Keurig Mini

Easter Baskets


I love an excuse anytime of year to give and receive treats, especially when they are packaged up ever so sweetly in a basket of sorts.  This year, I’m thinking outside of the “basket” and hoping for some alternative treats to those oh-so-delicious chocolate bunnies…or scratch that, I’ll take one of those, too!

What I’m hoping for in my basket this year:

A box of my favorite flavored coffee

A Keurig® K10 Mini Brewer, in White

Keurig® Café One-Touch Milk Frother – this accessory is awesome, and gives you your favorite café-style beverage right at home!

Chocolate, any flavor, any shape, any kind

A new mug, because my favorite just got a crack in it!

Some new baking sheets, so I can keep making these kinds of treats

And a new pair of running shoes so I can finish my marathon in some fresh kicks


I know, this sounds more like a Christmas list to Santa, but I’ll leave it at that, and hope for at least some chocolate.


What will be in your Easter baskets this year?



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!



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:

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


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



8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate

1 Cup Heavy Cream

1/8 teaspoon coarse salt

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


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


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


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


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.



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!

Summer of Brewing

Summer brings with it a litany of fun things to do, and in my world that translates to sampling specialty beverages at some stellar events.

This month, our Barista Prima Coffeehouse® team just wrapped up a great activation at the Food Network Magazine Chicago Lounge. Great city, great food, great coffee... great time!   They even incorporated Italian Roast into mini coffee gelato cones

Brew Over Ice is in the midst of a mini sampling tour, sharing the joys of our versatile Keurig® brewing systems with stops at multiple blogger events, including the recent Bloggy Boot Camp in Charlotte, NC and the BlogHer Food event in Austin, TX. Next up on their schedule is our biggest stop yet: BlogHer’13, a massive show in Chicago in July.  Get your tumbler ready!  We’re brewing over ice!  

The Green Mountain Coffee® brand has its hands full this month as an annual supporter and underwriting sponsor of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. For ten days each June, the city of Burlington, VT becomes the epicenter of cool, hosting world-class artists that both define and expand the parameters of jazz music (this year’s headliners include Bobby McFerrin, John Scofield, Branford Marsalis and the incomparable Dr. Lonnie Smith). An already vibrant music and arts scene virtually explodes during the Discover Jazz Festival, and thousands of locals and visitors alike congregate to share in the excitement and revelry. If you make it to the festival, keep an eye out for me – just look for the visibly over-caffeinated guy with a huge smile on his face!

Enjoy the magic of summer, and I hope to see you at an event real soon…



Present Tense – The Grad Gift

Keurig MINI Wall from Keurig's 20th Anniversary Event

I generally pride myself on being a good gift-giver, preferring to spend a little time thinking about what the recipient would actually use and appreciate before I make a trip to the store, virtual or otherwise. And – with the exception of gifts for my mother-in-law – I often seem to hit well on the mark.

So I was surprised a few weeks ago when I found myself fumbling for a graduation gift idea for my nephew. After all, there is no shortage of products aimed at males 18-25.

I started with the lofty idea of getting him a perspective-altering book that would tap into the frenetic enthusiasm of a college-bound kid on the cusp of becoming an adult. But that gift had “English major Aunt” written all over it, and I wasn’t sure he’d be able suppress a little eye-rolling.

I started looking into techy gifts, but that left me feeling old and out of touch (for a little perspective, I mortifyingly keep referring to my iPod as my Walkman). And gift cards, while practical, just seemed, well…a bit lame.

I needed help. Yahoo had the answer. And it was right under my nose, quite literally, as I sipped my morning coffee. In Yahoo’s Market Wired segment, I came across a news item: “Graduation Gifts: Top Picks for the Class of 2013.” There it was coming in at #3, the Keurig® Mini Plus Brewing System.

I’m sure dorms are no bigger today than the broom closets we had when I was in school, so a compact brewer would be the perfect crowning accessory to a stack of milk crates. And, knowing my nephew, all-nighters are likely to be the norm, so the ability to make a cup of coffee in less than two minutes, or  <marketing alert> hot cocoa, hot tea, and iced beverages like Snapple® iced teas, lemonade, and other fruit brews, seemed like a gift that got check marks in both the form and function columns. Throw in a few sampler packs and I may be in contention for favorite aunt status.

Take that Auntie Lois.



Comparison Shopping for a Keurig?

I don’t know about you, but I’m a comparison shopper.  Give me a few options, put them side by side, and let me see the differences.  From cars to electronics – and now brewers.  We just added a new feature to the Green Mountain Coffee® website to help you find the perfect Keurig® coffee maker for you. 

When you want to compare K-Cup® brewing systems, our new Keurig® K-Cup® Brewer comparison page is a great way  to compare the versatility and convenience of the Keurig® Mini Plus to the Keurig® B40 (Also known as our Elite), or help you decide which Keurig® brewer is the perfect gift for the home or the office.

Keurig Brewer Comparison

If you’re a Keurig enthusiast looking for the latest in Keurig brewing technology and functionality, our new Keurig® brewer page is a great way to discover the innovative features in the new Keurig® Vue™ Brewing System, featuring the new Keurig Vue™ Pack line of single cup Keurig Brewed® beverages.

If only deciding what I’m cooking for dinner could be so easy…


Holiday Gift Ideas from Green Mountain Coffee

When it comes to holiday gifts, there are two schools of thought. Some people love surprises while others take a “wish list” approach. Either way, you want to make sure your presents are perfect. And we’re here to help.

Our team’s pulled together a great online holiday shopping guides that we hope will help you find the right gift for everyone on your list – holiday gift baskets for far away friends, artisan chocolates for the teacher with a sweet tooth, and Keurig® Single Cup Coffee Makers for just about anyone! With our carefully curated collection of gift ideas and stocking stuffers, you’ll find everything you need in record time.  Here are some of our favorites:

For Him:

We’ll admit it: Shopping for men can be tricky. Sometimes you find the perfect gift, only to learn he has already bought it for himself! That is less likely to happen with our unique selection of coffee mugs, rugged gear and high-tech single-cup coffee makers. If he’s particularly adventurous, our Coffee Tours are a great way to discover a new favorite coffee, and make a wonderful gift for coffee lovers who like to try new things. If your young man is still in college, the popular Keurig® Mini Plus has free shipping and is a must for all-night study sessions and early-morning classes.

For Her:

Whether she’s your mom or daughter, sweetheart or friend, treat her to something special from our collection of Gift ideas for Her. Chocolate is always a hit, and several of our offerings will fit easily into her holiday stocking. Encourage her to take a moment for herself with a handcrafted mug, or give her a few extra minutes with the convenience of a Cuisinart® Keurig® Single Cup Coffee Maker. If she likes to entertain, make it easy with our Keurig® K-Cup Carousel or Hot Cocoa K-Cup® Pack Gift.

For the Office:

A gift from our office collection is a perfect way to say “thank you” to everyone who has shared in your business success throughout the year. Chocolate dipped shortbread and biscotti make coffee breaks even sweeter! Thermal mugs keep desk-top coffee warm all morning long. Of course, the best gifts are large enough to share with everyone in the office, so choose from our wide assortment of gift baskets with plenty to go around.

For Everyone:

If time is what you want to give, consider a membership to our Café EXPRESS Coffee Club. Create an account and we’ll send bagged coffee or K-Cup® packs automatically to the address of your choice. They’ll never run out again! Treat your loved one to a coffee and beverage service with the gift of club membership. Send four or more boxes of K-Cup® packs and the shipping will be FREE.

With these ideas by your side, we hope your holiday shopping will be easy as pie!


A Musical Weekend of Sampling

Water views, great music, worthy causes, a full moon, beautiful sunrises, and spectacular sunsets – just some of the things you would have encountered if you were in Nantucket, Burlington, or Stowe this past weekend.  Green Mountain Coffee® was involved in events at all three locales, and all were equally awe-inspiring and successful.

On Nantucket, the Boston Pops, featuring special guest Carly Simon, headlined a fundraising concert for the Nantucket Cottage Hospital.  In addition to sponsoring the event, a team of Green Mountain Coffee brand ambassadors was on hand giving away cups of Keurig® brewed hot and Brew Over Ice favorites to eager attendees, as the music washed over beautiful Jetties Beach.  Naturally, Nantucket Blend® was one of the varieties of K-Cup® portion packs that were featured.

In Burlington, the 4-day Lake Champlain Maritime Festival took place, drawing thousands to the idyllic Waterfront Park and multiple other venues along the shores of the lake.  As part of the larger festival, Vermont’s own Grace Potter and the Nocturnals headlined their own mini-festival called Grand Point North.  There was nothing mini about the caliber of invited talent however, as amazing acts like Fitz and the Tantrums and the incomparable Taj Mahal took turns electrifying the huge crowds.  Country music star Kenny Chesney even joined the Grace on stage to close out the festival’s last set for an ecstatic throng of fans.  Green Mountain Coffee sponsored both festivals, and provided complimentary sampling stations in the artist hospitality tent and the VIP tent, as well as multiple bags of coffee for the artists' welcome bags.  Just think, Taj Mahal and Kenny Chesney could be enjoying some Green Mountain Coffee Fair Trade Organic House Blend on their tour buses right now

The beautiful setting of the von Trapp Family Lodge was the starting point for the 100 on 100 Heart of Vermont Relay.  Beginning in the beguiling hills above Stowe and winding its way along 100 miles of Route 100 all the way to Okemo Resort, this relay is a local and regional favorite.  Nearly 150 teams consisting of 6 runners each compete for top billing and bragging rights, while raising money for the Long Trail Association and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Vermont.

Those are just a few examples of the ways we've  been joining local events and getting the chance to chat with you all, face to face.  Hope to see you at an event real soon!


Green Mountain Coffee Top Holiday Gift Picks

With so much of the holidays already dedicated to the stresses of the season, we’re here to provide you with trouble-free gift giving to even the pickiest person on your list.  Yes, even the pickiest person on your list.  You know the kind: The friends you love dearly but have expensive tastes (that’s Luxury Larry), your restaurateur neighbor (Foodie Fran), you socially-conscious coworker (Advocating Anne), or your sibling who has absolutely everything (Been-there-Done-That Ben).  Have no fear this year – Green Mountain Coffee’s got you covered.

Give something truly exceptional this holiday season with Green Mountain Coffee’s Special Reserve coffee.  Four times a year, we seek out some of the rarest coffees from around the world and batch roast them to display the coffee’s fullest flavor and aroma.  Each Special Reserve comes from a single origin – like our latest Papua New Guinea Wahgi Valley – and produces a very limited batch, only around 1,000 bags.  Our Special Reserve selections pair the farmers’ best work with the art and craft of our Master Roasters – all so true coffee connoisseurs can experience the unique qualities of these origins in their morning cup. This website exclusive is available for $17.95 for 10-12 ounce bag or you can join the Tour to get the latest Reserves shipped right to your door before anyone else.

Be the toast of the breakfast table by giving a delicious breakfast that will fill those on your list with good feelings and food. Start with our own Organic House Blend coffee or Lake Champlain Hot Cocoa— both are Fair Trade and organic. Follow up with organic treats from Highland Sugarworks: multi-grain pancakes topped with exquisite maple syrup.  Share this gift with your holiday hosts and they’ll be asking you to come back as soon as possible! Available for $37.95.

If variety is the spice of your loved ones life, Green Mountain Coffee has a coffee selection for you.  This sampler includes three 10-oz. bags of coffee to fit every mood – bold and dark with French Roast, sweet and swanky with Sumatran Reserve, and bright and vibrant with our Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. Each certified Fair Trade and Organic, our sampler is perfect for the socially-minded with a coffee habit that’s never routine. Available for $24.95.

Keurig® single-cup brewing is the latest trend in coffee – bringing fast, affordable, and café quality hot beverages to the home. Each of the over 200 varieties of K-Cup® portion packs make the perfect cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa, hot cider, and iced coffee and teas at the touch of a button. There's no measuring, grinding, or mess.  With five Keurig brewers available, from the red hot Mini Plus Personal Brewer ($99.95) to the luxury Cuisinart® Keurig Single-Cup Brewer ($199.99), there’s a style and price point for everyone. Even the gadget guru with everything will want to thank you every time they push the button.  Available at (and there’s free shipping on all brewers when shipping within the continuous US).

No matter the stresses this season may bring, we’re here to make your holidays a happy one.


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!


Good Coffee in your Hotel Room

keurig mini brewer coffee for your hotel room

Okay, okay, I know...terrible picture but I took it with my mobile device in my Colonnade hotel room in Boston, MA.  I was so excited to see the Keurig Mini Brewer (Black B30) located next to the flat screen that I couldn't pass up the photo op!

The next morning I woke up early to get some work done and it was nice to make a cup of good coffee for a change rather than brave the usual watered down substitute one typically finds when traveling.

Perfect for on the go, a life-saver in college dorms or your weekend get-away, the B30 packs Keurig brewing technology into a convenient, take-it-everywhere size.  And, when you order this handy brewer we'll include a free variety pack of 10 K-Cups and free shipping!


I'm  actually about to hop another plane today to South Carolina and after calling the hotel where I'll be staying, I'm making sure to pack my personal Keurig Mini (I have a red one) with my favorite Green Mountain Coffee K-Cups!  (It's worth the look security gives me when I send my bag through the X-ray!)

Click here to watch a video demonstration of the Keurig Mini Brewer.

**  If you are a hotel, inn, or B&B and would like more information on our Keurig Mini Brewer, please give us a call today: (888) 350-KCUP


Three-pack of Reusable Bags

su093pkbabwbags1There is no denying it, reusable bags are all the rage right now. They are convenient, stylish, and of course they are more eco-friendly than using paper or plastic. Here at Green Mountain Coffee, we decided to create a reusable bag for our Better World Gift Basket. We received so many compliments and requests to sell the bags as a separate item, we just had to oblige. Now our Better World Reusable Shopping Bag is available as a three-pack on our website and in our catalog.


I use mine for shopping, or just to carry stuff while running errands (you know-- because my purse is never big enough to carry everything!). It is also the perfect size for carrying your Keurig Mini Brewer with a few boxes of K-Cups.


Let us know how you use yours!


Lower Price for Special Edition and Platinum Brewers

We've just lowered prices on our Special Edition (B60) and Platinum (B70) Keurig Single-Cup brewers.  These are now $129.95 and $169.95, respectively.  And we always offer FREE SHIPPING on all Keurig brewer orders. 

Still too high?  Try our Elite or Mini brewers.


Wired magazine calls Keurig Mini a lifesaver

A hearty "thank you" to Wired magazine for their extremely favorable review of our Keurig B30 Mini Brewer.  They actually call the cute little brewer a "lifesaver".  Our favorite quote from the review is this:
For busy professionals, the Keurig Mini single-cup brewer can be a lifesaver. Operation is simple enough for sleepwalkers: Pour water into the tank, pop a fresh K-Cup cartridge of grounds into the holder, and push a button. In three minutes, you've got a steaming cup of joe.

Click here to see the full review.

New Breville & Mini Keurig brewers now available

Hey, just a quick note to say that the Breville Keurig Brewer and Mini Keurig brewers are now available on

The Breville is now our top-end Keurig offering, with stainless steel styling, four brew sizes, adjustable temperature, and a water filtration system.

The Mini places the wonderful technology of Keurig brewing in a convenient, compact size.  It's the perfect second brewer for your desk, second home or camping RV.  Right now it's available in black and white, but we'll have a red model as well in early November.

As with all our Keurig brewers, shipping is free.  Enjoy!