In today’s society, weight and health management are largely discussed topics. Vitamins, supplements, and other means of a healthy lifestyle are heavily promoted and discussed. What if a healthy lifestyle didn’t need fancy pills or hundred dollar smoothie kits? What if a healthier lifestyle could begin with a few additions to an already regular routine? Additions of spice to a hot beverage have been linked to healthy body processes and maintaining a wholesome lifestyle. Adding them to your diet can help achieve those goals.
We’ve been hearing some great things about Instagram. Which is why we decided to open our very own account! (give us a follow @cupacabana_) After we had explored a bit, it came to our attention that there are some fantastic accounts dedicated to the love of everything coffee. So as we begin to build ours, we want to share some of the inspiring accounts out there as of now!
- Features coffee cups from cafés around the world and encourages submissions from followers
- This print magazine is all about coffee, highlighted by a city. #DriftMag
- Dedicated to the love of coffee, cakes, and… yup. You guessed it. Cafés
- Andy the blogger, his travels, photography, and love affair with coffee
- Inspiring photos surrounding the world of coffee
- Exploring the daily world of coffee and espresso through photography
- Reposts inspirational (coffee related) photos
So, Why Instagram?
Most of us coffee fans enjoy the artistic aspects of coffee. Instagram helps us find that. Visually speaking, Instagram allows the artistic side to flourish, and companies are capitalizing on a creative eye.
On our newest segment, Marianne Spills the Beans, we discuss 4 widely available (NY & NJ) brands of coffee available at most grocery stores. We investigate their quality, origin and price points.
Welcome to Cupa Cabana TV. Today we’re comparing five brands of coffee that you can find in most supermarkets.
Today we’re comparing some of the coffee brands we found at our local supermarket. I’d like to preface this video with a note that distribution for most coffee brands tends to vary. We picked brands that are widely available in the New Jersey and New York Metro Market where Cupa Cabana is located.
An 11-ounce bag of Eight O’Clock costs about $5.99, coming in at the lowest price point featured in this segment. Eight O’Clock is a great blend at a fair and affordable cost. It lacks the unpleasant bitterness or acidic taste that is common among the other national bargain brands. In my opinion, if you enjoy your coffee light and sweet, this is the one best picked for you.
New England is a great regional coffee brand commonly found across the Northeast. This pick was just $7.49 for an 11-ounce bag. They offer dozens of flavors and varieties, but my preference is the simple Colombian Supremo, good coffee at a good price. What more could you ask for?
Lavazza Coffee began over 120 years ago in Turin, Italy, at the small grocery store. Recently, Lavazza has become more and more widely distributed throughout the U.S. At $8.99 for a 12-ounce package, it’s one of our pricier picks. However, the quality definitely justifies the price. Lavazza is a great everyday coffee and much more affordable than most gourmet options.
Peet’s began as a small coffee shop in Berkeley, California. They offered freshly dark-roasted, small batches of high quality beans upon opening in 1966. Today they still cherish those ideals and have been winning fans rapidly. Peet’s is our most expensive option at a reasonable $9.99 for a 12-ounce bag, but it’s definitely worth noting that at the time that we purchased these brands, it was $3.00 off a bag, a serious steal at $6.99. A delicious, aromatic smell will greet you upon opening the bag, a testament to the superior craftsmanship put into this product. Peet’s is, by far, the winner out of this group despite the normally higher price point. Every sip leaves you waiting for more.
Thanks for watching, and think of us the next time you enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage. Have a great day.
We did some of the math and figured out a way that every coffee drinker can save $1,000 yearly just by doing one easy thing…
Welcome to Cupa Cabana TV, I’m Marianne Cordillo and today we’re discussing how the average coffee drinker can save $1,000 a year. Coffee is an $18 billion a year industry. Coffee shop and café sales are rising at an exponential 20% yearly growth rate. I feel these stats can be attributed to a couple of very simply trends. Americans are drinking more coffee, one. Two, the cost of coffee is rising per cup. And three, more Americans are buying coffee as opposed to making it. What I’m about to tell you can help you curb your costs against all three of these trends.
The national price average for a nine-ounce cup of brewed coffee is $1.38. This varies pretty vastly from region to region. For example, in New Jersey or New York City where we’re located, $1.38 will not get you more than a lukewarm cup at a gas station or a convenience store. However, this segment is about the average coffee drinker, so let’s continue. The average coffee drinker also drinks 3.1 cups per day. We’ve done some research and calculated that a cup of premium coffee, also nine ounces, using a premium coffee such as Peet’s or even most local roasters, costs just 40 cents to make at home. If you opt for Folgers or another lower level brand and buy in bulk, this can cost as little as 10 cents a cup.
Incredible. Almost $1 a cup savings for a much better product than you can make yourself. However, to eliminate any variables, only 35% of the population takes their coffee black, so let’s figure in some half and half, milk, sugar, Splenda, whatever your preference. So, let’s say a cup with a generous amount of cream and sugar costs 65 cents a cup. Let’s do some math. This chart illustrates three of the different variables we were just discussing; buying coffee daily, premium coffee at home, premium coffee with cream and sugar. Keeping in mind the average coffee drinker has three cups a day if you were to purchase every cup of coffee you enjoyed at the national average of $1.38, your expenditure would be over $1,500 a year. Black coffee drinkers brewing the same three cups for themselves will save over $1,000 a year while those who sweeten or add milk will be saving at least $800.
So when we compare these findings side by side, the results are pretty shocking. My advice? Pay for coffee when you go to a café or coffee shop that sells a quality product and enjoy it with friends, family, coworkers or your favorite book. Otherwise, invest in a good travel mug and get in the habit of brewing coffee at home, allowing you to enjoy a better cup of coffee at a fraction of the price you would on the go. Brewing a pot of coffee takes 5 to 10 minutes, depending upon your coffee maker and method, virtually the same amount of time it would to take you to stop, park and order your beverage at a café or establishment. Remember to share your coffee moments with us on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #MyCupa. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next time.
With Mother’s Day around the corner, it is time to start thinking of things for Mom. By “things” – we don’t necessarily mean it has to be something lavish and expensive from a store. A lot of mothers would agree that they would prefer spending time with their daughter or son, versus a gift from the mall. Consider spending time with Mom by hosting her a Mother’s Day Tea Party.