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.*

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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.*

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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.


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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!


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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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