We’re Moving!

We're Moving

Because of you, our loyal customers, we are moving into a larger space to make sure we always have enough coffee and tea inventory available.

And to show our thanks, we’d rather pay YOU than our movers!  So for the next 4 weeks, please use discount code “MOVING” for 25% off all orders of 4 or more items.

Loco for Cocoa

Take the chill out of Fall with Ooh La La Cocoa!
Save 25% off all of our cocoa throughout the month of October!  Money will automatically be taken off at checkout.

BrewLaLa.2_00124 copyTry one or two (or three) of our unique hot cocoa flavors! We have something to satisfy everyone.

Our Salted Caramel is perfect for the person who loves something sweet and salty!

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Our S’mores cocoa is your campfire favorite (chocolate, graham cracker and gooey marshmallows) in a glass of warm hot chocolate.

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Our Vanilla Truffle tastes like creamy white chocolate and vanilla beans… yum!

BrewLaLa.2_00232Mint Chocolate Chip is the perfect combination of minty deliciousness and warm milk chocolate.

BrewLaLa.2_00236Our Dark Chocolate Mint is for the more sophisticated cocoa lover who enjoys a dark chocolate blend with refreshing mint leaves.

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Last but definitely not least, our Double Chocolate Caramel is exactly just that! Double the rich chocolate combined with the sweet and warm flavor of caramel.

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We hope you enjoy & don’t forget to have a VERY sweet day! Never forget in a world where chocolate rules, everyone’s day is a whole lot sweeter!

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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As many of you may (or may not) know, Ovarian Cancer is an issue that has deeply affected my family along with countless other women and families around the world. It is an awful disease that has been coined “the silent killer” due to the fact that there are hardly any symptoms of the disease until it has already progressed and metastasized.

The few symptoms are:

  • Abdominal pain, bloating or swelling
  • Quickly feeling full when eating
  • Weight loss
  • Discomfort in the pelvis area
  • Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
  • A frequent need to urinate
  • Fatigue

These symptoms are hardly anything that out of the normal. I am pretty sure most women have experienced more than 1 of these symptoms at many times throughout their lives. The symptoms are so subtle and so easily overlooked. This is so why it is so important to share this information with as many people as possible and to spread awareness about this horrible disease.

Knowledge truly is power.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Please help us raise awareness and money to help find a cure for this terrible disease. 10% of all sales this month will be donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. In addition, we are offering all of our customers 20% off all orders placed throughout the month.

Remembering 9/11

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Today marks 13 years since September 11, 2001, a day that changed all of our lives forever. No matter where you were on that day, it was a tragedy felt across the nation. The amount of loss and the aftermath of that day’s event have changed the all of our lives.

Whether you lost someone close to you on that day or knew someone who did or a family member was sent overseas to go fight in the war started over that day, it was a moment in our history where everything changed and everyone was deeply affected. Our sense of security felt forever threatened. Our vulnerabilities and weaknesses felt exposed. It was a surreal time that you can’t read about in a textbook or teach about in a classroom to fully understand. It was so much deeper than words could ever describe and it was so much worse than our nightmares could have ever imagined.

Tragedy and loss have a weird way of making people come together. Bringing people from different families and neighborhoods together as one. Making our hearts feel for one another in a way that they never could before. We didn’t have to know someone personally who tragically lost their lives in those towers to feel the deep and immense sadness that their families and friends must have been experiencing.

Sitting here 13 years later, my heart still breaks over that day. Writing this I have chills all over my body and tears in my eyes thinking about all the hardship and loss experienced as a result of that day. Remembering all of the brave rescuers who dropped everything at the mere hope of helping someone trapped under all of that rubble, never once contemplating what health risks they most be exposing themselves in those moments.

There are so many heroes and brave soldiers with more courage and generosity than we could have ever imagined existed. There are more people with warm and loving hearts than we are lead to believe.

How such a tragic day could bring out such incredible qualities in so many selfless people is something no one could have ever predicted. We may have loss a sense of security on that very day, but our faith in people was somehow restored at the same time. United we stand strong and we will never forget the people who lost their lives that day, the brave men who scarified their own lives to help save others and the soldiers that continue to sacrifice themselves everyday on behalf of our nation.

Let’s honor our fellow Americans, our soldiers and those who lost their lives, by staying strong, being kind to one another, loving more and hating less and forgiving one another for our differences and downfalls. Let’s help one another be a better version of his/herself and let’s spread kindness and generosity everywhere we go and let’s always remember that day.

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“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”   

-President Obama

Crush your Workouts with Coffee

Here are some benefits to drinking coffee before you go break a sweat at the gym:

Burn More Fat:

Caffeine is one of the very few natural substances that have been proven to help aid fat burning. Studies have shown that having a cup or two of coffee before you workout can help you burn more fat. The reason for this is that caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which sends direct signals to the fat cells to tell them to break down fat. Caffeine also increases our blood levels of the hormone epinephrine, which travels through the body, to the fat tissues and sends them signals to break down fats and release them into the blood.

Coffee can also increase your metabolic rate. The higher your metabolic rate, the easier it is to burn more calories and lose more weight. However, studies have shown the effect to be less pronounced in people who are obese.

A Spanish study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found that trained athletes who took in caffeine pre-exercise burned about 15% more calories for three hours post-exercise, compared to those who did not ingest coffee.

Links to sources:

http://ajpendo.physiology.org/content/269/4/E671.short

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7486839

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24901809

Improve Circulation:

Better circulation means a better workout! A recent Japanese study concluded that participants that downed caffeinated coffee experienced a 30% increase in blood flow over a 75-minute period, compared to those who drank decaffeinated coffee.

Link to source:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131120111950.htm

Feel Less Pain:

Scientists at the University of Illinois found that consuming the caffeine equivalent of two to three cups of coffee one hour before a 30-minute bout of high-intensity exercise reduced perceived muscle pain.

The conclusion: caffeine may help you push just a little bit harder during strength-training workouts, resulting in better improvements in muscle strength and/or endurance.

Link to source:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090330200831.htm

Increase Performance:

Several studies have demonstrated a link between caffeine intake before exercise and increased athletic performance. A report published in Sports Medicine refers to caffeine as a “powerful ergogenic aid,” and mentions that athletes can “train at a greater power output and/or train longer” after caffeine consumption. Another study published in the British Journal of Sports Science found that subjects who consumed coffee before running 1500 meters on the treadmill completed their run 4.2 seconds faster than the control group, on average. In addition the study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, concluded that soccer players who consumed caffeine dribbled, headed and kicked the ball more accurately than without caffeine.

Links to sources:

http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/26/2/116

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1478936/

Beat the Fatigue: 

Studies continue to show that people who consume coffee are able to train longer. Caffeine reduces adenosine levels, which is a substance that builds up in the muscles during exercise and causes your muscles to get tired and weakened. The reduction in adenosine levels enables you to use more forceful muscle contractions and delays fatigue.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  1. A common myth about coffee is that is causes dehydration. While caffeine is a diuretic, studies looking at caffeine use in high-temperature exercise situations show that it does not lead to dehydration or subsequent decreases in performance. However, staying super hydrated with H20 is always important whether you are working out or not.
  2. Caffeine affects everyone differently. Make sure to know your limits and be smart about your caffeine intake. Burning a few extra calories is not as important as feeling mentally stable and being able to sleep at night, so please do not go too crazy on the caffeine.
  3. Lastly, if you are trying to lose or even main your weight, be careful about adding any sugar or heavy creams to your cup of coffee as that will add a whole lot of calories!

Calling all Coffee and Fitness Fanatics!

Feeling thirsty for some mouthwatering coffee and an entirely new outlook on dieting, cooking and healthy eating!?!? We sure are, which is why we teamed up with Leslie Ann Quillen of LAQ Fitness for our very first Instagram contest!

Here are the contest rules:

1. Take a MUGSHOT of you and your coffee either pre- or post- workout!

2. Post your picture on Instagram and use the hashtag #BrewLaLAQFitness

3. @LAQFitness and @BrewLaLaCoffee will randomly select one #BrewLaLAQFitness photo and the WINNER will receive 4 FREE bags of BrewLaLaCoffee & FREE registration to Fat Loss Cooking School – a 4-week online program for women who want more confidence in the kitchen and in life! You’ll learn your fat loss formula, what foods fuel your fat-burning furnace, how to create cleaned-up versions of your favorite foods & how to become a Fat Loss Foodie!

Additional Notes: Contestants are encouraged to post as many pictures as they would like!  The winner will be picked on August 30th!

We hope to see your sweaty, coffee inspired photographs in the next coming weeks!

Let the games begin!

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Sip, Savor and Save!

We are so excited to announce that over 20 of our gourmet coffee flavors are back in stock!!  To celebrate this exciting news, we would like to offer everyone 25% off all orders placed in the month of July!!  Talk about some Sweet Savings!!

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In addition, some of our most popular flavors are now available in USDA Organic certified versions!  Talk about having your cake and drinking it too!!  

We hope you enjoy and have a very sweet day!

Sweetest wishes,

The Ooh La La/Brew La La Team!

Summer Fancy Food Show

We are so sorry that we haven’t been blogging the past few months!!  We’ve had so much brewing that our brains were almost spinning out of our heads!  However, that is not a good excuse, and we promise to not let so much time lapse between blog posts again!

With that said, you are probably wondering what we have been up to… which was getting ready and prepped for the Summer Fancy Food Show that took place from June 29 through July 1 at the Jacob Javits center in NYC.

I thought it would be fun to take you all behind the scenes at the Summer Fancy Food Show and give you a small taste of what being an exhibitor at a trade show can be like.

Pre-show Setup:

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Everyone’s least favorite part (or at least ours)… are the days when the air conditioners are not yet turned on and everyone is opening boxes, setting up booths and assembling complex architectural designs that miraculously transform into beautifully branded mini stores for the buyers and attendees to come explore.   Unfortunately, I was only able to snap a few photos while setting up since my mind was so focused on getting the booth assembled and the products out on the shelf!

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It’s Sunday morning and the Fancy Food Show has officially begun!  It’s hard not to get distracted by all of the yummy foods and mouthwatering aromas that are coming from all directions, but after all, this is business and we are here to meet prospective buyers and sell, sell, sell!

Here is our booth fully setup with our beautiful new products on the shelves!

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Spring Time!

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Our favorite time of year is here again! How will you be kicking off this Spring season!? We hope with some of our delicious organic tea blends that taste great both hot or iced.

Try our Organic Ginger Peach Green Tea for the perfect balance of spicy ginger, juicy peach and green tea that is guaranteed to leave you refreshed and satisfied! Healthy, all organic and delicious! Try it Hot or Iced! We guaranteed your taste buds will be jumping with joy!

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Sip, Savor and Soothe your Soul with Brew La La Tea!

Love is in the Air!

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so it’s time for special savings on the coffees and teas you LOVE! Please enjoy 15% off all orders now through February 18 with coupon code LOVE15.

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In addition, if your order is over $25, we will send you one of our Sweet Conversation Hearts Candy Cupcakes, a $7.99 retail value, for free! It’s a delicious way to show your loved ones just how sweet you think they truly are!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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