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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 Cup is 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!

Golden French Toast K-Cups--A Review

January 18, 2012.

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! 

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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

  • A Mug
  • Sharpies
  • An Oven
  • 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. 

Who We Are

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.

July 13, 2011.

Though we here at Alpine Valley pride ourselves on valuing health and wellness, sometimes, we want something unabashedly sweet and filling in the morning. Instead of running to the closest bakery and scarfing a down the baker’s dozen, we opt for this rich, bold, mildly sweet blend—That’s why Coffee People Original Donut Shop Blend is What We’re Drinking Wednesday!

 

Not only is the packaging on this k-cup totally sweet, the contents are absolutely phenomenal. Not at all bitter, but not weak, this coffee is great alone or complimenting a delicious (dare we say it) donut! This k-cup is one of our biggest sellers to date, and we know you won’t regret trying some! Get it HERE! http://www.alpinevalleycoffee.com/coffee-people-donut-shop-coffee-24-pack-p-126.html

July 6, 2011.

Here at Alpine Valley Headquarters, we’re still reeling from the beautiful July 4th 3-day weekend madness of barbecues, fireworks, and Americana. Though we love America and everything it has to offer, this morning, we were craving something a little more…European. That’s why Diedrich French Roast is What We’re Drinking Wednesday!

Can we just take a moment to look at how adorable the packaging is for this Green Mountain K Cup? It goes beyond the standard k-cup lid and spices up our morning with a little “Can-Can” action, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

According to the Green Mountain description: This dark roast coffee has a toasty aroma and crisp molasses flavor. It is not for the faint of heart. This description couldn’t be more right! After sipping this musky thick flavor, our senses were teleported to a frosty winter Parisian landscape filled with lights, and inspired architecture in the 1890s. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but we really do love this coffee, and think you will to! Get some here:www.alpinevalleycoffee.com/diedrich-french-roast-24-pack-…

June 22, 2011.

Yesterday was the Summer Solstice, or the longest day (in terms of hours of Sunlight) of the entire year! Because of this, we had a difficult time waking up this morning. But have no fear, Gloria Jean’s Cappuccino K-Cups did the job, and it’s What We’re Drinking Wednesday!

Actual cappuccino recipes vary, but the most common description is espresso + steamed milk (amount of which is at your barista’s discretion).  This cappuccino cup is DELICIOUS and has a nice hint of cinnamon which really makes it stand out from others.

We took ours with just a little bit of cream and sugar, but if you’d like the café experience (but lack a milk steamer) have no fear! To replicate steamed milk, put 4 oz. of milk in a container with a secure lid, shake it until it’s bubbly, and then microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds! Top with a bit of cinnamon and ENJOY!

Gourmet Center Biscoff Spread --A Product Test

Please wait to move about the cabin until the “fasten seatbelt” sign is no longer illuminated and make sure your tray table is in the upright position! Today at Alpine Valley, we’re trying a new spin on a classic in-flight treat, Biscoff Spread.

If you’ve flown in the Continental U.S., you’ve probably had to make the life-altering decision “cookies, pretzels, or peanuts." 

If you’ve ever chosen cookies, this Belgian spread will be a huge delight! The spread game has been widely dominated by peanut butter and chocolate hazelnut spreads, but this creamy spread is something unique for your tastebuds.

 It spreads like peanut butter and tastes like a cookie! It’s literally a spreadable cookie! In addition, it is vegan, but does contain wheat if you have an allergy.

Everyone in our office thought it was delicious, and a fantastically nostalgic treat. Their website has loads of  recipes for the spread , which we imagine would be good on fruit or crackers (or straight from the jar). Have you ever tried biscoff cookies? Would you be interested in trying the spread? Tell us here!

Wondering What the Deal is with "Bold" Coffee? We've Got You Covered!

Hey there! I’m Coffee Cup, and it’s a pleasure to bring to you my passion for my namesake—coffee!

I’m often asked about the different definitions used to describe my kind. We are very misunderstood in the hot beverage world. For instance, my friend Cupp’O Tea has very few terms associated with his family. They are described as bulk, bagged, sweetie,hot or iced tea. All are fairly self explanatory, and few questions are asked of them.

For me, it’s quite a different story.

We come in so many varieties, with so many different adjectives to describe us that it can get sort of confusing. We come in hot and iced, not to mention light roast, medium roast, flavored, or dark roast. You can order us in whole bean, drip grind, espresso grind, fine grind, Turkish grind etc.

The absolute most confusing term is BOLD. I get asked all the time “what is bold coffee”? I myself am a very bold cup, but it’s more than personality!

Does it describe a certain roast, or a blend, or a grind? Does it have more caffeine than regular coffee?

Bold coffee can come in many varieties, and has nothing to do with the roast, the blend or the amount of caffeine. The term “bold” describes an intense, rich and robust flavor that has a full body. Bold coffee is about the flavor.  There are light and medium roast bolds, as well as dark roast bolds.

It’s all a matter of taste, and may take a few trials to discover your favorite. When you feel like you can outlast that familiar battery rabbit… you may want to switch to decaf, and there’s a bold for that too!

As much as we love drinking coffee, we love the people behind the beverage even more. Whether they take their coffee with lots of creamer or drink it black, having a diverse palette is what Alpine Valley Coffee is all about. These are the perky people behind the posts!