Giveaway: Vermontitude Gift Basket and Barista Prima Coffeehouse Gift Bag

I have this relationship with Green Mountain Coffee. No, I don’t specifically mean the company, though I do have one of those too. What I mean is, for years – long before I was a K-Cup Ambassador, or their recipe developer, the coffee made by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters was my favorite in the world.

I would stop at the Exxon by my house in San Antonio every single morning for a very large cup, especially during Fall – it meant Pumpkin Spice was in season. Long before I fell in love with cooking and baking, long before I considered even having a website, let alone a food blog, my intimate relationship with this coffee was born.

To me, good coffee is as important as good chocolate. Life is too short to waste your pennies on the not good stuff. Green Mountain Coffee, well – it’s just good stuff.

So much of their coffee is Fair Trade. They’re doing everything they can to create an eco-friendly, disposable k-cup portion pack. Their employees go out and volunteer each month on company time. These are all really good things I can get behind, and it just makes the whole love affair more enjoyable for me.

Green Mountain Coffee is based out of Vermont. I wrote about it at length in my Vermontitude post (a term taught to me by Kristen, their original social media maven). A few weeks ago, a bunch of K-Cup Ambassadors got to go to Vermont to see the factory, the train station I wrote about in my original post, visited all our favorite restaurants and got apple cider donuts.. man was I jealous!

I couldn’t go because my mom and dad were visiting. We had a great time together, but I couldn’t help but be a tiny bit sad about missing that Vermont trip.

Can I tell you how nice the people at Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig are? They put together a lovely little basket that represents Vermont from start to finish, and sent it to me since I couldn’t go on the trip.

Not only that, they created a second basket, just for one of you!

Vermontitude Gift Basket from Green Mountain Coffee

  • Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Scoop
  • Lake Champlain Chocolates
  • Assorted Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup portion packs
  • Real Vermont Maple Syrup
  • Fast forward to this week, when I attended a Barista Prima Coffeehouse tasting event with Francesco Sanapo. Francesco is a real life barista – in fact, a two time world champion Barista, who tasted Barista Prima Coffeehouse coffee and agreed to be the spokesperson for said coffee because of how delicious it is. Check out him talking about the coffee below, and teaching you how to taste the different flavors!

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    After the event, we were presented with two gift bags. One for us, and again, one for you!

    Barista Prima Coffeehouse Gift Bag

  • Barista Prima Coffeehouse Barista Apron
  • 18 count Barista Prima French Roast K Cup Portion Pack box
  • Two K Cup Portion Pack Sample Boxes with each of the 4 Barista Prima Flavors
  • Two Barista Prima Coffeehouse Ceramic Mugs
  • Barista Prima Placemat
  • Coffee Flavor Mouse Pad
  • Metal Coffee Tasting Spoons
  • There will be TWO winners for this giveaway. The first winner chosen via will get the Vermontitude Gift Basket. The second winner will get the Barista Prima Coffeehouse Gift Bag

    Wanna win all that Vermont swag OR Barista Prima Coffeehouse Swag?

    Here’s what you have to do:

  • Leave a comment on this entry. Tell me something nice. About anything at all.

    To get extra entries, you can:

  • Follow @GreenMtnCoffee @BaristaPrima and @BluebonnetBaker on Twitter. Tweet the following phrase:

    I just entered to win coffee swag from @GreenMtnCoffee @BaristaPrima and @BluebonnetBaker! #giveaway #coffee

    You must leave a comment here telling me you tweeted.

  • Follow Green Mountain Coffee on Facebook. Leave a comment here telling me you did so.
  • Follow Barista Prima Coffeehouse on Facebook. Leave a comment here telling me you did so.
  • Follow Bluebonnets & Brownies on Facebook. Leave a comment here telling me you did so.

    This giveaway is provided to you by Green Mountain Coffee and Barista Prima Coffeehouse. I was provided the gift baskets by Green Mountain Coffee and Barista Prima free of charge, however, I was not compensated for this post. All opinions about Green Mountain Coffee and Barista Prima are my own.

    The Barista Prima Coffeehouse gift bag will ship directly from me. The Vermontitude Gift Basket will ship directly from Green Mountain Coffee.

    Contest ends 11/18 at 8 a.m. EST. Winners will be chosen from the comments on that day via Random Number Generator. The winners will have 48 hours to respond to contact email or a new winner will be chosen.

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  • Comments

    1. Kitty Schaefer says

      Howdy from Texas hope y’all stay warm up there and I love
      Bluebonnets, Brownies and Green Mountain Coffee

    2. Crystal C says

      I love starting my day with a great cup of coffee, even more so on the days I get to stay home and relax. This would be an awesome prize to win.

    3. says

      I adore GMC as well. I tweeted a few weeks ago about how I was disappointed that there wasn’t any pumpkin spice in stock, and they sent me two boxes of pumpkin spice k-cups for free. I’ve never seen customer service like that before! Definitely a company I will stand behind.

    4. Jackie W says

      I really love coffee. We make ours in the Toddy maker and it is so smooth. I also compost the grounds!

    5. says

      i needed to go to the DPS this morning so my mom swung by and picked me up since i am without a car. so we drive and get there and its closed (duh veterans day, we both say). we made the trip for nothing. BUT i got to spend some one on one time with my mommy and that made me happy. that’s my nice comment, felt like sharing :)

    6. says

      You really, truly are Santa Claus. Seriously. These are wonderful gifts and just so very excited to enter in the contest and I am revising my wish list to include the above. Green Mountain is also my favorite coffee, and, like you, I went out of my way to a gas station to get my coffee. And then the office introduced the Keurig 6 years ago in the faculty room. We bought one days later. Summer 2010 I tricked my family into going to Smuggler’s Notch when it really was a reason for me to visit GMC (seriously..) Have a picture of the kids in front of the train station there, after taking them to Ben and Jerry’s. :) Definitely have Vermontitude here in Connecticut.

    7. Katie Irick says

      I have been enjoying Green Mountain since the first time I had it in a restaurant in Whitehall, NY. I would bring some back yo TX every time I made a trip north. Now I get it every 4-5 weeks and enjoy all the K-cup seasonal varieties. Nothing better.

    8. Erin says

      I am simmering some apple cider, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and allspice on the stovetop to make my house smell wonderful. That’s nice, right?

    9. Brisa W says

      I am following Bluebonnets & Brownies, Green Mountain Coffees and Barista Prima Coffeehouse. I just tweeted the phrase and please keep those recipes coming, you guys are great :) I’m in the mood for some real good food!

    10. Mike says

      Sometimes when I get online, the number of posts in my reader just overwhelms me. I’ve got everything organized into folders by topic and thanks to the Foodgawker posts in my recipe folder, I’ll often have several hundred recipes waiting to be read. Sometimes – when rushed for time- I’ll be tempted to just hit “Mark All as Read” on them but before I do, I scroll down, see if there’s a Bluebonnets and Brownies post before I do. I’m also a Facebook fan to make sure I don’t miss a post in my reader.

    11. Bonnie K says

      I’ve recently purchased a Keurig and have tried several different type of coffees. I like many of the Green Mountain coffee varieties and still need to try some varieties of Barista. This is a great giveaway.

    12. KatyaR says

      1. I LOVE Vermont.
      2. I LOVE Green Mountain Coffee.
      3. Prima’s Italian Roast is my favorite coffee in the world.

      What more do I need to say? Pick ME!!!

    13. says

      Such a lovely giveaway package! Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway! Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

      amy [at] utry [dot] it

    14. Caroline K says

      Our 7 year-old just told me that I didn’t need to make dinner tonight because he’s got it covered! While I was at the grocery store, Dad helped him make meatballs and a homemade marinara sauce. All we have left to do is make a yummy salad and get some water boiling for the pasta! That was such a wonderful surprise!!

    15. Caroline K says

      I like Green Mountain Coffee on Facebook and Love it in real life! Having gone to college in Maine, they have a life-long loyal customer in me!!

    16. Rebecca says

      Anything at all? I love your blog. I love coffee. I love that you give away coffee on your blog. …I also love Vermont.

    17. Linda Yan says

      I would love to win this for my boyfriend! He just discovered how amazing coffee can be, and I would love to spoil him with some coffee love :) Thanks for doing this giveaway!

    18. Darla says

      I am Thankful for my family,job,friends and health. I also am Thankful for all the great recipes & giveaways! Thank you for the chance!

    19. Darla says

      I also follow Bluebonnets & Brownies on face book! Thank you for the chance & Good Luck to everyone!

    20. helga says

      thanksgiving is just around the corner…..LOVE food, friends, family. i will be baking 6, yes 6, pies: pumpkin ~ cranberry apple ~ pecan ~ mincemeat ~ sweet potato streusel and chocolate espresso….woo hoo, FUN! enjoy your holiday:-)

    21. Dawn Allgood says

      My something nice to tell you is that I spent the entire day with my family. We celebrated my dad’s 69th birthday. It has been a wonderfully blessed day.

    22. says

      Great blog! I love Green Mountain Coffee! I grew up in Vermont and Green Mountain Roasters was the first coffee I ever had…what a way to start a love affair with coffee…begin with the best!

    23. Kate123 says

      Something about Exxon and coffee just don’t go together for me in the same sentence. Regardless, it made me thirsty and now I’m walking down the hall to enjoy a Green Mountain Coffee apple cider k-cup. (Oh and just tweeted.)

    24. Brian Stolpe says

      The Barista Prima is a rich full bodied coffee, That works so well on the large setting from the Keurig machine. Best one i have ever seen yet. I finally can have a cup of coffee with great flavor and lasts my entire trip of driving kids around in the morning.
      Barista Prima Thank You so much, You are a life saver : )

    25. says

      I can’t lie — the thought of a Green Mountain Coffee giveaway is what lured me here in the first place. But now that I’m here, I must say I really like your style! And I loved the Vermontitude post! Being the transplanted Midwesterner that I am, it’s always fun to get another’s perspective on certain East Coast tics :)

    26. TAMMY GEORGE says


    27. Melody Magallanez says

      I also have a relationship with Green Mountain. I met some of the people. I love the culture in Vermont. I am from Austin, TX, but truly fell in love with the culture of Green Mountain. I am addicted to the coffee. I can’t ever get enough! They need their own GMC in Texas

    28. Sharon says

      I just tried the Green Mountain Barista Prima French Roast coffee a couple of days ago. It was definitely darker and more robust than what I usually drink, but I did enjoy it. And I love, love, love the Pumpkin Spice! Thanks so much for the very generous giveaway.

    29. Traci (TX) says

      I love Vermont, born and have many relatives still there! I also LOVE Green Mountain coffee. I just didn’t realize they were related!! LOL

    30. Rachael says

      I’m following all three- Green Mountain Coffee, Barista Prima, and Bluebonnets & Brownies- on Facebook. I really want to win!

    31. Beth Moses says

      Hi! I am following bluebonnets and brownies and green mountain! Thanks for offering us a chance to win these awesome gifts! :)