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Maple Goodness

 

I think March is my honest to goodness favorite month of the whole year. There’s something so hopeful about the sunshine, the ever-warming days, as well as the noticeably lighter nights.  Even in the midst of this record breaking cold, I’m still on the upswing and basking in the bounty that Vermont has to offer this time of year.  Last weekend, my family and I went to a Maple Open House – this is a somewhat new tradition for us (since we no longer boil our own sap) to visit with farmers and hobby maple sugar producers who open up their sugar houses for visitors to pour in, sample just boiled syrup, and purchase a gallon or two hot off the press.  I bought a pint from our friends the McBride’s in Westford and decided to get to work on using it in some recipes.  Of course, I had it on my Sunday morning waffles, but I decided to take a stab at incorporating it into granola.  So here’s my take and feel free to substitute in whatever nuts or dried fruits you have on hand. After making it, I realized that it would be better to wait to add the raisins after baking. It would also be really good with dried apricots.  Enjoy this over yogurt and paired with your morning cup of coffee! Mine is always Green Mountain Coffee® Mocha Nut Fudge brewed in my Keurig® brewer

 

 

Ingredients:

3 Cups old-fashioned oats

¼ Cup chopped pecans

¼ Cup chopped almonds

¼ Sesame seeds

¼ Teaspoon coarse sea salt

5 Tablespoons Vermont Maple Syrup

4 Teaspoons vegetable oil

½ Teaspoon vanilla

½ Cup raisins

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl combine all ingredients, minus the raisins.  Spread on a rimmed baking sheet with lined with parchment paper. Bake until golden brown, about 27 minutes, but watch it carefully. About ½ way through baking, rotate the sheet. Once cool, toss in raisins.  Serve over yogurt, fromage blanc or eat plain and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Big Easy Beignet Dipping Sauce


 

In light of fat Tuesday, here’s a recipe to make you feel like you’re parading down Bourbon Street. An inspired coffee-cream dipping sauce, perfect for dipping homemade donuts, ladyfingers and beignets!

 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup mascarpone cheese (room temperature)


6-8 tablespoons Dark roast coffee (to stick with the New Orleans theme I used Emeril’s® Big Easy Bold K-Cup® Coffee)

2 tablespoons powdered sugar


1/4 cup heavy cream

 

Directions:

Allow mascarpone cheese to reach room temperature. 

Brew coffee at the 2-oz setting in your Keurig® brewer. 

Whip together ingredients in a standing mixer, or with a hand mixer on low speed until the desired consistency is reached, then serve in a small bowl. Dip, and enjoy!

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Tea Trivia Tuesday

 

Time for Tea Trivia!

 

While we, at the office, love a great cup of coffee, there are a handful of us who really appreciate a nice, smooth, perfect strength cup of tea from our Keurig® brewer. So pinkies up, everyone, this Trivia Edition is all about Tea! 

 

1. Tea is a natural source of:

a.      Fluoride x

b.      Zinc

c.       Vitamin C

d.      Lycopene

 

2. Which country produces the most tea in the world?

a.      India x

b.      Sri Lanka

c.       China

d.      Kenya

 

3. What are the ideal growing conditions for tea?

a.      At sea level in temperate climates

b.      In well-drained, sandy soils with minimal rainfall

c.       In conditions with heavy rainfall, well-drained soils at high elevations

d.      In cool, dry climates

 

4. Who said, “Women are like tea bags. They do not know how strong they are until they get into hot water.”?

a.      Margaret Thatcher

b.      Eleanor Roosevelt

c.       Germaine Greer

d.      Rosa Parks

 

5. Tibetans drink tea made of:

a.      Pepper and pickle

b.      Vinegar and milk

c.       Honey and molasses

d.      Salt and rancid yak butter

 

 

 

Answers:

1.      a, 2. a, 3. C, 4. b, 5. D

 

Quiz Source: www.stlaurences.org.uk

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Happy Engineers Week!

GMCR Engineers Use 'Out of the Box' Ideas for In-the-Box Solutions 

 

Engineers are known for their problem solving and analytical thinking. At Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) we put this to the test and encourage our team members to literally think outside of the box and have fun doing it! Recently, teams of engineers were challenged to come up with innovative and sustainable packaging ideas for Keurig® home brewer models.

Incorporating passion and innovation in all that we do, GMCR creates engaging, hands-on activities for our employees with a purpose. Conducted at our new state-of-the-art facility in Burlington, Mass., 13 teams competed to create sustainable material packaging ideas to protect a Keurig® brewer when falling 20 feet. Some of the winning ideas are going to be considered to improve our designs for future packaging.

“At GMCR, we strive to do what best for our customers and the environment,” said Jim Shepard, GMCR Director of Brewer Engineering. “The engineering group is constantly pursuing ways to reduce our non-renewable waste stream and the sustainable drop test competition was a way to fully embrace and challenge the way we are currently packaging our products”

While many engineers have participated in the classic egg drop experiment in the past, at GMCR, we up the ante and conduct a drop contest using Keurig® home brewers. Not only was the purpose to give our engineers an exciting way to work together, it also provides GMCR an opportunity to explore innovative ways to improve our packaging. The teams were judged on a variety of criteria after the boxes were dropped including, brewer functionality, aesthetics of the master carton, aesthetics of the brewer and sustainable materials used for the packaging.

“It was great to challenge our engineers to think out of the box about what goes into the box,” said Shepard.

At GMCR, we strive to create an environment where sparking our team member’s curiosity and imagination can continue to shape our future by redefining the consumer experience.  

So, wish all of your engineer colleagues and friends a very Happy Engineers Week and be sure to check out our GMCR page, to give you a further look into our career ideals as well as our promise of enriching your culture to Brew a Better World with us! 

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Highlighting our Keurig Brewing Systems

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System

 

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

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

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

 

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Maximum Brewing Action Satisfaction

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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National Chocolate Cake Day

 

 

Today is Chocolate Cake Day! We needed a day like this in our world, and the crazy, lovely, and imaginative folks out there that invented this day, in my opinion, are geniuses. I think from the multiple posts and recipes I had up here you could guess that I have a slight addiction to chocolate, and most of the time paired with peanut butter. I decided to take a break from my normal go-to, and celebrate today with a flourless, chocolate cake.   The results were an intense chocolate, almost brownie-like cake.  I also couldn’t help myself, but smother it with more chocolate. 

Here’s the recipe, and I think it’s a perfect contender for your Valentine’s Day date night dessert.

Ingredients:

1 Cup bittersweet (or you can use semi sweet) chocolate chips

½ Cup unsalted butter

¾ Cup granulated sugar

¼ Teaspoon salt

2 Teaspoons dark roast coffee (I used Green Mountain Coffee Dark Magic from my Keurig brewer)

1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

3 Eggs

½ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder

 

Ingredients for the Glaze:

1 Cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

½ Cup heavy cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease 8” round spring form pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease the top of the paper. For the cake: Place the chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Slowly heat (30 seconds at a time) until the butter is melted and the chips are slightly melted. Stir until chips are completely melted.  Stir in sugar, salt, coffee and vanilla. Add the eggs, beating until smooth. Finally add the cocoa powder. Transfer batter to the cake pan, and bake for 25 minutes, or until the top forms a thin crust. Let cool completely.

Glaze Directions:

Combine the chocolate chips and the cream in a microwave safe bowl. Heat until the cream is very hot, but not boiling. Remove from microwave and stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth and glasslike.  Carefully spoon the glaze over the cake. Allow the glaze to set and harden before cutting – about 1 hour.

Enjoy!! 

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Spooky Treats For Halloween: Part II

Mini Dark Magic Bat Cakes with Mocha Peanut Butter Frosting, Drizzled with Ganache

We are back with more terrifyingly addictive treats! We are all about the indulgence of chocolate today, as we wrap up our "Spooky Treats" Edition.  I bring you: the Dark Magic® Dark Chocolate Cake, using Green Mountain Coffee® Dark Magic® coffee drizzled with a dark chocolate ganache!

Dark Magic Dark Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Dark Magic® Dark Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Dark Magic Chocolate Cake:

Ingredients
1 ¾ Cups All Purpose Flour

2 Cups Sugar

¾ Cup Dark Cocoa Powder

1 ½ teaspoons Baking Soda

1 ½ teaspoons Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Salt

2 Eggs

1 Cup Milk

½ Cup Vegetable Oil

2 teaspoons Vanilla

1 Cup Green Mountain Coffee® Dark Magic® coffee, hot

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350. In a mixer, combine all the dry ingredients, including sugar. Add the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla. Slowly add the boiling hot coffee, keep mixing until well combined (batter will be thin!)

3. Divide batter between two greased 9” rounds. Smooth tops. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, 32-35 minutes. Cool completely (overnight is best) 

4. After cooled, trim away rounded tops of the cakes to make a flat surface (Set these aside for the Bat Cakes)

5. Drizzle each layer with Ganache, starting from the center and working your way out

Ganache:

Ingredients

8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate

1 Cup Heavy Cream

1/8 teaspoon coarse salt

Directions
1. Coarsely chop chocolate

2. Bring cream to just a boil over medium heat. Pour over chocolate and add salt. Let stand for 10 minutes (don’t stir!)

3. After 10 minutes, stir with a whisk until smooth and shiny

4. Make sure cakes are completely cool and then drizzle on top

Mini Dark Magic Bat Cakes with Mocha Peanut Butter Frosting, Drizzled with Ganache

To take it a step further, I used the extra cuttings from the cake and turned them into Mini Dark Magic® Bat Cakes with Mocha Peanut Butter Frosting drizzled with Chocolate Ganache.

Mini Dark Magic® Bat Cakes with Mocha Peanut Butter Frosting, Drizzled with Ganache

Dark Magic® Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

1 ¾ Cups All Purpose Flour

2 Cups Sugar

¾ Cup Dark Cocoa Powder

1 ½ teaspoons Baking Soda

1 ½ teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Salt

2 Eggs

1 Cup Milk

½ Cup Vegetable Oil

2 teaspoons Vanilla

1 Cup Green Mountain Coffee® Dark Magic® coffee, hot

Directions

1. Use the trimmed away tops from the Dark Magic Cake (Recipe above)

2. Use bat shaped cookie cutter for design

3. Frost with Mocha Peanut Butter frosting (Recipe Below)

4. Top with Chocolate Ganache

Mocha Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

Ingredients

8 oz Unsalted Butter softened

1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter

2 Cups (approximately) Confectioners Sugar

4 Tablespoons Dark Chocolate Cocoa

2 Tablespoons Green Mountain Coffee® Dark Magic® coffee, brewed on an 8 oz setting in my Keurig® brewer

Directions

Combine peanut butter and butter together (I always do this by hand), adding the confectioners sugar slowly. When well blended, add the cocoa powder.  Finally, when it looks like the frosting is too thick, add the coffee – this makes it easy to spread.

 

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Spooky Treats For Halloween: Part I

Peanutbutter Buck-Eyeballs!

I have always loved baking. Something about creating a dish, savory or sweet, that brings together families, friends and strangers is incredibly satisfying, not to mention rewarding. I think I can say for certain, that no one hates a baked good and Halloween, in my opinion, is that time of year when we start the baking season! Treats of all kinds are consumed and given out freely on October 31st and I am always game to partake in the baking and consuming of an ungodly amount of sugar and chocolate (and in my kitchen it’s always paired with peanut butter). Many of my tried and true recipes call for coffee, and having a Keurig® brewer has changed the ease in which I can incorporate it.  No more “save that leftover coffee in the pot for me!” shouts from the shower down to my cohorts in the kitchen.  I can easily and breezily brew whatever amount of coffee, hot cocoa, or tea that my recipe calls for.  In the spirit of Halloween and using my brewer,

In a two-part series, I’ve put together some of my staple recipes that are dressed up in their spookiest costumes.

Buck-Eyeballs

Today's scarily tasty treat is my twist on the fan favorite Buckeye balls, irresistible peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, only now they are creepy (but still irresistible) Buck Eyeballs. 

Buck-Eyeballs

Ingredients

9 oz (1 cup) Peanut butter
4 oz (8 tbsp) Butter, unsalted, soft
1 tsp Vanilla extract
12 oz (3 cups) Confectioners’ sugar, sifted (see Keys to Success)
1 lb (1 1/2 cups) Dark chocolate, melted, tempered

1 package candy eyes

Directions

  1.  Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla extract in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed.
  3. Add the confectioners’ sugar slowly until the mixture forms a workable dough. Add up to 1/2 cup more sugar if necessary.
  4. Remove the mixture from the machine. Scoop out balls of the buckeye mixture.
  5. Chill the formed buckeyes for approximately 20 minutes.
  6. Impale each buckeye lightly with a toothpick to use as a handle for dipping in chocolate. Holding a buckeye by the toothpick, dip it in the tempered chocolate, leaving a 1/2-inch circle of the center uncoated on top. Place on a prepared sheet pan. Remove the toothpick and set the candy eyes on top. Allow the chocolate to set completely.
  7. Store at room temp, tightly sealed

 

Keys To Success: The consistency of the peanut butter center is the key to making buckeyes. Add confectioners’ sugar until the mixture will roll up between your hands to a uniform ball that holds its shape and does not crumble or feel too sticky in your hands. This will make it much easier to dip into the chocolate!

Stay tuned next week for another "Spooky Treats" Edition - don't BAT an eye because some more BOO-tastic chocolatey goodies are coming your way!

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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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Preparing for Bonding Time on Black Friday

Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  Some see them as polar opposites: one of family and gratitude, the other consumerism at its finest.  That may be true for some, but not all.  Some dread being with family on turkey day while others see Black Friday as a chance for three generations wake up at 3 AM and head down to the mall to queue up and catch up.  It’s family time, just at 3 AM.  With that in mind, we had a few suggestions to make your bonding time that much more enjoyable on the busiest shopping day of the season:

  1. Wear layers. November is chilly, and November before sunrise is even chillier. But bear in mind that once you enter a store, the heat will be blasting.  Layer up so you can strip down to a comfortable temperature.
  2. Bring the good travel mug.  The insulated one. The one that doesn’t drip.   This is not a time to waste perfectly Keurig Brewed® coffee by spilling it in the car. Or on grandma.  No one needs that. Travel smart.
  3. Snack accordingly.  Waking up at 3 AM means you can rightfully add an additional meal or two to your Friday.  And it can be a seasonal addition.  Our suggestion: bring leftover pumpkin pie for breakfast, cold and delicious.   

(And do keep an eye out for Keurig® brewer deals – it’s a gift that will make your friend’s eyes bug out with delight come Christmas.) 

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A Few Sweet Fall Treats and Tunes at the Train Station

Maple Bon Bon LatteSweet Pumpkin Surpreme

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Do You Want to Win Free Keurig K-Cup Packs For an Entire Year?

There aren’t many things that are better than coffee and prizes, except maybe the two of them combined. Well, luckily Green Mountain Coffee® The Perfect Cup Sweepstakes gives you the opportunity to win just that, coffee and prizes! You have the chance to receive free Keurig® K-Cup® packs for an entire year!

One grand prize Sweepstakes winner will receive one Keurig® Platinum Single Cup Brewer, two 24-count boxes of Keurig Brewed® K-Cup® packs every four weeks for 12 months, and a $500 check.

Now that’s a grand prize! And that’s not all, the deal gets even sweeter. Upon entering the Sweepstakes, you will also receive one Instant Win Game Play for that day, which gives you the opportunity to win daily prizes!

I bet you’re dying to know how to enter. Let me fill you in…

  • Go to www.perfectcupsweeps.com or the Café Express Savings Club Facebook page to find the Perfect Cup Sweeps™ application. To access the application on Facebook, you must “like” the page first.
  • Once you have followed the links and instructions to complete the application, submit the form!
  • By entering your information on the application you will automatically receive one entry into the Sweepstakes drawing and one Instant Win game play for that day.
  • Next, play the Instant Win games for a chance to win daily and weekly prizes!

Each participant may enter the Sweepstakes and play the Instant Win games a maximum of one time per day during the promotion period. One Instant Win player each week will receive a Keurig® Platinum Single Cup Brewer and one player each day will win a Green Mountain Coffee® Regular Variety K-Cup® pack Sampler.

This promotion ends on March 31, 2014, so start playing now for your chance to win coffee and prizes on a daily and weekly basis. You might even win the grand prize! What would you do with free K-Cup® packs for an entire year?

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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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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Brew Over Ice This Summer

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

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

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

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Green Mountain Coffee Is a Little Bit Country in Vegas

Our Google Plus Hangout

In April, the Green Mountain Coffee® brand worked with the Dial Global radio network to sponsor two days of remote radio broadcasts from the MGM Grand - the Las Vegas venue hosting the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards. Nearly 50 radio stations were in attendance, providing Country music royalty like Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift and many more, with easy access to eager listeners tuning in from all over the nation.

Besides providing branded reusable shopping bags filled with great Green Mountain Coffee® thermoses and bags of Vermont Country Blend (get it?) for all the artists and VIPs, a Green Mountain Coffee® sampling team was on hand providing everyone with a nice selection of fresh K-Cup® packs from our array of Keurig® Platinum brewers. Event favorites were Dark Magic and Caramel Vanilla Cream.

And as many of us can attest, there’s something about photo booths that always brings out the silliness in people, so besides delicious coffee and fun gifts, we also brought our 9-foot tall coffee cup-shaped photo booth. The “My Coffee Moment” cup looked resplendent inside and out, wrapped with new Brew A Better Day imagery, and staffers and celebrities alike had a blast stepping into the giant cup and leaving with a silly souvenir photo.

As the sponsor representative on site, I was honored (and delighted) to be a part of the interview cycles, and over the course of what felt like a crazy two hours, I did live interviews with over two-dozen national Country stations. I used the opportunity to discuss the great connection between Country music fans and the Green Mountain brand – points of similarity like our devotion to authenticity and the promotion small-scale farmers and sustainable supply chains.

As exciting as the interviews were, a personal highlight of the event was teaming up with my friend Cadillac Jack, a Las Vegas radio personality from KCYE 102.7 FM, to host a live Google+ Hangout on the internet. While Cadillac and I talked about Fair Trade coffee – and music – with three Green Mountain Coffee® super fans, some very special guests like Gary Allen, Billy Currington, Thompson Square, and the aforementioned Ms. Underwood, stopped by our show and chatted with our online guests. These types of things are probably old hat for industry insiders like Cadillac Jack, but it was a real treat for me, and I know our online guests enjoyed it as well. It’s not every day you get to call your kids and say, “You’re never going to believe who I was just talking to!”

**And of course, note that none of the people above are actually endorsing us - they just stopped by for some coffee. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pucker Up: Top 3 Lemon Picks for Your Keurig Brewer

Green Mountain Naturals Lemonade

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Our July Music On the Porch Line-up

Music on the Porch is back at the Train Station and Visitor Center Sundays from 1PM-3 PM! This has been a wonderful free treat of local flavor. We’ve had some fantastic artists already this year and we’re looking forward to a great line up for the remainder of the summer.

Waterbury 4th of July weekend, Sunday June 30th we have Green Mountain Coffee Roaster, Inc.'s very own HouseRockers. These guys were a venue favorite from last year and we’re greatly looking forward to the music this year. There’s nothing quite like dancing up the side walk and across the porch to your favorite Classic Rock and Blues selections. Make sure you stop in for a late lunch and join us for the music!

July 7th we’re happy to announce we have the Grammy Award winner Dave Keller coming to play original Blues and Soul for us! Last year he put on a fantastic show on Father’s Day with his two daughters. We’re looking forward to what he’ll put on this year for the 4th of July weekend! He’ll be a real treat for any guests you may have staying with you for the holiday.

July 14th we have the Twangtown Paramours playing Sophisticated Americana. July 21st Mark LeGrand will be coming back to play Americana, Blues and Country for us again this year. July 28th we’re welcoming back Hardscrabble to play Acoustic Bluegrass and Blues for us.

We’ll continue to have great musicians every Sunday from 1 pm-3 pm straight through until September 1st. Don’t forget to enter the raffle to win a Mini Plus Keurig® Brewer! Its only $5.00 per ticket and all proceeds go toward supporting Food4Farmers. We look forward to seeing you soon!

®Brewer! Its only $5.00 per ticket and all proceeds go toward supporting Food4Farmers. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Tips to Pick and Pack a Picnic for the Fourth

Packing for a Picnic for The 4th of July

In case you hadn’t noticed, picnic season is in full swing. As we countdown to July 4th, it seems like a good time to offer some inspiration in putting together a perfect picnic basket to be enjoyed with or without the benefit of fireworks.

To help keep things organized, let’s start with the non-food items you’ll want to pack.

If your early summer weather has been a fraction as soggy as it’s been in Vermont, it might be nice bring a tarp in addition to a blanket, ideally one that can fit most of your picnickers’ behinds, and that is pleasant to sit on (the blanket, that is).

Paper plates and plastic ware…check. Cloth napkins are nice since they won’t blow away if the wind picks up. Handy wipes for messy foods and kids, a couple of garbage bags, aluminum foil, and/or plastic baggies for any leftovers. For entertaining the little ones, pack a flying disc, whiffle ball set, bubbles, butterfly net. Leave the tablets and digital babysitters at home.

Now the food. It sounds obvious, but you’ll want to put together a menu of foods that actually taste good cold. I much prefer my fried chicken hot and greasy, so that won’t find its way into my picnic basket. Veggies and hummus, chips and salsa or popcorn are good for snacking. Setting up a “sandwich bar” is a great option for the main meal. If you go this route, do all the slicing and dicing ahead of time, keeping everything in its own container to avoid sogginess and cross-flavoring: not everyone likes their bread soaked with pickle juice. For dessert, a pan of brownies is a crowd-pleaser and nothing says summer like slices of sweet watermelon. Pit-spitting contests are encouraged.

Finally, considering you are reading a blog entry from a company that sells beverages – or rather, a company that sells single serve beverage packs and brewers – there is clearly one key item I’ve forgotten. The drinks! If you think your Keurig® brewer can only be enjoyed at home, consider the to-go options a spill-resistant, Brew Over Ice tumbler presents you with: fresh-tasting lemonade, iced tea flavors like Half-and-Half and Snapple®, delicious iced coffee, and a splash of fruit flavor with Vitamin Burst® iced brews.

True, these tumblers don’t come in six-packs like some other popular beverage items, but you can at least enjoy a little refreshment during the ride to the festivities. And with a car filled to the gills with gear and kids and dogs, that might just be the nicest way to keep your cool.

Happy 4th, everyone!

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