Iced Coffees

Hot Vs. Iced Beverages

 

Now that it’s officially Spring, we must ask the question: do you switch from hot to iced?

Early in the morning, it’s hard enough to choose from all of our varieties we have to offer on greenmountaincoffee.com, but now that it’s getting warmer out, the bigger question is: to ice or not to ice?

Personally, I love a refreshing large glass of Green Mountain Coffee® Nantucket Blend® Iced Coffee K-Cup® Pack or French Vanilla Iced Coffee Vue® pack. The sweetness of the coffee, the coolness of the ice: what’s not to love? I feel completely awake and ready to go after one of those beverages! 

What’s even better is that we can really brew any of our favorite K-Cup® or Vue® packs over ice. Just fill a glass to the top with ice, brew your favorite Keurig Brewed® beverage on your smallest cup size setting, add a little more ice or cream at the end and Voilà! 

Don't get me wrong. There are definitely days when I just need my Celestial Seasonings® Decaf Green Tea or am craving a nice hot mug of Café Escapes® Café Mocha, to handle my chocolate fixation. But, for the most part, when spring and summer are just around the corner, so is my urge to lower that cup size setting and brew myself a tall glass of any Brewed® beverage, over ice! 

Do you have any favorites that you love to 'ice'? 

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Caramel Mocha Latte Recipe

To celebrate National Chocolate Caramel Day today, let us indulge in all that is wonderful about the combination of heavenly chocolate and the sugary, sweetness of caramel.

 

We bring to you: 

 

Caramel Mocha Latte Recipe! Enter as you dare...

 

Ingredients: 

1 Extra Bold Coffee K-Cup® or Vue® pack 

4 oz. of skim milk

4 teaspoons of caramel syrup or caramel ice cream topping

1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup

 

Directions:

Brew 6-8 oz. of coffee into a 14 oz. mug

While the coffee is brewing, prepare the hot milk in your Milk Frother

When coffee is ready, add 4 teaspoons of caramel syrup or topping

Stir in 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup. 

Gently stir in hot milk 

Recommendation: Topped with whipped cream. 

 

 

Enjoy! 

 

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Surviving the Vortex

 

You’ve heard us talk about how much we love winter.  The snowflakes on your eyelashes. The crispness of snow under your boots. The mornings of fresh powder on the mountain. 

But we've heard that another Polar Vortex is coming.  And we just got 15-inches of snow last week.  And my cute sweaters and vests have shrunk in the dryer.  In sum: It’s February and we’re over it. 

The challenge is that while we’re a little less than thrilled about the chilly temperatures, winter is still rolling on through.  So what to do?  Make the indoors, warm by the fireplace, that much more interesting.  Here’s what’s on our to-do list whilst the so-called Vortex makes its way through:

  • Warm up the house by turning on the oven!  Mocha Cake is first on the list.
  • Grow some flowers – or make them!  With a handful of pipe cleaners and K-Cup® packs, we’ll grow a garden to brighten the day.
  • Brew something cold!  Let’s kick-start warm weather with an iced coffee, sweet and creamy.  Or a raspberry iced tea, tart and tangy.  Or both.  Repeatedly until the sun comes back out.

 

What’s on your survival list? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cheers to Health & Wellness

 

 

February is a month of runny noses, ice cold hands, and the anticipation of Snow Days for the kids! Don't let the winter blues get you down, however, and brew a cup of one of our Wellness Brewed™ packs.

If you’re looking for antioxidants to the max, we suggest Celestial Seasonings® Antioxidant Max™ Green Tea Blackberry Pomegranate Tea. This K-Cup® pack is bursting with fruity flavor as well as giving you the extra boost you need during those cold winter days.

If you’re craving a twist of orange, our Celestial Seasonings® Antioxidant Max™ Green Tea Blood Orange Star Fruit Tea K-Cup® pack is the perfect fit for you! You will love the tanginess from the oranges paired with the exotic flavors of the star fruit. 

If you’d rather get your healthy antidotes via coffee, have no fear! Our Green Mountain Coffee® Focus Blend® and Antioxidant Blend® K-Cup® Coffees are both calling your name. Our Focus Blend® Coffee gives you a rich, well-balanced brew, for all the craziness in your day-to-day routine. Our Antioxidant Blend® serves up Vitamin C and E as well as notes of sweet brown sugar and toasted nuts, to leave you feeling satisfied.

Our Vitamin Burst® Strawberry Pomegranate and Acai Berry K-Cup® Packs are both high in antioxidants and flavor! You will love the delicious fruit brew that both of these varieties give you. They are a great option for a crisp refreshment for our warmer days ahead!

So go ahead, relax, and grab a cup of Wellness Brewed™. 

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Highlighting our Keurig Brewing Systems

It's true: We have something for everyone. Whether or not you are a cappuccino fanatic, or savor your cup of coffee or even like to indulge in a creamy chai latte we have a beverage for every taste and occasion. To match that we offer a killer line-up of brewing systems that will delight and inspire you to brew what you love to drink.  For me, I have recently become a huge fan of the Keurig® Rivo® Cappuccino & Latte system, and I have also fallen in love with the Keurig® Mini Plus brewers that come in almost every color you could hope for. 

 

 

The Keurig® Rivo® brewer is a sleek, compact and stylish machine that can create cappuccinos, lattes and iced lattes with ease. The first time I used it I was amazed at how easily I could create a cappuccino that for so long had only be available to me outside of my home. It brought to life the reality that, yes, I can have specialty coffee beverages at home nearly in an instant. To add to that, I had fun experimenting with the flavored syrups and dreaming up combinations of vanilla, caramel and chocolate all in one.

 

 

I recently moved in with my fiancé, and combining all our “stuff” was a challenge – why in the world did we need 2 sets of white dinner plates, bowls and salad plates? Clearing out and making space was a challenge, except when I came time to finding a space for my Keurig® Mini Plus brewer.  This little guy not only is adorable and comes in super fashionable colors (Hello, Radiant Orchid, Fashion color of the year?!), but is a welcome appliance on our counter that doesn’t take up too much space, all while being a workhorse when it comes to brewing my daily morning coffee.  

 

Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System

 

Last but not least there is the Keurig® Vue® V700 Brewing System for all of you in between folks who love their coffee, but also want the option to brew delicious café beverages and specialty drinks with ease.  This machine packs it all into one, while also giving you the option to brew hotter, brew bigger, and brew stronger

Don’t forget that almost all (minus Rivo) of our brewing systems also come models that are perfect for the work place.

No matter what your taste, both in style and beverage we have something to help delight and inspire you to brew!

 

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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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A Blog Year in Review: Behind the Scenes of The Family of Brands Blog


It’s beyond me how quickly 2013 came and went. It seems like just yesterday I was wearing shorts and was able to run outside without piling on the layers, and breathing in the fresh lilacs in my yard…ahhh…

This past year has been an amazing array of sweets and treats, and special visitors. As the photographer and baker for many of our posts I have had the pure joy of taking it all in from behind the scenes – both by sampling and baking a spread of cookies for our cookie swap, and taking part in a coffee tasting with farmers from Colombia and truly being able to see the phrase “From Tree to Cup” come to life.

It’s hard for me to pick just one highlight of 2013, but here are five of my top posts from the year. I chose them not only for the fun I had making all the treats and photographing them, but for the inspiration I gained from seeing how our brewers, beverages and products can come to life in a new way! 

 

1:  Velvety French Vanilla Coffee Gelato. Creamy, Velvety, and delicious!

2: Infused Ice Cubes.  Genius really. Double the flavor and impact by freezing your favorite brew.

3: Barista Prima Caffe Rouge.  Who knew such an odd combination could be so perfectly paired.

4. Strawberry Basil Lemonade Granita. This had to be the most refreshing, quick and easy dessert.

5. Last but not least was Spooky Treats Part II.  Wowzer that cake is good.

 

I’m looking forward to what this New Year brings! I’m dreaming up new recipes and ideas, as well as challenging myself with some new years resolutions. I can’t wait to ring in 2014! Cheers!

 

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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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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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A Few Sweet Fall Treats and Tunes at the Train Station

Maple Bon Bon LatteSweet Pumpkin Surpreme

Have you see the first leaves changing for fall? There are a few on our Waterbury Vermont campus!  This inspiring season has brought out two new, tantalizing drinks in the Green Mountain Coffee® Train Station.

We have the Sweet Pumpkin Supreme: our very own Pumpkin Spice coffee complemented with sweet caramel syrup and a splash of warm steamed cream. It’s a treat to warm you up and sweeten your day as the autumn temperatures brighten up the mountain sides around us.

We're also crafting the Maple Bon Bon Latte: espresso, steamed chocolate milk, and a shot of real Vermont maple syrup. The espresso is sweetened up by the maple syrup and the chocolate milk leaves a smooth aftertaste.  This is a favorite served hot or iced!

With a cup of coffee to keep us going, we have our final few weeks of Music on the Porch up ahead this month. For the last three weeks we will be giving away four raffle prizes every Sunday: a Vue® brewer, a Classic Keurig® brewer, a bag or box of coffee, and one free drink at the Train Station. Drawings are held at the end of every Music on the Porch event. Music plays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET on Sundays. All raffle proceeds support Food4Farmers.

August 16th we have the Growlers, a well-known local group, playing blues, country and rock and roll for us. August 25th Jim Charonko will be playing folk, rock and familiar oldies. Our grand finale musician will be Seth Yacovone on September 1st playing his original blues tunes.

Make sure you have a chance to stop in this month! Try a new coffee, settle in and listen to some great local music!

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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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Water: It’s a Matter of Good Taste

Celebrate National Water Quality Month by Treating your Keurig Brewer Right

It’s perhaps less well-known than Black History Month, but a little more relevant to most of us than National Celery Month (which apparently is March). That’s right, August is Water Quality Month!

At Green Mountain Coffee®, we have our own way of celebrating and improving our water through a series of river clean-ups in the communities in which we work. You can learn more about those great efforts here and this entire week!

But we also wanted to take a moment to share some ideas about getting the best out of your own water, specifically as it relates to your Keurig Brewed® beverages.

Did you know that your cup of coffee is over 98% water? So it stands to reason that the better the taste and quality of your water, the better your coffee will be. The same holds true for tea and cocoa (not to mention all those Brew Over Ice beverages like lemonade, iced tea, and fruit brews that are helping you chill out this summer).

When it comes to the water you choose for your brew, we suggest using clean, filtered water such as you would get from a tap or pitcher filter. While some mineral content helps to lend flavor and depth to your brews – for that reason, distilled water is not recommended – you don’t want to have an overabundance of minerals…or the wrong ones.  

OK, so you’ve got good tasting (and smelling) water, now you’ll want to make sure the inner-workings of your brewer are clean. Keurig® recommends de-scaling your brewer every 3-6 months depending on the hardness of your water. Don’t know how to de-scale? Here’s a quick video tutorial.

Once you’ve assured good water and a clean machine, the last 2% of getting a great cup is easy: just pick your favorite variety K-Cup® or Vue® pack and let your Keurig® brewer do its thing.

Oh, and if you have a chance to do something to help clean up the waterways in your community or to support water conservation programs here or abroad, think how much more satisfaction you’ll get from that great cup of coffee or tea. Learn more about water quality issues at www.nrdc.org/water.

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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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Make Infused Iced Cubes to Brew Over Ice

You’ve been brewing over ice all summer, and now it’s time to jazz up your iced brew* with a little something extra – a splash of color that’s all your own.  Here are some of our favorite ice cubes turned works-of-art that will keep your drink chilly and your tumbler looking sassy: 

How to make infused berry ice cubes to Brew Over Ice

Berry ice cubes – try this with Celestial Seasonings® Raspberry Ice Tea, Vitamin Burst®, or Snapple® Raspberry Iced Tea!

  • Sprinkle blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries to your ice cube tray.  Add water.  Freeze.  And voila – bejeweled ice, awaiting a tumbler to release its goodness. 
  • Want to double the flavor impact?  Pulverize the berries with a fork before putting them into the ice cube tray – when the ice melts you have fresh burst of flavor in your glass.  You might just need a spoon to dig out all of those tasty morsels.

 

Freeze a slice of lemon in your ice cube tray with water for a citrus ice cube

Citrus ice cubes – try this with Celestial Seasonings® Southern Sweet Ice Tea, Celestial Seasonings® Unsweetened Black Tea, or Lemonade!

  • Freeze a small slice of lemon, orange, or lime in your ice cube tray with water. Or get artistic and freeze a curled piece of lemon rind! Fancy and fun all in one cold little package. 
  • For an extra pop, squeeze a little lemon, orange, or lime juice into the tray before you fill with water.  Adds to the pucker-power!

 

Freeze Donut Shop Sweet & Creamy coffee for iced cubes

 Brewed times 2 cubes – try with any Keurig Brewed® variety!

  • Time for double the flavor you love – if you’re up for a strong cuppa!  Brew your favorite Keurig Brewed® beverage as directed, bring it to room temperature, and pour it into an ice tray to freeze.  The next time you brew over ice, pull out your creative ice cubes, fill up your tumbler, and brew right over them to create a supernova of flavor!
  • Feeling adventurous?  Take cue from the previous ice cube combinations and add some fruit to your ice tea or fruit brew ice cubes
  • While you should get creative, here are some combinations to start you off:

With any luck, the rest of your summer will constantly grant you a delicious and beautiful iced drink in your hands.  Happy (iced) brewing!

 

*Remember: when brewing over ice, do not use glass.

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Duo of Coffee BBQ Sauce Recipes for Labor Day

Tricky Barbecue Sauce with Nantucket Blend Iced Coffee

May I present you with two delicious, award-winning, and caffeinated recipes to spice up your Labor Day cookout?  Developed by our very own pitmaster Derek from Flatlander BBQ, the Tricky Barbeque sauce graced his third place ribs entry at the Safeway Barbeque Battle in 2011.  The Jalapeno-Coffee Barbeque Sauce is a house favorite – sweet with an extra bold kick thanks to the Nantucket Blend Iced Coffee in the ingredient list! Drag one of these beauties across your chicken, ribs, or burgers this weekend and your mouth will thank you again and again. 

Tricky Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard (Fox Meadow Farm 3-Peppercorn Dijon from Vermont)

2 tablespoons yellow mustard (Vermont Maple Mustard from Fox Meadow Farm)

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 Green Mountain Coffee® Nantucket Iced Coffee K-Cup® or Vue® pack, brewed on 6oz 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

Directions:

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 BBQ Sauce with Nantucket Blend Iced Coffee

Jalapeno-Coffee Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients:

2 Green Mountain Coffee® Nantucket Blend Iced Coffee K-Cup® or Vue® pack, each 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

Directions:

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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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Brew Over Ice This Summer

Summer is finally in full swing and ever since I discovered Brew Over Ice, I haven’t been able to stop brewing. If you haven’t brewed over ice in your Keurig® brewer yet or just need a little more motivation to become a regular, I’m here to be your guide. Here are 5 reasons why you should Brew Over Ice this summer:

  1. There’s a Wide Variety of Flavors to Choose From: There are a variety of Brew Over Ice beverages for you to try, including coffee, iced teas, and fruit brews. Each of these icy drinks is equally yummy and refreshing on a hot day. Here are a few of my favorites.
  2. Perfect Pick-Me-Up: A nice, cold Brew Over Ice beverage is the perfect pick-me-up in the afternoon. During the hot days of summer, brewing an Original Donut Shop™ Sweet & Creamy Nutty Hazelnut coffee or a Snapple® iced tea is the perfect way to take a refreshing break in the midst of your busy schedule. It only takes a few seconds and you’re set to go.
  3. Your Kids Will Love It: Brew Over Ice offers more than just coffee, so your kids will love it too! There’s nothing like brewing a cold, fruity, Lemonade or a Vitamin Burst® Acai Berry fruit brew with your regular Keurig® brewer for your kids to enjoy after they get back from day camp. The selections of non-caffeinated and fruity beverages are ideal for your kids and all you need is your regular Keurig® to brew them.
  4. It’s Quick and Easy: Brewing an icy, refreshing beverage has never been easier. Even during your craziest days this summer you’ll be able to enjoy a cold beverage. Why? Because using your Keurig® brewer to Brew Over Ice only takes seconds. Cup, ice, brew and you’re done. It’s that easy.
  5. You Can Win Money and Prizes: While you’re sipping on your freshly brewed iced coffee, you can register for a chance to win $10,000 plus hundreds of instant daily prizes in our Brew Over Ice Sweepstakes! Visit www.brewoverice.com for more information and to register. You have until September 3rd to enter! What better way to get into the excitement of summer than a fun sweepstakes with games, money, and prizes!

This summer, Brew Over Ice will be the perfect addition to your daily routine. I became addicted after my first brewing experience, so if you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it! Brew Over Ice is delicious, refreshing, simple, and it can even pay off to try...literally! You could win $10,000 by visiting www.brewoverice.com to enter the sweepstakes! Sounds easy enough…excuse me while I go register for myself!

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Don’t Let Them Drive You Crazy: Tips to Ensure a Great Road Trip

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a week-long wanderer, chances are you’ll be spending some time in the car this summer.  If you’re a solo traveler, able to take pit-stops and sightseeing breaks whenever you please, you can probably stop reading here. If not, you might want to put some thought into keeping your traveling companions happy while you’re all cozied up for six-hour stretches in 100 cubic feet of (hopefully) climate-controlled space.

First, the kids. Back in my day, my sisters and I occupied ourselves with 100 Bottles of…er…Pop on the Wall, the License Plate Game and if we were lucky, Mad Libs. We were bored and fought like crazy all the way from New Jersey to North Carolina. Nowadays, there are all kinds of ways kids can keep entertained, but variety is really what will save you from the dreaded “Are we there yet?” For sure, load up on the electronic options. Videos and audio books are great, so is allowing everyone to make a personal music playlist – and take 5-song rotations to ensure fairness. But also be prepared with sing-alongs, scavenger hunts, and prompted conversations (“Would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?”). Also, consider making a pre-travel trip to the dollar store to put together a grab-bag of new stuff that gets strategically doled out during the ride.

Traveling with kids or not, probably the most essential thing to be prepared with is snacks. Remember, salty snacks lead to thirst lead to drinking lead to rest areas. Think grapes over pretzels, trail mix over cold cuts. That said, it’s still important to stay hydrated. Travel cups and tumblers allow you to hit the road with a beverage at the ready. Your Keurig® brewer makes it easy to please everyone: coffee for the pilot, iced tea for the navigator, lemonade or fruit brews for the back-seat drivers. Sometimes though, nothing beats a stop to refuel both your vehicle and passengers, and a little leg-stretching can be a sanity-saver. There are some good apps out there that let you know what amenities are available at upcoming exits.

Finally, keep in mind that the greatest challenge of a road trip is also one of its gifts: extended time together. In today’s reality of jam-packed schedules and the often-antisocial world of social media, an extended car-ride is a chance to reconnect and simply enjoy each other’s company. And looking back years from now, it’s quite possible that the most memorable part of your trip will be the journey.

We’re sure there are tons of great road trip tips out there. What are some of yours?

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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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Velvety French Vanilla Coffee Gelato Recipe

Green Mountain Coffee French Vanilla Coffee Gelato

Velvety texture.  Rich flavor. This isn’t your every day ice cream. When we developed this lusciously smooth recipe, we were shooting for something sophisticated. More crème brulee than candy. A rich, custardy vanilla that’s deep, exotic, and geared for grownup tastes. Now you can enjoy this richly satisfying flavor in a homemade gelato, made with the striking vanilla taste from our beloved French Vanilla. 

French Vanilla Coffee Gelato

Ingredients

One Green Mountain Coffee® French Vanilla Iced Coffee K-Cup® or Vue® pack, brewed on 4 oz. setting
1/2 cup sugar
2 2/3 cup milk - 2% or whole is best
2/3 cup heavy cream

Directions

Brew K-Cup® or Vue® pack on 4 oz setting.

Add sugar and stir until dissolved.  Allow to cool.

Add milk and cream to cooled coffee mixture. Stir well.

Add mixture to ice cream maker. Prepare according to directions provided with ice cream maker.

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Pucker Up: Top 3 Lemon Picks for Your Keurig Brewer

Green Mountain Naturals Lemonade

When life hands you lemons…make lemon iced tea!  Or rather, let us do that bit for you.  If you’re a lemon-head like me, addicted to pucker power and searching for citrus, you’re definitely in the right place with a Keurig® brewer.  There’s a bushel of lemon options to soothe your craving for a little tang this summer, whether you’re in search of a refreshing ice tea or a something a little sweeter. 

- Green Mountain Naturals® Lemonade – Who knew your brewer could be a lemonade stand?  Now you know!  A combination of sun-splashed, fresh-picked flavor and brewing ease. Plus, no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.   

- Snapple® Lemon Iced Tea – The Best Stuff on Earth just made it into your brewer! Bright lemon flavor with green and black teas make this famous iced tea just what your taste buds expected – and all freshly brewed in your kitchen.

- Celestial Seasonings® Half & Half Perfect Iced Tea – Why should you have to choose between robust and smooth black tea and tangy, all-natural lemonade?  We don’t think you should.  “Teatime” with Half & Half!  

Chilling out has never been this easy. It's icy refreshment at the touch of a button.  Did we miss your favorite? Let us know!

 

 

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