making a meaningful cup {win a keurig!!!}



I love coffee.  Like love it, love it.  So much so that I look forward to it as I go to bed each night, kind of love it.  It warms me, starts my day and gets me headed in the right direction.

You know what I don't love?  Waiting for it.  You know what else I don't love? A purchase I made causing distress to someone for the cause of my comfort. 

I know, I know, that's a little much for a cup of coffee, especially since maybe you haven't had yours yet this morning.  Maybe go grab a mug and come on back here, yes?

Having a Keurig® addresses my first issue, waiting.  With a Keurig I can have my coffee in moments, hot and fresh.  In the winter that is important to me since I STAY cold pretty much from September through April.  I love being able to flip a switch and have a hot cuppa! :)

My other issue is just as easy to address...Got your cup of coffee yet? Let's address purposeful spending...

What I mean is, if I am going to spend my money on something, I want to spend it wisely, in a way that blesses others and doesn't cause them despair.  I want my purchases to be meaningful and worthwhile and thoughtful.  And I don't mean organic.  Organic addresses a preference and I'm talking about quality of life.

That's where Fair Trade comes in.  You've heard of Fair Trade, yes?  Well, October is Fair Trade month!  A perfect opportunity for all of us to become more educated spenders.  To use our dollars to not only get a good product but to also get one that could possibly improve someone's quality of life.  Everyone wins! 

And yes, even a little cup of coffee can do that.

Here are a few FAQ's about Fair Trade to get your mind thinking:
Q.  What is Fair Trade?                                                                                                                             A:  Fair Trade is a global movement to help improve the lives of farmers and their families.  It provides a fair price to coffee farmers, resulting in a great cup of coffee and a better quality of life in coffee-farming communities. 
Q.  How does Fair Trade Certified coffee benefit coffee farmers?
A: 
Most family coffee farmers live in remote locations and lack access to credit, so they are vulnerable to middlemen who offer cash for their coffee at a fraction of its value.  Fair Trade assures coffee farmers a fair price for unroasted, green coffee.  Fair Trade also links farmers directly with coffee companies like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (“GMCR”), creating long-term sustainability.
Q:  What makes Fair Trade Certified™ coffee high quality coffee?                                                                  
A:  Through Fair Trade, farmers earn better incomes, allowing them to hold onto their land and invest in quality.  This results in great coffee for consumers.
Q.  Why is Green Mountain Coffee® committed to Fair Trade?
A:  Fair Trade is one critical way that Green Mountain Coffee provides consumers high quality coffee while helping to ensure a better quality of life for coffee farmers and their communities.
Just imagine...your choice of coffee can have an impact on someone's life in a real and meaningful way!
In celebration of Fair Trade Month, Green Mountain Coffee is introducing Fair Trade Certified™ Three Continent Blend, which combines the flavors and aromas of three continents in one harmonious Extra Bold blend.  All that to say, it's EASY to make a choice that will benefit others because not only is this coffee Fair Trade...it's also available in K-cups!
By choosing to be choosy with your money you can purchase Fair Trade Certified Green Mountain Coffee, and help coffee farmers receive a fair price for their beans, resulting in a great cup of coffee and a better quality of life in coffee-farming communities
·       Purchasing Fair Trade products…
o   …helps small-scale coffee farmers and their families
o   …helps keep kids in school
o   …helps women support their families

Almost makes coffee a necessity of life, right? 
In celebration of Fair Trade month you have a chance to win your very own Keurig® Brewing System and Green Mountain Coffee® gift basket!

All you have to do is watch this video of Kelly Clarkson’s adventures in Peru (where she learns about Fair Trade Coffee) and learn more about Fair Trade at choosefairtrade.com and then answer me this:
"Are you a coffee drinker, and if so, would you consider buying fair trade coffee?"
Winners are chosen at random by Blogher! Good luck!  
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138 comments:

Niki said...

What an amazing video! Yes, I am a coffee drinker and we have been buying Fair Trade coffee for some time now. It's a small gesture, but it makes us feel good!

Niki said...

What an amazing video! Yes, I am a coffee drinker and we have been buying Fair Trade coffee for some time now. It's a small gesture, but it makes us feel good!

JulzVP said...

I love coffee, and absolutely look for only fair trade when I buy it in the store.

kiwi714(at)juno(dot)com

Kim said...

I love coffee and I am all for drinking fair trade coffee. I recently (as in yesterday) learned what fair trade coffee is since my best friend just opened a coffee/cupcake shop and all her coffee is fair trade. I hate what big businesses has done to our economy and how unfair producers are treated just to win consumers business. I will gladly pay more for a better cup of coffee knowing that the hard workers are paid an treated fairly.

Kim said...

Tweeted! https://mobile.twitter.com/oowidescrnoo/status/380815118634057728

Elena said...

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

elena150980@yahoo.com

Elena said...

https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/380877855929810944

elena150980@yahoo.com

Kortney said...

I am a coffee drinker (except baby #3 is interrupting my taste for coffee right now - I'm sure I'll be making up for the lost cups come March!) and I would definitely consider fair trade coffee.

BlessieNelson said...

Yes, I am a coffee drinker everyday, so investing on fair trade coffee that is traceable to the consumer is so worth it!

BlessieNelson said...

Tweeted
https://twitter.com/Bless_Eliz/status/380921597332189185

Michele Cupp said...

I am a coffee drinker and was not familiar with Fair Trade, but absolutely loved the video, appreciate the opportunity and will be switching to Fair Trade!

Michele Cupp said...

Tweeted:
https://twitter.com/MtnDew_Addict/status/381034189597847552

Annette said...

My coffee is my morning friend...i'd consider fair trade now that i understand what my dunkin donuts purchase really means......

Betsy said...

That's a great video, and I am proud to say we already purchase Fair Trade coffees. I never really thought much about it other than knowing it benefited someone, but that video really enlightened me.

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

I am an occasional coffee drinker but I would definitely opt for Fair Trade coffee if purchasing in the supermarket.

mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

Tweeted
https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/381057422183251968


mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

Megan Bruch said...

I am actually not a coffee drinker (yes, there are 3 of us in the world), but my husband drinks enough for both of us! I was actually just sitting down to research Keurigs as a Christmas gift for him!

And yes, we love love Fair Trade and buy as much as possible!

Ally said...

I am a coffee drink and I buy fair trade when I can.

I might be inclined to drink even MORE coffee if I had a totally awesome Wonder Woman mug like yours (;

Christy @ MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Love Coffee & Hot Tea, I would defiantly consider fair trade coffee

Madeline B said...

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!
madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

Madeline B said...

Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/381232980133298177

Jessica said...

I am a coffee drinker, and we already try to buy only fair trade coffee!
jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

I tweeted too!

https://twitter.com/jessrwarfield/status/381249025548111872

jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

jennifer said...

I am absolutely a coffee drinker and had never heard of fair trade but woulc definitely buy now knowing it helps the "little man."

Sharla said...

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

Sharla said...

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

Dee said...

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

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Dee said...

tweeted https://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/381649509983350784

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Janna said...

I love buying fair trade coffee!!!! ORGANIC fair trade is my kind of thing:)

peg42 said...

Yes, I'm a coffee drinker and yes I would buy Fair Trade.
Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

peg42 said...

I tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/382284566276214784
Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

Lacey Sanders said...

Interesting - always something new to learn!!

Scott said...

I am not a coffee drinker but the Keurig makes great dark tea also.

Mollie said...

Coffee makes my heart happy. And Green Mountain is so darn good!!

Mollie said...

And a tweet! https://twitter.com/momconformist/status/382564433454575616

JC said...

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

JC said...

-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/382718415632228352

Stacey Brickner said...

Woo hoo! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

Stacey Brickner said...

I tweeted! https://twitter.com/St4ceyNicole1/status/382736618487939072

Amy said...

great information on fair trade coffee and lovely video to watch. I drink coffee a lot and would definitely buy fair trade coffee

amy [at] utry [dot] it

Amy said...

tweeted:
https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/382748657998503936

amy [at] utry [dot] it

randomramblings said...

Coffee-yes! Fair Trade-of course!

jdt_1583 said...

I can't get video to work on my phone right now but I will try on the computer for sure... Yes I am a coffee drinker...really started drinking everyday in past couple of months :-) and of course I will start looking for fair trade items. Anything to help!

Beck Sweeps said...

I love coffee and I would consider buying fair trade as long as it wasn't too expensive.

Beck Sweeps said...

I tweeted: https://twitter.com/sweepschick/status/383402265282744321

Sean and Melinda said...

I grew up in a family where coffee was a staple. I love coffee, it gives me the pick-me-up I need to mentally prepare myself for the day. I work with at-risk youth and need the caffeine to keep me going. I would and have purchased fair trade coffee in the past, as long as the price is competitive.

seanm 1999 @ hotmail dot com

Janice said...

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.
tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

Janice said...

https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/384351894350487552
tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

chinabug said...

Love a good cup of joe with organic valley vanilla cream and love helping others and their communities . Love those cute little faces in the classroom from the video also. Who wouldnt want to help them prosper? Thanks for spreading the fair trade word.

Tina said...

I love coffee and I would buy fair trade coffee if they are good?!
tina19820115@gmail.com

Tina said...

https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/385952155120590848
tina19820115@gmail.com

Nicole Larsen said...

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

pittsy82@hotmail.com

Nicole Larsen said...

tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/386172411567022080

pittsy82@hotmail.com

Simona Walters said...

my husband is the same way, his day cannot start until he has a hot cup in hand

Simona Walters said...

my husband is the same way, his day cannot start until he has a hot cup in hand

tara pittman said...

I am a coffee snob and will buy fair trade

ms-texas said...

my family loves coffee and we would definitely buy fair trade!

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

April said...

i love fair trade coffee. to me it's the same as supporting a small business owner. it's doing the right thing for the right people. xo

April said...

i love fair trade coffee. to me the purchase for fair trade is the same as supporting a small business. it's doing the right thing for the right people.

April said...

https://twitter.com/marine_parents/status/388279068069593089

xoxo

ms-texas said...

i posted a tweet:

https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/388471889883955200

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

Megan said...

I am a coffee drinker and will now be buying fair trade!

Angela M said...

Yep, I love my coffee. :) I would consider fair trade.

thisisme79 @ gmail dot com

Rebecca Graham said...

Very avid coffee drinker. Will buy fair trade coffee.

rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

Alisa Downey (Insaniac) said...

I love drinking coffee. After watching the video I would buy fair trade coffee.

GentleGiants said...

In LOVE with coffee, and I will start looking for fair trade coffee and would definitely buy it.

Cali Hurtado said...

I adore Coffee and have wanted a Keurig for a long while. I chose to buy Fair Trade coffee for the rare times when I use my big, annoying 12 cup coffee pot. hehe.

Harmony Burmeister said...

LOVE coffee! I have already purchased green mountain fair trade k cups
njharmonyg@aol.com

Harmony Burmeister said...

tweet https://twitter.com/hburmeister/status/391530574344495104

njharmonyg@aol.com

Cali Hurtado said...

I tweeted! https://twitter.com/TheBeadMuseTx/status/391415521234526208

Gina Wildorchid said...

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

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

Gina Wildorchid said...

tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/391990230930046976

wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

Kerry said...

I love coffee and would absolutely buy fair trade!
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

chambanachik said...

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

Kerry said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/392821315389771776
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Kelly Massman said...

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

Erica Best said...

i am coffee drinker from time to time but i love fair trade products

Erica Best said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/394527337225519104

Whitney said...

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

wlbellows at gmail dot com

Whitney said...

https://mobile.twitter.com/electricstar/status/395010668207693824?p=v

wlbellows at gmail dot com

Tabathia said...

I drink a few cups a week and would dry the fair trade coffee

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia said...

tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/395551499146625025

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

slb3334 said...

I am not a coffee drinker.

peg42 said...

Yes, I'm a coffee drinker and yes, I like Fair Trade because it helps farmers get fair wages.
Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

Sara Sullivan said...

I am a coffee addict and I always buy fair trade! tessa2000(at)mail.com

Kim Hardy said...

My family drinks coffee and I believe in fair trade
ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

irishcahbomb said...

I'm a coffee drinker and would consider drinking fair trade coffee

Angela M said...

https://twitter.com/thisisme79/status/395648413854736384

thisisme79 @ gmail dot com

Angela M said...

https://twitter.com/thisisme79/status/395648413854736384

thisisme79 @ gmail dot com

Kate Newton said...

I always drink coffee in the mornings and I always try to buy fair trade.

ellie said...

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

ellie said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/395656317609578496

Giant Sis said...

I'm not really a coffee drinker, but my husband is! I'll have to tell him to buy fair trade kinds since he's the one who chooses it!
wilburnnewsome atyahoodotcom

jlafount said...

I rarely drink coffee but when I do I have no problem drinking fair trade if it tastes the best

Natalie said...

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

Sarah Marshall said...

I do drink coffee, and I like the idea of supporting a Fair Trade certified brand. Based on what I've read here, it seems like it benefits everyone.

Tony said...

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

Will R said...

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

tina reynolds said...

I am a major coffee drinker. I have too have it every morning it is the first thing I do. I would for sure consider fair trade.

Texas Bargain Mom said...

Yes, I'm a coffee drinker and I would consider buying fair trade coffee.

kperales25(at)aol.com

theolotto said...

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

Kate said...

yup! I always try to choose fair trade coffee :)

kstrycker787@gmail.com

tina reynolds said...

https://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/395726982190596096

Tamar said...

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.
tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

jessica holybee said...

yes I drink coffee and I would consider fair trade coffee

Felicia said...

I love my cups of coffee aday and if I can give back just alittle with fair trade coffee, I will for sure

Cathy Truman said...

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

AmyBond said...

Yes, very big coffee drinker here, can't start my day without it! I'd consider buying fair trade, just makes sense!

AmyBond said...

I posted a tweet https://twitter.com/ladylost2/status/395781229686960128

Andrina Goetz said...

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

Betty C said...

I love coffee and drink it daily. I would buy fair trade.

willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

Betty C said...

Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/395795663457222656

willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

calvad said...

I am a coffee drinker and I do drink fair trade coffee already! calvad at aol dot com

Karen Drake said...

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

Crystal M said...

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, especially after watching the video :)
crystalmethod54751@gmail.com

kathy pease said...

my hubby and I love our coffee and I would buy fair trade coffee :)

kathypease(at)gmail(dot)com

kathy pease said...

https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/395915173153632256

Pam OLeary said...

I love coffee and I would most definitely buy fair trade. Freddie8768 at gmail dot com

Tricia316 said...

We only buy fair trade coffee for our household!!! We have visited a fair trade coffee estate in Brazil and know how hard everyone works every step of the way to getting coffee cherries off the trees and turn them into delicious coffee. It is backbreaking difficult work and all farmers and employees should be paid fairly!

Susan Smoaks said...

I am a coffee drinker. I would totally consider buying fair trade. I love the concept and I love coffee!

susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Scott said...

I am not a coffee drinker but I drink Tea.

Amanda Sakovitz (mandy83) said...

I am a coffee drinker and I would definitely buy fair trade!

pokergrl8 at gmail.com

Amanda Sakovitz (mandy83) said...

https://twitter.com/aes529/status/395956354738708480
pokergrl8 at gmail.com

Emily said...

I am not much of a coffee drinker but I buy fair trade items when I can.

amanda mclemore said...

I drink coffee, and yes, I would buy fair trade coffee.

marjeannie said...

Coffee, and Fair Trade.

marjeannie said...

Coffee, and Fair Trade.

Unknown said...

I don't drink coffee but my husband does. He loves to try new coffees all the time - so yes I would buy this coffee for him.

Thomas Murphy said...

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

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Thomas Murphy said...

https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/396007783981539329

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Gianna said...

Yes to both.

PAIGE said...

Yes I am and yes I would.

awesome inspiring video
elysesw@aol.com

HilLesha said...

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

HilLesha@twc.com

channallocks said...

i am a coffee drinkers and would def consider buying it

Carolyn Gonzalez said...

I drink coffee and I do buy fair trade coffee

channallocks said...

WOMEN'S COMPANION FLEECE

julis55 said...

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

Simona Walters said...

We've been in Spain for 4 weeks and just moved into our place and began unpacking. We love finally getting to use our Keurig! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win something, which absolutely never ever happens! Now I'm on the lookout for the best coffees for it. Any tips Crystal? Again thanks!

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