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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!


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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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