You all know I was a HUGE Tassimo fan, right? I loved the Tassimo. I could write sonnets to the Tassimo. Well guess what? As of March of this year, Starbucks no longer makes t-discs for the Tassimo. I hate to admit it but I think those Starbucks t-discs are the real reason I loved the Tassimo so much. Sure, the Tassimo machine had sleek lines and it was small and fit on my counter nicely but without those frothy latte primos it wasn’t that special. The Gevalia coffee they sent me was awful and sometimes the cream capsules leaked. Not very often but sometimes.
It’s true, I was beginning to fall out of love with the Tassimo. Sigh.
But that’s not the end of the story of course.
There’s a new girl in town who is now married to Starbucks: Keurig. They don’t have Starbucks K-Cup Portion Packs out yet but I’ve googled it and they are due to come out in the fall of this year. So you know what I was thinking: Goodbye Tassimo, Hello Keurig! I’m not that loyal. Except I don’t really have the money to be buying expensive coffee machines. So I bummed it for a while with my trusty French press and thought about getting a Keurig.
Then I got lucky. Maybe being the self-proclaimed coffee expert had something to do with it but probably not.
Green Mountain Coffee asked me to review their Fair Trade coffees and they offered to send me a free Keurig coffee machine. Score! Sign me up, I said, knowing next to nothing about Fair Trade coffee.
So I did my research. And I sampled the Fair Trade Green Mountain Coffee.
Lots and lots of sampling. (It’s a dirty job but some-very-caffeinated-body’s gotta do it.)
And you know what?
I wasn’t all that fond of the lighter blends (I never am. I like my coffee tall, dark and burnt.) but the Sumatran Reserve Extra Bold is pretty good! It doesn’t come with a capsule of frothy milk (and why not?!!) but it is pretty tasty coffee. Slosh in some cream and sugar and I’m a happily caffeinated girl.
So if you are the type who enjoys using a single-serve coffee machine (Admit it, they are so handy and clean. No more coffee grounds all over!) this is good news!
Green Mountain Coffee is known for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and social responsibility. They offer a lot of fancy coffees on their website (and free samples too!) and several of them are Fair Trade Certified™ coffees:
That basically means that by buying these coffees your dollars are going to growers who meet a stringent set of requirements, including “democratic voting among members, fair labor practices, and the exclusion of using certain chemicals.
“Growers are guaranteed a minimum price for their coffee. If market prices exceed the minimum, they receive current market prices plus a per pound premium for community development and an additional premium for organic coffee. The co-op members vote to determine how to invest the Fair Trade premiums. They might fund community projects such as schools, health clinics, safe drinking water or new roads.”
Fair Trade means better quality coffee for you and a better a better quality of life for farmers. Fair trade Coffee is better quality for all. You can learn more about the details of Green Mountain’s Fair Trade certification on their Facebook page and sign up for some free samples or coupons for your own taste test while you’re at it!
But you might need to win a free Keurig coffee machine first, right? Well you can! Just leave a comment below in my comment box between now and September 24th and one winner will be selected to win a Keurig coffee machine and Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup Portion Packs, provided by BlogHer. Go ahead. Feel lucky. Just tell me what kind of coffee you like. Are you a dark roast like me or do you prefer the lighter blends. Tell me all about it. Coffee snobs want to know.
And if you’re really serious about winning, you might want to check out BlogHer’s round-up page to see what all the other bloggers are saying about this.
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