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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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Coconut Café

Now that it is almost Spring, we're dreaming of the tropics! Let's settle for a Coconut Café indulgence, instead.

 

Ingredients: 

1 tablespoon of cream of coconut (regular or low-fat)

1 French Vanilla Coffee K-Cup® or Vue® pack, brewed at 6-ounce setting

Milk or creamer

Sweetened whipped cream

1/2 teaspoon of toasted, shredded coconut

Directions:

Spoon cream of coconut into mug. Brew coffee into mug, add milk or creamer to taste, stir and combine. Garnish with whipped cream and toasted coconut.

To toast coconut: Add grated coconut to a small non-stick pan and heat over low heat for 2 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 1 Serving.

Happy brewing! 

 

 

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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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Poached Pears Recipe

When you're living in New England, great fruit is very hard to come by during those winter months. One fruit that always brings a smile to my face and an appetite to my 3 pm snack belly, however, is a Bartlett pear. Pears, so majestic and juicy, really do bring that extra something special and mysterious to the table. They are found donned in nicely wrapped gift baskets and we all love when we spot them in a fruit bowl. 

We thought the perfect dessert and anytime snack (er, treat), would be to poach the pear, while adding a fusion of coffee and brown sugar, which makes a nice, yet subtle, syrup. Yum! 

So here we are and we hope you enjoy this recipe, too. 

Ingredients: 

1 Colombian K-Cup® or Vue® pack, brewed at 8-ounce setting

2 cups of water

1/3 cup of brown sugar

4 Pears, peeled, halved, and cored 

Directions:

Combine coffee, water, and brown sugar in a large skillet. Add pears. Bring liquid to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 8 minutes. Carefully flip pears over using a rubber spatula and poach another 10 minutes or until pears are tender and liquid has formed a syrup. To serve, drizzle syrup over pears. 

Makes 4 servings. 

Enjoy! 

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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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The Sweetest Day of the Year

 

It's that sweet, sweet time of year again! Roses, over-sized stuffed bears holding single roses, and conversation hearts placed into neat little packaging, all ready to be delivered today, because it's VALENTINE'S DAY! So grab your loved ones and celebrate with them, because today is the day of LOVE. 

We are obsessing over this Valentine's Day candy box filled with some of our favorite K-Cup packs! 

Why not save all those calories for a caramel filled chocolate truffle and brew a cup of Donut House Collection® Chocolate Glazed Donut K-Cup® pack instead? Give your honey some chocolate, for goodness sake! 

 

Speaking of caramel, Café Escapes® Café Caramel K-Cup® Pack leaves us drooling, after we get one smell of that buttery, silky, smooth fragrance of pure indulgence. 

 

For those of us that need some chai time, look no further than a Café Escapes® Chai Latte K-Cup® Pack, The perfect marriage of black tea and exotic spices is right inside a cup of this latte. You'll be so relaxed, you'll be ready for a day with the spa, in no time! 

 

We love spoiling our kids on Valentine's Day, too! Share a cup of Swiss Miss® Hot Cocoa with your youngsters as a great after school treat. 

 

How would you pack your candy box full of K-Cup® Packs? 

 

Whatever goodies you may include in your box, we hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and a few chocolates too. 

 

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! 

 

 

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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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Day 21 of New Year’s Resolutions ~ Pep Talk


We’re almost there, folks.  It’s been 21 says since we began this New Year, and our resolve is stronger than ever to make small steps toward our goals.   And by “stronger than ever,” I do mean, we’re trying our darndest to make these resolutions happen.  Because, let’s be frank: this is hard.  It’s hard to start a new habit when life and old routines come into play.  It’s easier to ignore a plan to iron all of my shirts right out of the drier and choose to surf the web for an extra few minutes (or hours) instead.  It’s easier to stop running at mile 3 on the treadmill rather than going for the 10k.  It’s easier to shove my delivery of K-Cup® packs under my sink, out of the way, rather than, you know, actually put them where I’d see them in the morning.  

At day 21, I’m looking for a little inspiration to keep moving forward.  Something new.  Something handy.  Something to make the follow-through easier than the old habit.  Thankfully, there are some things that could help some of our team’s goals:

1.       Write More Hand-written LettersBuy stamps.  It’s that simple - if you have postage than that’s one less barrier to sending out a note.  No excuses when you’ve just committed cash to the exercise.

2.       Try New RecipesMeal plan.  Plan for the week, once a week, and add in one - just one - new recipe to the mix, even if it’s just making spiced nuts for an afternoon snack. 

3.       Be Organized:  Continue with the basics: those K-Cup packs shoved under the sink.  You’ll be more organized if you see what you have in your selection, so get a storage device to bring them out onto the counter in a stylish way.    

 

Small steps, my friends.  Small steps on day 21 to make the new plan easier than the old.  We can do it! 

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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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Two Festive Beverages for Cold Winter Nights

Double Spicy Eggnog Coffee & Caramel Gingerbread Cream Coffee Recipes

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

Double Spicy Eggnog Coffee

Ingredients

Directions

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

Add lightly steamed or warmed eggnog to the mug.

Top with whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg.

 

Caramel Gingerbread Cream Coffee

Ingredients

Directions

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

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

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

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

 

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Grand Opening of The Keurig℠ Store

Last week, we congratulated our friends at Keurig when they opened their very first Keurig℠ Store! Located in the Burlington Mall® in Burlington, MA, the Keurig℠ Store provides a unique retail destination offering consumers the opportunity to experience the leading single cup system like never before!

In addition to carrying all of the Keurig® single cup brewers, including the Keurig® K-Cup® System, Keurig® Vue® System and Keurig® Rivo® Cappuccino and Latte System, the Keurig℠ Store is dedicated to giving its shoppers the ultimate Keurig experience!  One of the highlights of the store gives the consumer the opportunity to have fun with the “Pick-a-Pack” wall, which allows shoppers to create their very own, custom pack creation. The Keurig℠ Store also provides the consumer with on-site demonstrations, special promotions, new product offerings, and unique Keurig® accessories.  We're extremely excited to be involved and on the shelves, as well! Nantucket Blend or Pumpkin Spice, please?

Jump-start your holiday shopping with us and we hope to see you at the brand new Keurig℠ Store soon! Details for the Burlington Mall® here.

 

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Supporting Our Troops and Honoring Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a day when Americans pay tribute to those who serve our country.  Here at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) we honor our troops and we like to bring them a taste of home by providing coffee donations.  There’s a history of the military and their coffee; this article from The New York Times talks about it being their secret weapon.    

Fisher House is an organization that provides comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and veteran medical centers.  These homes enable family members of veterans to be close to their loved ones when the veterans are receiving in-hospital treatment for unexpected illness, disease, or injury.  GMCR provides a monthly coffee donation to over 20 Fisher House locations as well as several veterans hospitals.  Easy access to a good cup of coffee can be a small but meaningful comfort during the healing process.  The video below provides a great summary of Fisher House and their tremendous work.  

We also support active duty military personnel through a strategic partnership with an organization called Holy Joe’s Café.   Through this partnership we ship thousands of brewers and millions of K-Cup® packs to over 31 bases in combat zones.  Holy Joe’s Café provides coffee in a café-like setting where the troops can go for support from the Chaplains, listen to music on open mic nights, or just enjoy a great cup of Green Mountain Coffee®.

Our employees in Massachusetts often volunteer with Pease Greeters.  This group greets and thanks troops arriving and departing from Pease International Airport. 

We are proud to support our troops and veterans through these channels and believe these relationships help us get our coffee and brewers in the hands of more military personnel, and show our appreciation in the most equitable way possible.

In the words of Chaplin L. Ray, Hospital Corpsman, 3rd Class USN, “I’ve learned it’s the little things that matter most.  It’s that hot mug of coffee, it’s that letter from home, it’s a hug and a shoulder to cry on.  That’s what matters the most.  And it’s so much more than a hot mug of coffee or tea, to me.  It’s my touch of home!”

Thank you to all those that serve, to your families, and to all who support our veterans.

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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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Let’s Get Organized!

Did you know last Friday kicked off National Get Organized Week? I’m sure you knew, if it was displayed at your desktop, on a sticky note in your planner, or typed into your I-phone calendar. You get the idea.

It’s no surprise that each year seems to get busier and busier in our lives, from our hectic schedules at work or school, to making time with family and friends. The pace of our lives never ceases to amaze. And so, it is relieving to know there is one week in the year that is actually scheduled to ‘get organized’. What better way than the midst of the school year and fall season to learn a few tricks and tips for order and organization in our lives. So here are my top 5 tips to getting organized. Maybe you’ll find yourself trying a few out in your jam-packed day:

  1. Make lists. I am a big list maker and let me tell you, it does wonders. We do not realize sometimes that with such a long laundry list of to-do’s, if we do not actually write down what we need to get done, things may just slip between our fingers.. Sticky notes should be your best friend! Have fun with it by picking out neon stationary and different shapes and sizes to really stand out and will not be lost at your desk or on the kitchen fridge.
  2. Spring clean. Fall, Winter, & Summer, too! Although it is such a breath of fresh air to get out those lemon-infused cleaners and make our windows shine that beautiful day in May, ultimate cleaning should not be saved just for spring. Make sure you’re always refreshing your space, whether it’s re-decorating your study in your house or changing out your plain white towels for a pop of orange in the bathroom this fall! Even going through your closet every month –I know! – will help in your domination of organization! Any type of face-lift, however big or small, can definitely get you on the track of organization and a sense of zen.
  3. Store and put it away. For good. It’s always hard to let go of things that we may not necessarily need and that step of actually letting go is tough, trust me.  However, once you actually ask yourself when you last used a certain item, whether at home or at your office desk, it will be that much easier to cope with the loss and move on. Declutter space, even a little at a time.
  4. Stay calm! Overwhelming yourself will not help in organizing your day-to-day life. Try tackling one task at a time and you will be able to conquer all. Try sipping on a cup of Bigelow Green Tea, using your Keurig® brewer, while preparing to power through your organizational skills. 
  5. Make it fun! Whether you’re color coding, label making, or using some other fun and funky way of getting organized, you will see that it can actually be a creative challenge and one that will not make you cringe next time you organize your drawers! To give you that extra energy, go bold with Coffee People Jet Fuel K-Cup® packs. You'll really be ready for anything. And perhaps even a dance party! 

I hope you try out some of these tips and your day just might become that much more organized. Won’t it be a great feeling to then have more time to do all the things you love?

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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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