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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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Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day isn’t too far away, so make sure it’s time to make sure you get her the perfect gift. Struggling for some ideas? We wanted to make things easier for you this year with a gift guide of things to buy mom on her special day to go with that Keurig® brewer you got her last year.

1. When you were younger, you probably got one of those “#1 MOM” coffee mugs. You can still let your mom know she is #1 with a beautiful mug like, the Guatemalan Teal Mug. A lot of care went into making these hand painted Guatemalan mugs, and she'll know it, too.

2. You can’t always be there for her to help tidy up the house, but the Black and Silver K-Cup® Pack Storage Tower  will help her organizing the kitchen and keep things neat.

3. To make her day extra special, buy her some of her favorite Keurig® brewed beverages, like some Café Escapes® if your mom needs some “me time”, or maybe some Barista Prima® coffee for mothers who want to transport themselves to a European coffee house for the afternoon!

We have a lot more ideas on our website, in case your mom is more of a maple syrup or biscotti lover. No matter what you end up getting mom for Mother’s Day, make sure you give her all of the love and appreciation she deserves.

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Announcing Our Fall Catalog

For those of us in New England, the fall season conjures up images of brilliant fall foliage, apple picking, pumpkins, and a hint of chill in the air.  With the onset of this glorious season comes another highlight to fans of the Green Mountain Coffee® Family of Brands: our fall catalog! The fall edition of our catalog is jam-packed with a large assortment of coffees, teas, and beverages, as well as a variety of food, mugs, and gift baskets to help get you started with your holiday shopping.

A few highlights, for your reading pleasure: 

1. Our catalog opens with a Hot Apple Cider from Green Mountain Naturals®. Nothing says fall quite like a cup of hot apple cider—now available in both K-Cup® and Vue® packs.

2. Wellness Brewed™ Beverages:  A new collection of K-Cup® packs, created with your wellness in mind.  Included in this collection are two new coffees, two new teas, and Vitamin Burst™ fruit-brewed beverages.

3. The Gift of Discovery:  We are bringing you a few handicrafts from artisans that live and work in some of the world’s finest coffee-growing regions.

4. Vue® Brewer, the next generation Keurig® brewer!

5. Accessorize your Keurig® Experience:  Featuring a full range of storage solutions for K-Cup® packs.

6. Lot and lots of gifts: The catalog closes with six pages of ideas for just about everyone on your list.  No excuses this year - the perfect present awaits!

For those of you who may not have received a catalog in the mail, it’s not too late to get your hands on one!  It is available to you in a digital format that you can read online. Or, if you’d like to receive a print copy, please fill out the catalog request form.

Happy shopping!

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Ask the Coffee Lab: How Should I Store My Coffee?

"Should I store my beans in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, or in the freezer? I've heard a few different theories. What do GMCR experts say?"


- Steven on our Facebook Page

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Great question - and one that we get a lot. Of course, the easy answer is to start buying K-Cup® portion packs and not worry about it – they’re already sealed from coffee’s worst enemies: air, light, heat, and moisture. That's one of the reasons they're so popular. That said, I only grind and brew coffee in my house, so I'm in your camp: How do I best store my coffee?

The answer is really quite simple. I grabbed one of our bags of coffee off the shelf in the coffee lab and looked for guidance. Our humble 10/12 ounce bag says:


"Store in an airtight container, away from heat, direct sunlight, and moisture.”




See? Simple. If you protect your coffee from air, heat, light, and moisture, you’re golden.  However, if you want to get a little more detailed, there are only a few more things to add.

When you store your beans, there’s no need to take them out of the bag by pouring them into the container. An unopened bag, stored away from heat, sun, and moisture will last a long time (in fact, we guarantee it for 9-months).

Then there’s oxygen. Of coffee’s worst enemies, Oxygen is the ringleader.  The oxidization process stales the coffee, so an airtight container is your best option to elude this fierce predator. Moisture is oxygen’s right hand man – and your next opponent.  Best way to beat it: Don’t put your coffee in the refrigerator! The refrigerator is a moisture haven and is highly discouraged for coffee storage. That old tuna casserole will spoil a nice cup of coffee any day.

“But what about the freezer? I always put my coffee in the freezer,” you say.  The freezer is a great place to store unopened bags of coffee, but removing and refreezing an opened bag only helps the oxidization process (staling) along since the coffee is exposed to oxygen and moisture in the form of condensation (two of the big coffee enemies) each and every time you open the freezer door.

It's helpful to use the fish analogy when it comes to coffee storage. A nice brook trout you caught on a Saturday morning will be great for dinner Saturday night. If you're going to eat it Sunday night, you'd better put it in the refrigerator (or, in coffee’s case, an airtight container away from heat, sunlight, and moisture). If you want to save it for Christmas (say, 6-months away), you'd better freeze it. It won't taste as good as it did that same day you caught it, but it will still be tasty.

Here are a few easy tips about keeping your coffee as fresh as possible:



  • Only buy and open what you can brew in a week to fend off coffee's worst enemies, see below.

  • Oxygen is bad for coffee; airtight containers are ideal.

  • Light, moisture, and humidity are bad for coffee; Dark, dry places are good for coffee.

  • The refrigerator is bad for coffee; the freezer is okay for unopened bags of coffee.



Follow these tips as much as you can.   In the end, just drink good coffee and enjoy!

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Steppin' Out In Style—the Keurig Mini Gets a Makeover

You’ve heard the old adage “good things come in small packages.” We think this is aptly describes the K-Cup® portion pack, the little wonder that fills your cup to the brim with hot or cold refreshment. However, there is another small wonder, the driving force behind the K-Cup that also fits the bill: the Keurig® Mini Plus brewer.

This little guy is the next generation personal brewer. The Keurig Mini you once knew has been overhauled and made-over into a more technologically advanced unit that gives you more bells and whistles, while still creating the perfect cup of coffee.

So what are some of these improvements? For starters, the Mini Plus lets you choose between three brew sizes: 6, 8, or 10 ounces. It heats and brews in under two minutes; it has a removable and easy-to-clean drip tray; it can take a mug up to 5 inches in height when the drip tray is removed; and it has in-unit cord storage! It comes in three snazzy colors to boot: black, red, and platinum. And if you are new to the Keurig revolution and aren’t familiar with the broad selection of K-Cups that are available, we even throw in a 22-count variety pack of coffees and teas for you to try!

If you are looking for a Keurig brewer that’s compact, easy to use, and travels well, then this is the one for you!


Never used the Mini Plus?  Here's how it works: Step 1: Turn it on!  Step 2: The Add Water indicator will flash blue--lift the Cold Water Reservoir Lid to open.  Step 3: Fill the water reservoir to the desired fill level and close the reservoir lid.  Step 4: Place mug on the drip tray.  Step 5: Lift the Brewer Handle to open--water will exit the reservoir and enter the brewer.  Step 6: Place selected K-Cup into the K-Cup Assembly.  Step 7: Lower the Brewer Handle completely and firmly to close.  Handy Operating Hint: before you lower the brewer handle to begin the brew cycle, make sure that all of the water has left the reservoir and drained into the brewer (you’ll be able to hear it draining). If you lower the brewer handle before the water has drained into the brewer, it will think it doesn’t have enough water in it, and will prompt you to add more. That will cause your cup to overflow and create quite a mess! (You’ll thank me later for this tip—trust me, I’m speaking from experience.  It even gives these instructions in the operator’s manual, which obviously I didn’t read.  That’ll teach me…).  Step 8: The Brew button will flash blue--press it; it will then flash red while the water is heating.   Step 9: The water will reach the correct temperature in approx. 2 minutes; the Brew Button will turn solid red and your beverage will start to dispense.  Step 10: Enjoy!

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Cuisinart and Keurig Serve Up a New Single-Cup Brewer

Coffee lovers and tech-junkies, convenience hounds and kitchen wizards - look what's showed up at GreenMountainCoffee.com today: the new Cuisinart® single-cup brewer.

We heard about it this time last year and now it's finally here: Cuisinart® and Keurig® have teamed up to bring us the Cuisinart single-cup brewer!  Pretty, no?

Ah, but this isn't just about looks. The Cuisinart has many of the features you’ve come to love about Keurig brewing technology, with a few more bells and whistles:


  • It has an extra large, removable 80 oz. water reservoir that offers impressive capacity, eliminating the need for frequent refills.

  • The hot water button is great for instant coffee, soup, tea, or hot cereal.

  • There is a rinse button that instantly cleans the inside of the brew chamber to keep every cup as delicious as the first.


And, of course, there's a few more extras: Included with the brewer are a 12 K-Cup starter variety pack, the reusable My K-Cup filter (which has its own storage area in the brewer), and one charcoal water filter. Click here to read up on all of the brewer's features and specs.

With over 80 varieties of coffee, tea, and hot cocoa to choose from at www.ShopAllKCups.com, its easier than ever for you to enjoy a wide array of hot and cold beverages from your Cuisinart brewer!

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Holiday 2009 Catalog Fresh Off The Press

Fresh off the press, our Holiday Catalog should be arriving in your mailbox any moment now. This season's catalog has everything you need to stay toasty warm this winter. Our new Donut House K-Cup Coffee Collection features a classic Donut House Coffee, which is also available in decaf, Cinnamon Roll™, and decadent Chocolate Glazed Donut™. On top of all that, there is a wide selection of delightful mugs that are just perfect for the Holiday Season.

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My favorite item from this catalog is the colorful Cioccolato Mug Set by Rosanna. The set includes 4 unique mugs, each designed to make you feel as though you are at a quaint bistro in Paris or a busy cafe in a Roman piazza. As a bonus, they come inside a stylish ‘hat’ box, which can be used for storage once these mugs are tucked safely in your kitchen cabinet.

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Don't get a catalog? Sign-up to recieve one here.

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K-Cup Storage Solutions

We get a lot of questions and suggestions about the best way to store K Cups, aesthetically speaking. We think we've got three pretty good solutions, though we're always searching for more.

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Our most popular storage device is our chrome K-Cup Carousel. It holds 27 K-Cups, looks great in any modern kitchen, and spins for easy use.  To learn more, click here.

 

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For those seeking something more rustic and casual, we recommend our K-Cup Storage Baskets.  The baskets hold a total of 2 boxes of K-Cups (48+).  Click here for more details.

 

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But maybe you'd like something more streamlined?  Try our K-Cup Tower.  It holds 30 K-Cups and rotates, lazy-Susan-like.

Still can't find what you want?  Come back in September -- we're adding four more storage options with the distribution of our new fall catalog.

Click here to see our full line of Keurig Accessories.

Have any k-cup storage ideas of your own?  We'd love to hear 'em -- please reply with comments or even e-mail us a digital picture at CustomerCare@gmcr.com .

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New! Caribou Blend 80 Count K-Cup Package.

We began offering Caribou K-Cups in February, so you may already be familar with their brand.  If you're a Caribou fan, here's a sure way to keep you coffee fix "fixing":  Introducing the new economy size  Caribou Blend 80 count K-caribou-80ct1Cup package.  Caribou Blend is a signature blend, balancing big body, syrupy taste and a snappy finish. It's delightful any time of day or night.

With 80 K-Cups, that’s almost 3.5 times more coffee than a regular 24 count K-Cup box. And more coffee means more savings per K-Cup.  If you do the math, you’ll pay $.55 cents per K-Cup compared to $.58 per K-Cup when you buy a 24 count box. You’ll also get free shipping with every order of the 80 count package.

The box will fit easily in your pantry or on your counter for easy access. Or store a few K-Cups in one of our three storage accessories like the K-Cup Carousel.

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Introducing the 80 Count K-Cup Package

Do you ever have one of those mornings when you reach for a K-Cup 80knewmans-mod5and realize you're out?! Most coffee drinkers would agree, it's definitely not the way to start your day. Green Mountain Coffee now offers Newman's Own Organic Special Blend in an 80 count K-Cup package. With this much coffee on hand, your supply is sure to last longer and keep your coffee habit satisfied.

With 80 K-Cups, that’s almost 3.5 times more coffee than a regular 24 count K-Cup box. And more coffee means more savings per K-Cup. If you do the math, you’ll pay $.55 cents per K-Cup compared to $.58 per K-Cup when you buy a 24 count box. You’ll also get free shipping with every order of the 80 count package. chrome-carousel3

The box will fit easily in your pantry or on your counter for easy access. Or store a few K-Cups in one of our three storage accessories like the K-Cup Carousel.

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