, which tends to sell quickly, and which makes a fine, velvety cappuccino. We have 3 other instant coffee roasts from Jacobs, and because this is instant made for the European market, the flavor is strong and full.

TCHIBO

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Tchibo Feine Milde Ground coffee is a naturally mild coffee made from Arabica beans grown in different geographical areas. The perfect blend makes the coffee mild and soft with a delicious flavor. If you prefer a coffee with a stronger flavor, try Beste Bohne. It has a sweetness with good body making it perfect to drink every time. We also have Tchibo Espresso Milano Style and Sicilia Style, both in whole beans and both with a velvety crema.

DALLMAYR

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If you are looking for a smooth coffee, then you must try Dallmayr Prodomo, their most popular product. The coffee is smooth from the first sip to the finish, and we have whole beans, ground, plus a decaf roast and a mild roast, both in ground. Velvety Dallmayr Crema D’Oro is balanced, smooth, with spicy aroma notes. Dallmayr also has capsules for the Nespresso machine. We have a range of 8 roasts in our Capsa line. On the lighter end, we have Lungo Ethiopia (medium); Decaffeinato (medium/dark), Prodomo, and Lungo Belluno (soft and balanced). Artigiano is complex with fruit and nut notes, Barista (dark with cocoa tones), Lungo Azzuro (strong) and Ristretto (intense) are the dark roast options. All of these capsules are available, along with our entire Dallmayr line, for the discount offered above. If you have a Nespresso machine, do not miss this deal!

MOUNT HAGEN

MH-Products-Advert-NL-102019Mount Hagen instant coffee is made from 100 percent organically-grown Arabica beans, certified under USDA standards. The taste is unique and fresh.
Even the freeze-drying process is additive-free. We have Mount Hagen instant in jars of regular and decaf and in single serve sticks, all with the rich aroma and taste of fair-trade and organic beans. Mount Hagen instant coffee consistently is rated high on the taste scale for instant coffee.

EDUSCHO

Eduscho-Advert-NLEduscho opened its first store in Bremen in the 50’s, and within a few years, introduced Gala coffee. Because it was sold in bakeries – kaffee and kuchen – its popularity took off. In 1980, Gala coffee was renamed to Gala Number 1 (Nr. 1) Klassisch to reflect its status in the market, along with its top flavor and quality. Try Gala Mild, with its mild taste and gentle aroma, or the stronger Gala Nr 1 Klassisch.


One Last Note About Coffee in Germany

cafe-canaleWe read about a café in Hamburg, situated on the scenic Mühlenkamp canal, that serves coffee and cake (and other food) to its patrons who paddle up, ring a bell, order, then are served in their boat. A picture on the café’s site shows several canoes gathered around an open window which displays the menu of the day, but the site really focuses on their cakes. They claim their cakes are incomparable. One of their cakes with crunchy butter crumbles apparently has a devoted following, and all their cakes are served with fresh cream and really good espresso. Whether rhubarb, plum, apple or gooseberry cake, or the famous “Bee sting” cake (with almonds and custard), all are baked fresh daily using local ingredients.


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

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Amsterdam: Iconic Architecture And Douwe Egberts

The Netherlands is the home of Douwe Egberts, the most popular coffee in the country. The country itself is iconic – think Dutch canal skating, wheels of cheese, wooden clogs, to name a few – so this week we’re highlighting special sights to see on a visit.
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When thinking of Amsterdam, do images of large houses along a canal come to mind? While that is the iconic image, there are also homes not canal-side that reflect the history and architecture of this great city.

rembrandt-house-1Let’s start with the Rembrandt House. The actual building dates from 1606, a prominent house of the time; today the interior is restored and decorated just as it was when Rembrandt himself lived there for 20 years from 1640. The iconic artist painted the majority of his masterpieces while living there, and had a collection of rare objects (suits of Japanese armor and busts of Roman emperors, for instance) along with paintings, drawings and sketches from the Old Masters. His collections and his studio, where he taught students to paint like a master, have been recreated, so the home is now a museum.

One of those houses on a canal is the Anne Frank House. The house opened to the public in 1960 with the mission to encourage freedom, equal rights and democracy. Designated a world heritage site, one million people visit annually.

3d-print-houseOne more house that is must-see: The 3D Print Canal House, made entirely of plastic and foam, is a unique look at 3D printing (one printer was 6 meters’ tall, and is on display), and the process it takes to put it all together. While the construction is still on-going, each piece used is fabricated individually and tacked on to the house. You can also learn about the printing process on your visit.


Even if you can’t be in Amsterdam, you can still enjoy great Dutch coffee with Douwe Egberts from EnjoyBetterCoffee.com. Get 15% off all Douwe Egberts coffee with no minimum order!

Please Use Coupon Code: IHEARTDE

*Discount valid from 10/13/19 through 11:59PM ET on 10/15/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum purchase required for Douwe Egberts products. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

Have You Tried These Douwe Egberts Coffees Yet?

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Like a darker roast? Try Douwe Egberts Mocca Aroma coffee, rich and full, with spice and cocoa notes. We have Mocca Aroma in ground and whole beans. Just a reminder that this Mocca coffee is not the kind of coffee/chocolate drink you order at a café, but instead refers to the type of bean.

We have Douwe Egberts Black, a dark, rich coffee in ground. As one of the brand’s most popular coffees, it’s a top-seller.

If you prefer a lighter coffee, try Douwe Egberts Select Aroma in ground. The Arabica blend is silky, smooth, with very subtle notes of fruit, and a mild flavor.

Not sure? Try Aroma Rood, the flagship product, a delicious medium roast, medium strength coffee. We have Aroma Rood in whole beans, ground and instant.

These coffees are made for the European market, so it’s just like a cup served at a canal-side café in Amsterdam! The discount is only available through Tuesday, so order today!


Coffee In The News

Coffee vs Tea Study Looks At Drinker’s Personality

tea-vs-coffeeA new study of 2000 Americans gathered data to examine how a person’s choice of drink relates to her personality. For instance, you’d think that those of us who drink coffee in the morning would be the loud, extroverted group, but no. Turns out the tea drinkers are outgoing, and night owls, while the coffee drinkers are the creative, introverted types. A few other interesting findings:

• More than 75 percent drink their first cup of coffee or tea before 8AM.
• Tea lovers were more likely to enjoy “The Walking Dead” and “Friends” while coffee lovers prefer “The Office” and “Seinfeld.”
• Coffee drinkers prefer punk, rock, blues and jazz; tea drinkers choose classical, country, pop or hip-hop.
• Coffee types average 3.4 cups per day; tea types sip 2.7 cups.

The study was conducted on behalf of a company that makes disposable paper cups.


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

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Heritage Days In The Netherlands Celebrate Culture and History

Douwe Egberts has been based in the Netherlands for more than 265 years.

While there are always cultural and social happenings in The Netherlands, September brings the celebration of Heritage Days (Open Monumentendag, as the Dutch say). Since 1987, this annual event has always been held over the second weekend of September, where some 5000 historical buildings and sites open their doors to the public, usually free of charge. The event is part of the larger European Heritage Days, which aims to make European culture and heritage more accessible.

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In the Netherlands, more than 80 percent of Dutch citizens participate. This year, organizers expect a million people to take part in the 1000+ events across the country. Local groups in each city and village host related exhibitions, music and tours. Each location offers unique aspects of historical culture. For instance, The Hague reflects the political center of the country; Maastricht shows off its medieval churches; Amsterdam has canal houses; Leiden’s theatres shine, and Gouda has a magnificent city hall. So many sites, so little time.


You can celebrate Dutch Heritage too with Douwe Egberts coffee. When you order Douwe Egberts products at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com, you will get 15% off, no minimum required.*

Please Use Coupon Code: IHEARTDE

*Discount valid from 9/15/19 through 11:59PM ET on 9/17/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum purchase required for Douwe Egberts products. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

Douwe Egberts Roasts Offer Range of Tastes

Ground Coffee

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Douwe Egberts Aroma Rood, packaged in their signature red colors, is smooth, full, and balanced. Go lighter with Douwe Egberts Select Aroma ground coffee, a smooth coffee with fruity notes. Medium roast Douwe Egberts Excellent Aroma is full-bodied and smooth. Douwe Egberts Black in ground is strong and rich, and one of the most popular Douwe Egberts coffees. Mocca Aroma coffee, a medium to dark roast, is spicy and rich.

Whole Beans

DE-WB-Variety-Advert-NLWe have Douwe Egberts whole beans in a variety of roasts, including Aroma Rood (the most popular roast), Excellent Aroma and Mocca Aroma. All our Douwe Egberts whole beans are packaged in 17.6oz/500g size packs at prices that can’t be beat! If you can’t decide among those choices, try the Whole Beans Variety Package, which has all 3 roasts, plus a coffee scoop. Whole beans make a difference!

PS: When you make your coffee by starting with whole beans, you get a cup of coffee with the freshest taste and a wonderful aroma.

Treat The Beans With Care

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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 immediately. When you buy fresh beans, you should try to use them within 2 weeks. Store them in the bag in which they come, grind them as you need them. Seal the bag with tape or a strong clip after forcing out as much air as possible. 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. When the coffee is moved in and out of the cold, condensation forms 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. Life’s too short for bad coffee.


The Netherlands In The News

Budweiser Now Available in Netherlands

budThe American “King of Beers” is taking the show on the road to become available in pubs and restaurants in the country. Very soon, the beer will also be available in grocery stores. Economists predict an uphill battle for the beer brand, as it is not a well-known brand. In addition, the current market trend in the country is towards specialty, artisanal and local beers.

Advice: Repair Your Coffee Machine, Don’t Replace It

Launching last week, an ad campaign is running in the Netherlands to encourage people to repair broken household good and torn clothing. The promotional campaign, running on television, the internet and radio, is the work of an industry foundation that produces ads that encourage societal improvements. The foundation estimates that people throw away 40 pounds of electric equipment every year. Their website will have tips about repairing common items and offer advice on the mending.


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Life Happens. Coffee Helps. Try Douwe Egberts.

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Douwe Egberts has been roasting and marketing coffee for more than 265 years. Being one of the first businesses offering that commodity both locally and regionally, it is no surprise that Douwe Egberts is not only first in coffee, but is also responsible for many “firsts” in the Industry. Let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights:

• Introduced the red seal as its logo, an iconic image still used today

• Offered a customer loyalty program through stamps on their packages

DE-Seals-History-Portrait-300px• Early on, sold coffee via a traveling salesman, the son Douwe Egberts, spreading the popularity of the brand

• Pioneered pursuing sustainable and environmentally-friendly policies and procedures for growing and harvesting coffee

• Created the Douwe Egberts Foundation, working in-country where coffee beans are grown

• Introduced a vending machine that responded to a person’s face, where a yawn caused a cup of hot Douwe Egberts coffee to be delivered

• Recently began selling tea in China (coffee too)

Douwe Egberts coffee is the result of innovation over time, and that’s one reason the brand is known worldwide. Douwe Egberts has a range of delicious coffee at economical prices (even before our discount offer!).


We have Douwe Egberts products on sale through Tuesday. Take 15% off your order of Douwe Egberts with no minimum purchase required at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*

Please Use Coupon Code: IHEARTDE

*Discount valid from 7/21/19 through 11:59PM ET on 7/23/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum order required for Douwe Egberts products. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

Douwe Egberts coffees come in roasts that appeal to everyone, in whole beans, ground, and instant, and in sizes to meet every need.

Go lighter with Douwe Egberts Select Aroma ground coffee, a smooth coffee with fruity notes. Medium roast Douwe Egberts Excellent Aroma, in ground and whole beans, is full-bodied and smooth. Douwe Egberts Black in ground is strong and rich, and one of the most popular Douwe Egberts coffee.

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Need your coffee quickly? Try Douwe Egberts Aroma Rood instant, the flagship roast. We have Aroma Rood instant in 7oz/200mg jars, resealable and reusable, with a seal that preserves the smooth and rich flavors and aroma notes. Douwe Egberts Pure Gold instant, also in the resealable jar, is a medium, balanced roast, and is the standard for all instant coffees. We also have Pure Gold instant in 10- and 20-stick sample packs, making it easy to give it a try, and please use the discount above. Douwe Egberts Pure Indulgence instant is dark and rich, with a velvety body. And, yes, it comes in a resealable jar.

Don’t wait to order – this deal lasts only a few days.


And Speaking of Innovation in The Netherlands…

A Dutch company is using small drones to control the number of flying pest insects that plague flower growers. A pilot program started last month is trying the drones to control a specific moth. Results of the program will be reviewed for effectiveness, and in looking to improve the technology.

NL-Delivery-Robot-300pxThe largest supermarket chain in the country has started a trial of grocery-delivery through a delivery robot. The robot is an electric vehicle that can travel up to eight kilometers, and is being tested within the campus of a high-tech school, as the vehicle is not allowed on the road. Groceries are packed inside the device, which makes its way to the delivery location using cameras and sensors. The customer will need to step outside to get their order.

dfw-robotsIn other robotic news, a Dutch company has built a line of robot vehicles now being tested at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to handle checked bags for customers. Used specifically for customers at the international terminal who are rechecking bags after clearing customs and security for domestic flights, travelers place their bags on the robot, use the touch screen to identify their airline, and the bag is transported to the correct baggage belt.

DE-Yawn-Activated-CoffeeOne final note: The vending machine mentioned above, originally seen as a marketing ploy, was an early iteration of “gesture recognition,” cutting-edge technology poised to grow by almost 30% over the next 5 years.


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

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Netherlands Wins at Eurovision

What is the Eurovision Contest?

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The contest is an annual original song competition, with participants from primarily European countries, and has been broadcast on tv since it started in 1956. It is one of the most-watched non-sporting events, and the world’s longest-running program. It has been broadcast even in countries that do not compete.

abba-eurovsion-2Who is the most well-known winner of the contest? That would be ABBA, the Swedish band, in 1974, giving that country its first win. What song did they sing? That would be “Waterloo.”

Every year a theme for the contest is set (this year’s was “Dare to Dream”), with each country submitting one original song (which may or may not connect to the theme) and then the artist performs it live. Votes are cast for the songs from listeners in the participating countries via telephone or text, but be quick about it – they only get 15 minutes! There is a jury that participates in deciding the winner, and there is a point system relating to the votes (and it’s too complicated to detail here).

bar-eurovisionThis year’s winner was crowned last month, in Israel (the 2018 winner’s home country), for his original song “Arcade.” Duncan Laurence performed the piano ballad, winning strongly. The Grand Final show, with special guest appearances by Madonna (not her first at this annual event) and Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, was hosted by Israeli celebs, including model Bar Refaeli. (You may recall Bar “making out” with a chubby, curly-headed guy in a Super Bowl commercial a few years back.)

Let’s join the rest of the world in celebrating a Dutch victory at this international contest. How do we celebrate the Netherlands? With Douwe Egberts coffee, of course!


This week, get 15% off your order of Douwe Egberts at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum purchase!*

Please Use Coupon Code: IHEARTDE

*Discount valid from 6/16/19 through 6/18/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum order required for Douwe Egberts products. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

Eurovision By The Numbers

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  • Total number of shows since the event began: 64
  • Audience viewers internationally: 100 million to 600 million (200 million this year)
  • Number of countries participating in the first year: 7
  • Number of countries participating in 2019: 42
  • Number of wins by the Netherlands: 5
  • Winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest: 1 (The Netherlands)
  • Most victories by a country: 7 (Ireland)

These Favorites Are Back In Stock!

Select and Mocca ground coffees, some of our most popular roasts, are finally back in stock again and ready to be sent to you.

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Like a darker roast? Try Douwe Egberts Mocca Aroma coffee, rich and full, with spice and cocoa notes. We have Mocca Aroma in ground and whole beans. Just a reminder that this Mocca coffee is not the kind of coffee/chocolate drink you order at a café, but instead refers to the type of bean.

If you prefer a lighter coffee, try Douwe Egberts Select Aroma in ground. The Arabica blend is silky, smooth, with very subtle notes of fruit, and a mild flavor. The discount is only available through Tuesday, so order today!


Netherlands In The News

Commuters Bike During Strike

The end of May brought a public transportation strike in the Netherlands, affecting every sort of transport, and causing delays all over. But, the Dutch, being very practical, took to their bikes, riding to work via the motorways, to avoid traffic jams. Videos show huge groups of bikers driving along the highway, in special lanes just for the bikes. The strike was in response to government plans to increase the retirement age of workers.

That’s Some Expensive Fish!

herring-200The Dutch national food is considered to be herring by many aficionados, and herring season is open. The first barrel of Hollandse Nieuwe Herring was sold last week for 95 thousand euros ($107,000 USD), which was donated to a non-profit organization assisting families of children with cancer. Herring is served at most meals, and is often served with wine, pickled onions and gherkins.


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Douwe Egberts: 265 Years of Expertise

de-11-citiesWhen you think of the Netherlands, do you think of ice skating on the canals? Considering that Dutch speed skaters hold the record for Olympic speed skating medals, both in combined medals, and in gold medals, it’s not surprising that skating on the canals is a national sport. More challenging is the training for one of the largest and longest canal skating races, the Elfstedentocht, which is only held in years when the weather allows for the canals to freeze. de-11-cities-2The race name means “Eleven Cities Tour” and includes a speed skating competition for elite skaters and a gentle, slower tour of the cities for everyone else. Racers go first, then the thousands (yes, thousands) of other skaters take off. The winner may finish in just 6 hours, but all finishers must complete the race by midnight. Adding to the excitement, the announcement of the race, which is completely dependent upon the weather, is made a meager 48 hours before the race is held. Strict measurements of the ice are performed; it must be almost six inches deep, then the announcement can be made, and participants and fans head to Friesland, a northern province, about 70 miles from Amsterdam.

You may not be surprised to learn that the tour, first held in 1909, has been held 1997-11-cities-2only 15 times in the intervening years, the last one was staged in 1997, and the ensuing 22 years have been the longest gap between tours in its 110-year history.

As you may have surmised, the country was yet again disappointed this year because the winter weather conditions never allowed the tour to be held. The last champion of the event, a farmer in his early 50’s, says he wants another race, and another champion of the Elfstedentocht. He says “It will happen.”


Let’s celebrate optimism and hard work this week with 15% off your order of Douwe Egberts and Senseo products at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com, no minimum purchase required.*

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The Dutch Mainstay: Douwe Egberts

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Egbert Douwes and his wife Akke opened a grocery store in Joure, Netherlands, in 1753, selling products that “add to the pleasures of daily existence” – coffee and tea leading the list of best-sellers. Today, Douwe Egberts still makes delicious coffee (and tea) and is still wildly popular in the Netherlands, and beyond. Read on about some of our favorites below.


Douwe Egberts Best Sellers Available in Ground and Whole Bean

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Douwe Egberts Excellent Aroma coffee is a blend of 100% Arabica beans, delivering a perfectly balanced, medium roast coffee, with a great aroma.

Douwe Egberts Aroma Rood coffee is a medium roast, medium strength coffee made with Arabica and Robusta beans.

Douwe Egberts Mocca Aroma coffee is stronger, with a darker roast and flavor, with spicy, chocolate and fruit notes.


The Netherlands In The News

Vegan foods

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These two stories came to our attention and set us wondering. The first is from a Dutch food producer and local grocer, Hema, who makes an iconic Dutch food, smoked sausage. The chain announced they are making a vegan version of the sausage, and eventually, want to offer vegan versions of all of their products, foods like sausage rolls and apple pie.

In more vegan news, a British man from a family of 3 generations of dairy farmers has created and is selling vegan cheese in Holland. Motivated by his own diet choices, he began experimenting with plant-based cheeses, and is now selling them at markets in Amsterdam. He stated he found the Dutch to be more open to new things, and therefore, willing to explore plant-based cheeses. His products, he said, address his own personal concerns about sustainability. And speaking of sustainability…

Coffee + Orange = Soap

soopA business collective that is dedicated to upcycling organic waste streams has created soap, both bar and liquid versions, that use coffee grounds and orange peels. Coffee grounds are a great natural scrub, with the citrus helping to boost the skin’s appearance and add a gentle fragrance. Today, a peel-recycling company supplies the oranges, which come from grocers and other stores that press fresh juice. The coffee grounds come from many sources, but the plan is to eventually collect them from offices and hotels. In case you are wondering, they clean them! The grounds and peels are treated to make them safe and to meet all Dutch regulations on soap and cosmetics.


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The Dutch Celebrate This Month

In a couple of weeks, the Dutch, along with other Christian worshippers, will celebrate Easter. Then a mere week later, the people will party in honor of the birthday of their King, Willem Alexander. Both celebrations are national, public holidays, and important in the Netherlands, and here’s why.

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easter-breadEaster is April 21, but in Holland, Easter is celebrated on both the Sunday and Easter Monday. As with most religious holidays, food and family are the center of the celebration. Breakfasts, brunch and lunch are big that weekend, and foods served include eggs (boiled, poached or fried), Easter bread (with raisins, nuts and marzipan), butter (in the shape of a lamb), croissants, cheese, ham, smoked fish and of course, chocolate (in the shape of eggs or rabbits).

Easter-bunnies-amsterdamChildren decorate boiled eggs, and later will search for decorated and chocolate eggs hidden around the house and yard by Paashaas, the Easter hare. There are also Easter markets, special brunches offered at restaurants, and in some areas of the country, Easter fires are built and enjoyed by spectators. Another tradition is the sending of Dutch tulips, more than 40,000, to Rome that will decorate St. Peter’s for Easter.

kings-dayWhile Easter is a religious- and family-centered holiday, King’s Day is spent with neighbors and friends, on the streets and in the parks. The King’s Day market is a big draw, when the sidewalks turn into a one huge flea market everywhere you turn. You may know that King’s Day was originally Princess’ Day, for Willem’s grandmother, and celebrated on her birthday when she was just Princess Juliana. When Juliana ascended the throne, the day was now Queen’s Day, and continued to be celebrated on April 30th. When Queen Beatrix, Willem’s mom, ascended the throne, she kept Queen’s Day on the last day of April even though her own birthday was in January. She chose to step down as monarch five years ago, so when her son Willem Alexander became King, the holiday was renamed King’s Day, and moved to April 27, Willem’s birthday.


We know for a fact that Douwe Egberts coffee will be served at these parties because Douwe Egberts is the most popular coffee brand in the Netherlands. We have fresh, Douwe Egberts coffee, made for the European market, and ready to be shipped to you. For the next few days, you will get 15% off your order of Douwe Egberts and Senseo products with no minimum order required.*

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*Discount valid from 4/7/19 through 11:59PM ET on 4/9/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum order required for Douwe Egberts and Senseo coffees. Senseo Phillips Original XL Single Serve Coffeemaker not included in discount. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

Our Current Favorites From Douwe Egberts

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Douwe Egberts Black ground coffee is one of the brand’s special roasts. It’s a customer favorite, gets good reviews online, and in medium coarse grind, Black can be made in several types of coffee makers. The Arabica beans are roasted to create a strong, full-bodied dark roast coffee.

We carry three Douwe Egberts roasts in whole bean:

Mocca Aroma, a full, rich, flavorful coffee, has earthy and spicy notes.

Excellent Aroma is medium bodied coffee, with a smooth and strong flavor.

Aroma Rood is balanced coffee, an aromatic medium roast.

You can try any of these in ground too. Best of all, you get 15% of your order!


The Netherlands In The News

Come On, Get Happy

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The United Nations annually surveys people in more than 150 countries, using six factors to gauge overall happiness. Respondents assess their lives against those factors – you’ll see those broken down in the report too. The 2019 report, released last month, shows the Netherlands at fifth, up one from last year’s report. You may recall that the Scandinavians are usually in the top spots: Finland was at the top for the second year in a row, followed by Denmark and Norway, two countries that moved up on the list. Iceland came in at fourth place. The top 10 list rounds out with Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada, and Austria. The U.S. ranks at 19 this year, down slightly from last year.


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Douwe Egberts, The Netherlands, and Dutch Innovation

The Netherlands is home to Douwe Egberts, so we like to stay tuned into Dutch life, both historically and currently. This week, to celebrate the Netherlands, we have some current news from the region, hot off the presses!
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747-haul-across-road-crOne of the things we love about the Netherlands is their commitment to recycling, reuse and sustainability. In this case, it’s the reuse of a Boeing 747, recently decommissioned, now purchased by a Dutch hotel company that owns properties in Amsterdam, Spain, and Turkey. Originally the aircraft was used by the Dutch airline KLM. The plane was driven for its final 8-mile journey to Badhoevedorp from Schiphol International Airport last month, which included making its way across a major highway that had been closed to traffic. Purpose-built roads helped the plane to its final destination. There was even a contest to win tickets to be able to see the journey live and in person, but the hotel chain ended up livestreaming the event anyway. The hotel is only teasing what they plan to do with the purchase, but have stated it will incorporate aviation history and art, plus 3D and more, elements. Anything reusable in the plane was taken by an aircraft recycling company.

LOST-ITEMS-UTRETCHTSpeaking of reuse, this story is about what happens when someone can’t get rid of something. In this case, we’re talking about a Dutch railway company being unable to destroy items lost and left on their trains. After three months of holding the items, those not claimed by the owners are destroyed. But the company was sometimes unable to destroy items, such as two artificial legs (one with a shoe and a sock), an insect collection, a set of babies’ christening robes and a cardboard gravestone. Now displayed in a special case at the railway museum in Utrecht, some items are more than 30 years old. The train company stated that last year, travelers left more than 100,000 items on trains, with more than sixty percent claimed. Bank cards and public transport cards make up about half of what they find.

TIQUETSFinally, in the Dutch spirit of efficiency, four Dutch entrepreneurs have devised a solution to decrease waiting times at museums and other cultural attractions. They developed Tiqets, a platform that allows customers to buy tickets in advance online, no printing or waiting required. The buyer then uses her phone to enter the venue, and the online ordering is available in seven languages. The system has partnered with Google, and is considered one of the best of ticketing systems.


We love the history of Dutch innovation, and that includes the coffees of Douwe Egberts. For more than 265 years, the family-based company has created innovative coffee blends that delight coffee drinkers worldwide. At EnjoyBetterCoffee.com, we have Douwe Egberts made for the European market directly from the Netherlands. This week, get 15% off your order of Douwe Egberts and Senseo products from our site, and no minimum purchase is necessary.*

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More News From The Netherlands

New National Park To Be Largest In Netherlands

Flevoland-NP-MAPJust a few days ago, provincial authorities in Flevoland, in the northeast of the Netherlands, approved a plan for consolidating several existing nature reserves, creatuing new green spaces and more, all resulting in what will be the largest national park in the Netherlands at over 25 square miles. The development is expected to take 20 years and cost close to 500m euros ($560m USD). The plan includes visitor centers, recreational facilities, restaurants and boat docks, allowing entrance into the park from many areas, where bikes and canoes can also be rented for exploration.

Be Nice Goes Country-Wide

Also just a few days ago, an advertising organization has launched a “Be Nice” campaign after performing research that found people were increasingly being mean to each other. Identifying unkind behavior such as tailgating, ignoring cashiers, harassing public transportation staff, and writing hateful messages on social media, the agency is ramping up the campaign over the next weeks. Reminders will be found on tv, movie theaters and on the radio.


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

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