In the last week or so, you may have seen me posting a link and asking for your vote to help send me to Vienna—some of you have enthusiastically obliged. Thank you all!
For those who haven’t yet voted, I want to explain the contest and how you can help. Natvia, an all-natural sweetener company, and their partners, are giving away 8 trips to the World Barista Championship this summer in Vienna. In the past, I’ve covered several coffee events on DCILY and there will be many more to come—all of which are paid for out-of-pocket. It would be great to have my travel and lodging covered for one of these coffee escapades while sharing more great content with DCILY readers. Help me represent coffee lovers everywhere at this year’s WBC.
To help out, just register and vote once (it will only take a minute of your time).
Step 2: Validate your email address by clicking on the link emailed to you. Step 3:Visit my profile and click the heart to show DCILY some love.
Bonus: Everyone who registers to vote also has a chance to win $1000.
I’m already in the lead thanks to everyone’s support—let’s keep it going!
There will also be challenges throughout the contest where I’ll be humbly sharing my (lack of) latte art skills and more. Once you’re registered you’ll be able to vote for these too if you’d like to show extra support. So if you’ve ever spent time enjoying the content here on DCILY help send me to Vienna where I can continue to bring you even more.
I choose partners who I truly believe in and support what they are doing. These are people I would recommend my closest friends to, regardless of their support. However, since they are big fans as well, supporting them helps support what I do here at DCILY. So if you’re just as impressed by GoCoffeeGo’s offerings as I am—give them a try!
I’d like to introduce you to a new partner who joins Presso, in supporting all that goes on here at Dear Coffee, I Love You. Meet GoCoffeeGo, a company whose quirky Mod-themed website allows you to browse and order coffee from a growing, but carefully vetted list of great coffee roasters—all in one place. Once you’ve placed an order, it’s routed to the roaster who fulfills it with fresh roasted coffee shipped to your door.
So why not order directly from the roaster? If you already have a great relationship and unshakeable loyalty to a specific roaster, then by all means order directly from them. I definitely have my favorite roasters (a number of them sell through GoCoffeeGo), but I also love discovering new roasters and experiencing what else is out there.
GoCoffeeGo provides the opportunity to find quality roasters you may not have heard of, while also allowing you to schedule weekly shipments of coffee from the ones you already love. My favorite thing about the site is their Auto-Ship tool, which functions like a “Netflix queue” for your coffee. You can add all the coffees you’re interested in trying, from as many roasters as you like, and schedule how often you want them shipped to you. You can rearrange and edit your queue as you like, and if a roaster happens to sell out of a particular coffee, you’ll be notified and your queue adjusts itself accordingly.
I first discovered one of my favorite roasters, PTs Coffee, through GoCoffeeGo and I continue to enjoy the convenience it creates while exploring new roasters. It’s not the only place I order coffee from, but depending on your personal routine, the coffee and espresso beans from GoCoffeeGo may be all you’ll ever need—so check them out.
To launch this partnership right, we’re giving away a $40 Gift Card to GoCoffeeGo, along with a DCILY mug for the lucky winner to enjoy their coffee from. Here’s all you need to do to enter:
1. Visit GoCoffeeGo and browse all the great coffee they offer. 2. Come back here and leave a comment sharing the first two coffees you would order—roaster & coffee name. 3. Sunday night (June 5th) I will randomly pick one person from all the entries and announce the winner on Monday.
Easy right? Tweeting and sharing on Facebook won’t get you more entries, but it will give you good karma points. So start browsing, sharing and shopping and you may be treated to a pretty awesome reward next week.
There are a number of coffee apps and timers out there, but the Café Timer is about as simple as they get. With one touch of the app icon, an illustration of a French press launches and it immediately begins counting down from 4 minutes. If you remain in the app, you’ll hear a clock begin ticking when there’s 5 seconds left, leading to an ample alarm and vibration when it’s done. If you happen to leave the app, a slightly quieter pop-up will alert you. Tapping the screen flips to a few coffee brewing tips, like using fresh roasted coffee within 2 weeks of roast date, grinding right before you brew with a burr grinder and using water below boiling (however I disagree with suggesting 190°F, it should be closer to 200°F).
While this app is primarily meant for those who use a French press, there are a few options to alter the steep time in the phone’s settings. This allows you to use the timer for other methods, like an AeroPress—sadly the illustration doesn’t change.
For $1.99 it’s more than what most people would expect to pay for such a simple app, especially one that doesn’t really add new functionality to your phone other than convenience. However, when you’re about to pour water on your grounds, it’s much easier to tap once than getting tangled up switching from your morning alarm, back to the timer in the iPhone’s default app (3 taps). You’ve probably spent $1.99 on less useful things, and if a French press is your daily brew method, it’s a nice looking alternative to the standard timer.
As a gift to DCILY readers, the app’s developer Benjamin Cullen-Kerney, has kindly donated a few free versions for me to give away to readers who help spread the word. Everyone who retweets this and/or posts it on Facebook, today through Sunday, will be entered to win a free Café Timer app on Monday. If you can’t wait that long and you’d rather buy Ben a virtual cup of coffee, go purchase the app now.
Happy National Coffee Day! Yesterday I posted about the importance of clean, quality water when brewing your coffee. Today, thanks to PUR water, you have a chance to win a new PUR One-Click Faucet Mount for yourself, so that you can brew the best possible cup at home. Here’s some more info about the prize on the line:
PUR’s new line-up of one-click faucet mount filtration systems make getting clean drinking water instantly from the tap easier and more convenient than ever before. The first and only faucet mount design that not only installs in one easy click, but offers up to 100 gallons of great-tasting drinking water with just one click. It removes 99.9% of microbial cysts and reduces many other contaminants – just snap it on, and drink it up (especially the next time you brew that pot of coffee). The PUR faucet mount system also has a space-saving design that offers consumers a swiveling head and quick disconnect feature that helps move the filter out of the way when needed.
So here are the rules:
Beginning today, September 29th through Midnight (EST) on Friday you can enter for a chance to win (US residents only, sorry guys!).
• Comment on this blog post about your thoughts on clean water & better coffee (1 entry)
• Comment on this related post on our Facebook page about your thoughts on clean water & better coffee (1 entry)
• Follow @dearcoffeeiluvu on Twitter and Mention us while tweeting about the importance of clean water when brewing coffee (1 entry) x 1 per day = 3
• “Like” PUR on Facebook and let them know your thoughts about clean water & better coffee (2 entries)
Winners will be selected using random.org and announced on Monday!
For every new PUR Facebook fan, we will donate 10 liters of clean drinking water to children in the developing world! Also,1 System = 1 Week: For every PUR system purchase, one week of clean drinking water is provided to a child in the developing world. To-date, PUR partnered with the Children’s Safe Drinking Water program (CSDW) to provide 2 billion liters of clean water to children and their families around the world.
So enter to win clean water for yourself and your coffee, but more importantly, help provide clean water to those who need it most. Good Luck!
Tomorrow is National Coffee Day, so what better way to celebrate than with a tip about an often overlooked way to improve the quality of your coffee and a contest to help you do just that. The coffee we all love so much is roughly 99% water, which means the quality of the water used to brew it, drastically affects the quality of the end product.
The water you use is very important to the quality of your coffee. Use filtered or bottled water if your tap water is not good or imparts a strong odor or taste, such as chlorine. If you are using tap water let it run a few seconds before filling your coffee pot. Be sure to use cold water. Do not use distilled or softened water. –The National Coffee Association
The Specialty Coffee Association of America even has standards of acceptability for the water used to brew the highest quality coffee possible. Now the last thing I would do is advocate using bottled water for making coffee—that’s ridiculous—however, I would suggest filtering what comes out of the tap.
I use to have a filtered water pitcher, but I left it behind during my recent move. Thankfully, PUR was kind enough to send me one that clicks easily onto my faucet. This means no more pitcher refilling and easy access to quality water, making sure all the coffee I brew is equally as good.
Check back tomorrow for the launch of the contest and all the details on how you can win your own PUR One-Click Faucet filter.
The Betacup contest has come to an end with 430 entries! Yesterday, the jury selected winners were announced, and first place went to the Karma Cup! Karma Cup transforms buying your daily coffee into a game that can only be played by those with reusable cups. Every person who uses their own mug puts a mark on the chalkboard and every 10th person get’s their drink for free! This is a great idea and I really hope Starbuck’s implements it. This process of engagement is far more rewarding than a $0.10 discount.
Last December we wrote about the Beta Cup challenge (still trying to raise money at that point), but since then, Starbucks has stepped in and offered to sponsor the competition. According to Core77, the contests media sponsor, there have been over 152 entries to rethink the current system for coffee to-go. You can view and rate the entries so var on Jovoto. There are a lot of great ideas floating around and it will great to see how quickly the winning solution can be implemented. Good luck to all the participants.
Over the last two weeks, we had our first contest here at DCILY. The winner was Will Godwin, who’s Virginia mug garnered the most “likes” on our Facebook page, winning himself a Mug Hug! This really is a beautiful mug. Congrats Will and thanks to everyone who shared their lovely mugs with all of us.
I’m excited to announce the first ever collaboration for Dear Coffee, I Love You. We partnered with the great people at Mug Hug™ to bring our readers the first “Give your mug a hug!” contest. All you need to do to enter is take a photo of your favorite mug and upload it to the Dear Coffee, I Love You fan page on Facebook—before Monday, April 19th. Beginning on Monday, whichever mug gets the most votes (i.e. “likes”) by 3pm est on Friday, April 23rd, will win a free Mug Hug™. The lucky winner will be able to carry coffee in your favorite mug wherever you go!