Magic Words: Free (And Worry-Free!) Coffee

Green Mountain Coffee Keurig Platinum If you are a guest at my house, you’ll never have trouble finding the coffee in the morning. Now that Evan is in pre-K and Caroline’s going to preschool 3 days a week, my chances to sleep in are limited. Not that my chances to sleep in over the summer were great – since E works at least 6 days a week I usually get up with the kids all 7 days. At least in the summer I can throw an apple and the iPad at them and put a pillow over my head for half an hour. Now with 5 days of school we only have those two precious weekend days for fun or sports or birthday parties or getaways. It gets even harder now that I’ve thrown all this photography stuff into the mix. I’m not OMG SO BUSY for sure – my couch still has a pretty good butt dent since it’s where I “work” – but I do have to be awake and alert and on-task.

Thank GOD for coffee. Coffee coffee coffee. And especially for my upgraded Keurig® Brewing System, which has a travel mug sized option to make giant cups of coffee with just the press of a button. I’m pretty sure my parents come to visit 50% because they love their grandkids and 50% because they love those little K-cup packs. It’s so, so, so, so easy. And I don’t care that your hipster coffee press thing is easy too – nothing beats tossing those little cups and never spilling a single coffee ground on my floor.

Green Mountain Coffee Keurig Platinum

We’ve been Green Mountain Coffee® drinkers from the start, since that’s what my office stocked a million years ago when I worked in an office and a Keurig was still a magical thing you rented because they cost a bucket of money. Now that it’s much more easily accessible, we’re already hooked – E is a huge fan of the Caramel Vanilla Cream and I like anything dark, especially iced with lots of creamer. There’s a Fair Trade Certified™ Three Continent Blend that sounds delicious.

Green Mountain Coffee-7

Ice, milk, coffee and a little sugar-free vanilla syrup and suddenly 3 pm doesn’t look so horrible.


It’s part of a campaign Green Mountain Coffee is launching this fall called “Great Coffee, Good Vibes, Choose Fair Trade” to raise awareness of how buying Fair Trade Certified™  coffee is good for you, the environment, and the coffee growers. Green Mountain Coffee® offers one of the largest selections of Fair Trade Certified™ coffees in the U.S. (confirmed by Fair Trade USA). Buying Fair Trade Certified coffee doesn’t mean much as far as my budget goes – I’ve committed to the expense of K-cup packs and they cost about the same no matter what brand I buy – but it is one small way I can be a better global citizen.

It’s nice to know while I’m sipping my coffee that the family who grew the beans was paid a fair price that allows them to keep their farm, send their kids to school and invest in their business. Because they’re being paid a sustainable wage for their coffee, farmers can focus on quality, which means Fair Trade coffee is extra-delicious. It’s not like I’m saving the world by drinking coffee, but buying Fair Trade Certified™ Green Mountain Coffee® is supporting farmers and their families and that’s a good feeling.

Green Mountain Coffee Keurig Platinum

Can you smell it? I swear I can smell it just looking at the picture. You can learn more about Green Mountain Coffee, Fair Trade practices, and see exclusive videos of Kelly Clarkson visiting coffee farmers in Peru at You can also check out their Facebook page.

One of you lucky readers has the chance to win a Keurig® Brewing System and a Green Mountain Coffee® gift basket!

 Just leave a comment on this post answering the question: Are you a coffee drinker, and if so, would you consider buying fair trade coffee?


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138 Responses to “Magic Words: Free (And Worry-Free!) Coffee”

  1. Alena says:

    I am a hot tea drinker?! Does that count? Yes? I can’t see why people would not see “fair trade” positively!

  2. terri d. says:

    I am a new coffee drinker, meaning that I now drink coffee with a lot of sugar and creamer. I started to give coffee a chance when we were on our honeymoon in Costa Rica and a friend said I had to try the coffee to get the full experience of the country. I would definitely consider buying fair trade coffee…I think maybe we already do?…

  3. Katrina says:

    Hello–do you know me? If you do, then you know I LOVE, LOVE, L.O.V.E coffee. More for the “perks” than the taste, so to speak. It’s pretty much the last thing I think about at night and the first thing I think about in the morning.

    And to think, I only just discovered coffee a few years ago. How I went through college and the first few years of having babies/toddlers without coffee in my life, I have no idea.

    And I only buy organic, fair trade coffee. It tastes better, and it’s the right thing to do.

  4. Chelsea says:

    I am an absolute coffe addict and all I buy is fair trade!!

  5. Anna says:

    I am pretty sure my blood type is light roast. I love coffee! As far as fair trade, I would consider it if I really liked the coffee and it seemed worth the price.

  6. Kendra B. says:

    Oh coffee, it’s seriously sometimes the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning haha! I have a 2yo and a 3mo so…yeah I drink buckets of coffee. Love fair trade coffee and have been a fair of Green Mountain for a long time!

  7. Sara says:

    Coffee is a daily necessity for me with 4 kids (two of which are 3 month old twins!) I’d love to upgrade to a Keurig, and would most definitely purchase fair trade coffee. Your iced coffee concoction looks delicious!

  8. Fionnuala Darby-Hudgens says:

    Umm.. do birds fly? YES, I am a huge coffee drinker, and we always buy Fair Trade.

  9. Audrey says:

    I am not a major coffee drinker, mostly because I dislike most coffees that I’ve tried, but I’m pretty sure my husband has coffee in his veins. If I’m going to drink coffee I definitely prefer it iced. I could drink iced coffee all year long, even in a snow storm. *siiiigh* In other words.. GIMME GIMME GIMME! ;)

  10. Kim says:

    I am not a coffee drinker, but my husband needs a cup every morning! We love fair trade! Such a wonderful concept, so sad that it’s not the norm.

  11. Robyn says:

    Your timing is amazing! I just started drinking coffee and totally want a Keurig! And of course I would prefer to drink Fair Trade.

  12. Barbra says:

    I am not a coffee drinker. Unfortunately. I often wish I could stomach it because I need extra energy. But my husband drinks coffee and perhaps the individual cups would make the coffee smell less pervasive in my house? Also, we both support fair trade!!!!

  13. raincheckmom says:


  14. Dude. I need to win this. NEED. I’ve wanted one if these bad boys forever! Coffee is my lifeline.

  15. Oh yes, also, go fair trade.

  16. Kate says:

    Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon! And I particularly like buying fair trade when I can.

  17. Christiana says:

    I love coffee!! Mostly as a vessel for coffee creamer… =) I think the flavors you talk about, especially Caramel Vanilla Cream, sound intriguing! I do not currently buy Fair Trade coffee (on purpose), but I am going to look into it now.

  18. Jennifer W says:

    My husband is a HUGE coffee drinker. He wakes up at 3am everyday and goes to sleep at 10pm…so coffee is pretty much a staple throughout the day. I think buying fair trade is a great idea whenever possible.

  19. Stacy says:

    I already buy fair trade coffee!

  20. Heidi says:

    LOVE me some coffee!!!!! I do buy fair trade if it is available. Would love to have a Keurig!

  21. Brigid Keely says:

    I drink coffee because it’s caffeine. I pair it with sugar and flavored creamer (which is lactose free) which basically puts me on the bottom of the coffee social hierarchy.

    We do fair trade coffee and chocolate ~90% of the time because the alternative is literally slavery. Coffee and chocolate that is not fair trade (or organic) is literally made with literal slave labor, often of small children.

  22. Jayme says:

    I don’t think “coffee addict” is a strong enough term for me. My veins contain coffee with a trace of blood :) And yes, making sure the food products we buy are fairly traded and ethically produced is important to me, though sadly not until just a couple years ago, when the surge of food documentaries shone a glaring light on the issue.

  23. Elena says:

    I am a coffee addict and would consider trying fair trade coffee

  24. Therese says:

    I drink wayyy to much coffee. I do buy fair trade, but not necessarily because I knew they were ethical, but it is a bonus. :) I hope I win, my current keurig makes an awful sound and wakes up my 2 young kids so I have to wait for them to get up to make it in the morning. It’s a real bummer.

  25. Lacey says:

    My HUSBAND is a major coffee drinker and I would definitely consider buying fair trade!

  26. Linny says:

    I’m totally a coffee addict. Black coffee (in multiple doses) in the morning, followed by something sweeter in the afternoon. I buy fair trade when it’s available.

  27. Ally says:

    I am a coffee drinker and I already buy fair trade when I can!

    I also love your bright and sunny flower mugs!

  28. Hannah says:

    I love my coffee & tea during the fall and winter! Since I moved home for hubs’ deployment, I had to leave my Keurig behind and nobody else here drinks coffee! I would love a new machine and green mountain is the only kind of coffee k cups that I buy!! Yay fair trade!

  29. Christen says:

    I have a one month old so coffee is a necessity in my life! :) it’s absolutely important to me to buy fair trade coffee. I had no idea that Green Mountain had fair trade coffee! I love their iced hazelnut.

  30. Christa says:

    I’m a coffee drinker and love my Keurig but I seriously need an upgrade. We bought when we were on a budget and I didn’t drink coffee enough to justify buying the biggest and best Keurig. So I got the smallest one that only holds a single cup. I would definitely buy fair trade coffee and try to support as many companies that participate in things like that. Bravo, Green Mountain!

  31. Madeline says:

    I am a coffee drinker and I’ve bought fair trade coffee in the past. I don’t buy it exclusively but I feel like I’m helping others when I do buy it!

  32. Rebecca says:

    Yes I’m a coffee drinker and have been going back and forth between hot and iced as Michigan is trying to figure out what season it is. I would most definitely consider buying free trade coffee. Let’s save the world one coffee at a time! :)

  33. mego! says:

    Umm I worked as a Batista in college & it is still my favorite job ever!! Coffee coffee coffee!!
    Iced medium roast hazelnut no cream & no sugar.

    And fair trade just makes sense.

  34. Amy says:

    I drink coffee and mostly buy Fair Trade except sometimes I have been known to succumb to a very good deal.

  35. desiree says:

    Yes to coffee – and a big yes to fair trade!!

  36. Kristin says:

    Yes to a dew cups of coffee a day (if only I could wake up running like the toddler) and Fair Trade is the way to go!

  37. Dee says:

    I am a coffee drink and would definitely consider buying free-trade. Not sure if Starbucks has it but I will definitely check out Green Mountain :)

  38. Betsy says:

    I drink coffee, if it’s super sweet (i.e. frappucinos), and I like coffee ice cream, and Autocrat coffee syrup (which you can only find in New England!). But my husband drinks coffee everyday, so I guess you can say we’re a coffee family! As far as free-trade goes, I always like the idea of doing something environmentally good, and benefiting other people. It’s a win-win!

  39. Sara says:

    YES! I am a coffee drinker!! mmmmmm coffee!! AND I buy fair trade whenever possible!

  40. Margaret Smith says:

    Yes, I really enjoy coffee and yes, I would purchase Fair Trade. Thanks so much.

  41. Julie S. says:

    Must. Have. Coffee. And yes– I need to be more conscientious of fair trade, so I would totally buy it.

  42. Jessie C. says:

    I am a coffee drinker and would definitely consider buying fair trade coffee.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  43. Jessie C. says:


  44. Amy Tong says:

    I’m a coffee drinker and coffee lover! Yes, I would buy fair trade coffee for sure.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  45. sarah says:

    I LOVE coffee (hello, four kids under 7?) and I love fair trade! Win-win!

  46. Wendy Pesce says:

    I am a big coffee drinker! And suer, I would buy fair trade!

  47. Russ Qualls says:

    If kids are the justification for loving (needing?)coffee, I have 11! Also love fair trade…I’ve made 5 trips to Kenya helping poor rural farmers drill water wells on their own property to become more self sufficient (completed 47 wells now).

  48. Becky S says:

    I love coffee and I would consider buying fair trade as long as it wasn’t too expensive. becksweeps (at) gmail (dot) com

  49. Natasha P. says:

    I drink coffee on occasion and would definitely consider buying fair trade. I had never heard of it before. Thanks for the giveaway.

  50. Janice Cooper says:

    I’m not a coffee drinker. I’m more of a hot tea or hot cocoa person. I would love to win this for my mother-in-law. She loves coffee and would consider buying fair trade.

  51. Tina M says:

    I love coffee and I would buy fair trade coffee if they taste good?!

  52. Nicole Larsen says:

    Yes, I am a coffee-a-holic! I look forward to my coffee every morning! I would definitely try Fair Trade Coffee :)

  53. Debbie B says:

    i have a family of coffee drinkers and yes we would buy fair trade coffee

  54. tara pittman says:

    I adore coffee and fair trade is wonderful

  55. Angela M says:

    Yes, I love coffee!! I drink it daily. I would definitely consider fair trade.

    thisisme79 @ gmail dot com

  56. Rebecca Graham says:

    I’m a coffee fanatic. Would buy fair trade.

  57. Wild Orchid says:

    I am a big coffee drinker, and I would definitely consider fair trade.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  58. Wild Orchid says:


  59. Harmony B says:

    Love coffee! I already purchase green mountain fair trade coffee

  60. Kerry says:

    I love coffee and would absolutely buy fair trade!

  61. Erika says:

    I drink coffee at least every morning, and sometimes make more in the evening if the craving hits! I would buy fair trade. I don’t have a Keurig, but I think it could become my favorite kitchen appliance! :)

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  62. I am a coffee drinker and would totally consider fair trade coffee! Thanks for a chance to win!!!! kmassman gmail

  63. Erica Best says:

    i drink it from time to time

  64. Whitney says:

    I am not a coffee drinker, but I have never tried it. I would try fair trade.

  65. Tabathia B says:

    I drink coffee a few days a week and would give fair trade a try

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  66. Myda says:

    Getting the oldest up for school and an infant I drink coffee every day. Cause I’m a terrible person without it.
    I have never tried green mountain but fair trade coffee would be great for me as long as it Tastes good.

  67. Betty C says:

    Yes, I drink coffee and I would consider fair trade.

  68. Sara Sullivan says:

    I am a coffee addict and I always buy fair trade.

  69. Margaret Smith says:

    Yes, I’m a coffee drinker and yes, and would buy Fair Trade because it helps farmers get fair wages.

  70. Kim H says:

    My family drinks coffee and I believe in fair trade

  71. Shannon Baas says:

    I am not a coffee drinker.

  72. Ellie W says:

    I’m not a coffee drinker, but I love tea. My husband loves both, though. I would definitely consider buying Fair Trade.

  73. Katherine Newton says:

    I drink coffee every day and buy fair trade when I can!

  74. Elizabeth N says:

    No, I am not really a coffee drinker but definitely yes to Fair Trade!

  75. flooderette says:

    i am a coffee drink and would purchase fair trade coffee

  76. Christine says:

    drink coffee everyday and I do buy fair trade coffee

  77. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    I’m not a big coffee drinker but I would drink fair trade if it tasted the best

  78. Natalie says:

    I don’t drink coffee but my brother buys free trade coffee!

  79. Lisa V. says:

    I am a coffee drinker and would consider buying fair trade.

  80. Sarah Marshall says:

    I drink coffee, and I would buy Green Mountain. It’s great that there really are people who care about the ethical treatment of our fellow human beings.

  81. Jennifer Paige says:

    I am a coffee drinker and I would certainly try fair trade coffee :)

  82. Will R says:

    I’ve had fair trade and wasn’t disappointed. Love coffee.

  83. theodore esteghamat says:

    My mother is the coffee drinker and we would consider buying fair trade coffee.

  84. Kenia says:

    I’m a daily coffee drinker and I will consider buying fair trade coffee.


  85. Tamar says:

    I’m not a serious coffee drinker but I absolutely am cognizant of fair trade coffee and I think it is a very important consideration.

  86. tina reynolds says:

    yes I drink coffee and would buy fair trade

  87. Cathy Truman says:

    Yes I love my coffee and I would buy fair trade coffee.

  88. Kayla says:

    I drink a lot of coffee and I’d definitely buy fair trade.

  89. Carolyn Daley says:

    I enjoy a cup or two of coffee each day and I would give Fair Trade a chance to see if I like it enough to be frequently.

  90. Andrina G says:

    I would buy fair trade. I drink coffee.
    andrinagoetz at gmail dot com

  91. AmyBond says:

    I feel like I drink more coffee than anyone! I’ve bought fair trade and would do it again.

  92. matthew says:

    me and my mom love coffee probably drink a little more then we should i never tried fair trade coffee we normally drink max well house but i would try it we love these single serve coffee machine

  93. joni says:

    I am a coffee drinker and I am fair game to Fair Trade!

  94. deana c says:

    I am a coffee drinker and I do drink fair trade coffee already!

  95. Karen Drake says:

    I am a big coffee drinker and would consider buying Fair Trade coffee if the price is reasonable.

  96. Pam OLeary says:

    I love coffee and I would most definitely buy fair trade.

  97. crystal smith says:

    I am a coffee drinker and although I don’t buy fair trade coffee right now I would. Its something to consider next time I go shopping :)

  98. Kim Ripley says:

    I am a coffee drinker (3 cups a day) and I occasionally buy fair-trade.

  99. kathy pease says:

    I have been wanting one of these and love my coffee..I would buy fair trade it sounds great :)

  100. Tricia Andrews says:

    We love love love coffee in our house. And we only drink fair trade coffee.

  101. Scott Martin says:

    I am not a coffee drinker but I drink Tea.

  102. Penny Snyder says:

    Love my coffee & I have tried Fair Trade!!

  103. susan smoaks says:

    yes i am a coffee drinker and yes i would totally consider buying fair trade!

  104. Regina M says:

    Yes, and of course.

  105. Gianna says:

    Yes to both.

  106. HilLesha says:

    Fair trade is the only type of coffee that I buy. :)

  107. Paige Chandler says:

    Yes I am and yes I would.

  108. melissa Resnick says:

    i am a coffee drinkers and would def consider buying it

  109. cassandra mccann says:

    i am a coffee drinker,and i would consider buying fair trade coffee.

  110. Donna K says:

    I am a coffee drinker. I would like to buy fair trade

  111. Donna Pyszk says:

    I am a coffee drinker and would love to buy fair trade.

  112. Carolyn G says:

    I am a coffee drinker and I have bought fair trade coffee

  113. Tracy L Davis says:

    I am a coffee drinker and would love to try fair trade coffee

  114. meredith says:

    Im a coffee drinker and love buying fair trade!

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