We Brake for Coffee Breaks!

Did you know 22% of employees will leave the office for a coffee or tea fix and spend on average 14-20 minutes per day? Having an office brewer can help keep folks happy and increase daily productivity. Find out more neat coffee break facts on the infographic below…

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Brewing Success: Coffee Makes the Workplace Go Round

Keurig 2.0 Hacks: Brew Whatever You Want!

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If you have a new Keurig® 2.0 brewer, then you may be one of the many consumers who have become frustrated because you can only brew coffees marked with the Keurig® logo. At MixCups, we think you should be able to brew whatever brand of coffee you like so here are some solutions to help you conquer the Keurig® 2.0 compatibility issue.

SOLUTION #1

The makers of San Francisco Bay Coffee have a solution they call the Freedom Clip. It’s a small plastic clip that inserts into the underside of the brewer’s lid and tricks the brewer into thinking any cup is an “Authorized K-Cup®.” At the time of this post, they are offering the Freedom Clip free of charge so get one while you can!

SOLUTION #2

There’s a video tutorial over at KeurigHack.com that walks you through hacking the 2.0 brewer using only a small piece of tape and a used K-Cup® lid. It’s super easy and if you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll love the theme music!

SOLUTION #3 (Coming Soon)

The whole Keurig® 2.0 compatibility issue will soon be a moot point. Currently, most of the major competing coffee brands have already figured out the technology and are manufacturing their own 2.0 compatible cups. These are beginning to arrive now and should be available in most selections by Fall 2015.

Whichever solution you choose, we hope you enjoy your coffee freedom!

MixCups: Our Story

 

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MixCups is for folks who enjoy single cup coffees and teas but are bored of drinking the same old cup each and every day. Our Mix of the Month subscriptions provide caffeine junkies with a way of discovering new favorites from our mix of hand picked selections they can enjoy all month long.

MixCups was launched in 2012 by coffee fanatics who were tired of drinking the same cup of joe every morning and wished for a way to try something new without having to buy boxes and boxes of coffee that went stale before they ever got used.

The idea of getting a variety of single cup coffees delivered to your door each month seemed so genius yet nobody was offering it, so that idea was turned into reality and MixCups was born. Today we ship our Mixes of the Month to awaiting coffee fiends nationwide.

They say variety is the spice of life so we like to think we make people’s lives a little happier by mixing up their daily grind!

The French Press: What is it and why it’s Awesome

 

“The French Press” – I’m sure you’ve heard of it, whether in discussion at a coffee shop or over conversation between two coffee connoisseurs, but what is it really? Is the French Press really anything special?

The answer to your question in short is yes it truly is, and here is why:

Lets think about regular coffee for a second: you put water and coffee in the coffee maker, turn it on, and the grounds are filtered through the paper filter, leaving you with a pot of coffee at the end of the process. While it all might seem pretty harmless, traditional coffee makers as we know them actually rob us of a lot of the potential oils and flavors that could make each cup in the pot 1,000x better.

Enter: The French Press.

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Essentially, while it does take a bit more time, the French Press picks up all the slack of your typical coffee maker, and brews up the purest coffee of any current technique or piece of equipment out there.

The French Press is a tall elegant “pot” in which you put both the coffee grounds and near boiling water into the top. After letting the grounds brew with the water for 4 minutes (+/- depending on how strong you want your cup to be) you then push the handle down, thereby pressing the coffee and grounds through a filter and into your cup. The filter is made of a metal mesh, and this allows all of the oils (which you don’t get with a regular coffee maker) to be pressed into your cup, making the experience of drinking it that much better from the aromas to the taste. Additionally, you get the tiniest bits of grounds in your coffee when you use the French Press (almost to the point of not even noticing however as they are so fine), which also enhances the experience, making the coffee stronger, smoother, more delicious and more concentrated. Voila!

Click here to purchase your French Press from Mixcups!

5 Reasons Why MixCups Coffee Subscriptions are Awesome:

We here at MixCups think our coffee subscriptions are pretty awesome; but then, there’s also a small chance that we’re just a little bit biased. Therefore, to prove our awesomeness to one and all, we’ve created a comprehensive list of 5 reasons why we’re pretty much phenomenal, and why everyone should hop on the MixCups coffee train now.

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You’ll Never be at a Shortage for Variety

Variety is the spice of life as they say, and with MixCups you’re never at a shortage! Whether you get a 3-count, 24-count or 30-count subscription, you can pick and choose which single cup coffees (or teas) you want to have come in your monthly box. This in turn eliminates the possibility for monotony, and instead makes each and every morning a brand new and totally awesome (and exhilarating) coffee experience.

 

You’ll Never Run Out of Coffee Again

You know those mornings when you wake up, go to make your morning cup of coffee – and then realize that you’ve *GASP* run out? Well imagine never having to go through such a traumatizing experience ever again. With a MixCups coffee subscription (operative word here being “subscription”) you’re on a scheduled, customized, coffee delivery system, that basically allows you to never be at a shortage. When you’re down to your last few single cups, you can be sure that your next subscription will either arrive at your door step that very day or the next, and that means you being plagued with an empty coffee mug on any given morning, is virtually impossible.

 

It’s Cost Effective

Like going to a gourmet coffee chain? Lots of folks do but if you were to buy 1 tall (small) cup of basic coffee from Starbucks once a day for 30 days per month, you would spend a grand total of $630 per year. If you were to get a 30-count single cup subscription from MixCups for a year, you would spend roughly $359 annually. That’s an annual savings of $271 with MixCups vs. Starbucks. Need we say more? Subscribe now and start saving!

 

You’ll Never Make Too Much

With MixCups, the name of the game is single cup coffee. Have you ever wanted coffee but decided against making some in the name of not wanting to make/waste an entire pot? Well we’re here to tell you that the wasting days are over, friends, as you can make coffee one cup at a time with our subscriptions!

 

It’s Perfect for Office Environments

Take two important factors – variety and continuous replenishment – and apply them to office environments. Everyone at an office is different, with some employees liking rich bold roasts, and others being more into lighter, maybe flavored roasts. With the variety Mixcups allows you, you can order single cups to suit everyone’s tastes, and no one will be left coffee-less. Additionally, have you ever heard about what happens in an office that runs out of coffee? Probably not, because generally speaking everyone is killed. Kidding (kind of) but the moral of the story here is that a coffee-less office is an angry office, and an angry office is something you’ll never have to deal with again with a MixCups coffee subscription. Your employees will thank you later, we’re sure of it.

 

MixCups vs. Starbucks: A Price Comparison

You love coffee, and that’s why you go to Starbucks every morning to pick up your Grande Pike Place with room for cream. It’s only $1.95, so what’s the big deal really? A mere 2 bucks a day for a steaming cup of coffee? That doesn’t seem like too big of a deal. Well, while we aren’t necessarily in the business of bursting bubbles, we’re here to tell you that the difference is big – huge actually – in terms of monthly/yearly money spent on coffee at any café, compared with the price of our Mix of the Month coffee subscription. Buckle your seatbelts folks because we’re about to rock your rose-colored world with the insane price differences between MixCups coffee subscriptions and daily runs to Starbucks.

**annual prices based upon individuals who consume coffee either daily, or strictly Monday – Friday, and may vary in reality depending upon actual consumption.

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MixCups:

 

30-count single cup Mix of the Month coffee subscription (1 cup per day, for 30 days): $29.95

Broken down price per cup: $0.99

Price per year: $359.40


 

Starbucks:

 

Tall Pike Place

Price per cup: $1.75

Monthly price for someone who purchases 1 cup per day, 30 days out of the month: $52.50

Price per year: $630

 

Grande Pike Place

Price per cup: $2.10

Monthly price for someone who purchases 1 cup 30 days out of the month: $63.00

Price per year: $756

 

 

Venti Pike Place

Price per cup: $2.35

Monthly price for someone who purchases 1 cup 30 days out of the month: $70.50

Price per year: $846

 

 

Money saved annually with a MixCups 30-count subscription vs. purchasing 1 tall Pike Place from Starbucks 30 days out of every month: $270.60


 

So, just to highlight the important parts here:

If you are a person who purchases the smallest (tall) and cheapest (Pike Place) coffee from Starbucks essentially every single day, you would save nearly $300 per year by opting for a MixCups 30-count monthly coffee subscription instead. If you purchase any drink from Starbucks on a regular basis that’s bigger or more expensive, that number only continues to rise, which is why in terms of pricing and money saved – MixCups is the obvious option.

 

7 Popular Coffee Myths: What’s True & What’s False?

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Myth #1: Coffee always causes stress

False

It is widely believed that due to it being a stimulant, coffee always sends your body into a state of heightened stress (aka why you feel more awake when you indulge in a cup). However, according to research conducted by Seoul National University in South Korea (as discussed by The Washington Post), smelling the aroma of coffee beans and/or grounds can actually relieve stress. In their study, researchers exposed sleep-deprived rats to the aromas of roasted coffee beans. They focused on 11 different genes within the rats, and found that smelling the aromas increased the activity of some genes and decreased the activity of others, all resulting in lowered stress levels.

 

Myth #2: Coffee causes insomnia

False (Depending on when you drink it that is)

If you’re waking up in the morning and enjoying a cup or two of coffee, going coffee free for the rest of the day after that, and then experiencing difficulty when it’s time to go to sleep – your cup of Joe is not to blame. Caffeine is absorbed into the blood stream almost immediately, and is entirely out of your system after 8 hours, maximum. Therefore, unless you’re ordering a Venti drip coffee at 6PM, your sleepless nights are likely not rooted in your coffee indulgences.

 

Myth #3: Coffee flushes you out (think #1 and #2)

True

In terms of urinating, coffee (caffeine) is a mild diuretic, which means it causes you to lose water. This explains why most people have to pee soon after they drink a cup of coffee (similar to the effects of alcohol). Additionally, lets not be coy: coffee makes most people poop, but why? Researchers are a bit unclear as to why coffee is directly correlated to increased bowel movements as extensive studies on the matter have yet to be conducted. Scientists do however have some generalized findings that could help explain the phenomenon: Coffee may cause something called peristalsis, which is the typical relaxation and contraction of the colon when producing a bowel movement. By speeding up this process, the colon therefore has less time to reabsorb the water within the stool, which explains why most coffee-induced bowel movements are “looser “in nature.

 

Myth #4: Coffee is bad for your health

False, false and more false!

From fighting against cancer to providing protection for vital organs, read our blog on 8 awesome health benefits of coffee, here.

 

Myth #5: Caffeine is extremely addictive

False

Most of us have experience the “caffeine headache” and have chalked it up to our “caffeine addiction”, curing it with a cup of Joe. Addiction however, is classified as the completely irresistible need for a substance, and the experience of extreme discomfort with a wide variety of physical and possibly even mental symptoms without it. Caffeine is not only easy to resist, but the possible symptoms of withdrawal are mild, limited to headaches and lethargy. Therefore, while you can develop a caffeine “dependence”, it is not technically regarded by scientists as actually being addictive.

 

Myth #6: Coffee helps with hangovers

False (ish)

If you’ve ever woken up with a massive hangover and the need to be productive that day, then you’ve likely turned to coffee for assistance. We say false “ish” because it is true that the caffeine found in coffee can definitely help you to become more alert and even slightly increase your motor functions (which are depressed during a hangover), that being said however, it is more likely to prolong your terrible state than it is to alleviate it. As previously stated, coffee is a diuretic, meaning it flushes you of liquids (Layman’s terms: it dehydrates you). Hangovers are caused by a variety of things, but one of the main components is extreme dehydration. Therefore, drinking something that will flush you of even more fluids and only further dehydrate you, will likely only perpetuate your hangover and the symptoms you’re feeling.

 

Myth #7: Coffee can help to sober you up faster

False

In a study published in the Journal of Behavioral Neuroscience, researchers performed an experiment on mice, feeding them a sufficient amount of alcohol followed by a sufficient amount of coffee in order to test its “sobering” effects. After both the alcohol and coffee were ingested, the researchers had the mice perform the task of working through a maze. While the coffee did appear to make the mice more alert than they had proven to be pre-coffee, they still had a great deal of trouble navigating the maze as compared to the other, untainted group of mice. The takeaway? While coffee might make you feel more “with it” the fact of the matter is that you’re not, and only time will make you sober.

8 Reasons Why you Should Definitely Drink Coffee

Lets not beat around the bush: you should definitely be drinking coffee. Why you may ask? Well, aside from the ability to speak to unicorns and the telepathy, it also provides you with 8 other benefits that are simply too good to pass up.

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It boosts your intelligence!

Lets all give a big round applause for caffeine shall we? Caffeine jolts your body to life on those slow mornings, but it also makes you a lot more mentally sharp in addition. Basically put, coffee makes your brain function much more efficiently, improving everything from reaction time to reasoning to attentiveness.

Antioxidants

Coffee is chockfull of powerful antioxidants, all of which work together to fend off a multitude of diseases, specifically diseases of the cardiovascular nature, according to a study conducted by Harvard.

It lowers your risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease

Most researchers are in favor of the notion that coffee wards off cognitive decline. In a recent study, researchers found that individuals (in their middle years), who consumed between 3-5 cups of coffee per day, significantly reduced their chances of developing Alzheimer’s Disease as well as Dementia.

It gives you a short-term memory boost

In addition to helping you preserve your long-term memory, coffee (caffeine) proved to boost the short-term – or working – memory of those individuals who consumed 100 mg of caffeine (or two cups of coffee) before performing a memory-related task, according to a study conducted by the Radiological Society of North America.

It enhances exercise performance

The giant caffeine punch that coffee comes packing doesn’t just make you more alert and aware, but it boosts your performance at the gym! According to various research studies discussed by the New York Times, caffeine increases the power output of muscles, and positively affects the part of your brain associated with exhaustion. The result? Basically, you wind up crushing your workout without even feeling like you need to try hard, and you feel able to go for a longer span of time than you otherwise would sans caffeine. Awesome.

It helps with depression

In multiple studies, Coffee was proven time and again to aid in the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine – 2 of the body’s natural antidepressants. In a study conducted by Harvard’s school of Public Health, their results indicated a 20% decreased risk of depression in women who drank just two cups per day.

It aids in protecting your liver – especially if you like alcohol!

According to studies conducted by Harvard, drinking coffee religiously can protect against both liver cancer as well as cirrhosis of the liver. The research is still fairly new and more studies need to be done, but the benefits of coffee according to already conducted research look promising! 

It can boost your metabolism

If you’re trying to lose weight, then caffeine – a household chemical name found in wide variety of beverages – will be your new best friend. Why? Because according to numerous studies discussed by Livestrong.com, caffeine has been proven to boost your metabolism significantly for up to 24 hours. What is one of the most common places that caffeine can be found you ask? COFFEE!

 

 

Light, Medium, Dark – The Differences Between Coffee Roasts Explained

Most coffee drinkers know that different roasts have different tastes but many folks may not know what makes one roast different from the next.  So, without further adieu, here’s a quick and simple explanation of light, medium and dark coffee roast coffees.

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Light Roast

Lighter roasts contain the most caffeine out of the three.  Additionally, they are also the most versatile in flavor, given that the darker the roast the more charred the beans become, and the more universal the almost burnt flavor seems to become from one dark roast to the next. Due to minimal charring, the true flavors of the beans are able to come out and express themselves freely in lighter roasts, as they aren’t masked away by a much stronger, charcoal-y taste

Medium Roast

Medium roasts are darker (obviously) than light roasts. They have a bit less caffeine, are far more acidic, but don’t have the charcoal taste characteristic of darker roasts. Medium roasts are often times seemingly more balanced coffees, with lots of possibility for flavor.

Dark Roast

Dark roasts are the typical coffee that everyone generally thinks of – bold, robust, rich and bursting with flavor. Dark roast coffees have the least caffeine out of the three, and have a chocolate-like darkness that gives them that strong, charred, charcoal-y taste, which many coffee drinkers know and love.