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.*

Please Use Coupon Code: IHEARTDE

*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.*

Please Use Coupon Code: IHEARTDE

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Questions? Call 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

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.


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How Do I Love Douwe Egberts? Let Me Count the Ways

Douwe Egberts: For Coffee Lovers

The annual celebration of love, Valentine’s Day, is later this week and will be celebrated around the world. In the Netherlands, initially the day was celebrated as a way to honor friendship by thanking someone special with flowers. Today, the day is celebrated with a card and flowers (not tulips) and perhaps even some chocolate – and, as you may already know, the Dutch do both flowers and chocolates exceptionally well!

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Here are a few Valentine’s Day surprises, then:

  • The day’s focus on love was first celebrated in Great Britain in the 1600’s, with the exchange of notes. Cards became popular during Victoria’s reign. (The early history of a day to honor St. Valentine is not at all romantic.)cadbury-original-valentine-heart
  •  A few countries celebrate romantic love on another day of the year. For instance, in Wales, the patron saint of lovers is celebrated on January 25th. Brazil hold Lovers Day in June.
  • In Slovenia, the celebration is in March, so February 14 is the day to work in the fields to honor St. Valentine, the patron saint of spring.
  • Giving the gift of chocolate started as a marketing plan of British manufacturer Richard Cadbury in the 1800’s.

But it should be no surprise that our favorite Dutch treat is Douwe Egberts coffee, of course. At EnjoyBetterCoffee.com, we have a wide range of Douwe Egberts coffees and products. This week, we’ll take 15% off your order of Douwe Egberts and Senseo products with no minimum purchase required.*

Please Use Coupon Code: IHEARTDE

*Discount valid from 2/10/19 through 11:59PM ET on 2/12/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com 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.

Have You Tried Douwe Egberts Instant Coffee?

Douwe Egberts has been making instant coffees that taste and smell just like brewed coffee, but are ready in an instant. We offer the following instant roasts:
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Douwe Egberts Pure Gold instant in 7oz/200g jars, resealable and reusable, with a seal that preserves the smooth and rich flavors and aroma notes. Pure Gold is a medium, balanced roast, and is the standard for all instant coffees. We also have Pure Gold instant in a convenient box of 200 individual serving sticks, as well as 10- and 20-stick sample packs, making it easy to give it a try, especially when you 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.

Last, but certainly not least, is Douwe Egberts Moccona Classic Decaf instant. A blend of Robusta and Arabica beans, the coffee is full, well-rounded and smooth tasting. The rich aroma will make you forget there is no caffeine! This roast is available in a smaller, resealable jar.


The Netherlands In The News

Man Sues To Improve Dating Chances

Crazy-Man-Sues-To-Be-YoungerA Dutch man has requested to legally changes his age from 69 to 49. As a local TV personality, he has publicly spoken many times about the impact of age on his dating prospects. After being denied the request, he sued the government, comparing the situation as similar to legally changing his name. He is confident that if he were able to say he was 49 on dating apps, he would get younger women wanting to meet him. The court has denied his request.

Beach Fire Turns Dangerous

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A New Year’s Eve bonfire on the beach in Scheveningen, the Netherlands, literally spiraled out of control, creating ‘firenados’ that moved across the sand, and caused multiple fires. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries.

Dutch Government Invests In Cyclists

bikes-rowsIn the Netherlands, there are six million more bikes than residents. The government recently announced it would invest money in the cycling infrastructure (think cyclist freeways, bike parking and storage spaces), with the goal to get 200,000 more people commuting by bike over the next three years. With more than 50% of people in the Netherlands living less than 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from work, the distance can “easily” be covered by bike, per the project leader.


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Jacobs Coffee in the Spotlight

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Jacobs Coffee is the most popular coffee in Germany according to German consumers. In 1895, Johann Jacobs pioneered the art of commercial coffee roasting. Johann had an exceptional sense of taste and smell, and during his career, he was known and respected as a master roaster. Not surprisingly, Jacobs coffees have wonderful aromas and flavors.

Jacobs flagship coffee is Kronung, German for “coronation,” is a top-seller for its aromatic qualities, mellow flavor and reasonable price. We have several choices in the range, including whole beans, ground and instant. We also have Kronung Mild, from select beans, in ground.

Jacobs Instant coffees are some of their most popular. We have 6 instant coffees, including Americano (finely ground Arabica), Crema (instant with finely ground Arabica beans), Velvet (rich and full), Cronat Kraftig (strong) and Cronat Gold (mild), plus Jacobs Instant Cappuccino, which makes a fine, velvety cappuccino.

Jacobs whole beans are available in the medium and balanced Kronung, Crema (medium), Crema Intenso (medium intense) and Espresso (spicy).


We are celebrating the range of Jacobs coffee this week by giving you 15% off all Jacobs products with no minimum order.*

Please Use Coupon Code: JACOBS15

*Discount valid from 2/3/19 through 11:59PM ET on 2/5/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum order required for Jacobs 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.

P.S. Decaf ground and Kronung Whole Beans are on sale and still eligible for the discount above. You’ll really save big, so order today.


Germany In The News

German City Honors Elvis

Elvis-Traffic-LightsThe central German town of Friedberg, where Elvis Presley was stationed with the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960, has installed 3 traffic lights with the silhouetted images of the singer. The lights communicate to pedestrians to walk or to wait, or in this case, to sing or dance like Elvis! The red light shows Elvis at the mic and the green light shows him swiveling his hips, his trademark. Since the area is already a tourist destination for Elvis fans, this is just another bit of fun to get them all shook up.

Squirrel Terrorizes Man So He Calls Police

squirrelA German man phoned the police to report that he was being chased by a squirrel, as he frantically ran down the street. The police report states that when they arrived, the rodent was still going after his prey, then suddenly stopped and lay down, allowing the officers to take the squirrel into “custody” and later transferred the little guy to an animal rescue center.

For Sausage Lovers Only

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Sausages everywhere: The menu, of course; images on the walls; plastic replicas hanging from mobiles; the soap in the shower and more. You can even lay your head to rest on a pillow made to look like a sausage. The sausage-themed Bed & Breakfast opened in Germany last fall, with seven rooms, and conference spaces catering to foodies. The owner is a 4th generation butcher; his family has produced and sold meats in the small town of Rittersbach, Germany for decades. The Bratwurst Hotel also offers workshops in making wurst, and offers souvenir cans of minced sausage flavored with unusual add-ins such as beer, coffee, and chocolate.


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Jumping into 2019 With News From The Netherlands And A Deal

Al Het Beste Voor 2019!

The new year brings new beginnings for some, new habits to learn (or break) for others. But for a special few thousand people in the Netherlands, January 1st means an icy jump in the sea. Well, it’s more like a hard run in, with participants wearing swim suits, costumes, regular clothes, wetsuits, or very little at all.

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While many cities and towns hold events that include a jump into icy waters, the really big celebration is at the beachside resort of Scheveningen in the Hague. The tradition goes back to the 1960’s, with a handful of enthusiasts having a go. Through the decades, participants increased in number, and today more than 10,000 run willingly into the frigid North Sea. A local food brand that makes sausage, noodles and soups sponsors the “run” and everyone gets a warm bowl of their split pea soup afterwards. The temps hovered around 45°F this year at the “Nieuwjaarsduik.”


To start the new year, we are jumping in with our first Douwe Egberts deal this week! Get 15% off your order of Douwe Egberts and Senseo products at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum order.*

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*Discount valid from 1/13/19 through 11:59PM ET on 1/15/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum order required for Douwe Egberts and Senseo products. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products.
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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.

The discount is only available through Tuesday, so order today!


In Other News From the Netherlands

honeybeesThe Netherlands has always been on the leading edge of sustainability and conservation, so you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that while the rest of the world’s bee population has been in decline, the honeybee population in the city of Amsterdam has risen 45% in the last 18 years. Green spaces were converted into flowering plant spaces; a ban was placed on pesticides while the community was coached on alternatives to chemicals.

tulip-seasonJanuary also is the official start of tulip season, which runs through April. National Tulip Day is Saturday, January 19th. Dutch tulip growers build a special tulip picking garden at Dam Square in the Amsterdam city center for everyone to pick free tulips.

The Dutch also offer a Postcode Lottery that has been supporting charitable efforts and groups since 1989. This year, the New Year’s Postcode Lottery’s big prize – almost 54 million Euros ($61 million USD) – went to a small village of 1100 residents near Groningen. Prize levels include winnings for the entire village, and prizes to the five homes with the specific postcode (zip code). Fifty percent of lottery revenue is donated to a variety of charities.


And, Finally…

Dutch Cookies Make Comeback

united-stroopwafelsA few years ago, United Airlines began offering stroopwafel cookies, which are thin waffles with a layer of caramel, to economy-class passengers on their flights. The cookie was openly loved by passengers on social media, and many included the tip to warm them atop the cup of coffee or tea for an even better cookie taste! Suddenly, last summer, the airline switched it out for a maple-flavored cookie on the morning domestic flights. Fliers were openly critical on social media. Well, guess what…they are back, for domestic morning flights, but only for the early morning departures.


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