K-Cup Flavors

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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Mocha Cake Recipe


 

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

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1 ½ cups flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

6 tablespoons vegetable oil

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

Powdered sugar

Directions:

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

Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

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

Makes 9 Servings. Enjoy! 

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Maximum Brewing Action Satisfaction

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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Happy National Hot Tea Month!

 

 

As we’re well into the winter months, it is reassuring to know we have a little something called tea to keep us cozy throughout those icy days and blizzard-like nights. Tea is the sister to coffee and I’m sure there have been many fights over what brings the heat as far as the hot drink of choice.

Personally, there is something to be said about tea. Lighter on the palate and, although it doesn't have that caffeinated one-two punch, it certainly soothes the soul.

So, when you finally do find yourself craving that perfect balance of warmth and flavor, the next journey would be to drink your way through those different types of teas to decipher your favorite.

If you're looking to unwind for the day and get to bed at a decent hour, you may be quick to grab a cup of Celestial Seasonings® Sleepytime® K-Cup® Herbal Tea or  Celestial Seasonings® Decaf Green Tea K-Cup® Tea , infused with white tea.

If you want that exotic feeling and are trying to escape to an international getaway, Celestial Seasonings® Mandarin Orange Spice® K-Cup® Tea or Celestial Seasonings® India Spice Chai K-Cup® Tea  may be your one-way ticket to another time and place.

If you’re looking to visit your friends across the pond, Tetley® Tea British Blend Decaf Tea or Bigelow® English Breakfast Tea K-Cup® Pack could be what you really fancy, my darling!

So, let’s have a toast to all our tea drinkers and our favorite tea K-Cup packs! Here’s to National Hot Tea Month! Pinky up! (Too much?) 

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Jamaica Blue Mountain® and 100% Kona: This Season’s Special Reserves

Calling all coffee connoisseurs (and the friends who buy them gifts). We are pleased to announce the arrival of two highly prized Special Reserve coffees from Green Mountain Coffee®: Jamaica Blue Mountain® and 100% Kona. This isn’t something for just the French Press folks, these limited edition coffees are available in K-Cup® packs as well as bags. Both package options come with an informational brochure and are specially designed to make an elegant gift presentation.

Here’s a taste of each unique variety.

Jamaica Blue Mountain® is a coffee that is world-renowned for its exceptional flavor. So much so, that coffee experts ask for it by name. It is a complex coffee that presents a cup of well-rounded contrasts. You’ll find rich notes of chocolate, cherry, and plum, while hints of melon, lemon, and lime also shine through. The body is heavy with a silky, smooth finish.

100% Kona is one of the world’s most prized, award-winning coffees. It is a cheerfully bright, but delicate coffee that expresses dry, Chardonnay-like notes while presenting refreshing hints of tropical fruit, tart green apple, and dried citrus. It’s incomparable aroma is pleasantly floral with an almond sweetness.

These coffees, as with all Green Mountain Coffee® Special Reserves, are nurtured on the small farms we encounter during journeys to familiar origins and emerging coffee regions. They are carefully sourced and expertly roasted to bring out the best in every bean.

They’re also limited in supply, so don’t wait too long to order them!

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Barista Beef Stew Recipe

 

We all know how much turkey we ate during Thanksgiving, and now, as we come upon Christmastime and other major holidays, we know we will indulge in  ham, pork, and, do we dare say again, even more turkey? And so, we’ve been trying to counter that poultry malaise with a slew of other dinner options. We have one more for the month: Barista Beef Stew!  A one pot meal, beef stew sticks to your ribs, fills you up, and warms you all over. No wonder cowboys make it on the trail.  Being who we are, we had to add a little of Barista Prima® Italian Roast coffee to the mix, which helps to bring out the flavor of the mushrooms and thyme. Cowboy, meet barista.

Barista Beef Stew

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lbs. boneless beef chuck, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • 1 Barista Prima Italian Roast K-Cup® or Vue® pack, brewed at 8-oz. setting
  • 1 14-oz. can beef broth
  • 12-oz. whole button or cremini mushrooms
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, minced

 

Directions

Heat large Dutch oven and add 1 Tablespoon oil. Cook beef in two batches, browning on all sides.  Transfer to bowl or plate.  Add remaining oil to Dutch oven along with onions, garlic, and thyme.

Cook, stirring, 5-minutes or until softened.  Add wine, coffee and broth, scrapping up brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Transfer the beef and accumulated juices back to the Dutch oven and add mushrooms and bay leaf.  Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1-hour.

Add carrots and simmer, covered, 30-minutes or until beef is tender.  Stir in peas and parsley and cook for 5-minutes or until cooked through.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Salted Caramel Coffee Recipe

 

There are few things more alluring than the perfect combination of sweet and salty.  A sugar rush with a saltine kick.  Pretzels and chocolate.  Peanuts and marshmallows.  Caramel and sea salt.   Ah, yes, the proverbial salted caramel.  The buttery, sticky confection ripe with scattered bursts of salt crystals.  Of course, the sticky-factor has been known to cause trouble for my pearly whites – hence the idea to incorporate all the flavors of salted caramel into a warm, indulgent coffee drink.  Sip on this beauty – heaped with whipped cream, of course – after a short rib dinner, and just...drift away.

Salted Caramel Coffee

Serves 1

Ingredients

 

Directions

In large mug, mix cocoa powder and caramel sauce until smooth.  Brew coffee into mug, add milk and stir to combine.  Top with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, and a pinch of sea salt.  Indulge.

 

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Coffee Braised Short Ribs Recipe

 

The word you’re looking for is tender, my friends.  Succulent.  Juicy.  Melt-in-your-mouth, shut-the-front-door, where-have-you-been-all-my-life? tender.   At least, that’s what our tasting crew here on the blog came up with to describe these coffee braised short ribs.  Give this recipe a try with Coffee People® Black Tiger coffee for an extra stripe of earthy flavor. Bold Coffee. Bold Personality.  Bold (tender) ribs. Eat on.

Coffee Braised Short Ribs

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs. short ribs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 Extra Bold Coffee K-Cup® or Vue® pack, brewed at 8-oz. setting

Directions

Preheat oven to 325° F. Season short ribs with salt and pepper.  Heat Dutch oven large enough to hold all the ribs in one layer over medium-high heat.  Add oil; when warm, add ribs a few at a time and brown on all sides.  Transfer ribs to plate.

Remove all but 1 Tablespoon of rendered fat from the Dutch oven.  Add onions and carrots and cook for 5-minutes over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Add tomato paste and cook 1-minute, stirring.  Pour wine and coffee into the Dutch oven.  Cook over high heat, scrapping up brown bits on the bottom of the Dutch oven, for 1-minute.  Return ribs to the Dutch oven.  Note that ribs will not be completely covered with liquid.

Transfer Dutch oven to preheated over.  Cook until ribs are tender, for about 2 ½ hours.  Turn ribs over halfway through cooking time. Uncover and cook until ribs fall apart, about 30-minutes more. 

Strain sauce into heatproof measuring cup and skim off fat.  Serve ribs with sauce.

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Vegetarian Chipotle Black Bean Chili Recipe

Vegetarian Chipotle Black Bean Chili

Chilly temperatures call for spicy chili.  But not just any chili – a wham-bam, ka-pow style chili thanks to a special ingredient: coffee.  Oh, but not just any coffee: French Roast.  The mother of all coffees – the deepest, darkest, most intense roast out there.  French Roast brings a strong, smoky flavor to the party that enhances anything it touches, including spice.  And this chili has spice thanks to our good friends: chili powder and chipotle.   Throw together a pot of this chili and prepare for your football/track meet/lazy Sunday experience to be turned up to 11. 

Vegetarian Chipotle Black Bean Chili

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeds and stem removed, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes with added puree
  • 1 French Roast Coffee K-Cup® or Vue® pack, brewed at 8-oz setting
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo, minced
  • 3 15-oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Grated Vermont cheddar cheese, sour cream, fresh chives to garnish, as desired

 

Vegetarian Chipotle Black Bean Chili

 

Directions

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat.  Add onions and pepper and cook until tender and beginning to turn golden, about 8- to 10-minutes.

Add garlic, chili powder, and cumin.  Cook 1-minute.  Add tomatoes, coffee, and chipotle.  Bring to a simmer.  Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30-minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add beans and salt.  Bring mixture to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until mixture thickens slightly, stirring often, about 30-minutes.  Season to taste with additional salt, if necessary.  Garnish with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and chives, if desired.

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Happy National Hot Mulled Cider Day!

Delicious Recipes for Hot Mulled Cider

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

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

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

Hot Mulled Cider

Ingredients (serves 1)

Directions

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

Happy Hot Mulled Cider Day, everyone!

 

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Barista Prima Caffe Rouge Coffee Recipe

Barista Prima Caffe Rouge Coffee Recipe

Bold French Roast.  Exotic vanilla.  Creamy ricotta. And fresh…beets?  Yes, the combination may sound odd, but when they win the Best Signature coffee drink award in the 2009 Italian Barista Championship you know there’s something to it.  The presentation alone is noteworthy - a striking fuchsia with a stunning bullseye – but the flavor – a balance of smoky Barista Prima Coffeehouse® French Roast, tart ricotta, and bright sweetness of the beets - makes this a favorite treat for coffee connoisseurs.  Make this recipe for your next brunch and see their eyes widen and their mouths ask for more.

 

Caffé Rouge

Serves 5

Ingredients

-       3.5 oz small red beets

-       Pinch of salt

-       1/2 cup heavy cream, divided

-       1 teaspoons confectioner’s sugar

-       1/8 teaspoon vanilla

-       4 oz (1/2 cup) ricotta cheese

-       3 tablespoons granulated sugar

-       1/4 cup milk

-       1 Barista Prima Coffeehouse® French Roast K-Cup® or Vue® pack

 

Directions

  1. Peel beets and trim ends. If using larger beets, cut into ¾" pieces. Place beets in a steamer and sprinkle lightly with just a pinch of salt.
  2. Steam beats over simmering water for 35-45 minutes, until very soft. Chill beets in the refrigerator at least 1 hour.
  3. To make Chantilly cream, combine 1/4 cup of cream, confectioner's sugar and vanilla in a small bowl. Whip until slightly thickened, but before any soft peaks form. Chill until ready to use.
  4. Combine cooked beets, ricotta cheese, granulated sugar, milk and remaining cream in a blender. Puree until completely smooth. The mixture should be easily pourable. Add more milk and cream in equal measure if mixture is too thick to pour.
  5. Set out 5 6oz glasses. Pour ¼ cup beet cream mixture in to each glass. Spoon in 2 tablespoons Chantilly cream in the center of each glass.
  6. Brew Barista Prima® French Roast into a glass measuring cup.
  7. Very slowly pour about 3 tablespoons coffee in the middle of each cream circle.
  8. Serve immediately.
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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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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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Wellness Hits Today

Now this is a nice call-out: Last week, Today.com mentioned Green Mountain Coffee® Antioxidant Blend K-Cup® packs as a good grab-and-go option for  wellness conscious coffee drinkers out there.  And we agree! Antioxidant Blend is a good source of antioxidant vitamins C and E and it’s still deeply satisfying.  We actually have an entire line of Wellness Brewed™ beverages to choose from on those hectic mornings.  This way, drinkers can enjoy the perfect combination of smart choices and great taste. Green Mountain Coffee®, Vitamin Burst®, and Celestial Seasonings® all feature beverages that are part of the Wellness Brewed™ line.

Green Mountain Coffee® Antioxidant Blend: Contains 10% Daily Value of Antioxidant Vitamins C and E per 8 fl. oz. serving.

Green Mountain Coffee® Focus Blend: Rich, well-balanced brew with 50mg of L-Theanine in every 8fl. oz. serving.

Vitamin Burst® Acai Berry and Vitamin Burst® Strawberry Pomegranate: Each 8-oz serving is high in antioxidant vitamin C, naturally sweetened with no artificial colors or flavors, and caffeine-free

Celestial Seasonings® Antioxidant Max™ Green Tea Blood Orange Start Fruit and Celestial Seasonings® Antioxidant Max™ Blackberry Pomegranate Green Tea: Traditional green tea leaves and potent green tea extract (two natural sources of flavonoids) plus 20% of your daily antioxidant Vitamin C per 8 fl. oz. serving.

Anything sound good to you?

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How Will You Handle The Temptation on National Blueberry Muffin Day?

Celebrate National Blueberry Muffine Day with Wild Mountain Blueberry Coffee

Tomorrow is a holiday dedicated to one of my favorite pastries: National Blueberry Muffin Day! The bad news is this holiday falls right in the middle of swimsuit season, where this treat just isn’t on my breakfast list. If you’re in my boat, we have to wonder: how do we avoid the inevitable temptations of tasty baked goods on this unique national holiday? The answer is simple: flavored coffee. Flavored coffees can satisfy your sweet tooth without the calorie worries, and I’m here to reveal some of my favorite flavors.

First, the classics: Hazelnut and French Vanilla are always delicious. These two flavors are simple and satisfying. Hazelnut, a personal favorite of mine from Green Mountain Coffee®, perfectly embodies the toasted, buttery, hazelnut flavors that everybody loves. French Vanilla is lusciously rich and smooth and captures the flavors of old-time creamy vanilla custard. To sweeten the deal, each K-Cup® pack is calorie-free and guilt-free, so these treats won’t interrupt your summer journey to wellness.

If you want to spice it up a little more, why not drink your favorite treat regret-free? Timothy’s® German Chocolate Cake coffee, Donut House® Cinnamon Roll coffee, Timothy’s® Cinnamon Pastry coffee, and  Donut House® Chocolate Glazed Donut coffee are all to die for! You might think you’re biting into a slice of German chocolate cake or a warm cinnamon roll, but really, you’re drinking a calorie-free and oh-so mouthwatering treat.

Finally, the most appropriate way to celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day and be proud of your will power is to embrace Green Mountain Coffee® Wild Mountain Blueberry® coffee! You might think blueberry coffee sounds crazy, but after you try it, you’ll fall for the juicy, sweet, oh-so-slightly buttery aroma and the sun-kissed wild blueberry with a hint of caramel flavor. What better way to curb your craving for a blueberry muffin than with a hot cup of Wild Mountain Blueberry® coffee in the morning?

Flavored coffees are my hidden secret this summer. The taste of each flavor makes me feel like I’m eating the treat – no more cravings for me. So this summer, try one of these tasty coffee flavors and celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day the right way. Branch out on this special day and try a wild flavor like Wild Mountain Blueberry® - who knows, it may be a new favorite.

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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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Helping My Mom Chill Out

Amy's Mom Chilling Out

My parents recently bought their first Keurig® brewer as a show of support for when I became a genuine Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. employee. In contrast to their 27-year-old drip maker, the Keurig® brewer was clean, fast, and – most important for my mother who panics when she has to use an ATM – easy to use. She called me the other day to let me know how nice it was that she no longer had to choke down my father’s “Hair on Your Chest” coffee and that she could enjoy what he calls her “Fru-fru Flavored” brews.

In that moment, I decided she was ready for the next level in K-Cup® pack satisfaction.

Me: You know, Mom, you can also make cold drinks from the brewer. Iced tea and lemonade, n’stuff.

Mom: Oh, no, I didn’t realize that. I don’t drink iced tea anymore (Estelle thought it could lead to kidney stones), but lemonade would be nice.

Me: Yeah, it’s actually just the same process as brewing hot drinks.

Mom: I didn’t see a cold button on the machine. Where is that?

Me: There isn’t one. You’re still brewing hot, but you do it over ice in a glass…well, not in a glass. Don’t use glass.

Mom: How come?

Me: Remember that time I tried to cool a pot of hot soup by putting it on the glass shelf in the refrigerator?

Mom: That was a mess.

Me: Yeah. So use a plastic tumbler. Just fill it with ice and brew like you would a regular cup of coffee.

Mom: I could make an iced coffee!

Me: For sure. Except, you’re supposed to use special Brew Over Ice K-Cup® packs. They’re more concentrated so the melting ice doesn’t dilute the flavor too much.

Mom: Wow, Amy, you sure know your stuff. Of all my children, you are clearly the smartest.

OK, I may have embellished that last part, but the soup disaster is totally true. The cool part is that my mom gets to show off to all her friends how Keurig®-savvy she is.

And now, you can, too!

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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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Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipe: Tully’s Coffee Cake

Tully’s Coffee Cake Recipe for Mother's Day

You have the coffee to make mom feel extra special on Mother’s Day morning, but what to serve with it?  We have a slew of favorite recipes from Amber to wow your mom (her Wild Mountain Blueberry™ pound cake comes to mind), but how about a salute to mom's favorite full-bodied, artisanal flavor with a tender slice of coffee cake from our Vermont kitchen? 

Tully’s® Coffee Cake

Ingredients

Streusel:

- ¾ cup sugar

- 1 teaspoon cinnamon

- ¾ cup walnuts or pecans

Cake:

- 3 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour

- 2 teaspoons baking powder

- 1 teaspoon baking soda

- 1 ½ teaspoons salt

- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

- 6 ounces Tully’s® Italian Roast, cold

- ¾ cup sour cream

- 12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened

- 1 ¾ cups sugar

- 3 large eggs

Glaze:

- 2 ounces Tully’s® Italian Roast, cold

- 2 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted

Directions

- Brew 8 ounces Tully’s® Italian Roast (available in bags, K-Cup® and Vue® packs). Place in refrigerator to cool for at least 2 hours prior to using.

- Preheat oven to 350° F.

- Butter and flour either a Bundt pan or a 13x9 inch baking pan. Set aside.

Prepare streusel. Finely chop nuts, and then combine with sugar and cinnamon. Set aside for later use.

- Prepare dry ingredients of cake. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix well. Set aside.

- In a separate bowl prepare, combine 6 ounces cold Tully’s® Italian Roast, vanilla, and sour cream. Whisk. Set aside.

- In a separate bowl, beat together the softened butter and 1 ¾ cups sugar until fluffy and light. If using a standing mixer, beat on medium for about 5 minutes. If using a hand mixer, beat on medium for about 10 minutes. Then, mix in 1 egg at a time on the low setting.

- Combine the coffee, vanilla, and sour cream mixture (previously set aside) with the butter, sugar, and egg mixture.

- Combine wet and dry ingredients in the following manner, stirring after each step. Combine ⅓ of dry mix with ½ wet mix and stir. Add ⅓ dry mix and remaining wet mix and stir. Add the remaining dry mix and stir. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure the batter is well mixed.

- Pour half of the batter into your baking pan. Add all of the streusel mixture, spread in an even layer. Top with remaining batter.

- Bake at 350° for about 60 - 70 minutes, until golden brown and the cake begins to pull away from sides of pan, and a knife or skewer, once inserted, comes out cleanly.

- Transfer cake to a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes. Then, if using a Bundt pan, invert cake onto rack or a serving plate; carefully remove pan (gently slide a knife around the side of the pan if necessary to loosen cake) and let cake cool completely.

- For glaze, mix sifted powdered sugar with remaining 2 ounces of cold Tully’s® Italian Roast until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake.

- Let glaze harden for a few minutes, and then serve (with even more Tully’s® Italian Roast paired with it).

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