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Making the List

Fortune magazine just published its List of 100 Fastest-Growing Companies...in the world.  Green Mountain Coffee Roasters was ranked # 11.  I thought things were moving pretty fast around here lately!  

100 Fastest-Growing Companies.

We've also been lucky enough to have our CEO, Larry Blanford, nominated for CRO Magazine's 2009 Responsible CEO of the Year Award.  Winners will be announced in October.

Forbes.com has also honored Green Mountain Coffee Roasters by putting us on their 100 Most Trustworthy Companies list. 

It's a great honor to have both our financial success and the way we do business recognized at the same time.

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Calling all members of Café EXPRESS...

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Below a member of Café EXPRESS shares why they love their flexible coffee delivery program:

“I started out buying your bagged coffee in a local supermarket. Then I joined Café EXPRESS … I then decided to buy a Keurig machine, and got my first Café Express order of K-Cups…All the coffee has been excellent – strong flavors and FRESH! I’ve called customer service twice, and the service has been excellent. Orders have been flawless, well packed, and quick…Thank you for making coffee drinking really enjoyable…and for showing that American customer service is not a lost art.” –Bruce Blanc

We love to hear from our Café EXPRESS members. Let us know what you think. What is your favorite perk of being a Cafe EXPRESS member? Not a Café EXPRESS member yet? Click here to learn more or sign up.

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Tully's and Caribou fans: Tell us what you think.

We know there are Tully's and Caribou K-Cup fans out there because their coffee is shipped everyday. What we don't know: what do you think of Tully's and Caribou coffee? We want to hear!

New product sales strongly rely on our customers' feedback. Plenty of customers  base their purchasing decisions  solely on product reviews and your opinion may sway a customer to pick Tully's House Blend Decaf over Tully's French Roast Decaf.  Not only does your feedback help others shop, but without your feedback, we couldn't improve on our products.

We'd like to hear about your experience with Tully's and Caribou coffee.  Is Tully's Madison Blend a coffee you've found appeals to the whole crowd? Is Caribou Sumatran your daily afternoon pick-me-up? Are you new to the Keurig Brewer and excited Caribou coffee is offered in K-Cups? Do you drink Tully's Evergreen because it's Fair Trade Organic? We want to know.

Writing a review is easy.  You'll find a link to write a review on every product page.  Simply rate your coffee on a scale of 1 to 5, let us know what you like, what you don't like and why you drink it. Don't forget to credit your review with your name and location. That's it.

Hope to hear from you soon!

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Making a Splash for Women’s Health with Grounds for Health Carwash

By Kristen Mercure


 


This past week has been big for cleaning at Green Mountain Coffee.  Not only did our crew tackle our fifth year of River Cleanup  and I cleaned up my desk,* but a devoted group of Green Mountain Coffee employees also got down to the business of transforming dirty cars into clean ones.


 


That’s right: Last Thursday was our third annual Grounds for Health Carwash.


 


GMCR Volunteers Cleaning Away


 See more picures from the event on our Flickr account


 


But, of course, you knew that, because I think I helped to clean your car, right? ;)


 


Over 40 Green Mountain Coffee and Grounds for Health volunteers, known as the “Clean Team,” rolled up their sleeves for a full day of washing, detailing (à la Gigi’s Cleaning & Detailing), and, for some of us, disjointed dancing to raise money to support Grounds for Health, an international nonprofit based in Waterbury, Vermont that provides vital cancer screening and treatment for women in coffee-growing communities. 


 


 


Kids flying through the carwash


 


Clad in splash-tastic yellow and blue carbon-neutral shirts from Aurum Organics, the Clean Team left no mud flap, grill, or ski rack unturned.  After enforcing our “No Idling” policy by pushing cars into place, the team attacked the dirty vehicles with Seventh Generation environmentally-friendly soap until the cars (and, on occasion, bikes) were aglow.  We were even treated to a special in person appearance by Ben and Jerry, who took their turn pushing a few cars, as well. 


 


Ben, Jerry, Pelch pushing a car


 


Making the day even better was the killer combination of music, ice cream, and prizes.  The Growlers provided the rockin’ soundtrack to our cleaning efforts while the Ben & Jerry’s scoopmobile doled free ice cream and the event’s signature drink (and biggest hit) the C3 – a daringly delicious combination of Green Mountain Coffee’s Fair Trade Organic Sumatran Reserve, Ben & Jerry’s Fair Trade Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz, and Coffee Extracts & Ingredients’ Cappachillo.  The day ended with a raffle featuring prizes from fine Waterbury establishments like Video King, Vermont T-shirt Co., Arvad’s, and, a personal favorite, the Moretown Landfill. 


 


Sadly, I missed the wagon on this one – there’s always next year.


 


Thank you to all who came out to the carwash, our energetic volunteers, and our fearless co-sponsors: Ben & Jerry’s, Gigi’s Cleaning & Detailing, and Barry T. Chouinard, Inc.


 


“But what about the money?” I hear you ask.  The numbers are still being tallied.  The funds will help to support the organization’s mission to create sustainable and effective cancer prevention programs, with a focus on the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer — a leading cause of death among women who lack access to healthcare in developing countries.  Grounds for Health was founded by members of the specialty coffee industry who discovered that women in Mexico and Central America have high rates of cervical cancer, which is preventable and treatable if caught early.

To support Grounds For Health and learn more about this organization, visit http://www.groundsforhealth.org/donate.html.

 


*…okay, that’s a bit of a fib.  My desk is clean, just in a state of cleaned chaos – organized in piles, mounds, and boxes.  There’s a system, mind you, and if you tell me what it is I’ll happily give you a virtual pat on the back.


 


-Kristen (Finally all dried out)

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More athlete than I'll ever be....

The latest dispatch from Roger, our Special Events Guru... (I'm tired just reading about this event!)

The Green Mountain Coffee sampling team spent several days at an event in upstate New York recently. We were on hand for the 11th annual Lake Placid Ironman competition. For the uninitiated, the Ironman is an extreme individual endurance event, at which athletes compete against the clock, each other, and themselves, in a 17-hour race made up of three stages: a 2.4 mile swim; a 112 mile bike ride; and a 26.2 mile marathon. It is the ultimate test of physical and mental conditioning, and the atmosphere surrounding the event is intense and electrifying. Our crew provided coffee for the hundreds of volunteers and thousands of athletes and spectators during the three-day expo leading up to the main event. On race day, we conducted our own marathon of sorts, as we were on-site at 4:00am, and served coffee continuously until after midnight. All told, we handed out nearly 8000 free samples during the event, and had a great time to boot.

Look out for us at two events on September 12th, the Hyannis Sprint 2 Triathlon on Cape Cod and the New England Culture Fest in Lowell, MA.

From September 18th - 20th, we'll be at the New Hampshire Highland Games at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH.

I'm especially excited about a new addition to our sampling calendar this year -- on October 17th and 18th, we will be sharing our delicious coffees with thousands of rowing enthusiasts at the world-famous Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Anyone who comes to the Green Mountain Coffee booth at that event and mentions this blog will receive a 50% discount on their free sample of coffee. :)

Hope to see you at an event sometime soon!

Roger

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River Cleanup begins - 85 tires pulled out of the Winooski so far!

Timidly approaching the River

Yesterday began Green Mountain Coffee's 5th year participating in American Rivers' National River Cleanup. After dry weather last week, the Winooski River is running low and calm - perfect for finding tires and other trash buried on the bottom of river.

We started just below the Middlesex Dam on the Winooski River, with around 30 employees participating throughout the day. At first folks were timid about getting wet in the river, but once they spotted a piece of trash, they worked at it until they got into their canoe. Some interesting finds included a bean bag chair, couch, and an old wagon wheel. So far we've pulled out 85 tires, including some large tractor trailer ones.

Green Mountain Coffee employees pull a couch from the banks of Winooski River.

Thanks again to Umiak Outdoor Outfitters for donating the canoes and life vests for the cleanup - we promise we'll wash them before we return them!

I'm heading over to meet the crew from today for lunch and to bring them some much needed Nantucket Blend Iced Coffee! We'll update again tomorrow with new finds and tire count!

Green Mountain Coffee employees pull in a canoe full of tires from Winooski River.

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Keurig Milk Frother!

Don’t you just love how a coffee drink made at your favorite café can be topped off with delicious frothed milk? Well now it is really easy to get the same results from the comfort of you own home! Green Mountain Coffee now offers a Keurig Cafe One-Touch Milk Frother, which heats and froths in less then 90 seconds. The pitcher is conveniently cordless and features an ergonomic handle. Great for adding the final touch to that perfect cup!frother

Use the frother to make these recipes, which are included in the directions:


  • Cafe au Lait

  • Layered Cafe Mocha

  • Chai Latte

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NEW! Tully's Coffee House Collection

Tully's Coffee House CollectionIf you own a Keurig Brewer, you’re probably familiar with the word “variety”. Here at Green Mountain Coffee, we’re proud to offer over 80 varieties of coffee, tea and hot cocoa in K-Cups. With so many choices, it’s easy to change up your taste from week to week, or even day to day.


But if you’re looking to try something new, our K-Cup Samplers are the way to go! They're a great way to explore new coffees before committing to buy one roast. For example, if you haven’t tried the Tully’s brand, our newest sampler, Tully’s Coffee House Collection is a perfect introduction to their coffees. With a selection of Tully’s medium and dark roast, you can get coffee house quality java in the comforts of your home. The sampler includes 22 K-Cups: French Roast,  House Blend, Italian Roast and Kona Blend.  All of our Tully’s coffees are considered extra bold, with 20% more coffee than regular K-Cups.  Expand your taste  today.


 

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