In the Netherlands, the Christmas markets are open – one of the best is found in Dordrecht, a small town with a picturesque medieval section surrounding a 13th century Gothic church. The market is even more exclusive than you might think; the extravagant pop-up market lasts for only one special weekend. Just last week, Saint Nicholas sailed in from Spain, visited the homes of children, left presents in their shoes carefully set by the door, and sailed back to his home in Spain.
Family homes, shops and the big department stores are decorated with hanging lights, wreaths, wrapped boxes and decorated trees, and still more lights. Very popular decorations include displaying an Advent calendar and the Advent wreath, and a nativity scene. Special Dutch Christmas songs can be heard on the radio and in shops, including a perennial favorite about a boy looking for his lost rabbit, Flappie, who sadly turns out to be Christmas dinner. (The song was written by a Dutch comedian. Compare it to “Grandma got run over by a reindeer.”)
At Christmas, though, the food is a big star of the day – well, the 2 days (First Christmas and Second Christmas, the 25th and 26th, respectively). Some delicacies are only for the season: ginger nuts, egg-yolk liquor, mulled wine (Santa’s favorite drink), and chocolate or pastry letter shapes of your initials.
But the real secret to an authentic and traditional Dutch Christmas is family. The Dutch have deemed spending time with family as the most important part of Christmas, well before eating delicious food and attending church.
Here at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com, we hope all our customers enjoy the holidays, whether it’s with family, friends, neighbors, or just your four-legged family members. Celebrate the season with our special deal this week and get 15% off your order of Douwe Egberts and Senseo products.*
Please Use Coupon Code: IHEARTDE
*Discount valid from 12/9/18 through 11:59PM ET on 12/11/18 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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~ Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate! ~
Our Range of Douwe Egberts Has Something For Everyone
For a special coffee drinking experience, try Douwe Egberts lighter intensity Select Aroma in ground and Excellent Aroma in ground and whole bean. Mocca Aroma is a medium intensity, available in ground and whole beans (This is not the specialty drink ‘mocha’), and Black is a dark, intense roast available in ground.
Check out our other instants, our variety packages, and our Douwe Egberts accessories.
All of these are available with the discount above. This is the perfect time to buy for the holidays without paying for expedited shipping.
That’s right – Tuesday, December 11 is the last day to order for the upcoming holidays at regular shipping prices.
We do have expedited shipping for this month. Please contact us for options not found on the website.
Great Tasting and Convenient!
Senseo pods, for use in the Senseo coffee machine, are always popular! These delicious coffee blends combine for a smooth taste, delicious aroma and a special drink any time of day. Senseo comes in Classic, Strong and Decaffeinated. These European version Senseo pods have a slightly stronger flavor profile than Senseo made for the U.S. market. The Senseo machine and the pods are eligible for the discount above!
Dutch Cocoa: The Taste of Real Chocolate
Dutch cocoa is made with a process developed by a Dutch chemist almost 200 years ago, which makes drinking hot chocolate very pleasant and tasty. It also tends to make the cocoa powder dark. Another type of Dutch-processed cocoa is black cocoa (think Oreo cookies). We have 2 brands of Dutch cocoa:
Van Houten cocoa in an 8.8oz tin
Droste cocoa in an 8.8oz box
Both are entirely cocoa powder with no additives, and both make rich hot chocolate and can be used in baking.
As a special deal this week, the discount is available on our Dutch cocoa.
The Netherlands In The News
Iconic Cookie Made Into Liquor
Oh no they didn’t! The stroopwafel, a caramel syrup cookie, is a Dutch snack that has been around since the 1850’s. Now a Dutch company has recreated the sweet taste with a splash of alcohol that reviews say really taste like the cookie. With an alcohol content of 14.7 percent, this drink is not for the children, but it will literally warm your heart!
As always, enjoy better coffee and thanks from the EnjoyBetterCoffee Team!