Apple Cider

Mocha Cake Recipe


 

Looking for a new decadent and delicious dessert to bake this weekend? Look no further than our Mocha Cake! Chocolate and caramel make such a divine combination and your taste buds will surely thank you. So, next time you have a get together, try this Mocha Cake.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1 ½ cups flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

6 tablespoons vegetable oil

Caramel Flavored Coffee K-Cup® or Vue® pack, brewed at 8-ounce cup size setting*

Powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the sugar, flour, salt, baking soda, and coca into a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. In another bowl, combine vanilla, vinegar, oil, and coffee. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir to combine. Pour batter into an 8 x 8 ungreased cake pan. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

*We suggest either Cafe Escapes Cafe Caramel K-Cup® or Vue®pack or Green Mountain Coffee Caramel Vanilla Cream K-Cup® or Vue® pack 

Makes 9 Servings. Enjoy! 

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Maximum Brewing Action Satisfaction

 

 

So, maybe you got a new Keurig® brewer over the holidays. Or maybe you’ve had a brewer for years. Either way, there’s a lot more than just a simple cup of coffee that you can get out of this terrific little machine. Here’s some inspiration from GreenMountainCoffee.com and Keurig.com to help you think outside the bean.

 

  1. Explore new varieties of coffee. Sure you have your go-to blend, and no one’s going to take that away from you. But did you know, there are over 150 different K-Cup® and about 50 Vue® pack varieties of coffee out there? From light, medium, and dark roast to extra bold, flavored, or special reserve – you might just discover a new favorite or two.
     
  2. Try other hot brews. Coffee’s not the only cup in town. The best-loved hot tea brands are also available for your Keurig® brewer, including Bigelow, Celestial Seasonings, Lipton, Tazo, Tetley, and Twinings. And on a chilly day, kids and grown-ups alike love a cup of hot apple cider or hot cocoa.
     
  3. Enjoy cold beverages with Brew Over Ice packs. With specially-crafted Brew Over Ice K-Cup® and Vue® packs, it’s a cinch to make a fresh and refreshing cup of iced coffee, iced tea, lemonade or other fruit brew. Just fill a cup with ice (do not use glass), pop in a pack, brew, stir and enjoy!
     
  4. Involve your brewer for cooking and baking. There are lots of great recipes that call for coffee, both sweet and savory dishes. Your Keurig® brewer makes it easy to brew a single cup, fast and without cleanup. This blog has a boatload of delicious recipes, so do a little perusing for some culinary ideas.
     
  5. Use My K-Cup® for whole bean and ground options. For some, there’s nothing like a cup of coffee from freshly ground beans. The My K-Cup® refill pack allows you to grind your own beans or to try varieties that are only available in bags.

 

But it’s not just what’s in the cup that matters. Here are a few more tips.

  1. A little maintenance goes a long way. Changing your water filter every 2 months and descaling your brewer every 3-6 months will not only help extend the life of your brewer, it’ll keep your beverages tasting great. Learn more.
  2. Keep your packs in order. There are a few great space-saving options for keeping your packs handy and organized, including carousels, dispensers, and under-brewer drawers. Check out your storage options for both K-Cup® and Vue® packs.
  3. Stock up for guests. When company comes, it’s a real treat to allow everyone to choose his or her own beverage, so keep a stash of options (see #s 1,2, and 3 above) and make it easy for guests to browse packs (see #7 above).
  4. Keep in touch. Sign up at GreenMountainCoffee.com and Keurig.com (bottom left) to receive emails with exclusive discounts and special offers, new product information, and more. We’re also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.

 

Got an idea to make it an even 10? We’d love to hear from you!

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Fall Wrap-Up

Green Mountain Coffee Fall Recipe Wrap-Up

As we end one holiday and get ready for another in a few weeks, I’m poised to think back over the fall season and remember all the fun recipes, stories and projects and be Thankful for each.

  1. Back in August we toasted the beginning of fall with a feast of Hot Apple Cider, Caramel Apples, Flannel Shirts, Pies and Tarts – Yum!
  2.  In September we also crafted some amazing afterschool snacks, apple peanut butter sandwiches, mini pizzas, etc. – and paired them with our favorite beverages. Hot Apple Cider. Hot Cocoa.
  3. We kicked off Green Mountain Coffee Seasonal Coffee’s with an Ode to Pumpkin Spice and a delicious cupcake recipe on September 10th. Who doesn't love pumpkin everything??
  4. Super cute and super fun afterschool crafts you can make with your kids! We think these crafts are perfect all year round.
  5. An Apple Vs. Pumpkin Cheesecake throw down. Hard to pick a winner, but the cake took the cake!
  6. Spooktastic treats to make with your brewer.  A Battastic take on a Dark Magic Cake. So chocolatey and delicious, you will forget all about the Halloween candy.
  7. National Cappuccino Day – be amazed with your Rivo brewer. Espresso, lattes, the possibilities are endless.
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Apple vs Pumpkin Throwdown

In Vermont, fall is short but ever glorious and for me brings with it the joy of wardrobe layers, piles of leaves and of course a buffet of yummy fall treats that descend upon me in various ways.  Two of the most distinct flavors of the season are crisp apples and plump pumpkins.  These two ingredients weave their way into an endless list of baked goods and beverages. 

To start out, I think pumpkin and I started out on the wrong foot. From a young age, pumpkin has always meant pumpkin pie, enjoyed only at Thanksgiving and served with a pig pile of whipped cream to mask any sort of notion that what I was being served was actually a healthy dessert  (even though that fact is debate-able with all that sugar and whipped cream on top!).  I didn’t love the flavor until I started seeing its versatility in other goods, such as scones, muffins, and Green Mountain Coffee’s Pumpkin Spice Coffee.  Recently, I decided to try a Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake recipe with the idea of celebrating National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day on October 21st. The results were ridiculously good and I’m proud to say near perfect for my second time ever making cheesecake and my gosh, is it a long-winded project! (I joked to my coworkers I had a “cheesecake baby” the night before, as I was setting my alarm and waking up every two hours to check on the thing “resting” in the oven). But trust me, it was all worth it. 

My first real love though for pie and baked goods has always been with apples. Apples are so versatile in beverages (Hot Apple Cider, Cold Cider, Apple Juice), let alone in baked goods.  My favorite thing ever this time of year is apple pie, an apple crisp pie to be exact.  Something about peeling, coring and rolling apple slices in sugar, spices and baking them with a heavenly amount of butter, flour and sugar (and sometimes oatmeal) crumbled on top is so so satisfying.  I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

As hard as it is to compare the two flavors, the winner overall came head to head in my Apple Pie vs. Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake throw down and the winner undoubtedly was the cheesecake.  Somehow the pumpkin combined with the cheese, sugar and spices hit all the right notes, savory, sweet and not overly heavy.  All of those ingredients combined just seemed to whop the simple, but delicious apple pie.  Maybe it was my mood that day, or the inordinate amount of time I’d spent baking the cheesecake, but it really was obvious to me (and my coworkers I might add! who were dying for me to hurry up and finish my photo shoot so they could eat them) that the cheesecake “took the cake”. 

Now, what are you favorite flavors of the fall season?

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10 ways to Celebrate Autumn

Fall is in the air!

It is the autumnal equinox, which means today is equally divided by daytime and nighttime.   It’s time to say good bye to those long summer days, but it doesn’t have to be bittersweet.  I know I am ready to say hello to no allergies, no bugs, perfectly moderate weather, and beautiful foliage.  Here are ten great ways to savor all that autumn has to offer before winter rolls in (I’m sorry for even mentioning it).

  1. One word: pumpkin.  Eat everything pumpkin you can find.  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pancakes, and of course Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice.  When you’re not eating pumpkins, try your hand at carving them.  Save the seeds and then roast them to commence the pumpkin eating again!
  2. Build a scare-crow to keep your Jack-O-Lanterns company.  Despite the name, scare-crows don’t have to be scary and they can be as simple or as elaborate as you want to make them.  Building your own scare-crow is a fun, kid-friendly way to spend an afternoon. 
  3. Go for a hike, nature walk, or even just a brisk stroll around the neighborhood.  Even if you don’t live in a climate like ours here in Vermont that offers stunning autumn foliage, it’s still great to get a breath of fall fresh air.
  4. If you are lucky enough to have a ton of leaves to rake, jump in!  Nothing is more satisfying than plunging into a fluffy mound of leaves, especially if you are the one who’s done the raking all day.  Don’t be shy; this one isn’t just for the kids.
  5. Pick your own peck of apples or pick a peck at your local farmer’s market.  Use your fresh apples for apple pie, caramel-coated apples, or try a cheddar and apple pizza.  Then, what better way to celebrate your hard work than with Hot Apple Cider and apple cider doughnuts?
  6. Get out in the country and go for a hay ride.  Whether you go tractor- or horse-drawn, the sweet smell of hay and the gold and jewel tones of harvest will transport you to an autumn wonderland.
  7. Get lost in a maze of maize!  You’ll be amaized by how fun corn mazes are.  Okay, I’ll stop being corny.
  8. Visit a haunted house or haunted woods.  Get your heartbeat pumping and prepare for a lot of laughs afterwards. This is the one time of year when you should be afraid of the dark.
  9. Break out that old guitar and gather around a bonfire.  The weather is just right for getting cozy around a crackling fire with a few good friends and a steaming cup of Cafe Escapes Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa.  S’mores anyone?
  10. Play a game of touch football.  Many of us will be doing a lot of football watching this season, but why not join in the fun yourself?  The crisp weather is perfect for running around!

What are you most excited about doing this fall?  If you are anything like me your list is eating, more eating, and eating with good company!

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Happy National Hot Mulled Cider Day!

Delicious Recipes for Hot Mulled Cider

Sorry to interrupt your National Chewing Gum Day celebrations, but did you know September 30th is also National Hot Mulled Cider Day?  That’s right, two holidays for the price of one (although I would not suggest mixing the two). 

I’m not trying to steal chewing gum’s thunder, but what better way is there to celebrate the season than with an aromatic and spicy cup of cider?  Hot mulled cider sings with the flavors of autumn and, after a day out in the crisp fall air, it is the perfect comfort drink to warm you from the inside out.  But sometimes, when you want just one cup, it’s hard to convince yourself to go through the trouble of turning on the stove and mulling an entire batch (or in my case it’s even harder to wait while the cider mulls). 

In the spirit of hot mulled cider day, here is a quick and simple single cup recipe that captures all the wonderful flavors of hot mulled cider.

Hot Mulled Cider

Ingredients (serves 1)

Directions

  1. Toss the spices and sugar into a heat-proof mug.  Or use a tea-ball for the spices, if you have one.  (Want to embrace your inner Vermonter?  Replace the sugar with maple syrup).
  1. Brew 1 Green Mountain Naturals® Hot Apple Cider  K-Cup® or Vue® pack on the 8oz. setting into the mug.
  2. Stir to mix ingredients and dissolve the sugar.
  3. Let steep for 5 minutes.
  4. Use a spoon to scoop out the whole spices after your cider has steeped.  If you don’t mind a clove bobbing around here or there, you can skip this step and drink as is.
  5. Cuddle up with your mug, relax, and enjoy.

Happy Hot Mulled Cider Day, everyone!

 

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Vermont Country Blend Cranberry Maple Bread

 
Do you love Autumn? I have to tell you, I do. Every year, when the leaves start to turn and the air gets even the tiniest nip of cool, I suddenly feel more alive. 
 
Autumn has always been my favorite season, and a lot of it has to do with everything that Vermont is known for: good coffee, maple syrup and sugar, and great bread courtesy of King Arthur Flour.
 
I wanted to celebrate everything I love about Vermont with this Vermont Country Blend® Cranberry Maple Bread recipe, because Vermont Country Blend is one of my favorite Green Mountain Coffees, and because - well, because Vermont should be celebrated! 
 
It's a wonderful place to visit, full of hidden notches of beautiful trees, and artisan goods around every turn. It's this time of year that my husband and I return to Stowe and Waterbury, where Green Mountain Coffee® is based. We indulge in apple cider donuts, fresh ice cream, wine, good cheese, and Green Mountain Coffee at Waterbury's train station in the few-mile-stretch that runs between Stowe and Waterbury. It's an adventure in culinary heights. 
 
I can imagine this bread being served for breakfast or tea time at one of the many bed and breakfasts along that road in Vermont, too. It's the perfect way to start the day or take a rest before you head out on your next foray into Vermontitude. 
 
I used dried cranberries, but I think it would be just as good with fresh. When they come into season, make it again!
 

Vermont Country Blend Cranberry Maple Bread

makes one Bundt pan sized loaf, about 16 slices

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 1 1/4 cups (10 oz) room temperature Vermont Country Blend Coffee (brew a 12 oz cup, as you will need a bit more for the filling)
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons maple sugar (granulated sugar or brown sugar can be substituted if necessary)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

For the Filling

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar
  • 2 tablespoons room temperature Vermont Country Blend Coffee
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon soft butter
  • 2 tablespoons room temperature Vermont Country Blend Coffee (from the dough ingredients)
  • 1 cup dried or 3/4 cup chopped fresh cranberries

For the Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream or 2 tablespoons regular milk

Maple Sugar for garnish

Directions

  1. Beat butter and sugar together on medium high speed in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy (or use a hand mixer to accomplish the same). Add coffee, yeast, egg, vanilla extract and salt to the bowl and beat again until well combined.  
  2. In a separate bowl, combine nonfat dry milk, cornstarch, all purpose flour and whole wheat pastry flour. Whisk together to combine and aerate, then add to the wet ingredients in the stand mixer bowl.
  3. Using a dough hook, combine the ingredients on the lowest setting, letting mix until well combined. You will have a very sticky dough. Do not add more flour.
  4. Place the dough in a large bowl sprayed with cooking spray, and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise until almost double in size. If you have the time, allow it to rise in the refrigerator overnight. The flavors that develop are much deeper. 
  5. After the first rise, spread and pat the dough out onto a flat, greased surface (if you have a silpat or bread kneading mat, use it here. If not, spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray and spread on that). Once flat, make the filling ingredients.
  6. Combine the filling ingredients except cranberries together in a bowl, stirring until you have a crumbly mixture. Spread the filling over the dough, then sprinkle with cranberries. 
  7. Starting with the shorter side of the dough, roll slowly into a log, and pinch the seam together. 
  8. Spray a Bundt pan with cooking spray, then cut the log into 10 or 12 equal pieces, arranging them around the Bundt pan so that they touch and overlap a bit.
  9. Cover the pan with an overturned bowl, and allow the dough to rise for 15 to 30 minutes, until puffy. 
  10. Preheat the oven to 350°F. When the dough is ready, remove the overturned bowl and bake for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown. 
  11. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes, then overturn onto a cooling rack or plate to finish cooling. 
  12. Just before serving, make your glaze by combining the ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk. When you have a nice paste, you can pour the glaze into a squeeze bottle or even a small ziptop bag with the corner snipped off. Squeeze the glaze back and forth over the bread to make a pretty design. Sprinkle more maple sugar on top of the glaze if desired.
  13. Serve immediately with large cups of Vermont Country Blend coffee!

Don't forget to visit Bluebonnets & Brownies for a chance to win some Vermont Country Blend Coffee and a mug!

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Three Easy After-School Snacks to Enjoy

It’s that time of year again!  School is in session and the kids are back to their usual schedule of hopping off the bus and immediately raiding the kitchen for anything edible.  But let’s be honest here, I bet they’re not the only ones feeling that midday hunger—with lunch long behind you and hours to go until dinner is ready, we all need a three o’clock snack sometimes. 

Here are some quick and easy after-school snack ideas that you can make with your kids to beat that midday hunger.  In the spirit of keeping things simple, I’ve also thought of a few beverage ideas that you can make with your Keurig® brewer to wash down these tasty snacks.

Nut Butterflies

Who doesn’t like a good bug?  Make “nut butterflies” with apples, carrots, and your favorite nut-butter.  Sandwich thin apple slices together with nut butter and then arrange four sandwiches around a carrot stick to make a butterfly, or challenge your kids to see what else they can make.  Pair your nut butterflies with a warm cup of Green Mountain Naturals® Hot Apple Cider to make a sweet and satisfying snack.

Yogurt Parfaits

Parfaits are a healthy, no-fuss option that your kids can make all by themselves.  Simply layer into a tall glass  ¼ cup of vanilla Greek yogurt followed by 2 tablespoons of granola, ¼ cup mixed fresh berries and a drizzle of honey.  While they are making parfaits, brew a few cups of Swiss Miss® Hot Cocoa to complete a snack that will rival any dessert.

Bagel Pizzas

Never reach for a frozen box of pizza snacks again!  You can make your own bagel pizzas in a matter of minutes and your kids will love that they get to choose their own toppings.  Simply spread pizza sauce or last night’s pasta sauce on bagel halves and sprinkle on a layer with mozzarella cheese and any additional toppings you might have hiding in the fridge. Place your pizzas into the toaster oven set to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 10 minutes or until the bagels are golden brown.  Enjoy your personal bagel pizza with a glass of ice cold Green Mountain Naturals® Lemonade.

Now brew yourself a relaxing cup of Celestial Seasonings® Green Tea and sit back and relax!  Keep snack time simple so you can spend more time with your family and less time in the kitchen.  Good luck in the new school year!

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Top Reasons to be Excited for Fall

Top Reasons to Be Excited For Fall

Do you smell that?  The mild crispness in the air?  Or maybe you see a brief flash of orange in the tree canopy?  Or perhaps your ears detect a subtle crunch of leaves on your morning stroll?  First day of school is just around the corner, which means we’ll soon welcome autumn into our year.  Some may be sad to bid summer adieu, so we thought you could do with a reminder of what makes fall so exciting:

  • Cooler nights!
  • Sweater weather – warm sweaters, blazers, scarves! Bring on the layers!
  • Foliage – reds, oranges, yellows!
  • Jumping into piles of leaves!
  • Apple picking!
  • Thick socks!
  • Pumpkin Spice!
  • Flannel (Or is this just a Vermont thing?)!
  • Hot apple cider! And Hot Apple Cider donuts!
  • Frost on the windows!
  • Caramel apples!
  • #2 pencils and all other school supplies (I can’t be the only one who loves it, right?)
  • Snuggling under a warm blanket!
  • Bobbing for apples!
  • Halloween!
  • Pumpkin carving!
  • Stews, soups, and stoups!
  • Baking – breads, pies, cakes
  • Bonfires and wood smoke!
  • Sipping a Pumpkin Spice latte on the porch of our Visitors Center and Café!
  • Turkey!
  • Thankfulness!
  • And of course…Pumpkin Spice!

What did we leave out?  What makes fall the perfect time of year for you?

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Hot Apple Cider Receives a Perfect Score

 

Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider

Earlier this month, SingleServeCoffee.com gave Hot Apple Cider by Green Mountain Naturals™ Vue® packs a perfect score: 100-out-of-100!  But who’s really surprised? With a total of five all natural ingredients and no artificial flavors or preservatives, this drink should be at the top of the list for hot apple cider lovers (Like me!).

The review was sure to highlight the “rich notes of sweet apples with bursts of spicy cinnamon” and the “silky smooth” consistency. Overall, it was decided that Green Mountain Natural’s Hot Apple Cider was, “spot-on with real mulled apple cider.”

Don’t just read about how great the apple cider is, taste it!  Hot Apple Cider by Green Mountain Naturals is available in both in Vue® packs and K-Cup® packs on our website, as well as in grocery stores and retailers nationwide.

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Our 5 New Year’s Resolutions

 

 

New Year, new you.  Or me.  Or us.  You get the idea.  It’s 2013 and it’s a new start.  Clean slate.  Blank sheet of paper.  An open road.   But we don’t want that slate/paper/road to be empty for long: we want adventure.  We want stories.  We want triumph.  That’s why we make resolutions – to be able to look back at the past year and have exciting tales to tell in the next.  In preparation for those stories, here are a few of our goals for 2013 (with a little Keurig Brewed® twist):

1. Take one small step toward a more balanced life.  Make a small change that helps our wellness – like choosing Wellness Brewed™ beverages like Green Mountain Coffee® Antioxidant Blend.

2. Embrace “me” time.  Stress is so last year – now is the moment to savor the moment.  Even if that’s just enjoying an indulgent cup of Café Escapes® Café Caramel (and it’s only 70 calories).

3. But don’t overlook the family.  Make time to be together – craft, hike, bake, and watch a family movie with some Green Mountain Naturals® Hot Apple Cider for the kids.

4. Appreciate the beauty around us.  Stop, look, and listen to the artistry that surrounds the everyday, may it be the beauty in a hand built gazebo, the tang of handcrafted cheddar, or the brightness of a mug of Tully’s® House Blend.

5. Learn a new language.  Bonjour, ciao, hola – expand your vocabulary so travel to your new favorite destination isn’t as intimidating.  And do it all with a mug of Barista Prima® Italian Roast by your side – bellissimo!  

What stories do you want to tell about 2013 next year?

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Announcing Our Fall Catalog

For those of us in New England, the fall season conjures up images of brilliant fall foliage, apple picking, pumpkins, and a hint of chill in the air.  With the onset of this glorious season comes another highlight to fans of the Green Mountain Coffee® Family of Brands: our fall catalog! The fall edition of our catalog is jam-packed with a large assortment of coffees, teas, and beverages, as well as a variety of food, mugs, and gift baskets to help get you started with your holiday shopping.

A few highlights, for your reading pleasure: 

1. Our catalog opens with a Hot Apple Cider from Green Mountain Naturals®. Nothing says fall quite like a cup of hot apple cider—now available in both K-Cup® and Vue® packs.

2. Wellness Brewed™ Beverages:  A new collection of K-Cup® packs, created with your wellness in mind.  Included in this collection are two new coffees, two new teas, and Vitamin Burst™ fruit-brewed beverages.

3. The Gift of Discovery:  We are bringing you a few handicrafts from artisans that live and work in some of the world’s finest coffee-growing regions.

4. Vue® Brewer, the next generation Keurig® brewer!

5. Accessorize your Keurig® Experience:  Featuring a full range of storage solutions for K-Cup® packs.

6. Lot and lots of gifts: The catalog closes with six pages of ideas for just about everyone on your list.  No excuses this year - the perfect present awaits!

For those of you who may not have received a catalog in the mail, it’s not too late to get your hands on one!  It is available to you in a digital format that you can read online. Or, if you’d like to receive a print copy, please fill out the catalog request form.

Happy shopping!

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Reaching Beyond Coffee to Support Yakima, WA Apple Pickers

For years, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) has awarded grants to improve the quality of life in coffee-growing communities around the world. Now, for the first time in the history of our philanthropic giving, we’ve chosen to fund a supply chain project within the United States related to our growing portfolio of non-coffee products, with a $125,000 grant to the Madison House Youth and Community Center of Yakima, WA.

Madison House Youth and Community Center provides educationally based programs to families who are employed in the orchards and warehouses of the surrounding apple industry. GMCR buys apples for its Green Mountain Naturals® Hot Apple Cider K-Cup® packs from the same fertile area of Yakima Valley.

“It was a natural fit,” said Rick Peyser, Director of Social Advocacy and Supply Chain Community Outreach for GMCR. “We are pleased to be able to support Madison House because the organization provides much-needed services to the people who pick and process our apples.”

GMCR supports Apple Pickers through Madison House GrantThis $125,000 grant will fund adult education at Madison House, including scholarships, program materials and supplies, a full-time adult education coordinator, GED testing fees, and childcare.

“This partnership represents an exciting opportunity for both organizations to expand efforts to reduce generational poverty,” said Sara Holtzinger, Madison House Development Director. “To change the culture of our communities, we must work to change the culture of our homes. That’s why adult education, and the childcare that’s necessary to support it, are so important.”

We were introduced to Madison House by representatives of Tree Top, a grower-owned cooperative that operates eight fruit processing facilities in Washington, Oregon, and California. “Good things happen when people work together to care for communities within the supply chain,” said Sharon Miracle, Corporate Communications Director for Tree Top, Inc.

We’re excited to continue our supply-chain outreach through grants to organizations like the Madison House Youth and Community Center. 

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Brewing a Better BBQ with Coffee and Tea Recipes

Last weekend, a team of Green Mountain Coffee and Brew Over Ice foodies rolled into Washington, D.C. fueled with the idea that coffee, tea, and BBQ would make for a winning combination at the Safeway Barbeque Battle.  After three days of late nights, early mornings, and more coffee around the brewer than we can count, the results are in:

 

Flatlander BBQ’s Celestial Seasoning Sweet Southern Tea Perfect Iced Tea-rubbed and Brew Over Ice Nantucket Iced coffee sauce-smothered pork ribs took 3rd place in the Barbeque Battle!  These caffeinated ribs garnered our team a pig-topped trophy and $500, which will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Washington, D.C., the marquee charity of the event.  To top it all off, it turns out we placed 9th out of 41 teams, competing among some of the top teams in the country. “Wow,” would be an understatement.

 

 

Wanting to spread BBQ coffee revelations around and to thank you all for cheering us on, it’s time to share our recipes in time for everyone to enjoy them during the Fourth of July.  Look below to learn how to make our Coffee-Rubbed Brisket, Half-and-Half Chicken, Nantucket Blend-Rubbed Pork Shoulder and award-winning Sweet Tea Ribs.  Not to mention our Jalapeño Coffee Barbecue and Tricky Barbeque Saucel!  Read the recipes below:

 

 

Coffee-Rubbed Brisket


RUB:
2 Tablespoons Green Mountain Coffee Fair Trade Organic Sumatran Reserve OR Nantucket Blend K-Cup® Portion Packs

2 Tablespoons paprika

2 Tablespoons light brown sugar (Fair Trade Certified™)

2 Tablespoons coarse salt

4 Tablespoons ground black pepper

1 Tablespoon ground ancho chili powder

1 Tablespoon finely grated lemon zest

Open the portion packs and empty the contents into a bowl with other ingredients.  Mix well.

MOP:

1/2 cup apple juice

4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

TECHNIQUE:

Trim a full packer brisket of most exterior fat and silverskin, or you can use just the brisket flat

Coat the brisket with a thin layer of yellow mustard and then coat with coffee rub, rubbing it into the meat.  Wrap in plastic wrap or place in a large resalable plastic bag and refrigerate overnight.

Rest the meat at room temperature before grilling, about 1 hour. Prepare grill for indirect medium-low heat, about 250 degrees.
Put the brisket, fatty-side up, on the grill away from the heat; cover the grill. Baste or spray the brisket with the mop whenever the surface looks dry, about once every hour. Keep the temperature of the grill or smoker around 250 degrees, adding charcoal as necessary.

After 4 hours of cooking, put the brisket in an aluminum foil pan, fatty side up; return brisket to the grill away from the heat. Cover the grill; continue cooking. Continue mopping the brisket if it looks dry. If your grill has a temperature gauge, it should stay about 250 degrees during the entire cooking time. If using charcoal, add fresh coals about once an hour.

Cook until severely browned and blackened in spots or very well-done (about 190 degrees on an instant read thermometer in the thickest part of the brisket), 6 to 8 hours total.

Remove the pan from the heat; let rest 20 minutes. Trim any excess fat; slice brisket across the grain. Serve with barbecue sauce.

 

Sweet Tea Ribs

 

RUB:

4 Celestial Seasonings Southern Style Sweet Tea Brew Over Ice K-Cup® Portion Packs

1 Tablespoons paprika

1/2 Tablespoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon Tiny Spice Company Citrus Pepper OR substitute 1 teaspoon black pepper

Peel the foil off the portion packs, empty into a spice or coffee grinder, and grind until powdery.  Mix with the paprika, salt and pepper.

MOP:

1/2 cup apple juice

4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

TECHNIQUE:

Pat ribs dry and trim the membrane from the underside.

Coat ribs with a thin layer of yellow mustard and then rub the tea mixture into the ribs

Wrap in plastic wrap or place in a large resalable plastic bag and let marinate for at least 4 hours.

Rest the meat at room temperature before grilling, about 30 minutes. Prepare grill for indirect medium-low heat, about 250 degrees.
Put the ribs, bone side down, on the grill away from the heat; cover the grill. Baste or spray the ribs with the mop whenever the surface looks dry, about once every hour.  Keep the temperature of the grill or smoker around 250 degrees, adding charcoal as necessary.

After 3 hours of cooking, wrap the ribs in aluminum foil and return ribs to the grill away from the heat. Cover the grill; continue cooking. If your grill has a temperature gauge, it should stay about 250 degrees during the entire cooking time. If using charcoal, add fresh coals about once an hour.

Cook until the ribs are flexible when you try to pick them up using tongs or oven mitts, 5 to 6 hours total.  They should not be falling off the bone, but tender and flexible.

Remove the ribs from the heat; let rest 20 minutes. Place on grill directly above coals and baste generously on both sides with sauce, turning frequently to prevent burning.  Remove from grill and cut into portions.

 

Chicken Rub

2 Celestial Seasonings Half & Half Brew Over Ice K-Cup® Portion Packs

4 Tablespoons Mrs. Dash Salt-Free Seasoning

1 Tablespoon paprika

1 Tablespoon kosher salt

Empty the portion packs into a coffee or spice grinder and grind until powdery.  Mix with other ingredients.

TECHNIQUE:

Use the rub on your favorite cut of chicken or a whole chicken: if using a cut with skin, be sure to get under the skin.

Barbecue or grill chicken as you normally would.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nantucket Blend-Rubbed Pork Shoulder

RUB:

1 Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend Brew Over Ice K-Cup® Portion Packs

3 Tablespoons light brown sugar (Fair Trade Certified™)

1 Tablespoon Tiny Spice Company Citrus Pepper (or substitute black pepper)

½ teaspoon anise seed

1 Tablespoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon anise seed

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Open the portion packs and empty the contents into a bowl with other ingredients.  Mix well.

MOP:

1/2 cup apple juice

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

4 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

TECHNIQUE:

Trim a pork shoulder (Boston Butt) of  most visible fat and silverskin.

Rub with a thin layer of yellow mustard and then cover with coffee rub

Wrap in plastic wrap or place in a large plastic bag and let marinate overnight

Rest the meat at room temperature before grilling, about 1 hour. Prepare grill for indirect medium-low heat, about 250 degrees.
Put the pork shoulder, fatty-side up, on the grill away from the heat; cover the grill. Baste or spray the brisket with the mop whenever the surface looks dry, about once every hour.  Keep the temperature of the grill or smoker around 250 degrees, adding charcoal as necessary.
After 4 hours of cooking, put the pork shoulder in an aluminum foil pan, add ½ cup apple juice and cover tightly with aluminum foil; return shoulder to the grill away from the heat. Cover the grill; continue cooking. If your grill has a temperature gauge, it should stay about 250 degrees during the entire cooking time. If using charcoal, add fresh coals about once an hour.

Cook until severely the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees on an instant read thermometer, 6 to 8 hours total.

Remove the pan from the heat; let rest 20 minutes. Using heat-proof gloves or forks, pull pork apart in foil pan, using the jus in pan to moisten and flavor the meat.  Remove any connective tissue or fat that didn’t cook out.  Serve with your favorite barbecue sauce.

 

Tricky Barbecue Sauce

 

2 Tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard (we use Fox Meadow Farm 3-Peppercorn Dijon from Vermont)

2 Tablespoons yellow mustard (we use Fox Meadow Farm Vermont Maple Mustard)

1 cup cider vinegar

¼ cup low sodium soy sauce

¼ cup regular soy sauce

2 cups ketchup

2 cups honey (Champlain Valley Apiaries Honey)

1 Nantucket Brew Over Ice K-Cup® Portion Pack brewed on 6-oz setting without ice

3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 Tablespoon paprika

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon maple sugar OR 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons maple syrup

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon Chinese five spice powder

¼ teaspoon ancho chili powder

Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a light boil.  Boil while continuously stirring for about 15 minutes, or until thickened.

 

 

 

Jalapeno-Coffee Barbecue Sauce

2 Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend Brew Over Ice K-Cup® Portion Packs brewed on 4oz setting

1 cup ketchup

¼ cup molasses

2 Tablespoons orange juice

2 Tablespoons cider vinegar

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 jalapeno peppers, pierced all over with a fork

3 shots hot sauce

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except hot sauce.  Cook, stirring frequently, over low heat until slightly thickened, 10 to 15 minutes

Remove from heat and let cool.  Discard peppers and season with hot sauce to taste.

 

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Happy Birthday, Business Coffee Express!

March is a big month for celebrating at Business Coffee Express.  Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day and, most importantly, our 1st birthday.


It seems like only yesterday we were born, but now we're running around just like one-year old breaking the copier, loading food into the manager's printer and demanding that every office in America have great coffee.

So, in honor of our first birthday Business Coffee Express is celebrating with  20% off your entire order (minimum of $100). This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or Office EXPRESS discounts. Sale ends 3/31/11.) Also, don't forget to stock up on Hot Apple Cider while supplies last - once it's gone, it's gone until next fall.

Hmmm, St. Paddy's Day, our March 17th birthday, "Green" Mountain Coffee? We're sensing a pattern….

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Thankful for Thanksgiving (and turkey)

When the end of November rolls around, I must admit where my mind goes first: turkey.  And stuffing and potatoes and cranberry sauce and green beans.  And pumpkin pie - we cannot forget the pumpkin pie.  It’s about cooking and baking and sautéing and refrigerating and feeling stuffed to the gills with epicurean delight.

And then I stop and actually think about it.

Thanksgiving is most certainly about food (coffee-crusted turkey, anyone?), but it also about thankfulness.  It’s about showing gratitude for your family, your friends, your neighbors, and your coworkers.  It’s about expressing the appreciation we feel for people who show they care, may it be by cleaning up a local river, proposing at the Grand Canyon, or simply taking the time to share a smile.

This week, we challenged members of our Green Mountain Coffee team to share what they’re thankful for this year.  And, as always, our team met the challenge in a revelation-ary manner:

Amanda: I am thankful for great family and great coffee! I love that I work for a company where I can introduce my family to great coffee as well as all the important work GMCR does to help "Brew a Better World".  My brother loves our Fair Trade Seasonals and I'm very partial to our Special Reserves!

Reid: I'm thankful for the peaceful joy I'm experiencing in having my 11 month old little girl asleep in my arms while I try to type this on my iPad!  I should also mention I'm thankful for auto-correct.

To be be part of such an amazing company with truly wonderful and passionate (with above-average caffeinated levels) people is an experience for which to be thankful.  I'm thankful our company is doing so well which affords us with the ability to give back in ways tat impact so many.


Lesley: I am very  thankful to work for a company that embraces and supports my personal and professional growth, creativity, and learning.

Roger: I’m thankful for the fact that I am privileged enough to work with a group of dedicated and passionate individuals who collectively represent the best group of co-workers – and friends – that anyone could hope for.  On the home front, I’m extremely thankful that my kids still think I’m (relatively) cool.  I know it won’t last much longer, so while I still can, I’m soaking up as much of their indulgence as possible.


Jennifer: I am thankful to be working after spending most of 2009 unemployed, and am grateful for the opportunity Green Mountain Coffee has given me.

Ken: I’m thankful that more and more of our troops are returning from overseas duties.  I’m thankful to work for a company that can be both successful and CSR-minded.  I’m thankful that my kids still listen to me (for the most part).


Maureen (and Kristen): We're grateful for Hot Apple Cider, which has spiced up our autumn and mustache Fridays (or Wednesdays, or Tuesdays, or whenever we need it).


Sandy: There are many things I’ll be giving thanks for on Thursday, but I wasn’t sure what to share here until I came across this blog post: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/3-simple-ways-to-thank-a-farmer-this-thanksgiving.html


As we stuff ourselves silly with those traditional, only-on-Thanksgiving delicacies like green bean casserole (we affectionately call this “green mush” in my family) and the ubiquitous sweet potato marshmallow delight, it seems like the right time to thank farmers both near and far who help keep food on our plates and our coffee cups filled.

Nearby, I’d like to thank the fine folks at the Dog River Farm in Berlin, VT for opening up their farm through CSA shares, and challenging me to be creative in cooking up my weekly stash of zucchini, kale, and many mysterious varieties of squash.

Further away, I’d like to thank the Fair Trade farmers around the world who work hard to grow and deliver the high quality beans that are incorporated into so many Green Mountain Coffee varieties.

I’ll keep my thanks going year-round by buying local foods whenever possible, and choosing Fair Trade for products like coffee that are not grown locally.

Kristen: I am thankful for the food on my table, family by my side, and just enough caffeine to jump start my soul. And, of course, you - yes, you!  For all the Green Mountain Coffee fans who make this possible, thank you!

What are you thankful for this year?

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The Most Requested K-Cup Variety Has Arrived—Hot Apple Cider from Green Mountain Naturals

Hot Apple Cider K-CupsWe asked for your help in determining what new variety you would like to see in a K-Cup® portion pack.  To our great pleasure, we received over 1,300 suggestions—our most popular blog to date!  And as we combed through all of your ideas, one resounding theme came through loud and clear:  "APPLE CIDER, PLEASE."

You want it...we got it!

Our dear friends at Green Mountain Naturals squeezed the fresh-picked goodness of sweet orchard apples into convenient K-Cups!  Simply made with real apples, a hint of brown sugar, and just a touch of cinnamon—no artificial flavors or ingredients.  You can use your Keurig® single-cup Brewer to create a warm and comforting mug of cider with a crisp, clean flavor.

Apple cider isn’t just another seasonal beverage, to many families it is a treasured tradition.  Discover a new way for the whole family to enjoy an old favorite with Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider, available in a 24-count box of K-Cups right now!

Shop www.GreenMountainCoffee.com/hot-apple-cider-k-cup.aspx now, and as a special introductory offer, you’ll save $3.00 on a 24-count box of Hot Apple Cider when you use keycode FRESH-FAVE at checkout.  Offer expires 11/30/10.

Hot Apple Cider K-Cups are only available until February 28th, so get them while they’re hot!

Hot Apple Cider K-Cups

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