Newman's Own Organic Coffee

You’re Invited to a Newman’s Own® Organics Coffee Tasting on Monday!

Did you know next Saturday is National Coffee Day?  For us, that means this week is an invitation to embrace our java joy and revel in our roasts as we work up to the ultimate celebration.  So, what better way to start the work week than to sip Newman’s Own® Organics coffee with Nell Newman? 

Did we mention you’re invited, too?

Newman’s Own Organics has a lot of proud partners: Green Mountain Coffee® is proud to source and roast a line of world-changing, Fair Trade Certified™ coffees for our friends at Newman's Own Organics and New England McDonald’s are proud to serve this exceptional coffee every day in most of its restaurants.  So, we’re sharing that pride with fans who love this coffee with a live virtual tasting.

Here are the details:

 

  • WHAT: Newman’s Own Organics Coffee Tasting with McDonalds; live and interactive!
  • WHEN: This Monday, September 24, 2012, 10:00 to 10:30 AM EST
  • WHO: You and Nell Newman, Lindsey Bolger, GMCR’s Senior Director of Coffee, and Wayne Lebrun and Lou Provenzano, owner/operators from McDonald’s in New England. 
  • WHERE: From the comforts of your computer on Livestream.com/VermontLive for you; Live from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.’s Coffee Lounge, in Waterbury, Vermont for us

 

If you want to taste along with us, follow the conversation, or ask a question of the tasters, follow @McDEasternNE  and #McDCoffeeChat on Twitter.

 

Chat with you soon!

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Fair Trade Quality: The Proof is in the Cup

Not so many years ago when Fair Trade programs were young and relatively untested, it was a less-than-certain proposition that if you paid a few cents more for what was arguably a just cup at a fair price, you'd in fact get a tasty cup of coffee as a result. The concepts of price floors and access to markets were, themselves, transparent and easy to grasp. Coffee quality? Well, that was another story... one which would depend quite a lot on how producer cooperatives might invest their new-won profits.

Today, we're pleased to say, the proof of Fair Trade quality is evident, and it's in your cup. While coffee -- like any crop -- varies from year to year, our Fair Trade Certified™ coffees consistently get high marks not only from our own consumer community, but also from professional reviewers like Coffee Review's Kenneth Davids.  Take a look below to see how we've fared:

Kenneth Davids of Coffee Review

Kenya Highland Cooperatives -- Coffee Review Score: 93

In the aroma orangy citrus, molasses, nut, black currant. In the cup richly tart acidity, lightly syrupy body, and shifting, complex flavor: pungent aromatic wood, black currant, blackberry, ripe citrus, molasses. All saturate the long, resonant finish with an exquisite dematerialized essence of flavor.


Newman's Own Organics Colombian Especial -- Coffee Review Score: 91
Aromatically deep, with richly round caramel, toast and milk chocolate notes. In the cup penetrating acidity and flavor. Intense fruit-toned chocolate gives way to layers of fruit (peach, orange, black currant?) that soften and grow in complexity as the cup cools. Pungent dark chocolate dominates in the finish.

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe -- Coffee Review Score: 90

Crisp, bittersweet: lemon, bergamot, dark chocolate, a hint of flowers. Brisk, dry acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flavors linger in the long, dry finish.


Fair Trade Organic Sumatran Reserve -- Coffee Review Score: 88
Richly sweet flavor and aroma combines earth and aromatic wood with distant suggestions of fruit and chocolate. Muted acidity and a heavy, rather rough mouthfeel that smoothes out in a sweet but simple finish.

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Meet Newman the (coffee) Fish

We love coffee.  We know you love coffee.  And now, well, now we know of at least one fish who loves coffee, too – if for a completely different reason than most of us.


Please meet Newman the betta fish.  He’s deep purple, about yay big, and may just owe his life to a cup of Newman’s Own® Organics coffee.  Skye, Newman’s owner, was kind enough to share his harrowing tale with us:
“I had bought a betta fish, and on the way home the container cracked and all the water leaked out! What to do? Well, my friend with me had half cup of cold Newman's Own Organics coffee.  Figuring that bettas breathe air, I put him in the coffee - and yes, he survived for an hour ride home swimming in Newman's Own. So, now the fish is named Newman :)  […]I do think he was a little wired on caffeine for a day or two, but who knew coffee could save a fish's life :)”

That’s one resilient little fish! With luck like that (and a few cups of cold coffee), you’re going to have a nice, long life!  Thanks for sharing this story with us all, Skye!
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Update: 80-count K-Cup Boxes: More Joe for Less Dough--Announcing a New Arrival!

6/1/10 Update: Back in the spring, many of you responded to the blog post below, asking Green Mountain Coffee to add more 80-count boxes to our product selection.  And we heard you, loud and clear!  Although we do not have plans of doing any major expansion to our offering of 80-count boxes of K-Cups, we are pleased to announce one new arrival:  Caribou Daybreak Morning Blend.  For those of you who are already fans of this coffee in the 24-count box and are looking to buy more and save, then this new 80-count is for you!


If you are a serious coffee drinker like me who goes through boxes of K-Cup® faster than the weather changes here in Vermont, or if you're just looking to stock up and save, we have the perfect solution for you: 80-count K-Cup boxes of your favorite coffees from our family of brands.  As of June 1, 2010, we're pleased to be adding a new 80 count box to the mix:

The 80-count box not only gives you more coffee, it makes your wallet happier, too.  It takes over three 24-count boxes to equal 80 K-Cups, so buying one 80-count box instead of 3+ of the 24-counts saves you almost $3; not to mention you get free shipping (within the contiguous US only) when you order from our site. And if you're a Café EXPRESS member, you'll save even more!

Someone once said, "Everybody should believe in something. I believe I'll have another coffee." With the 80-count K-Cup box, you will have more coffee on hand and you'll save money—which makes having another coffee easier than ever!

Check out the members of the 80-count family by clicking on the K-Cup lid of your choice:

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Nell Newman’s Trip to Source

Fair Trade Month Quiz:


Question 29: True or False: All Newman’s Own Organics coffees are Fair Trade?


Answer: True


Haven’t answered our Fair Trade Quiz question of the day, yet? Well, why not? The answer’s right there! If that isn’t enough for you, the first 100 participants* get a sample of Green Mountain Coffee’s Fair Trade Certified™ Organic House Blend and all answers get entered to the grand prize drawing of 12-months of Green Mountain Coffee Fair Trade Certified™ Coffees. Go here to enter: http://www.eatdrinkandbefair.com/quiz.php.


*Sorry, employees and their immediate family members of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. are not eligible. But keep an eye out for our internal Fair Trade quiz.

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When we first started sourcing and roasting coffee for Newman’s Own Organics, we took Nell Newman down to Guatemala to meet some of the farmers who grow organic, Fair Trade Certified™ coffee.

Nell is President of Newman’s Own Organics and the daughter of the late Paul Newman.  Like many people on their first trip to source, she was struck by how labor intensive coffee farming is.  Her trip to the La Voz Cooperative would make a lasting impression on her.


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Nell Newman (left) and Lindsey Bolger (right) with Guatemalan girl [Photo: Bill Kinzie, 2much Media]

“I think it’ll really make me think a lot more about every single cup of coffee that I have,” she said.  “I don’t think about every little bean that goes into that cup of coffee that I drink, but it really gives you a very different perspective when you hike up to 5300 feet and see people carrying down your coffee.”

Nell was also impressed by the medical support, education, and better quality of life that farmers enjoyed because of Fair Trade.  See more about Nell’s trip and hear her thoughts in this brief video.

Green Mountain Coffee is proud to source and roast seven varieties of organic, Fair Trade Certified™ coffee for Newman’s Own Organics.

-Laura

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Visit some coffee farms and the farmers who supply us coffee.

Sometimes our customers call us and ask if they can visit some of our coffee suppliers. We've generally declined the requests since we're not really in the travel and tourism business. (Except when we bring employees to visit coffee farms; in my case, I get to bring employees to Mexico every January). But there are some farms and farmers you can visit in Nicaragua and Costa Rica and these are folks who sell us coffee. You can do all the arranging directly, have a nice vacation down south, drink some great coffee and learn a little more about the coffee business.

Recommendations:

1) Costa Rica . We buy coffee from a place called La Hilda Estate. It's north of San Jose, it's owned by our good friends the Vargas family, and they have delicious coffee. You can do a coffee tour and stay in a B and B on the sister farm called Doka Estate. Try some of our coffee that has some of their coffee in it. Info about their coffee tours.

GMCR employees meeting coffee farmer's kids. Photo Will Billings

2) Nicaragua . There's a tourism project called The Coffee Route where you can visit fair trade farmers near Matagalpa , Nicaragua . You can visit the following communities - La Pita, La Corona, La Reina, El Roblar - all of whom have farmers who belong to a 1 st level coop called UCA San Ramón, that makes up part of CECOCAFEN, who sells us some of the coffee we use in some of our Newman's Own Organics blends. Apparently you can even visit their dry mill, Solcafé, and their offices. While we travel quite a bit in this area, we haven't actually done this tour, but imagine it's a fascinating experience. I think this would be a better trip for perhaps a ‘young-at-heart' type traveler who can speak some Spanish. Learn more.
Here's where CECOCAFEN is - it's based in Matagalpa, but is a very large coop.

2) Nicaragua . Selva Negra is a famous coffee farm and estate just outside of Matagalpa. Beautiful, inspirational and very comfortable is how I would describe it.  Of these three places – this is the one place I've stayed and can highly recommend it. In addition, it's where our employees stay when they are on their Nicaragua source trip every winter. We haven't actually started selling their coffee yet – but it's in the works. One of the owners – Mausi – was just here in Waterbury cupping coffee with Lindsey. Here's where they are and here's their website.

Mausi Kuhl cupping with Lindsey Bolger in Waterbury

If you do any of these trips, please let us know how it went and send pictures!

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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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Write a Note to a Coffee Farmer

Juan Francisco is a small coffee farmer in Nicaragua who is a member of UCPCO, one of our larger suppliers of Fair Trade Organic Coffee. He wrote a nice letter (below) about how his life has changed since he started selling his coffee at Fair Trade prices. The blue sheets below are his scanned letter with a translation courtesy of Sustainable Harvest, the folks who import this coffee from UCPCO and then sell it to us. We buy hundreds of thousands of fair trade organic pounds from UCPCO – great coffees destined for McDonalds restaurants in New England and Newman's Own Coffees in 10/12 bags and Newman's Own K Cups. If you buy some of this coffee, you might be drinking Juan's very own coffee. Or, at the very least, you'll be supporting a coop that's making a huge difference in people's lives. Do you have something to say to Juan? Post a comment below and we'll translate it and pile it up with letters from our own employees and mail to Juan via UCPCO.

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The Story of Juan Francisco Valladarez

In the year 2000, I first harvested coffee from land that I owned. I was not organized as a member of any cooperative and I had no resources. At that time, there was a lot of robbery of coffee parchment, so every night after depulping my coffee, I slept in the field under the cover of a few pieces of plastic to protect me from the rain. I woke early, when it was still dark, to harvest the little coffee that I could each day. Then, I would carry the bags of parchment out on my shoulder up the hill and to the nearest town to sell them.

In 2004, an extension agent from the co-op UCPCO came to my farm to ask me if I wanted to join the cooperative. He invited me to a two-day training session. I went and I liked what the cooperative offered. I told him that I wanted to be organized, to become a member... Thanks to the team of field workers at the cooperative, my yield has improved with the organic fertilizers that they taught me to make. With their support, I have built a small wet milling area on my farm equipped with a hand depulper, a tube for pumping water to the washing tank, a drying area, a barrel, a large bucket, and a spray pump.

I also have a fair, international market that pays me a good price for my coffee, which is what helps me improve the lives of my family. With UCPCO and the umbrella organization Café Nica, I have also had the chance to cup samples of my own coffee.

I write to you,

Juan Francisco Valladarez Gonzales, and my wife Maria Luisa Landero, and children Francisco, Karla, Marvin, Milton, Karen, Melva, Nelson, and Lilian.

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Real Simple Gives Props to Keurig Nell's Breakfast Blend

Real Simple is one of my all-time favorite magazines, chock full of useful stuff for real people and lots of practical advice, tips and tools that you can easily and immediately incorporate into your life.

So I was thrilled when Real Simple called out the Keurig brewer on its technology blog, and gave props to one of our Fair Trade organic coffees in its coffee round-up -- all in the same week!

In Real Simple's February print edition, now just hitting newsstands, Nell's Breakfast Blend (one of the coffees we source, package and roast for Newman's Own Organics) was included among eight "buzz-worthy" coffees "worth waking up for."  Nell's Breakfast Blend was recognized as the "best whole bean" in the light roasts category.

And last week, one of Real Simple's guest bloggers wrote a post entitled, "Fueling my caffeine addiction," which is all about her Keurig brewer.  Kristin, the author of popular web site ManicMommies, writes about how her husband bought her a brewer after she fell in love with the one at work (what a guy!).  She mentions the variety of K-Cups and that it's even easy for her 80+ year old grandparents to use!

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Nell Newman Reflects On Her Trip To Source

When we first started sourcing and roasting coffee for Newman’s Own Organics, we took Nell Newman down to Guatemala to meet some of the farmers who grow organic, Fair Trade Certified™ coffee.

Nell is President of Newman’s Own Organics and the daughter of the late Paul Newman.  Like many people on their first trip to source, she was struck by how labor intensive coffee farming is.  Her trip to the La Voz Cooperative would make a lasting impression on her.


Photo: Bill Kinzie, 2much Media


Nell Newman (left) and Lindsey Bolger (right) with Guatemalan girl

“I think it’ll really make me think a lot more about every single cup of coffee that I have,” she said.  “I don’t think about every little bean that goes into that cup of coffee that I drink, but it really gives you a very different perspective when you hike up to 5300 feet and see people carrying down your coffee.”

Nell was also impressed by the medical support, education, and better quality of life that farmers enjoyed because of Fair Trade.  See more about Nell’s trip and hear her thoughts in this brief video.

Nell Newman with Fair Trade organic coffee farmers

Green Mountain Coffee is proud to source and roast seven varieties of organic, Fair Trade Certified™ coffee for Newman’s Own Organics.

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Thank you, Paul Newman

A message from our CEO, Larry Blanford:

 

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Paul Newman. Paul Newman's talent was exceeded only by his compassion and generosity. He was an inspiration and role model for those who believe in using the power of business to make the world a better place. His success as an actor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist will never be forgotten. He was a man with an extraordinary heart.

Green Mountain Coffee sources and roasts seven varieties of coffee for Newman's Own Organics. The Company will make a donation to the Hole in the Wall Camps in honor of Paul Newman, its founder. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family.

Larry Blanford,
CEO, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters


 
To learn more, please visit the Newman's Own web site.  Paul volunteered for and donated to many charities.  But particularly close to his heart were the Hole in the Wall Camps, now the leading global family of camps for children with life-threatening illnesses, which Paul started over 20 years ago.  To make a donation to this family of camps in honor of Paul Newman, visit www.HoleInTheWallCamps.org.

UPDATE, 10/17/08:  There have been many wonderful articles written recently about Paul Newman's many contributions to society.  Here is a nice article describing his leadership at Newman's Own.  And here is an AP story about how he planned his charitable legacy.

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Juan Francisco Balladarez from UCPCO, Nicaragua

A couple of months ago, Sustainable Harvest at Origin, one of our coffee importers, sent us a dispatch about Juan and the impact that Fair Trade had made in his life. The story detailed how he had worked in coffee for over 50 years and that it was only six years ago he was able to finally buy his own land – 3 hectares – a little more than 7 acres. For about three years after buying his land, he wasn’t part of a coop and sold his coffee to middlemen at whatever price they were offering.


 


Then he joined UCPCO - The Union of Organic Coffee Farm Cooperatives (UCPCO) in San Juan del Rio Coco in Madriz, in northern Nicaragua. He started getting better prices for his coffee and agronomists – coffee growing experts – helped him improve his crop yield through compost fertilizer, soil analysis, and organic pest control techniques. These changes allowed him to grow more coffee and earn more money so that he could finally buy a house for himself and his family.


 


So that you don’t think of his house as some sort of palatial estate, here’s a picture of it:


His family used to live in town and he lived in what sounds very much like the woods near his coffee trees. This is a huge improvement in Juan’s quality of life, and yet when I first read the dispatch from Sustainable Harvest about Juan and saw the picture of the house, I missed the part about that being his home and assumed it was a shed or an unattached kitchen. It was a total double-take for me. I even asked the staff writer at Sustainable Harvest to make sure that it was indeed his new home. “Yep”, she said, “amazing, isn’t it”?

When I was at the SCAA Annual Convention this past spring, I met the General Manager of the Coop, Heberto Rivas. I asked him about Juan and he corroborated the story about him and his success and happiness about being a member of the coop. Heberto even added that every time Juan comes to coop meetings or events, he gets misty and emotional and then cries about his success.


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Juan’s and UCPCO's coffee beans often go into these coffees: Fair Trade Organic House BlendNewman's Special Blend Whole Bean and Newman's Special Blend Cups


 


Some or all of this copy comes to us courtesy of our good friends at Sustainable Harvest whose mission is to improve farmers' lives by creating a transparent and sustainable coffee supply chain, ensuring that quality coffees are sourced from the finest producers and that coffee arrives reliably in its highest quality state to preeminent coffee roasters.

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