The Future Is Now

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We here at Enjoy Better Coffee have long admired the Netherlands – and not just because they’ve been the home of Douwe Egberts for more than two centuries. The Netherlands has often been at the forefront of social, artistic, and humanitarian change, so it should be no surprise that the country is also an early adopter of new technologies. We have written about several of these:

  • Self-driving cars
  • Converting cow droppings into biogas to generate energy
  • Leading the world in recycling amounts
  • Installing solar panels on a stadium rooftop which generate enough energy to power almost 300 homes
  • Serving coffee in a café via a drone

But this next big thing is straight out of science fiction: Flying Cars!

Dutch-PAL-V-Flying-Car-250px-crThat is, a Dutch company has delivered the first half-car, half-plane vehicle, known as a Personal Air and Land Vehicle, at the Geneva motor show. With three wheels, two seats, and a propeller, the vehicle is expected to cost over $600,000 in the first production run. Owners will have to be certified as gyroplane pilots in order to avail themselves of the flight capabilities. The vehicle can drive up to 150 mph, fly up to 110 mph, and travel over 300 miles on a single tank of unleaded gas. The rotor and propeller fold away for driving, and the process to go from one to the other takes about 10 minutes. Oh, there’s no escaping a bad traffic jam. This vehicle needs a short runway to take off and land. We wondered: Are there cup holders?

There are other flying cars in development in other parts of the world, including one from a U.S.-based company, and another from a German startup company, but the Dutch are ready to deliver.

It’s that same entrepreneurial spirt that Egbert Douwes showed when he opened The White Ox, a grocery shop, in 1753. The popularity of his roasted coffee grew and within 50 years, the next generation of the family was selling coffee and tea products nationally and beyond.


Celebrate this spirit for yourself with 15% off all Douwe Egberts products at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*

Please use coupon code: NETHERLANDS

*Discount valid from 3/18/18 through 11:59PM ET on 3/20/18 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com for Douwe Egberts products with no minimum order. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale Douwe Egberts products.

Speaking of Cutting Edge Trends…

Ground coffee offers the convenience of being ready to make a pot of coffee anytime. But whole beans are trending in popularity! That is because you can grind it yourself to the coarseness, or fineness, that works for the way you plan to make the coffee. For instance, if you are using a French Press, try grinding the beans in a coarse way, to experience the full flavors, taste and notes of the coffee. If you are using an espresso machine, then grind the beans fine, while still being able to feel the coffee grains. Turkish coffee is completely powdery with no grains at all. In between, you have a medium grind, similar to rough sand, which works perfectly for automatic drip brewers with flat or cone filters. For K-cups, the grind should be medium, leaning toward the fine side of the spectrum, like with table salt.

Try the different methods to get the coffee you want to enjoy! Grinding coffee beans yourself gives you the control over your coffee. Since you are grinding beans right before brewing, you can grind them as coarse or as fine as you want at that moment. Sure, you will have to take the time to grind them each time before brewing, but it really only takes a minute to grind up enough beans for a pot, so get in the habit of doing it!

We have three of Douwe Egberts best roasts in whole bean: Excellent Aroma, Mocca Aroma and Aroma Rood.

DE-WB-Advert-NL-Order-250Excellent Aroma is a medium/dark roasted coffee. It has an intense taste, yet is very smooth.

Mocca Aroma is a rich blend with an enticing aroma, and a strong body.

Aroma Rood smells delicious, has a full body, with spicy notes.

Aroma Rood whole beans are one of our most popular products, and they are on sale and still eligible for the discount above. Don’t miss out on this great deal for great coffee!


The Netherlands In The News

Church Converted to Café

Abshoven-cafe-300pxIn a small town in the Dutch province of Limburg, a new coffee shop has opened in an 18th-century abbey. The chapel was originally purchased with the intention to be restored, along with the English garden surrounding the church. Originally a monastery and later, a convent, the compound was decimated by fire in 1995, leaving only the chapel and living quarters, and the medieval cellar beneath. Now all fully restored, brick walls, high ceilings, and large windows give the rooms a warm light, and plenty of wall space for local artists to display their works.


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

Phone: 800 582 6617
support@enjoybettercoffee.com
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Douwe Egberts In The Spotlight

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The Netherlands is home to Douwe Egberts, one of our most popular coffee brands. This week, we highlight some of the unusual and special homes that are must-sees!

Anne-Frank-House-Amsterdam-CRAny trip to Amsterdam should include a visit to the Anne Frank House. The house also has a museum and a gift shop, and is one of the quietest places you will ever find. The annex where the family and four others hid and lived for more than two years is preserved for visitors to get a sense of their life. Anne’s pictures of movie stars taped to her small room’s wall is preserved under glass. You can peek out the window of the top room, just as Anne would do to get away from the cramped communal space. The House opened in 1960, and continues to this day to spread knowledge, freedom and democracy.

hendrika-marie-houseboat-275pxOn the very same canal you will find the houseboat Hendrika Maria, also known as the Houseboat Museum. Since 1997, the owner has opened his home and welcomed visitors. Amsterdam canals are lined with similar houseboats. Check out the full kitchen down below, the wood-burning stove in the sitting room, and all the containers of plants soaking up the sun on the boat’s roof. Plus, getting a picture of the canal and bridges from the canal itself makes for a special photo.

rembrandt-house-museum-in-amsterdam-300px-crOne of the greatest visual artists in history, and the most important in Dutch art, is Rembrandt. A Dutch painter and printmaker, he lived in Amsterdam from his mid-twenties until his death. He is well-known for his portraits, his Biblical scenes, his etchings and his creative use of light and shadow in his work. The Rembrandt House Museum, where the artist actually lived for almost 20 years, is restored to look exactly how it did during those years. It was here that he painted the majority of his great works, stored his collection of unusual objects (stuffed animals, musical instruments, shells, coins, etc.), and taught art to students. Whether you are a fan of art or a fan of architecture, this place is worth a visit.


Amsterdam is a special place just as Douwe Egberts is a special coffee. You can enjoy any and all of our Douwe Egberts range and get 15% off your order, no minimum required at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*

Please use coupon code: AMSTERDAM

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Douwe Egberts Note On Grinds

Scoop of Ground CoffeeThe grind size of coffee has a direct impact on the quality of the flavor of the brewed coffee. While you should always use the correct grind for the type of equipment you are using to make coffee, the good news is that Douwe Egberts in ground is a medium coarse grind. This flexible grind works in French Press, filter, and drip machines.


Coffee In The News

Beans In Space

weather-balloon-300px-E2Astronaut coffee is made from beans sourced from a small farm in Colombia that are launched on a weather balloon and sent to space. Well, more accurately, the beans traveled 30 miles up into the stratosphere. When the barista recovered the package of beans several hours later using GPS, the beans were slightly frozen and coated with water from the air pressure. Two servings of these beans cost $50, which is made and served pour-over style. The coffee is supposed to be light, soft and fruity, with notes of licorice.


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

Phone: 800 582 6617
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Let’s Talk Douwe Egberts!

But First, This:

People in the U.S. are talking about the recent big winners of two multi-state lotteries. This month, in the Netherlands, people are talking about the Postcode Lottery, a large charity lottery, supported by a series of draws every month that can win money for the resident with that postcode (zip code). In addition, there are other drawings, such as one for the New Year, and one where an entire street can win. Fifty percent of the lottery’s revenue is donated to a variety of charities. (Read more about that below.)

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Postcode-Loterij-in-Eastermar-winners-300px-eThis year, the New Year’s Postcode Lottery’s big prize – almost 27 million euros ($32 million USD) – went to two homeowners with the exact postcode in the small village of Eastermar (pop: 1500 residents). Additionally, 272 residents each won fifty-five thousand euros. One of those winners is lobbying the other local winners to donate to a fund she began to benefit everyone in the village. The fund will be used to organize local activities. She hopes to get one hundred Euros from each of them, giving them a great start to the fund. Sounds like a win-win situation to us!


We enjoy being able to share interesting news about the Netherlands, home of Douwe Egberts. We also enjoy offering a range of Douwe Egberts coffee products at affordable prices. This week, www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com will give you 15% off your order of Douwe Egberts, with no minimum purchase required.*

Please use coupon code: DE15POFF

*Discount valid from 1/14/18 through 11:59PM ET on 1/16/18 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com for Douwe Egberts products with no minimum order. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale Douwe Egberts products.

PS: It seems that many people in the Netherlands play this lottery for fear of missing out if their code is drawn. It costs about $15 USD per draw.


Don’t Miss Out On This Bonus Deal

DE AROMA ROOD WB NL 200PXWe are overstocked with Douwe Egberts Aroma Rood Whole Beans and our mistake is your opportunity to stock up on this delicious and popular coffee. The blend of beans is balanced and smooth, a perfect example of Douwe Egberts coffee. Grinding beans right before brewing the coffee is the best way to have fresh-tasting coffee. Please note the best-by date on these beans is 2/10/18, so we have some tips on safely storing coffee beyond this date. Even better, this deal works with the discount above too, so you can really save!


More About Charities That Benefit From The Postcode Lottery

Since 1989, dozens of charities (99 in 2017) have received more than 5.1 billion euros ($6 billion USD) from the Dutch Postcode Lottery. While a majority are in the Netherlands, the charities include organizations in other parts of the world, such as Britain and in the U.S. Recipient organizations must be working towards a humane and green world. These groups include UNICEF, WWF, Doctors Without Borders, African Parks Network, Greenpeace, Oxfam, Rocky Mountain Institute, among many others. Approximately 17 million people live in the Netherlands; approximately 3 million people play the lottery.


Coffee In The News

Storing Coffee Should Be Cool

coffee-container-100pxAlways store coffee, whether ground or beans, to protect from air, moisture, heat and light. Store beans in an opaque, air-tight container at room temperature. The container should be kept in a dark and cool location. This works for coffee both before and after its best-by date.

Coffee Grounds Make Biodiesel Fuel

A partnership among a petroleum company and two biodiesel firms is producing a fuel made from the extracted oils of used coffee grounds. The fuel blend is named B20, and combines the coffee ground oils, other recycled waste fats and oils, and a mineral diesel fuel. The product is 85% more carbon-efficient than standard diesel, achieving more than 10% CO2 reduction over the standard. So far, the business has produced 6,000 liters of pure coffee oil, enough to produce 30,000 liters of biofuel.


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

Phone: 800 582 6617
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As they say in the Netherlands, ‘Vrolijk Kerstfeest’

Cheerful Christmas!

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dutch-horns-at-christmas-300pxIt’s that time of year, just as in other parts of Europe and beyond, when adults and children alike focus on and celebrate the Christmas holiday. There might be a Christmas hamper (box or package) from your employer, time to decorate the tree (only after St. Nicolas Day), a 4’ horn to sound at dawn, and most importantly, time spent with the people you love.

In fact, researchers found that in the Netherlands, spending time with family was identified as the most important part of the Christmas season.

Advocaat-Dutch-Eggnog-250px-eThe big day itself is actually two days in the Netherlands. The Dutch celebrate First (25th) and Second (26th) Christmas Days as time spent with family, and indulging in the holiday feast. Traditional holiday favorites include oliebollen (heavy donut), Christmas fruit bread, roasted venison or goose with plenty of vegetables, and the Dutch version of eggnog, Advocaat, actually a creamy brandy custard, often eaten with a spoon.


The Dutch find this time of year special, just as we do. 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 order of Douwe Egberts products on www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*

Please use coupon code: DUTCH15

*Discount valid from 12/10/17 through 11:59 PM EST on 12/12/17 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com for Douwe Egberts products with no minimum order. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale Douwe Egberts products.

We Have Douwe Egberts For Everyone

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Our Douwe Egberts range includes ground coffee, whole bean, instant, and some fun coffee gift sets. Grinding the beans just before brewing produces the best-tasting coffee. Our whole bean selection includes Douwe Egberts Excellent Aroma, a perfect medium roast, with a smooth and full-bodied taste and a strong finish. For something a little darker, try Mocca Aroma, full-bodied, with spice and chocolate notes. If you are looking for a daily drinker, we have Douwe Egberts Aroma Rood, a medium, smooth, and aromatic blend of Robusta and Arabica beans. We have these great roasts in ground too.

Douwe Egberts Select Aroma in ground is a lighter roast, silky-smooth and fruity. 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 just like to grab coffee and go, we have 5 roasts of instant coffee. Get Aroma Rood, Pure Gold, Pure Indulgence, Pure Decaf, 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 two package sizes.

Check out our selection of cups and our prepacked variety packages. These make great gifts too.


Holiday Ordering Deadlines

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Other Dutch Traditions

Christmas Markets are popular in many European cities. Amsterdam has large markets, usually with stalls in wooden cabins, selling food, clothing and gifts. You will also find a Gebakkraam, a food truck with specialties such as appelflappen and oliebollen. One of the most popular markets is the Market at Museumplein, also known as Christmas Village on Ice, where the market stands next to a large public ice rink. Add in some live music and entertainment, and you will have a true Dutch Christmas Market experience.</p>
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<p><img class=Gezelligheid is the most important part of the Christmas Season. This Dutch word is difficult to translate, but in general, it refers to the feeling of being with your loved ones, and/or reuniting with someone after a long separation, and/or a general sense of togetherness (think warm and fuzzy feelings).

Lastly, New Year’s Eve (Oud en Nieuw) in the Netherlands, people congregate in the central squares of the cities. Around 11PM, rounds of fireworks begin to welcome the coming year. At the stroke of midnight, more fireworks, more celebrations and more fun!


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

Phone: 800 582 6617
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Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt. Warren G. Harding. Famke Janssen.

You won’t believe what these people have in common!

Dutch-American-Heritage-Clogs-Blue-300But first, let’s talk about Dutch-American Heritage Day, which is November 16, 2017. It was in 1991 when the U.S. Congress officially voted to make November 16th as Dutch-American Heritage Day. President George H.W. Bush decreed the day be a way to celebrate the 200 years of friendship between the U.S. and the Netherlands. Did you know that the Netherlands was one of the first countries to recognize the U.S. as an independent country? Events are held in cities across America: Holland, Michigan; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Seattle, Washington, among many others.

famke-janssen-cr-250This year, a gala is being held in Los Angeles on the 16th to honor Famke Janssen, a Dutch actress, director, and former fashion model. Born in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, Janssen moved to New York city to attend Columbia University. She has worked for organizations that raise animal rights awareness, set international drugs and crime policies, and most recently to raise awareness about animal poaching. Proceeds from the gala will help fund education and research for cancer and for Dutch studies at two California universities.


Celebrate Dutch-American Heritage Day and the deliciousness that is Douwe Egberts by getting 15% off all Douwe Egberts products on www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*

Please use coupon code: DUTCH15

*Discount valid from 11/12/17 through 11:59 PM EST 11/14/17 at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com for Douwe Egberts products with no minimum order. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale Douwe Egberts products.

Douwe Egberts On Special Sale

We have several Douwe Egberts coffees that are on sale, and still available for the discount above. You should check out these really great deals!

DE-Dessert-WB-Advert-NL-250Douwe Egberts Aroma Rood Dessert ground coffee is mild, smooth and delicate. Just like all Douwe Egberts coffee, the aroma is delicious!

Douwe Egberts Aroma Rood Whole Beans make a mild and sweet coffee. This coffee is drunk every day in Europe.

Douwe Egberts Excellent Aroma Whole Beans make a dark-roasted coffee, full-bodied and smooth.


Ordering Deadlines

Our suggested ordering deadlines can help ensure that you receive your order when you want it. If you are ordering for Thanksgiving, please order today, or consider using one of our expedited shipping methods.

In December, to get your order by the 25th without paying for a quicker delivery, please have your order in by December 8, 2017.


So what do those presidents and actors have in common?

Dutch-HeritageThey are all of Dutch heritage. Other famous people of Dutch descent include: Rebecca Romijn, Chalize Theron, Anderson Cooper, Greta Van Susteren, and Odell Beckham Jr. The list goes on and on! The Dutch and America do share a special relationship.


Coffee In The News

Coffee With Bling

Glitter-Gold-Latte-200Golden glitter lattes are the next bling thing. A café in the West Midlands, UK, debuted golden glitter lattes. The non-toxic glitter is able to be used in food and drink, and apparently leaves you with a shiny lip gloss too. A café in Mumbai, India, is doing the same thing, with their “Diamond and Gold Cappuccino.”


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

Phone: 800 582 6617
support@enjoybettercoffee.com
http://www.enjoybettercoffee.com

Fair Trade Coffee: What Does It Mean?

The phrase ‘fair trade’ is thrown about quite a bit. When we use the phrase in talking about coffee, we are referring to coffee that is certified as having been produced under fair trade standards.

In coffee-growing regions, smaller family farmers in the area are often secluded, without access to cash or credit. In the past, these growers were forced to accept whatever was offered for their harvest (usually a fraction of the coffee’s worth). Organizations moved into these regions to work within the coffee production chain, to implement and ensure certified processes are followed. Growers partner with the packers, importers and distributors, adhering to specific rules in the production process.

Fair trade also puts restrictions on child labor and pesticide use, while guaranteeing farmers a minimum price for their coffee. As a result, farmers can earn better incomes while improving their lives and their land. There is still much more to be accomplished in the fair trade arena. We at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com support what these organizations are doing today and are proud to sell coffee with these certifications.

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Iced Coffee Around Europe

Eiskaffee means “ice-cream coffee” and this recipe will deliver a creamy iced coffee in a snap. Of course, any of our coffees make delicious coffee – iced or hot! But use one of our great German brands of coffee for a true eiskaffee experience. Tchibo Instant coffee and Jacobs Instant coffee are two of the most popular brands on our site and in Germany and get you that much closer to a quick drink. Tchibo and Jacobs also make full-flavored ground and whole bean coffee if that’s how you roll.

Ingredients

1 quart strong instant or fresh-brewed coffee
2 scoops of ice cream (per drink)
Whipped cream
Chocolate chips OR nut brittle

Directions

1. Make the coffee. Allow to cool to room temperature, then chill in fridge.

2. Into a tall glass, place 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream.

3. Pour the cooled coffee into the tall glass, leaving a little room below the rim.

4. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate or brittle (or both for true decadence). Enjoy.
You’ll find a Caffé Freddo in most coffee bars in Italy. This drink is made of straight espresso that’s been stored in a freezer and is served as a coffee slush. Pour espresso over a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream and you have an Affogato, perfect for dessert. We have a wide range of Italian espresso, including Bristot, Caffe Vergnano, Illy and Lavazza.