Let's start with frequently asked questions
- How should I store my bagged coffee?
We recommend storing unopened coffee in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Once opened, it should be stored in an airtight container. We do not recommend storing coffee in a refrigerator or freezer as it will absorb odors from the atmosphere.
- What is the hole in my coffee bag?
The hole in the coffee bag is a degassing valve that is sealed into the packaging material to preserve coffee freshness. Freshly roasted coffee emits carbon dioxide (CO2) for up to 24 hours. We package our coffee immediately after roasting. To allow the degassing process to continue, we equip our bags with the degassing valve to allow C02 to exit the package while preventing oxygen and other gases from entering.
- Why do you have two separate bag sizes?
All of the Green Mountain Coffee® Fair Trade, Organic, Single Origin, Seasonal and Newman's Own coffees are packaged in 10oz bags. All Green Mountain Coffee® Signature coffees and Tully's Coffees are packaged in 12 oz bags. This is due to the fact that we pay a slightly higher price for the coffees sold in the 10oz bag.
- What is the shelf life of coffee?
We print a best used by date on our coffees that is roughly 6 months after the coffee’s roast date. It’s not harmful to consume the coffee beyond this date; however, it won’t taste as fresh.
General Beverage Information
- DECAFFEINATION PROCESS
Keurig Green Mountain’s roasting partners use different processes to decaffeinate their coffee and tea. The processes are: Direct Process, Indirect Process (Indirect & Direct uses solvents such as: methylene chloride or ethyl acetate) and Swiss Water Process.
Direct Process soaks the beans in water, and then a decaffeinating agent is mixed with the beans to remove the caffeine. Finally the beans are steamed and dried to remove the decaffeinating agent.
Indirect Process uses water mixed with steamed beans to draw out the caffeine. The caffeinated water is then separated from the beans and a decaffeinating agent is added to the water to remove the caffeine. Finally the decaffeinated water is reintroduced to the beans to restore any flavor that might have been extracted during the decaffeination process.
SWISS WATER® Process is a 100% chemical free coffee decaffeination and uses a “broth” of coffee solubles that saturate the beans and then is filtered through a charcoal media that extracts the caffeine.
Lavazza uses an innovative decaffeination process involving water and carbon dioxide to best preserve the aromatic qualities of the coffee, while allowing for the decaffeination process to occur.
Please see our product pages for individual beverages or feel free to contact our Customer Service Department at 866-901-BREW (2739).
- CAFFEINE CONTENT
Coffee contains between 75 and 150 mg. of caffeine per 8 oz. cup, depending on the roasting strength and other factors. It is difficult to measure the nutritional content of coffee, because it varies depending on many things. Generally, the darker the coffee is roasted, the less caffeine it contains.
Almost all decaffeinated coffees still contain some caffeine. The international standard by which decaffeinated coffee is characterized is by having at least 97% of the caffeine removed. Decaf coffee should fall somewhere in the range of 2 to 4 mg. per 8 oz cup
Espresso, in general, has more caffeine than an average coffee. However, the usual serving size for espressos is much smaller than for coffee – compare the size of a 1.4 oz shot of espresso with roughly 50-75 mg of caffeine to a standard 8 oz cup of coffee containing 75-150 mg of caffeine.
We offer teas with a wide range of caffeine content – from naturally caffeine free herbal teas to green and black teas with naturally occurring caffeine. For most of our caffeinated teas the caffeine content ranges from 50-75mg
Most of our specialty beverages contain little to no caffeine. However, specialty beverages containing tea, coffee, or chocolate may have up to 60mg per 8oz serving
- KOSHER CERTIFICATION
Below are the specific organizations that pertain to our K-Cup® packs brands. The abbreviations below found in "quotations" are the symbols we use to represent a Kosher product. These symbols can be found on the K-Cup® detail page on Keurig.com and the packaging
• "U" Orthodox
• "KSA" Kosher Supervision of America
• "K" Star-K
• "MK" Jewish Community Council of Montreal
• "K" Va'ad HaRabanim
• "KOF-K" Kosher Supervision "
All coffees, teas, and espressos are certified kosher
Most K-Cup® packs are Kosher Certified Pareve. The only exceptions are the Hot Cocoa beverages, which are certified kosher –Dairy
Café Escapes® packs are not kosher certified.
Hot cocoa K-Cup® packs, which are certified Kosher-Dairy
When a hot cocoa K-Cup® packs is brewed in a Keurig brewer, the brewer converts from Kosher Pareve to Kosher-Dairy and any subsequent K-Cups brewed in this brewer would be classified Kosher-Dairy. If you want your Keurig brewer to remain Kosher Pareve, you'll need a second Keurig brewer for brewing hot cocoa K-Cup® packs. Using a second K-Cup holder will not keep the brewer Kosher Pareve.
Please refer to the product detail pages for specific information about kosher certification
Flavored coffee beverages made by Gloria Jean’s, Green Mountain Coffee® and Timothy's Coffee® do not contain any nut proteins. They declare that their flavored coffees are free of all nut allergens because the flavored coffees are all flavored in separate vats from the non-flavored coffees. Even though there are no nut proteins used, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters performs a thorough clean-down between flavors during the production process. Some flavored beverages may contain nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, sulfites(less than 10ppm), propylene glycol, and caramel color. Please see the individual product nutritionals for a list of ingredients.
Hot cocoa and dairy based beverages may contain milk, soy or tree nuts
Timothy’s Lemon Blueberry Passion Tea does contain gluten
Most Coffee and Tea packs are egg, dairy and gluten-free. Please see the individual product nutritionals for a list of ingredients.
Some Café Escapes beverages may contain palm or coconut oil, sucralose, sugar, cocoa derivatives, dairy, sodium caseinate, soy. Please see the individual product nutritionals for a list of ingredients. Go to Beverages
- FAIR TRADE/RAINFOREST ALLIANCE
Fair Trade is an innovative, market-based approach to sustainability that restores balance to the power dynamic in the coffee supply chain. Fair Trade Certified™ means co-ops and their farmers get a fair price for their beans. Every pound sold has a minimum price they can count on and the prices exceed the co-op’s cost of production, increasing resources for health care and education and helping farmers feed their families. To qualify for Fair Trade certification, farmers must belong to a democratically organized co-op. Because they get a fair price, these small family farmers can grow coffee with respect for the community and the land, avoiding cost-cutting practices that sacrifice quality and the environment’s health.
Rainforest Alliance Certification ensures the environment and wildlife are protected, workers receive decent wages, and improvement of living conditions including access to education, medical care and clean water, and that coffee is harvested and processed responsibly.
To see if your favorite beverage is fair trade or rainforest alliance certified, please visit individual product pages.
- STORING YOUR BEVERAGES
We recommend storing K-Cup® Packs, Rivo Packs, Vue Packs, Carafe packs and unopened bagged coffee in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Once opened, bagged coffee should be stored in an airtight container. We do not recommend storing our beverages in a refrigerator or freezer as they will absorb odors from the atmosphere.