Island Coconut Coffee

Gooey - Chocolate Coconut Bars

 

If you love chocolate, coconut and graham cracker crusts, you will devour these bars, just like I did! Not only are they irresistible, they pair perfectly with our seasonal Green Mountain Coffee® Island Coconut coffee

 

Crust Ingredients:

12 Ounces ground graham crackers

¼ Cup sugar

¾ Cup unsalted butter, melted

 

Topping Ingredients:

1 Cup walnut or pecan pieces

1 Cup chocolate chips

1 14 Ounce can sweetened condensed milk

2 Cups unsweetened coconut

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a food processor, combine the graham crackers, sugar and melted butter. Pulse until blended completely and there are no large cracker pieces left.  Press mixture into 15x10” baking sheet, or a 13x9 casserole dish will work fine too (the crust will just be thicker).  Bake until firm, for about 10 or 12 minutes.  Let crust cool completely, and sprinkle with nuts and chocolate. In a separate bowl combine the sweetened condensed milk with 1 cup of the coconut. Pour this mixture over top of the nuts and chocolate. Top with remaining cup of shredded coconut. Bake until coconut is a toasted brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack. 

These keep well for 2 or 3 days in a sealed, airtight container (if they last that long!!)

 

Enjoy! 

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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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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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Green Mountain Coffee Island Coconut® Twitter Trivia

 

 

Are you a lover of all things tropical? Visit our Twitter page to join in on our Green Mountain Coffee® Island Coconut® Twitter Trivia for a chance to win delicious prizes!  Download the official contest rules here.The first round kicks off on Wednesday, May 22nd! www.twitter.com/greenmtncoffee

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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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Coconut Vanilla Cream Coffee Recipe for Mom

Coconut Vanilla Cream Coffee Recipe from Green Mountain Coffee

Breakfast in bed is the quintessential way to kick-off a quality Mother’s Day.  Mom gets to lounge, kids get creative in the kitchen, and dad gets to coordinate to make it all happen (and clean it all up)!  To simplify the process but still give mom that special, “For me?” moment, how about brewing her up a little something sweet and tropical in your Keurig® brewer?

Coconut Vanilla Cream

Ingredients

- Green Mountain Coffee® Island Coconut® K-Cup® pack, Vue® pack, or bagged coffee

- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar

- ½ - 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

- 2 teaspoons of heavy cream or whipped cream

Directions

- Add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar into a large mug

- Brew or pour 6-8 ounces of Green Mountain Coffee® Island Coconut® into the mug

- Add ½ - 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract to taste

- Stir

- Pour 2 teaspoons of heavy cream over the backside of a spoon into the mug creating a layered effect or top with whipped cream

Tip from the Brew Team

- Don’t stir again after adding the heavy cream or whipped cream. Sip the coffee through the cream and transport your senses!

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Island Coconut is back

Island Coconut Coffee is Back for Spirng and Summer 2013

Your wait is over: Green Mountain Coffee® Island Coconut® is back for the spring and summer!   It’s time to brew yourself into a tropical getaway – even if you never leave your cubicle.

We’ve captured the lush aroma of fruity, exotic coconut and blended it with the subtle sweetness of a lightly-roasted, Central American coffee. The result is as refreshing as it is unexpected.  Enjoy it in bags, K-Cup® packs, and, for the first time, Vue® packs for your Keurig Vue® brewer!  Remember: It’s Limited Edition – brew it while supplies last!

Are you going to take a trip to paradise with Island Coconut this season?

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DIY K-Cup Pack Easter Baskets

K-Cup Pack Easter Basket

While I’m no glue gun goddess, I’ve been known to enjoy a good crafting session.  With Easter just around the corner, I have my DIY Easter list narrowed down to one project: K-Cup® pack Easter Baskets!  This little beauty came from Karen on our Sustainability team.  Cute and bunny-sized, how could I not give it a try?  Here’s how to do it: 

1. Brew your favorite Keurig Brewed® coffee – perhaps Green Mountain Coffee® Island Coconut® to welcome in spring?  Sip, savor, and enjoy that cup!  (And let the brewed K-Cup® pack cool down a touch.)

2. Once cooled, carefully remove the foil lid, filter, and coffee grounds.  Your soon-to-be planted garden will appreciate a little coffee ground compost.

3. Gently wash out and towel-dry the empty K-Cup® pack.*   

4. Poke two small holes on each side of the K-Cup® pack below the lip and thread each end of your pipe cleaner through to create a handle.

5. Fill with Eater grass and your favorite candies.  Jelly beans and candy coated chocolate eggs are our favorites. 

6. Delight your family with this bunny-sized treat on Easter morning!

*Psst - If you want to add more color, grab some paint, glue, rhinestones, - you name it - , and decorate the pack before putting in the pipe cleaner handle.

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Three Steps to Caffeinated Beauty

If only looking sleeker was as easy as sitting and drinking your beloved morning cup of coffee, right?


Well…it is! Maybe. Kind of. Intrigued? Our friends at Van Houtte® pointed out this exciting benefit of caffeine’s ability to decrease the appearance of cellulite through a DIY coffee scrub. Since we can definitely get behind incorporating caffeine into our beauty regimen, here are some more of our favorite ways you can use your beloved blend to beautify. At-home spa treatments are an easy, inexpensive way to feel luxurious without dropping crazy cash on overpriced treatments or products; plus, you can even put your old K-Cup® packs to good use. So, get to it!

 

Caffeine Facial Mask


Caffeine is a bonafide blessing for your face: according to studies, it contains antioxidant, dehydrating, and other properties, which basically equal up to the fact that it makes you look better all around. Between tightening and de-puffing, reducing dark circles, let your favorite morning cup go to work on more than just your energy level.

Ingredients:
2 Tbs. fresh coffee grounds
1 Tbs. honey
1 tsp. brown sugar
3 Tbs. whole milk, heavy cream, or plain yogurt

Directions:
Wisk ingredients together until you achieve the desired, creamy consistency. Apply evenly over your face and let dry for 10-20 minutes. Once hardened, rinse off with warm water and enjoy your freshly-awakened face.
 

Homemade Coffee Hair Treatment

On the quest to aesthetic self-betterment, don’t overlook your hair!  Hair follicles can directly absorb caffeine through the use of a simple coffee rinse, which will promote a glossy shine. While it’s true that this treatment requires fresh coffee rather than used grounds, fret not: suppose you’re not in the mood for more coffee on any given day…why not let your luscious locks reap its benefits instead?

Ingredients:
Fresh cup of extra strong coffee—try using a French or Italian roast

Directions:
Once cooled, simply pour the coffee over clean, dry hair. Let it soak in for 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with cool water. Recommended usage: once a week for shiny tresses.

 

Abby's Super Simple Scrub

This is my favorite of the bunch - so easy and great for exfoliating (or battling cellulite).  The aroma wakes up your senses, and the scrub wakes up your body!

Ingredients
3 parts warm, used coffee grounds
1 part sugar or salt
Essential oil

Directions
1. Experiment with your favorite coffees to find a particularly decadent aroma to feature in your at-home spa concoction. Considering the season, I personally think Island Coconut® coffee would be a great base for a scrub.

2. Continuing with the tropical theme, try adding coconut oil to the mix. If that’s not your cup of tea (sorry, coffee), other options include jojoba oil (about one tablespoon), rosemary essential oil (12 drops or so), or even virgin olive oil (try three tablespoons).

3. The granular crystals in sugar help to exfoliate and smooth out skin by sloughing off the dead stuff. Try sugar in the raw for texture; sea salt is another great option, as it also exfoliates but replaces minerals in the process.

4. Mix all of your chosen ingredients together into a paste and store in your fridge (it should last about a month). Scrub onto problem areas in circular motions for 3 minutes before rinsing off. Do it twice a week, and if you see results…thank us later. 

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A Father's Day To Remember

I’m often overwhelmed with the plethora of shiny, and normally quite costly, tools and other manly pieces of machinery that are advertised as being the perfect gift for your dad on father’s day, so I lean towards a few more unconventional ideas. Showing dad you care is a lot easier than you may think and it doesn’t have to involve spending a lot of money, just some time out of your day. For instance preparing your father’s coffee just the way he likes it and then helping him take care of those little projects he never has time to get to around the house would say a lot.

This requires knowing just what he likes, the subtleties of his favorite style -- could be a dark or light roast, creamy or black, sweet or bitter, frothy or iced. It can be a difficult thing to get right, but if you can pull that off, delivered to him in his favorite mug without him saying so much as a word, he’ll be quite pleasantly surprised. And even more so when you suggest tackling the unfinished stone wall together that your mother requested around the garden ages ago. Though that only starts after you’ve all enjoyed the breakfast of blueberry pancakes and bacon you knew he’d love, of course.

It’s hard to show just how much you care and the effort you’re willing to put forth on their behalf by simply buying them something, even if it is something that you know they’ll love. As the people that have raised and cared for us all our lives our parents deserve to understand just how much we appreciate everything they’ve done. Treat your father better this year than ever before, it can never be too much. And it all starts by waking up to the smell of coffee and bacon wafting into their room.

 

If you need help making that special cup of coffee we’ve enlisted some help for you in our Deal of the Week.

And here’s a sampling of some of the good recipes from our blog that you could treat them to:


 

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Fair Trade Island Coconut Cookie Recipe

I don't know about the rest of you, but sometimes there's nothing better with a hot cup of coffee than a cookie. A really great cookie, where every bite offers a surprise. A crispy outer texture and a chewy middle are also must-haves. This is what I wanted when I started thinking about today's recipe featuring Green Mountain Coffee®Fair Trade Island Coconut® Coffee. Island Coconut is one of my favorite Green Mountain Coffee seasonal flavors, second only to Fair Trade Pumpkin Spice (which, from me, love springs eternal). I dare say Island Coconut is my husband's favorite Green Mountain flavor, period. I was inspired to create a cookie that you would love, but also that he would adore, given it's his favorite flavor.

Fair Trade Island Coconut Cookies by Bluebonnets & Brownies

 

I gathered as many coconutty mix-ins as I could, and even went so far as to separate the Almond Joy Pieces - think M&Ms with toasted coconut and almond inside - by color, only adding the brown and cream colored candies. (There may have been discussion of my OCD behaviors as I separated out the blue candies from the brown and cream.) You coconut lovers are going to really enjoy that Fair Trade Island Coconut Coffee makes an appearance in both the cookies and a yummy glaze for the top. Don't skip the glaze! It's so easy to make, and really adds something special to your afternoon coffee break.

As you read the recipe, you'll notice that I say to refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 20 minutes. This is a recommendation I would make to you for any cookie dough, not just my recipe. Cookie dough bakes and tastes better if it is allowed to get cold again before baking. That's why those store-bought ready-made doughs taste so darn good and look so uniform when baking. Refrigerating your homemade cookie dough will get you the same delicious results. Let's just say if you place a plate of these next to the office Keurig®brewer, you're going to be everyone's favorite co-worker. I hope you love them as much as we did!

 

Fair Trade Island Coconut Cookies by Bluebonnets & Brownies

Island Coconut Cookies

makes approximately 32 large cookies

Ingredients

For the Cookies

4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 1/2 cups of butter, melted (3 sticks)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup Fair Trade Island Coconut coffee
2 large eggs
1 cup Almond Joy Pieces
1 cup toasted angel flake coconut
1 cup cocoa dusted almonds, chopped

For the Glaze
1/4 cup Green Mountain Coffee Fair Trade Island Coconut coffee
3 tablespoons cream cheese
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions

For the Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Brew a cup of Green Mountain Fair Trade Island Coconut Coffee. Use the smallest setting your Keurig allows. I used my 4 oz setting. Allow the coffee to come to room temperature, placing in the refrigerator if necessary to speed up the process.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, kosher salt, baking soda and quick cooking oats. Use a whisk to combine the ingredients evenly and aerate the flour. Set aside.

When the oven is heated, place the angel flake coconut on a parchment lined baking sheet in an even layer and place in the oven. Bake for 7-12 minutes, checking often in the last 5 minutes of cooking. The coconut should toast to a spotty golden brown. Don't expect all of the coconut to change color.

Remove from the oven immediately if you see any pieces start to get dark brown. Turn the oven off again once toasted.

In the bowl of a food processor, place the cup of cocoa dusted almonds. Pulse repeatedly until the almonds are fairly small chunks.

In a medium bowl, combine the cooled coconut, cocoa dusted almond pieces and Almond Joy pieces. Mix by hand until evenly distributed, then set aside.

Melt the sticks of butter in a microwave safe bowl, then allow them to cool slightly. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter, both sugars, vanilla, and coffee. Mix on low until combined, then add the two eggs. Mix on medium speed for 3-4 minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Add flour mixture in increments, mixing on low after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl before you add more flour each time. When flour mix is completely incorporated, add the toasted coconut mixture and mix on low or by hand until the mix-ins are well distributed.

Place the entire bowl of dough in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes, though half an hour is better.

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Using a large cookie scoop, scoop 9 cookies at a time onto a parchment lined baking tray. Place the dough back in the refrigerator after you dish out each set of 9.

Bake for roughly 17 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown. Allow them to cool for a moment on the tray, then remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before glazing.

 

For the Glaze

In the bowl of a mixer or small mixing bowl, combine coffee, powdered sugar, and cream cheese. Mix on medium high until the cream cheese has completely mixed in and the glaze becomes fairly thick. Add more powdered sugar if you would like the glaze to be thicker.

When the cookies are completely cool, spread them out on paper towel. Place the glaze in a frosting bag or ziptop bag. Seal the bag by twisting to remove all the air, pushing all the glaze into one sealed corner of the bag for piping. Cut a very small tip off the corner of the bag, then pipe glaze onto the cookies in any pattern you like (I did a criss-cross zig-zag). Allow the glaze to set for at least an hour, then place the cookies in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for freshness. Serve alongside strong cups of Green Mountain Coffee Fair Trade Island Coconut coffee!

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Welcome Back Fair Trade Island Coconut Coffee

We’ve missed you, Fair Trade Island Coconut®. We’ve missed you in bags; we’ve missed you in K-Cup® packs for our Keurig® brewer. We’ve missed your freshly grated coconut aroma. We’ve missed the fruity, fresh, exotic sensation you give us with the first (second, third…) sip we take in the morning (afternoon, evening…). We’ve missed the subtle sweetness of your lightly roasted Central American coffee. We’ve missed the warmer days and tropical nights that your Spring debut beckons. We’ve missed that good feeling we have when we sip you knowing that farmers are getting a fair wage for your Fair Trade certification.

Fair Trade Island Coconut K-Cup Coffee

Welcome back to our coffee mug, dear Island Coconut. And thank you for sticking around for Summer, too (available until August 3, 2012, or while supplies last).

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Fair Trade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cupcake Recipe

Amber of Bluebonnets & Brownies is back for her Fall coffee-inspired recipe!  And I only need four words to introduce her latest recipe: Fair Trade Pumpkin Spice!

This is the recipe I've been waiting all year to write. Recently, a promotional email from Green Mountain Coffee® went out. The subject line? "Pumpkin Spice is Here!". The text of the message? "Some people wait all year for this."

Yeah. I fully admit it. I'm pretty sure I inspired that marketing genius. Because I do. I wait all year. Or, actually, I try not to wait all year. I try to buy as many Pumpkin Spice K-Cup® portion packs as I can get my grubby little hands on, and then I hoard them, rationing myself to 2 (okay, 3) cups a day, praying that they'll last through to August.

It never works out. I just can't get enough of the Fair Trade Pumpkin Spice coffee.

Two years ago, my husband added fuel to the fire, buying me a Keurig Milk Frother for our anniversary. In November.

Autumn + Pumpkin Spice + Milk Frother = one jittery recipe writer full of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, my friends. I don't regret a single cup.


I knew we had to go sweet for this recipe. Our last recipe was savory, Island Coconut Chicken Curry, if you remember. But there's really only one direction you want to go when it comes to pumpkin and spice and everything nice - and that's straight down Sugar Lane.

 

The first recipe I ever had featured on Green Mountain Café was a chocolate mayonnaise cake. A recipe near and dear to my heart because it was my grandfather's. It relies heavily on strong coffee for its signature flavor, and so I wondered, how would a Spice Cake with a coffee and mayonnaise base be?

If the email I received from my husband's coworker this morning is anything to go by, not only does this cake work, the combination of the coffee-base and Pumpkin Spice coffee infused buttercream are, and I quote, "like manna from the Gods". (He often foists the extras of my creations off on his co-workers - it's actually made him quite popular!)

I hope that you enjoy Pumpkin Spice coffee, and Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes, as much as I have. They both embody everything I have come to love about the Fall: cozy comfort, inviting warmth, and enticing aromas.

Happy Autumn, everyone!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cupcakes

makes 16-18

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 cup packed Brown Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 teaspoon All Spice

1 cup Mayonnaise - no substitutes!
1 cup (8 oz) Green Mountain Coffee Fair Trade Pumpkin Spice Coffee, cooled
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and all spice. Stir completely with a wire whisk - this will allow the ingredients to distribute evenly and also aerate.

In a smaller bowl, combine mayonnaise, coffee, and vanilla extract. Whisk as well, until ingredients are well mixed.

Stir wet ingredients into dry, mixing completely to make batter.

Line 12 count muffin tins with paper liners, or spray with cooking spray. Using a 1/4 cup measure, scoop batter into each muffin well. You should end up with exactly 18 cupcakes if you use the 1/4 cup measure.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake removes cleanly. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened to room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons cold Green Mountain Coffee Fair Trade Pumpkin Spice Coffee
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

Directions
In a stand mixer, or using a hand mixer, cream butter until it is light and fluffy - 4-10 minutes at least. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add coffee one tablespoon at a time, mixing again after each addition, and then vanilla and pumpkin pie spice.

My kitchen was very warm, so my icing seemed a bit too soft at this point. I refrigerated it to stiffen it up, and then re-mixed it when I was ready to frost my cupcakes. If after refrigeration the frosting seems too stiff, add 1 tablespoon of half and half and mix well again with your mixer. Alternate between tablespoons of half and half and Pumpkin Spice Coffee until frosting reaches your desired consistency.

Cupcakes and frosting will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

 

 

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Mocha Coconut Coffee Recipe

With Fair Trade Island Coconut® now officially our new summer seasonal flavor, it seems like a good time to share our recipe for a tropical treat.  Three words: Chocolate and coconut.  Yes, please!

 

Mocha Coconut: Bagged

 


Mocha Coconut: K-Cup® portion pack

 

  • Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings (optional).

Simple and oh-so delicious on a chilly summer night … or day.  Really, we’ll sip on this drink any day of the week! If you make this at home, remember to take a picture and share it on our Facebook page!

 

 

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Ask the Coffee Lab: How Many Calories are in My Mug?

“How many calories are in my cup of Green Mountain Coffee?”


- From a slew of curious coffee lovers

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Coffee is non-nutritive, meaning it has no nutritional value. Being a studious fellow, I looked on our own website and verified that a typical 6-oz. serving of black, drip coffee has 2 calories. Which I may have just burned off typing this last sentence. Our flavored coffees like Fair Trade Island Coconut®? Free of calories and carbs. Brilliant!

Just remember: I'm talking black coffee. If you put sugar or honey in there, they add calories. If you put Organic Valley Half and Half in your coffee like I do, you can see the results when you go to the beach for the first time in July. Time for the 2%.

Of course, 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.  Some even say that you are more likely to be friendly to other people if you have a hot cup of coffee in your hands. (There are a lot of friendly folks around our office – just saying).

There's a good chart on our web site that explains the ins and outs of coffee nutritional information here: http://www.greenmountaincoffee.com/nutrition.aspx

So - the moral of this story? Time for another cup of coffee for me!

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Island Coconut Chicken Curry Recipe

It's the first day of summer and you know what that means?  A new, mouthwatering recipe from the mind of Amber of Bluebonnets & Brownies.  She's brought us two scrumptious coffee-strewn desserts and now... now she helps us answer the age-old question: What's for dinner?

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Last time, I went over the top sweet with Wild Mountain Blueberry® Coffee Pound Cake. Now, there's nothing in the world wrong with sweet, delicious baked goods - but when you're talking about Fair Trade Island Coconut® Coffee, a sweet dessert just seemed a little too obvious to me.

I decided I should challenge myself, and you, by turning Island Coconut into a savory dish. Island Coconut is such a fun coffee flavor. We enjoy it around here as the perfect finish to a meal, practically dessert in a coffee cup. So turning it into a dinner ingredient just upped the ante on one of my favorite Green Mountain Coffee flavors.

Folks, I like to think just maybe I hit this one out of the proverbial ballpark. Whether you've ever had Indian food before or not, I implore you to try making this dish. The majority of the ingredients will be familiar to you, and once you've added curry powder to your spice cabinet, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Island Coconut Chicken Curry is best served over Basmati or Long Grain white rice, with a side of Naan bread. Naan is a pillowy flat bread native to Indian cuisine. You can usually find it in your grocer's bakery area, but if you can't, feel free to substitute some freshly made tortillas. I certainly won't tell!

You can make this curry as directed in a dutch oven or large saute pan, or use a slow cooker for an incredibly easy weeknight dinner.

In the recipe below, I've linked to where you can find the two curry powders I used. You should also be able to find a variety of curry powders in your local spice store, and at least one variety is usually carried at major grocery chains. You're welcome to change up the style of curry powders if you like more heat.  The two I used are fairly mild, and work incredibly well with coconut, which, after all, is the star of this show.

Island Coconut Chicken Curry


Serves 4

 

1 medium onion (about 1/2 cup), diced
1 large red pepper (about 3/4 cup), diced
4-6 cloves of garlic
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
4 oz half and half or plain yogurt (I used half and half)
6 oz freshly brewed, hot Green Mountain Island Coconut coffee (I used the smallest setting on my Keurig)
1 tbsp maharajah curry powder
2 tbsp rogan josh curry powder
1/2 tsp red chili flakes (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp olive or canola oil
1 1/2 lbs. skinless chicken breast or thighs, diced into 1" cubes
1 cup frozen diced okra
fresh cilantro for garnish

Place onion, red pepper, garlic, tomato paste, coffee, cream or yogurt, both curry powders, chili flakes, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender. Pulse to combine until you have a semi-smooth sauce.

In a large frying pan or dutch oven, heat oil on high. Add chicken pieces and season with salt and pepper to taste. Allow to brown for 10-15 minutes, stirring often.

Add okra pieces to the pan, and cover with curry sauce. Allow to simmer, covered, on low to medium heat for 30-40 minutes, giving the flavors time to combine. Stir every 10 minutes or so.

If making in a slow cooker, cook on low for 6-8 hours or 4 hours on high.

Serve over rice, and garnish with fresh cilantro.

 

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Summer Catalog - It's Cool and Convenient!

Summer is upon us! We spend much of our time in anticipation of this time of year, only to watch it go by in an instant.

How would you describe the perfect summer day? Maybe you feel like James Dent, who said that the perfect summer day "is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken." Or maybe your perfect summer day involves friends, family, and a barbecue. Or perhaps you're the type that prefers to beat the heat by staying inside and chilling by the air conditioner.

Since summer tends to be so short, many of us like to keep our lives a bit simpler so we have time to enjoy it.  That's how we can help!  We're serving up the convenience of shopping from wherever you are and having your favorite coffees, teas, and beverages shipped directly to you.  Our summer catalog is just the tool to do this! It's lightweight, portable, and offers you plenty of choices.  Keep watching your mailbox for your copy!

Highlights from our summer issue:


If you forget to take your catalog with you, don't worry, you can view it digitally, page by page, right here.

If you are not currently on our mailing list and would like to be, please visit our catalog request page on our website: www.greenmountaincoffee.com/CatalogRequest.

From all of us at Green Mountain Coffee, have a happy, safe, and healthy summer.

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Our Top 5 Tax Day Brews

April 18th is soon upon us, and you know what that means: Tax Day. While we’re sure that most have had their taxes done for a long, long time, we thought that some may need a few revelations to finish this annual ritual on time.

And what revelation is better than the kind you get with Green Mountain Coffee?

Without further ado, here are our top 5 picks for the best Tax Day, revelation ready coffees:


5. Fair Trade Island Coconut – The Fair Trade coffee that reminds you of the trip to beach you’ll take after you’re done!  Plus, the coconut aroma is sure to spur you forward.
4. Harvard Blend – A blend that invites studied contemplation and may give you the smarts to take care of those line items.
3. Fair Trade Organic Sumatran Reserve – Extra Bold, Fair Trade, and ready to propel you to the finish line with this fierce cup!
2. Breakfast Blend Travel Mug: A classic, go-to coffee to help you out.  Plus, this travel mug size is packed with more coffee, so you can keep your eyes open to crunch those numbers.
1. Dark Magic® – Really, a little abracadabra never hurt.




Here’s to getting to the post office before 11:59 PM!  And remember: You can do it!

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Our Spring Catalog Has Sprung!

Here in Vermont, we are clinging to the hope of spring's arrival (despite what the calendar says). Maybe you're still waiting for it, too.  To help expedite its arrival, we're putting you in a spring state of mind with our Spring catalog, which should be showing up in your mailbox any day now.

A couple of the highlights in this issue are:


  • The return of our Limited Edition Spring Coffees: a 10 oz. bag of Fair Trade Spring Revival Blend, and Fair Trade Island Coconut in both bag and K-Cups®.

  • Brew Over Ice coffees and teas--nothing says, "Bring on the warm weather" like refreshing iced beverages!

  • An offer for 15% off your order (see the back cover of the catalog for details).


In the next week or so, you will be able to view our entire spring catalog online!  Be on the lookout for a link to our Digital Catalog on our site.  With the digital catalog, you can easily flip through its pages and click on an item, which will take you to the product page on our website--a very convenient way to browse and shop!

If you are not currently on our mailing list and would like to be, please visit our catalog request page on our website: www.greenmountaincoffee.com/CatalogRequest

Remember:  "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." ~Hal Borland.




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