Drink The Best Of Sweden and Finland

Scandi-Banner-November-2018At EnjoyBetterCoffee.com, we have a range of the best coffees from the Nordic region of the world. You’ll find Paulig from Finland, Lofbergs and Arvid Nordquist, both from Sweden, on our site.
Stockholm-Museum-RenoJust recently in Sweden, Stockholm’s National museum reopened after it had been closed for 5 years for restoration. The building, originally built in 1866, needed plenty done: Updating technology, security, accessibility, safety and temperature control. During the restoration, Swedish designers were commissioned to collaborate with more than twenty Nordic manufacturers to furnish and decorate staff quarters, a new restaurant and café, and the public spaces. A total of 82 locally-made products, from furniture, to lighting, to tableware, textiles and toys, are part of the $132 million budget. The designer team researched Nordic manufacturing, traveling throughout the region to find the best ideas. For example, inspired by fishing nets, beech plywood is molded into undulating strips, which are then formed into circular and cube shapes used as shades for lighting. The museum has tripled the number of objects than can now be exhibited, but that is still only 8 percent of their entire collection, which includes work spanning from the late Middle Ages to the present day. The museum reopened late last month, and worth a visit should you be heading that way.


You can be sure the National museum restaurant and café serve Nordic coffee to visitors, and we have the best Nordic coffee. Through Tuesday, get 15% off your orders of Paulig, Lofbergs, and Arvid Nordquist coffees with no minimum required at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*

Please use coupon code: NORDIC15

*Discount valid from 11/18/18 through 11:59PM ET on 11/20/18 at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with 15% off no minimum order required on Arvid Nordquist, Lofbergs and Paulig coffees. Offer not redeemable for cash. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call us at 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

Fika: The Swedish Coffee Break. Time For Coffee and Friends.

Lofbergs-Swedish-Fika-Advert-NLWe have Lofbergs Swedish Fika Medium Roast Ground Coffee and Lofbergs Swedish Fika Dark Roast Ground Coffee. Fika Medium Roast is a light roast (3 of 5) of Arabica beans with a balanced taste and aroma. Fika Dark Roast is rated 4 of 5, made of 100% Arabica beans, including about 1/3 of beans certified by the Rainforest Alliance. These are two special roasts you should try.

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

Paulig-Advert-wHeinoarominen-2018-NLOur last Nordic brand is Paulig, from Finland. The company roasts and packages their coffee from their facilities in Helsinki. We offer two roasts: Juhla Mokka ground coffee is light-roasted, rich, balanced and intense blend of beans from South America and Africa. Presidentti ground coffee is a light roast (1 of 5) from a blend of beans grown in Africa, and delivers a strong and rich coffee.

We get our coffee directly from the region, intended for the Nordic market, so you are getting the same coffee you would drink in those countries.


Coffee In The News

Coffee Cup Share Program Launches

VesselA company in Boulder, CO delivers stainless steel tumblers to participating coffee cafes for use by customers who may not want to leave with a paper or plastic cup. Comparing the system to borrowing library books, the owners noted that books are borrowed for a while, and if not returned, a fee is charged. For their program, customers order requesting the special tumbler, which has a QR code for tracking, and then can keep the cup for five days before it should be returned to one of the company’s special kiosks found throughout Boulder. Keep the cup too long, and the user is charged $15.


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

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Fika, Hygge and the Secret To Happiness at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Please use coupon code: NORDIC15

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

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

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

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

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

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


Coffee In The News

Queen of Specialty Coffee Passes at 96

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

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


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

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A Special Deal for Special European Coffee

JJ-Darboven-Twitter-Advert-YayEnjoy Better Coffee has the best of European coffee. This week, we highlight four unique coffees, all available from a premier coffee distributor, J.J. Darboven.

We know you will like any and all of these coffees, so we are offering 15% off your order of IDEE, Eilles, Mozart and Movenpick, no minimum required.*

Please Use Coupon Code: JJDRBVN15

*Discount valid from 10/22/17 through 11:59 p.m. EDT 10/24/17 with no minimum order on IDEE, Eilles, Movenpick, and Mozart products only at www.enjoybettercoffee.com. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products.

You Have To Try These Brands!

Let’s start with IDEE Kaffee, a wonderfully mild classic coffee, since it is a best-seller. The roasting process IDEE uses eliminates any undesirable elements with the beans prior to roasting, reducing bitter flavors that may result from standard roasting. IDEE Kaffee is made with 100% Arabica beans. This combination of high-quality beans and gentle roasting results in a mild tasting coffee, with higher caffeine content. It is easy on the stomach while still tasting delicious. We have IDEE Kaffee in ground and Gold Express Instant coffee. Both are balanced and aromatic coffees.

Eilles Kaffee, another specialty roaster, is from Germany. Created from a distinctive and special blend of beans, Eilles Kaffee uses beans grown in the highlands, which assures a high-quality coffee. For more than 130 years, Eilles Kaffee has been the preferred brand in Germany. In fact, Bavarian King Ludwig II served only Eilles coffee at his court during his reign in the late 1800s. We have Eilles Kaffee Gourmet in ground, whole beans and instant. This coffee has unique flavors with a delicate and mellow taste and aroma. Try Eilles Kaffee Arabica in ground, made from 100% Arabica beans. The coffee is delicate and mild, with fruit and citrus notes. Eilles Kaffee is packaged in beautiful blue and gold, which evokes a royal court.

From Austria, we have a coffee named after its most famous son, Mozart. Mozart Kaffee is an elegant composition of flavors, notes and aroma. Try Mozart Kaffee Mild ground coffee, a well-balanced, delicious full-bodied coffee. We also have Mozart Kaffee Intensive coffee, available in ground and instant, which has a powerful aroma and taste.

We have saved the best for last! Movenpick is from Switzerland, this coffee is roasted gently and carefully using an original Swiss recipe. Der Himmlische coffee comes in ground, whole beans and instant, taking high-altitude beans from around the world, giving the coffee a wonderful aroma and distinctive taste.

We also have Movenpick Espresso whole beans, which has a rich and strong taste and aroma, it makes the best espresso and espresso drinks. In fact, we are overstocked on Movenpick Espresso whole beans, so we cut the price even more, and are making them available for the weekly discount. You can’t miss out on this deal, so order today!

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More About JJ Darboven

Johann J. Darboven founded a company in 1866 in Hamburg, Germany. As an innovator, he pioneered delivering roasted coffee in bags to his customers. Within a few years, he earned recognition for his 100+ varieties of coffee at an international horticultural exhibition. A generation later, his sons successfully marketed a coffee under the brand name IDEE (Idea). IDEE was (and still is) produced with a special refining process developed by the Hygienic Institute in Hamburg. The beans are treated to reduce irritants and bitter flavors while preserving the taste, and the caffeine of the coffee. The coffee was (and still is) extremely popular in Germany, and is today J.J.Darboven’s flagship product. The 1930’s found the company expanding into catering, then later into other countries. During the 60’s, one of the earliest coffee commercials shown on TV was for IDEE Kaffee. During the last few decades, J.J.Darboven has grown to include the brands described above. The company is still run by a fourth generation Darboven.


Coffee In The News

Rare Beans and An Exotic Formula Jack Up Coffee Prices at Some Cafes

In New York City, coffee shops abound. But at a Michelin-starred restaurant on Madison Park, that cup of coffee will cost $24. The restaurant’s coffee director will prepare the coffee tableside, using a dripper brewer (think amped-up Chemex coffee maker), all while timing the 3 stages of preparation carefully. The coffee used is a rare variety of beans from Colombia, and is described as having a creamy texture like dough or yogurt. The flavor is compared to blueberry pie. Another café we mentioned in a previous newsletter uses a machine that costs over $13k to prepare the $18 cup of coffee. Yet another coffee importer sells varieties of beans that are a steal at $100 a pound. We say OUCH! You can get any of our delicious coffees to brew at home – you can even grind your own beans if you prefer – and enjoy flavorful coffee for a great low price.


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

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6 Current Coffee Trends + 1 Great Deal from Enjoy Better Coffee = Score!

For fun, this week we have gathered the scoop on 6 current coffee trends, including how you can recreate a few of them at home, should you feel so moved. Then, order coffee from us and we’ll give you $5 off your order of $30 or more.*

Here are the top 6 coffee trends for 2017, in no particular order:

1.  Gourmet Coffee varieties have made a big splash for coffee drinkers. Consumer consumption increased from 18 to 24 percent in just one year. More than half of all consumers, almost 60 percent, report they drank a cup of gourmet coffee in the last 24 hours.**

~At Enjoy Better Coffee, we have only premium and specialty coffees made in Europe for the European market.

2. Sparkling Coffee Soda is cold-brew coffee with lemon and tonic water, seltzer or flavored soda. Use the typical ratio of 1:1 coffee to water, replacing the water with something bubbly. Put a scoop of ice cream on top and you have a very special float.

3. Gin and Coffee Tonic, served in a glass, is made with 10ml (2 teaspoons) of cold-brew coffee added to a shot of gin. Add tonic, garnish with lemon.

4. Vietnamese Egg Coffee consists of one espresso and 3 tablespoons of condensed (not evaporated) milk that has been whisked with an egg yolk and a drop of vanilla into a meringue-like, creamy topping. Enjoy.

5. Coffee In A Cone probably won’t be available at your local café. But imagine this: A specially-made chocolate lined waffle cone that is leak-proof for 10 minutes, and is filled with a coffee latte.

6. More people than ever are drinking coffee daily, with all age groups showing an increase from last year. Up a mere 2 percent are the 18-24 year olds, while those aged 40-59 are up 11 percent from last year.**

Try one or more of our premium ground, whole bean and instant coffees. Find a great espresso roast. Bring home an assortment of pods or capsules. Whatever your choice, you’ll get $5 off your order of $30 or more at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*

Please use coupon code: FIVEOFF

*Discount valid through 11:59 PM PDT on 8/22/17 with $30 minimum order before shipping costs at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products.
**Per the National Coffee Association’s 2017 National Coffee Drinking Trends report

Interested in trying one or more of these trends? You’ll need this easy recipe for making cold-brew coffee. And maybe you will just create your own coffee trend!

How to Cold Brew:

1. Use a medium to coarse grind of coffee. Place the grounds in the bottom of a non-reactive container. Add cold water, using a 1:4 parts coffee-to-water ratio. Stir gently to combine.

2. Cover, then allow mixture to steep for 18-24 hours, either in or out of the refrigerator.

3. Strain the brewed coffee into a container to remove the grounds; it may take a few passes using paper towels, muslin or even a coffee machine filter. (If it remains cloudy, try using a larger grind next time.)

4. To make a coffee drink, try 1:1 parts coffee to water. You may have to adjust the ratio, up to 1:8 parts coffee to water, to get the flavor you like.

5. The concentrate should be stored in the refrigerator in a covered container.

 

New Must-Try from Tchibo: Black and White Coffee

The striking black and white package of this new roast from Tchibo is just the first of the surprises with this coffee. Made from a premium selection of Arabica AND Robusta beans that are gently roasted, the coffee has a balanced flavor with a full-bodied taste. Even better, you can enjoy this coffee black or add milk to bring out more of its creamy texture. We have this delicious new roast available in 8.8oz/250g vacuum-sealed packs of ground coffee and in jars of convenient instant.

 

Curtains To Close on Douwe Egberts Intense at Enjoy Better Coffee

Last Chance for an Intense BOGO Deal!

This coffee has been discontinued so once it’s gone, it’s gone for good!

We don’t want you to miss out on this popular coffee, so when you buy one 8.8oz pack of Douwe Egberts Intense ground coffee, you’ll get a second pack of Intense for no additional charge. This coffee has a best-by date of 10/15/2017.

Just place a bag of Douwe Egberts Intense ground coffee in your cart and we’ll add the free 8.8oz pack to your order automatically. No coupon code needed.*

ORDER NOW!

*Order must be placed by 11:59 PM PDT Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com for Douwe Egberts Intense ground coffee with a best-by date of 10/15/2017. Not redeemable for cash. All sales are final; no returns please.

Dallmayr: Like Germany, Timeless and Cool!

“Germany is a combination of cutting-edge cool and timeless tradition, wrapped up in a package of spectacular landscapes, vibrant metropolises and idyllic half-timbered villages, architectural masterpieces and fairy-tale palaces.”

-From travel site LonelyPlanet.com

Munich, located in the southern region of Germany, is the home of Dallmayr Coffee. The massive building housing the business is an example of classic 19th-century neo-Gothic architecture. Dallmayr Coffee runs a delicatessen and a café on the first floor, and a Michelin-starred restaurant on the second floor.

Munich is most popular during summer and during Oktoberfest, while Dallmayr’s shop is busy all year round. The deli and cafe portions of the business are definitely high-end (it’s been compared to Harrod’s Food Court), with everything from candies, pastries, cakes, small plates, smoked fish (22 types), dozens of cooked and raw wursts, eighteen types of hams, and coffee, of course. The café menu is a leather-covered book, and includes a variety of foods for breakfast and lunch. Offerings include special salads, two dozen artisanal breads, fried duck liver with caramelized walnuts, salmon with mustard, venison served with potato crepes, and green pasta with crayfish tails. Dessert, a must of course, is chosen from a massive cake display, all prepared by a master pastry chef.

Enjoy a cup of Dallmayr coffee with your favorite breakfast or lunch! Order today and get 10% off your order of Dallmayr products with no minimum order required at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com*

Please use coupon code: DALLMAYR10

*Discount valid through 11:59 P.M. PDT 7/25/17 at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum order required on Dallmayr products. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products.