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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.