Fair Trade Coffee

Creamy Golden French Toast Coffee

 

 

Just hearing the name “Golden French Toast® coffee” makes my stomach start to growl.  The aroma reminds me of thick, cinnamon French toast smothered in sweet butter and pure Vermont maple syrup.  And the taste.  Well, the tastes brings you right back to the weekend, PJ-clad and relaxed.  Of course, if you’re like me on a Sunday morning, you’re adding a dollop of fresh whipped cream to make that mouth-watering stack of goodness just that much more scrumptious.   That picture of culinary delight brings me to the below recipe for Creamy Golden French Toast – a mix that will make you feel like you’re settling in for Sunday brunch no matter where you are.  

 

Creamy Golden French Toast Coffee

 

Ingredients

·         Fair Trade Certified™ Golden French Toast® coffee, brewed at 4-oz setting

·         Green Mountain Coffee® Caramel Vanilla Cream coffee, brewed at 4-oz setting

·         ½ Tablespoon of pure Vermont maple syrup

·         2 Tablespoons of half & half

·        Whipped cream

Directions

Into a large mug, brew a K-Cup® of Golden French Toast® coffee at 4-oz setting.

Brew a K-Cup® of Green Mountain Coffee® Caramel Vanilla Cream coffee into same mug at 4-oz setting.

Stir in maple syrup and add half & half.

Top with whipped cream and a few drops of maple syrup for an extra treat.  

 

Enjoy! 

 

 

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Two Festive Beverages for Cold Winter Nights

Double Spicy Eggnog Coffee & Caramel Gingerbread Cream Coffee Recipes

You know we love winter. There’s something quite welcoming about the added opportunities to nestle up by the fireplace, covered in a cozy blanket, with your hands wrapped around a steaming mug of coffee.  Especially if that coffee is decadently paired with thick eggnog, or drizzled with gooey caramel.  With that in mind, here are two coffee concoctions that should warm up your cold nights.  

Double Spicy Eggnog Coffee

Ingredients

Directions

Into a large mug, brew a K-Cup® or Vue® pack of Fair Trade Certified™ Spicy Eggnog coffee at the 6-oz setting.

Add lightly steamed or warmed eggnog to the mug.

Top with whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg.

 

Caramel Gingerbread Cream Coffee

Ingredients

Directions

Into a large mug, brew a K-Cup® or Vue® pack of Fair Trade Certified™ Gingerbread coffee at 4-oz setting.

Brew a K-Cup® or Vue® pack of Green Mountain Coffee® Caramel Vanilla Cream coffee into same mug at 4-oz setting.

Stir in 1 Tablespoon of caramel topping until dissolved and add half & half.

Top with whipped cream and a swirl of extra caramel topping for a festive touch.

 

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Giving Thanks

 

We hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving! After you are stuffed with turkey, cranberry sauce, and shared plenty of laughs and memories with family and friends, we want to know: what have you given thanks for this year?

Here are some of ours:

Kristen Mercure: "Friends, family, and colleagues always make my Thanksgiving list.  I would not be the same person without their influence, kindness, and vivre!  But this year, I’m also thankful to delicious eats, sweet treats, and readers who put up with our antics J  Thanks to you, dear readers!  Now: time to dig into some leftovers!"

Hannah Hassler: "I’m thankful for…Family....Health.....My new Treadmill so I can eat more pie :) !"

Amanda Cooper: "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!"

Amy Klinger: "This time of year in Vermont, I'm thankful for ice scrapers, wood stoves, big pots of soup, and of course, the white fluffy stuff that makes skiing so much easier."

Briana Keene: "Family, friends, good health and happiness. Thanksgiving is a great time to kick back, enjoy scrumptious foods and watch some football. I love this time of year especially for all the yummy fall desserts and activities that are all around us this season! I will always love a cup of my favorite Pumpkin Spice as well."

 

Cheers to another great holiday!

 

 

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Train Station Visitors from Colombia

Aurora Maria Izquierdo Torresis and Jorge Edgar Paez Izquierdo visit us from Colombia

We had two very special visitors come to the Train Station in October.

Accompanied by Winston, Aurora Maria Izquierdo Torresis and Jorge Edgar Paez Izquierdo came to visit us from Colombia. They’re both from the ASOANEI cooperative. Aurora is the general manager and Jorge is the sales manager.

We had our Colombian Fair Trade Select coffee on brew.  This classically balanced single origin coffee originates from their farms. Our customers had the privilege to be served coffee by both Aurora and Jorge. As Jorge expressed it, they were proud to be serving the “best coffee.” It was a true tree-to-cup experience!

The Train Station staff really looks forward to meeting and sharing other members of our many fair trade partnerships in the future!

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Kelly Clarkson + Fair Trade

All this month, we have been celebrating Fair Trade! One of our highlights came in the form of a country-pop artist named Kelly Clarkson, who serenaded an intimate group of 200, a few weeks ago.

You knew it was going to be a fun night when Kelly Clarkson walked onto the stage and immediately kicked off her shoes. “I want to show off my pedicure” she grinned, and then launched into a powerhouse version of her number one hit Since U Been Gone. As part of the Green Mountain Coffee brand’s Great Coffee, Good Vibes, Choose Fair Trade Campaign, the incomparable Ms. Clarkson was performing an exclusive live-stream concert at New York City’s Highline Ballroom. In addition to the ecstatic guests in attendance, many hundreds more watched the show online on the Green Mountain Coffee Facebook page.

The set list also included crowd favorites like Walk Away, People Like Us, and Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You). Between songs, Kelly spoke at length about her recent trip to several coffee-growing regions in Peru, where she learned first-hand about the Fair Trade movement. Kelly was impressed with the pride and commitment exhibited by the small-scale farming communities and spoke from her heart about the people she met and the knowledge she gained during her journey.

It was a magical, memorable evening. And if you missed it when it aired live, no problem – tune in and create your own memories when the concert is rebroadcasted on Thursday, October 24th, at 7:00pm! (Check out the Green Mountain Coffee Facebook page for photos and stories from Kelly’s travel log, and for information about the rebroadcast.)

Remember, when you choose Fair Trade, you’re ensuring better coffee for you, and a better life for farmers. It’s a simple choice.

Hope to see you at an event real soon….

 

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A New Coffee Blend That’s a World-Traveler

 

 

Just in time for Fair Trade Month, Green Mountain Coffee® has introduced a new Fair Trade Certified™ coffee that brings together beans from three of the most distinctive coffee growing regions in the world. Introducing new, extra bold, medium roast, Three Continent Blend, a harmonious blend that’s not only great coffee for you, it’s helping provide a better quality of life for farmers on our source farms in Sumatra, South America, and Ethiopia.

Here’s how.

Fair Trade certification gives farmers a fair price for their beans with a guaranteed minimum, which means they can invest in their crops, their communities, and their future. Fair Trade also lets Green Mountain Coffee® and farmers work closely together to bring the best tasting coffee to market.

And because it’s Fair Trade Month, there’s all sorts of great stuff going on: savings on all Green Mountain Coffee® Fair Trade Certified™ coffees. And have you heard? Kelly Clarkson traveled to Peru as a Green Mountain Coffee® Fair Trade Ambassador to learn about Fair Trade and all the good it does around the world. You can check out her travelogue, including photos and video at www.choosefairtrade.com. And on October 10, you can watch an exclusive Kelly Clarkson concert live on Facebook. Learn more at www.facebook.com/GreenMountainCoffee.  

Our hope with all this exciting promotional work is that the next time you shop for coffee, you’ll consider choosing Fair Trade. It’s one of the easiest ways you can help make a positive difference in the world. So have your coffee…and feel good about it, too.

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Double Black Diamond Pudding Pie

Double Black Diamond Pudding Pie

If you ski, you might get the double meaning behind Green Mountain Coffee® Double Black Diamond coffee. You see, ski trails come with a rating system made up of colors and shapes so that you can pick a trail suited to your abilities. Double black diamond? Expert only, sir and madame.

A coffee named after that sort of exhilarating ride down a ski slope? You can bet it's got some danger behind its name. The Double Black Diamond Extra Bold coffee, I have to admit, is one step too dark for this recipe developer to drink on a random Tuesday. (I'm much more a Fair Trade Pumpkin Spice girl.) But that's okay, because it makes one heck of a dessert.

I don't know about you, but I'll take my caffeine any way I can get it. Pairing it with chocolate? I'm in. Pairing it with chocolate pudding? Doubly so.

You might imagine that as a recipe developer, there are quite a few leftovers around these parts. And that maybe we try to gift them to people as often as we can. All of that is true. Then there's Double Black Diamond Pudding Pie.

Double Black Diamond Pudding Pie

I tried to get my husband to take it to work. Begged even, knowing if it stayed here, we'd eat the whole thing between the two of us. He refused. Because he wanted to eat the whole thing between the two of us. It's that good.

Double Black Diamond Pudding Pie is one of the easiest desserts I've ever put together. It's a no-bake pie, which makes it especially great for the upcoming holiday season. A fantastic dessert that doesn't take up room in the oven, leaving plenty of room for your roast beef, roasting vegetables, and every other bit of the savory part of your meal.

I guarantee, when you present this pie to your guests at the end of a filling holiday meal, there may be some initial groans of fullness. Just one bite though, and they'll be wolfing it down.

Double Black Diamond Pudding Pie

Double Black Diamond Pudding Pie

makes one 9" pie

Ingredients

  • 1 3.8 oz box Devil's Food Instant Pudding mix
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups Green Mountain Coffee Double Black Diamond Extra Bold, cold and divided
  • 22 Newman's Own Creme Filled Chocolate Newman-O's Cookies
  • 22 Newman's Own Chocolate Creme Filled Chocolate Newman-O's Cookies
  • 1 8 oz tub frozen whipped topping, thawed or 2 cups heavy cream, whipped until fluffy with 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • cocoa powder for garnish (Optional)

Directions

  1. Brew a 12 oz cup of Double Black Diamond Extra Bold coffee and refrigerate until cold.
  2. When the coffee is sufficiently cooled, make the pudding: In a medium bowl, whisk together pudding mix, heavy cream and 8 oz (1 cup) cold coffee, leaving 1/2 cup coffee to the side.
  3. Whisk together until pudding solidifies, about 5 minutes, then refrigerate while you assemble the other ingredients.
  4. Line a 9" pie plate with 22 cookies. I used all vanilla cream filled on one layer and chocolate cream filled on another, but you are welcome to alternate if you wish.
  5. When the first layer of cookies is in the bottom of the pie plate, spoon a bit of cooled coffee over each one, taking care not to use all the coffee, as you will need it for the second layer of cookies too.
  6. Layer half of the pudding on top of the cookies.
  7. Place a second layer of 22 cookies on top of the pudding layer, then spoon coffee over each of these.
  8. Layer the rest of the pudding on top of these cookies, then place in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes, covered with plastic wrap.
  9. When ready to serve, you can top with either frozen whipped topping that has been thawed, or homemade whipped cream. However, if you're using whipped cream, you must make sure the pie is going to be eaten the day you top it. If using whipped topping, the pie will last several days in the refrigerator, covered, and can be eaten over those days.
  10. Layer whipped cream or whipped topping over the pudding, then sprinkle with milk and semisweet chocolate chips (or stick to just one kind if that's all you have on hand), and garnish with cocoa powder.
  11. Serve immediately, or, if using whipped topping, you can make the pie at least a day in advance. The pie will only get better as it sits.

Make sure you visit Bluebonnets & Brownies for a chance to win some Double Black Diamond Extra Bold Coffee for yourself!

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Ode to Pumpkin Spice

Fair Trade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spice infused Buttercream

There is no flavor like Pumpkin Spice in the fall.  No flavor can touch it.  It makes everything taste better.  Breads.  Cakes.  Coffee.  Lattes.  Add it to chicken and there’s no doubt it would become an instant autumn classic.  It makes the room smell amazing – like you’re bathed in cinnamon and nutmeg.  A perfume would sell like hot cakes – or just brew yourself a cup (or two or three) and savor the aroma.  In the end, for the next three months, all we want is Pumpkin Spice, everywhere, all the time.  So here is a quick round-up of recipes to (pumpkin) spice up your autumnal eating adventures:

Any other Pumpkin Spice must-haves to add to the list?

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The Best in Bad Poetry

International Bad Poetry Day

With keen anticipation for International Bad Poetry Day, we invited our employees to give us their best bad odes to coffee. We had a terrific response and selected our top 5 favorites. Let us know in the Comments if you find a special message hidden in “Vision Our View”!

And without further ado, here they are.

 

Nantucket

By Dan Bisbee

Packaging Controls Engineer

There once was a blend called Nantucket

That some folks drink by the bucket

They can’t get enough

Of that wonderful stuff

If you gave them a straw they would suck it.

 

Secret Pleasure

By Erik Volk

Technology Learning Leader

I enjoy strong, black coffee.

It’s a coffee snobber’s dream!

Never adding sugar,

Never adding cream.

 

However, recently I found myself

With a hidden secret vice.

Loading down my cup

With sugar, cold milk, and lots of ice.

I find it only happens

In the heat of summer sun.

I drink it only in the shadows

Away from everyone.

 

If I should be discovered,

With this sweet, icy, mellow drink,

I’ll swear it isn’t mine

And quickly dump it down the sink.

 

Vision Our View

By Mark Rivers

Machine Operator, Essex Plant

The ways to brew and ways to get through…morning, noon, and night

Vision a revision of the caffeinated religion, with a new hope in sight

Of a world that blends and never ends, countless portioned possibilities

Green and lean for an environmental dream, showing our Earth no hostility

Mountain to valley, Main Street to alley, no roads dare we not trek

Coffee first led, now more beverages spread, for every category to check

Roasters power at any given hour, meticulously fine-tuned

Is the way we show and continue to grow, and prepare the world to be groomed

To understand what is at hand, a beverage for every taste

Be it breakfast, lunch, an emergency brunch, or an evening face-to-face

The occasion matters not, nor does the plot, with convenience and technology’s best

Leading the revolution of the beverage fusion, above and beyond the rest

Specialty blends are setting the trends, so perfect and expertly pearled

Beverage is the key to the way it will be, brewing a better world

Company of greatness standing on high…Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

 

Aroma

By Thomas Cominelli

Test Engineer, Brewer Engineering

Morning light breaks the night,

sky begins to glow.

Contemplating what’s ahead,

my feet are moving slow.

Green Mountain Coffee scents the air,

now nose and toes are leading.

With cup in hand I’ll make a stand

to end my palate’s pleading.

One sip to start, you’ve stolen my heart

but now I’m on my way.

My steps have spring, I start to sing

looking forward to a glorious day.

 

La Guatemalteca

By Luther Leake

Manager, R&D Innovation

A woman in coastal Guatemala

Picked coffee all day for a dolla.

But what she was paid

Increased with Fair Trade

And lifted her family from squala.

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee Is Back…and with a New Latte, too!

Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Spice Latte are back!

Love is finding that special something that stirs your insides and makes your sprits soar. Love is stocking up on that ‘something’ so you can brew it every week until its annual return. Love is waiting with bated breath for a special announcement, knowing that when the crispness of autumn presents itself, so will your beloved.  Love is patience, and patience, my dear friends, is rewarded. 

Today, Green Mountain Coffee® Pumpkin Spice is back!  The sweet, creamy flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg make Pumpkin Spice just right for fall's crisper days and cooler nights.  Pumpkin Spice is love, pure and simple.  Get it in bags or for your K-Cup® or Vue® brewer online and in stores now. Perfect to brew and sip... or brew and bake!  We have recipes for Pumpkin Spice cupcakes and donut trifles to get your creative (pumpkin) juices flowing.

And love multiplies, right?  Introducing the Pumpkin Spice you love, now in a latte.

Smooth and delicious Fair Trade Certified™ coffee meets the delicate natural sweetness of milk and the warm spice notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg for a taste that conjures up a slice of whipped cream-topped pumpkin pie.  Savor the season with this Limited Edition café beverage – exclusively for the Vue® brewing system.

Remember: Pumpkin Spice comes in before the turning of the leaves and leaves with the snow, so stock up now before it makes it back into the pumpkin patch! 

 

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Intercambio Colombia 2013

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GMCR Intercambio Colombia

 

In June 2013, we hosted our very first Intercambio Colombia event, which brought together all of our Fair Trade and Conventional supply partners for three days of exchange on the current harvest, quality expectations and supply efficiencies.  We met in Peru last year, at Intercambio Perú 2012.

This first event took place at Finca Combia in Calarcà, Quindìo, with 157 participants representing Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., Fair Trade USA, 32 small producer organizations, 16 exporters, 11 importers, 3 NGOs, and 3 financial institutions.

Our Colombian partners gave us a warm welcome into their communities and we couldn’t have wished for a better, more dedicated group of people to make this first Intercambio Colombia an unprecedented success.

 

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Caramel Vanilla Cream Coffee Waffle Recipe: Hello, Gorgeous!

Caramel Vanilla Cream Coffee Waffles

Have you ever had dessert waffles? The concept was a surprise to me when I first moved to England. There, waffles aren't a breakfast food at all. They're 100% dessert food!

It didn't take me long to embrace the concept, and I think you should too. Especially when we're talking about waffles made with delicious Green Mountain Coffee® Caramel Vanilla Cream.

Light, sweet, with hints of buttery caramel and smooth vanilla, both the coffee and these waffles are a crowd pleaser. These Caramel Vanilla Cream Coffee Waffles stayed light, even though I used a whole grain baking mix in the recipe. I was pleasantly surprised. You might be looking at me with an eyebrow raised, but who says dessert can't be whole grain too?

Caramel Vanilla Cream Coffee Waffles Image

Fire up your waffle maker, grab some vanilla ice cream and the best maple syrup (Another great Vermont export!) you can get your hands on. You'll have a simple dessert whipped up before your family even knows you left the table.

Caramel Vanilla Cream Coffee Waffles

makes 4 waffles

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Bisquick Complete or similar waffle/pancake mix

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 3/4 cup Green Mountain Coffee® Caramel Vanilla Cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (roughly, see directions)

  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

  • Vanilla Ice Cream for topping

  • Maple Syrup, for topping

Directions

  1. Heat waffle iron. While the iron is warming up, mix the batter:
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine waffle mix, salt, and nutmeg. Whisk together until nutmeg and salt are evenly distributed. Set aside.
  3. In a 2-cup measuring cup, brew one 6 oz. (3/4 cup) Caramel Vanilla Cream Coffee K-Cup® pack.
  4. Add the teaspoon of vanilla extract to the measuring cup, then add heavy cream until the measurement on the cup reaches 1 1/3.
  5. Pour the coffee-cream mixture into the dry ingredients. Add two tablespoons of vegetable oil. 
  6. Whisk all ingredients together until you have a thick batter. 
  7. Spray waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour roughly 1/3 cup of batter into each well of the waffle iron. Allow to cook until golden brown and the waffle comes away cleanly from the iron.
  8. Top with scoops of vanilla ice cream and maple syrup. Serve immediately. 

 

Care to try Caramel Vanilla Cream yourself? Hop on over to my blog, Bluebonnets & Brownies, for a chance to win some!

 

Don't forget that Fair Trade Island Coconut Coffee is available for a limited time, and you can make this gorgeous coffee cake recipe with it too!

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Green Mountain Coffee Is a Little Bit Country in Vegas

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In April, the Green Mountain Coffee® brand worked with the Dial Global radio network to sponsor two days of remote radio broadcasts from the MGM Grand - the Las Vegas venue hosting the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards. Nearly 50 radio stations were in attendance, providing Country music royalty like Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift and many more, with easy access to eager listeners tuning in from all over the nation.

Besides providing branded reusable shopping bags filled with great Green Mountain Coffee® thermoses and bags of Vermont Country Blend (get it?) for all the artists and VIPs, a Green Mountain Coffee® sampling team was on hand providing everyone with a nice selection of fresh K-Cup® packs from our array of Keurig® Platinum brewers. Event favorites were Dark Magic and Caramel Vanilla Cream.

And as many of us can attest, there’s something about photo booths that always brings out the silliness in people, so besides delicious coffee and fun gifts, we also brought our 9-foot tall coffee cup-shaped photo booth. The “My Coffee Moment” cup looked resplendent inside and out, wrapped with new Brew A Better Day imagery, and staffers and celebrities alike had a blast stepping into the giant cup and leaving with a silly souvenir photo.

As the sponsor representative on site, I was honored (and delighted) to be a part of the interview cycles, and over the course of what felt like a crazy two hours, I did live interviews with over two-dozen national Country stations. I used the opportunity to discuss the great connection between Country music fans and the Green Mountain brand – points of similarity like our devotion to authenticity and the promotion small-scale farmers and sustainable supply chains.

As exciting as the interviews were, a personal highlight of the event was teaming up with my friend Cadillac Jack, a Las Vegas radio personality from KCYE 102.7 FM, to host a live Google+ Hangout on the internet. While Cadillac and I talked about Fair Trade coffee – and music – with three Green Mountain Coffee® super fans, some very special guests like Gary Allen, Billy Currington, Thompson Square, and the aforementioned Ms. Underwood, stopped by our show and chatted with our online guests. These types of things are probably old hat for industry insiders like Cadillac Jack, but it was a real treat for me, and I know our online guests enjoyed it as well. It’s not every day you get to call your kids and say, “You’re never going to believe who I was just talking to!”

**And of course, note that none of the people above are actually endorsing us - they just stopped by for some coffee. 

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Are There Calories in Coffee?

 

For calorie crunchers out there, good news: Nutritionally speaking, brewed coffee is pretty much inert.

Coffee has virtually no calories or fats, no carbohydrates, no sodium, no cholesterol… if it were required to carry a nutritional product label, that label would consist mostly of a lot of zeros. (In fact, coffee is exempt from federal food label programs precisely because it has zero nutritive value.)

The same thing can be said for our flavored coffees. We don’t add sugars or sweeteners of any kind (unless, of course, you’re brewing our Sweet & Creamy iced coffees K-Cup® and Vue® packs – then there’s creamer and sugar already added to give you a perfectly creamy iced coffee every time). So while Fair Trade Island Coconut® or Chocolate Glazed Donut may taste indulgent, they're absolutely guilt-free.  

That said, coffee does offer a number of trace minerals (Thiamin, Niacin, Folate, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese) and is a good source of Potassium, Pantothenic Acid, and Riboflavin. A 6-ounce cup of brewed coffee may contain 2 to 4 milligrams of Sodium… most from the water used to brew the coffee and not the coffee itself.

Now, coffee has virtually no nutritional impact, but the things you might add to our coffee will dial up those numbers. And, if what you’re really doing is adding a little bit of coffee to a large cup of steamed milk (with a few tablespoons of flavored syrups on top!) the results can be pretty dramatic for someone looking to trim down.  Just be conscious of what you’re adding – may it be a splash of almond milk or a tablespoon of butter. 

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Fair Trade Island Coconut Coffee Cake Recipe

Fair Trade Island Coconut Coffee Cake Recipe

Coffee cake is one of those things I don't make too often. Not for lack of love, but more because I love it TOO much. When I make a coffee cake, I'll spend the next week picking at it every chance I get, until I realize that the whole sum of my calories for the week is about 90% sugar and flour. This is one of those coffee cakes you'll want to pick at, or, if you're like me, share with people you need to show love to. I took this cake to the nurses on the ICU ward at a hospital in San Antonio. They were tirelessly caring for my father post heart surgery. If men and women like that don't deserve a little extra sugar and Green Mountain Coffee® Fair Trade Island Coconut® coffee in their life, I don't know who does.

Speaking of Fair Trade Island Coconut, it is absolutely vibrant in this coffee cake. Adding delectable coconut flavor without altering the perfectly dense cakey texture you expect when you bite into a coffee cake. Now that's what I'm talking about! I can also attest that a steaming mug (with half and half for me, please!) is wonderful along-side this cake for an afternoon treat. Make Fair Trade Island Coconut Coffee Cake for someone you love, as a thank you, or simply to put smiles on your coworkers' faces. You won't regret it.

Fair Trade Island Coconut Coffee® Cake

makes 1 bundt cake

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar

2 egg yolks, well beaten

2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup evaporated milk

1/3 cup cooled Fair Trade Island Coconut® coffee

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large mixing bowl, cream butter. Add brown sugar and egg yolks and mix again, until light, fluffy, and completely combined. In a separate, smaller bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Whisk together to combine and aerate, then set aside.

In a measuring cup, combine evaporated milk, cooled Fair Trade Island Coconut coffee and vanilla extract. Stir together until completely combined.

Add the flour mixture and the coffee mixture in alternating increments to the butter mixture, beating between each addition until fully incorporated. Set aside.

In a small bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. (Peaks should not fall when mixer is pulled out of the egg whites.)

Gently fold stiff egg whites into cake batter until just combined.

Spray a bundt pan generously with cooking spray or grease with butter and sprinkle with flour. Pour batter into the pan as evenly as you can, then use a spatula to distribute as needed.

Tap the pan on the counter to even out the top.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until cake is deeply golden and when poked with a toothpick, it comes away clean.

Allow to cool completely. Glaze if desired.

Notes

To make a glaze, combine 1/4 cup powdered sugar and up to 4 tablespoons of cooled Island Coconut coffee. Beat with a whisk until a smooth, liquidy glaze forms. Pour over cooled cake and allow to soak in before indulging.

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10 Ways to Renew Your Brew

If you’ve got a Keurig® K-Cup® or Vue® brewer, there are lots of options for trying something new to “Renew Your Brew.” Things like flavored coffees – Limited Edition Island Coconut comes to mind – and Brew Over Ice flavors like lemonade, iced coffee, and iced tea. (You did know that every Keurig® brewer can make iced beverages, right?)

The point is, single-serve packs are a really convenient way to enjoy a great cup of coffee any time of day. But being able to use your brewer to make iced coffee, iced tea, lemonade and other fruit drinks is a little like discovering that your washing machine can also fold and do ironing. Sigh…if only.

So in case you need a little more motivation, here are 10 Ways to Renew Your Brew that you may see floating around as you travel through cyberspace in the next few weeks. And if you do try something new – beverage related or not – please leave a comment; we’d love to hear about it.

10 Ways to Renew Your Brew

1. Start chillin’ with your Keurig® brewer. Enjoy iced coffee, iced tea, and more.

2. Raise a mug to Mom. Order a special Mother’s Day Brewer Bundle to make her morning easy.

3. Think outside the bean. Try Brew Over Ice lemonade by Green Mountain Naturals® and other fruit brews.

4. Stockpile your favorite flavors with 15% off storewide, now through May 7. Just use keycode RENEWBREW at check-out.

5. Give a gift of good taste to someone special (see #4 regarding storewide sale).

6. Take a sip to paradise with Green Mountain Coffee® Island Coconut® seasonal coffee.

7. Get a special delivery. Café Express® members enjoy regular automatic delivery of their favorite items AND save 15% on every order.

8. Get a newer brewer. Check out the Keurig® Vue® V500.

9. Make time for tea with Bigelow and Celestial Seasonings K-Cup® and Vue® packs.

10. Try something new to you. Fair Trade Certified™ selections, Tully’s Hawaiian Blend, and more!

You know where to find all these great options, but here’s a shortcut to get you started: www.GreenMountainCoffee.com

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Sustainability in Our Operations and Products

We believe that our products can be sourced, designed, and manufactured in ways that are good for people and good for the environment. We strive for balance in the way we engineer our 

products. We engage with players throughout our value chain to understand the social and environmental impacts of our business and our industry.  In addition, as a leader in beverages with a positive social impact — particularly Fair Trade coffee — we can encourage consumers to use their purchasing power to support more sustainable products across the entire beverage industry.

During fiscal 2012, we worked to reduce waste and and energy. We continued to make progress toward our reduction targets for energy use and waste to landfill, even as our business growth has challenged those efforts. We have coupled our support of coffee from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms with consumer education campaigns that demonstrate the benefits for farmers and for the environment using a model that generates consumer demand for certified coffees. 

As our business grows, we hold fast to our belief that our responsibility is to create sustainable products that help us to brew a better world.

Some other key accomplishments include:

  • More than tripling the amount of waste chaff, burlap, coffee, powder, and tea that we composted, and increased recycling of corrugated boxes, boxboard, paper, and plastics by 50% in its facilities, compared to the previous year.
  • Being ranked the largest purchaser of Fair Trade Certified™ coffee in the world for the second year running by Fair Trade USA (2010, 2011)
  • Selling 11 million pounds of coffee from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms
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Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend is Now Fair Trade Certified

We're committed to creating a higher quality of life for our coffee communities all over the world, and a better cup of coffee for you. That's why we're excited to announce that one of our best-selling and most loved coffees, Green Mountain Coffee® Nantucket Blend®, is now one hundred percent Fair Trade Certified™!

That’s right. One hundred percent fair trade!

This means approximately five million pounds of our coffee will switch to being fair trade this fiscal year alone!  That's almost $1 million in fair trade social premiums that go back to the farmers each year.  Named the world’s largest purchaser of Fair Trade coffees in 2010 and 2011, this is just another step in toward our commitment to support fair trade - and other opportunity to share the great quality and familiar tastes that a conversion of such a beloved coffee can do for fans!

Take part in our quest to do good and pop in a Fair Trade Nantucket Blend K-Cup® in your Keurig® brewer.  Brew a Better Day™!

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Three of Our Favorite Coffees

Here in our PR team, we love our coffee. Is anyone really surprised? It’s our life’s work! Even though we have so many different varieties of to choose from, each of us has that one blend that brews up something special in our hearts. Take a look at some of our teams' favorite coffees:

Elizabeth- “My go-to coffee is Green Mountain Coffee® Nantucket Blend.  I think it’s well-balanced and combines my favorite flavor notes from each region - berry from Africa, citrusy from Central America, and full-bodiedness from Indonesia.  It’s neither too light nor too dark, so it’s a good go-to in the morning when I’m not awake enough to decide what I want!”

Jessica- “My favorite right now has to be French Vanilla by Green Mountain Coffee®. I love vanilla as a flavor in general and it adds a creamier body to the coffee, which you don’t get with a lot of other blends."

Amy- “My favorite coffee is Green Mountain Coffee® Colombian Fair Trade Select. I’m a little personally biased on this one, because I was lucky enough to visit several coffee farms in Colombia last year, and meet the producers and their families. My experience was incredible, and it makes that cup of coffee all the more delicious.”

What's your go-to blend?

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8th Annual Sustainability Report Now Live!

We are excited to announce the release if our eighth annual sustainability report, outlining our environmental and social performance for fiscal 2012. The report details the our long-standing commitment to sustainability and unveils a new focus on three specific practice areas: Resilient Supply Chain, Sustainable Products, and Thriving People and Communities.

In the report, we announce that purchases of Fair Trade Certified™ coffees represented over 50 million pounds, or five million more pounds than fiscal 2011. In 2011, Fair Trade USA ranked GMCR the largest purchaser of Fair Trade CertifiedTM coffee in the world for the second year running.

We delivered a 46% increase in net sales in 2012 while also improving energy efficiency, recycling more waste, and reducing the proportion of waste sent to the landfill. Highlights of the fiscal 2012 report include:

  • - We more than tripled the amount of waste chaff, burlap, coffee, powder, and tea that it composted, and increased recycling of corrugated boxes, boxboard, paper, and plastics by 50% in its facilities, compared to the previous year.
  • - Over $10 million in grant money was allocated to supply-chain communities, including food security projects for over 20,000 coffee-farming families around the world.
  • - The Company maintained an employee retention rate of approximately 90%.
  • - Sixty-five percent of full-time employees volunteered through a company-sponsored program called Café Time, which allows employees up to 52 paid hours per year to volunteer.

 

The report also highlights our goals for fiscal 2013, which include continuing financial support for projects addressing food security in coffee-growing communities, increasing the sourcing of sustainable coffees, and further reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills.

 

Read the full Sustainability report our website at www.gmcr.com/sustainability.

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