Charlie Hall is CEO of Alpine Valley Coffee. “Coffee Enthusiast” is too loose a term to encompass his passion for coffee. Always on the hunt for new and exciting brewers and blends—and always scoring a deal for our customers—he aims to keep Alpine Valley Coffee the least expensive distributor of K-Cups and Single Serve Coffee products on the web!
Akilah H has recently returned to her hometown of Cincinnati, OH after brief post-college soul-searching stint at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. A self-proclaimed “coffee rookie,” her goal is to establish expertise in a world of unlimited coffee drinks. “Is it more than just temperature? What makes a cup of coffee great?” The answers are for her to discover.
Coffee Cupis our resident guru of all things perk. This sassy cup of joe knows that the difference between Columbian and Brazilian is more than geographic– and will make sure that you know, too! We hope you take your coffee strong, because strength and knowledge is what she’s serving up! Have questions? Ask Coffee Cup!
This is the first installment of “WWDW” of 2012. Happy New Year! If you’re still keeping your resolutions this far into the year (or if you’ve already tapped out), we’ve got a scrumptious alternative take on a breakfast favorite!
Sometimes you just want something warm, sweet, and syrupy in the morning. Sometimes, too, you just want to fit into your favorite jeans. Keurig has come up with a seasonally appropriate compromise!
Golden French Toast k-cups have a strong aroma and are a delicious light roast blend with the most accurate flavoring in a k-cup we’ve ever tasted! It’s no surprise that these cups are our most popular seasonal flavor.
This is the perfect “cozy-up-in-a-blanket-on-a-chilly-winter-night” coffee! We adore this flavor with cinnamon creamer and whatever sugar or sugar substitute you prefer! Unbelievably delicious!
Golden French Toast K-cups are a limited time product so if you want to try some, get them HERE!
Do You Need A Keurig Machine? Things to Consider Before You Buy!
Keurig is the big kid on the coffee campus right now, and with their ever-expanding line of delicious k-cups for Keurig brewers, it might be tempting to jump the gun and buy one for yourself or as a gift. Before you buy, check out our check list of factors to consider if you’re in the market :
1. How many people will be using your machine?
The Keurig machine is great for most office and home sizes. Keurig carries a wide variety of machines–from the single pour over B31 (perfect for college students or cubicles) to the B200 (fantastic for offices of 15-30 people). There are sizes in between as well.
2. How much do you currently spend on coffee, tea, or hot cocoa?
If you go to one of those chain coffee shops, you’re looking at spending upwards of $4 per cup of the black stuff. Keurig is a great alternative! For roughly 60 cents per k-cup portion pack, you get a hot delicious cup of coffee. If you like your drink a little more “foofy” (technical term), purchasing a gourmet creamer and sugar/sugar alternative will still be less expensive than what you’d shell out over a year’s time at a fast-coffee establishment.
3. How environmentally conscious are you?
Unfortunately, Keurig K-Cup portion packs are not yet biodegradeable. However, if you are interested in going a more eco-friendly route, Pods might be a way to go! Pod machines are priced similarly to Keurig machines and the pods actually run cheaper and come in a slew of flavors. Get both at Alpine Valley Coffee
4. How strong do you take your coffee?
Objectively speaking, if you want a strong cup of coffee or prefer espresso strength, Keurig is probably not right for you. The coffee that Keurig produces mostly appeals to the medium roast drinker–the most commonly found coffees in offices and homes. If you need something a bit bolder, we suggest the CBTL machine and related capsules. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf machines make a delicious espresso with a very impressive crema. The CBTL also has tea capsules and hot chocolate sachets.
5. How much space do you require?
Keurig machines provide an economical use of space and can fit most dorm, home, and office kitchen areas. If space is your concern, worry no more!
If you’re ready to make the leap into the single-serve coffee world, don’t hesitate to check out Alpine Valley Coffee!
I truly believe that coffee is a staple in my relationship with my best friend. We met in college and got through the day with the help of a steaming cup of Starbucks from The Front Room. We made special “coffee dates” where it was just the two of us, having therapy sessions over steaming mugs.
As the years went on, we would get up early to meet at our favorite coffee shop before 8:00 a.m. classes. We looked forward to our Styrofoam cups of Highlander Grog from Whit’s in Athens, OH.
When we eventually became roommates, we started sharing a coffee maker. I now feel that sharing a coffee maker with another person is as good as calling them family. You have to compromise on the strength and blend of the roast, not to mention clean the system regularly.
My best friend recently moved to Africa, where she is working as a dorm assistant at a school. When I heard the news that she would be gone for a whole year, one of my first thoughts was “Who am I going to go get coffee with now?”
In order to bridge that gap that the Atlantic Ocean put between us, I found the perfect going away present. I gave her a mug with Ohio and my mug has Africa. Here is how you decorate your own long distance BFF coffee mugs:
You will need
Paper, Pen, Scissors (If Making a Template)
Wash your mug well and let it dry completely. I found that it was easiest (unless you are an artist) to make a paper template of the state and/or country. For us, I used Ohio and Africa. It’s actually really hard to draw Africa, if you’ve never tried.
Now that you have you template, hold or tape it to the mug. Trace with a Sharpie Permanent Marker. You can then put the dash marks on the mug, connecting the two places like you see in the photo.
If you want, you can write a short message on the back of the mug, or just inside the lip. I chose to write “Miss” and “You.” I took a red Sharpie Permanent Marker and drew hearts on our places. I put the heart on my best friend’s mug just over Athens, OH and my mug got a heart on where she is living in Africa.
Now, just put the mugs on a baking sheet and put them in the oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. This is going to seal the marker so it will withstand washing. Just don’t stick them in the dishwasher.
My BFF loved the gift and it now has a place of honor in her post-grad, Africa apartment. I see my cup everyday and when I drink from it, I remember all the cups of coffee, all the treks for Highlander Grog, and all the laughs we shared over our mugs.
The short answer is “Alpine Valley Coffee, Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH.”
The long answer is much more complicated. In this 21st century world, nothing is as post modern as our individual food and beverage choices. The idea that “if you don’t like what I’m drinking, you can get your own” is something that attracted our attention immediately, and has stuck with our business vision ever since. There is no “one size fits all” coffee out there, and with the help of single pod coffee products we have been able to help our customers realize their individual coffee needs. We have the lowest prices on the web for k cups, Keurig products, and other pod-products– and all of those deals (and some great sweepstakes and giveaway info) is located on our website at http://www.alpinevalleycoffee.com
On the local front, we do Office Coffee Services (OCS) to large and small companies alike. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, whenever–coffee is the best!
From the consistent recreational caffeine user, to the coffee newbies who are just getting their feet wet in the java world–Welcome! We have something for everybody.
We’re dedicated to keeping you in the loop with what we’re testing, trying, and loving here at Alpine Valley Coffee.