Contrasting Green Mountain Coffee Pods With The Other Selections

By Stacy Garnet

While they're not even actually coffee pods in the traditional sense, Green Mountain Coffee Pods are one of the most well known coffee pod brands out there. Actually, they are K-Cups. This means they'll only work in a K-Cup brewer, which is made be Keurig. We won't be talking about traditional coffee pods at all, so if that is all you're looking for, you should look elsewhere. If you own, or plan to buy a Keurig K-Cup machine, though, read onward.

Green Mountain Coffee Is Quite Green

You'd think that, with the name Green Mountain, this company would be from Ireland or Scotland, or some other place with green mountains. In reality, Green Mountain's home is in Vermont, and they were founded in 1981. They're quite young for a coffee company, but they're all American. They began by roasting and serving their own coffee right in the building of a tiny cafe in Waitsfield, Vermont. They moved into the distribution business when all the local cafes and restaurants began asking to buy the coffee to serve in their own establishments.

Why Green Mountain Is Different

Green Mountain Coffees managed to grow very quickly in an extremely competitive industry. How were they able to distinguish themselves? Well, there's a myriad of reasons they're different, but let's focus on flavors and selections. Green Mountain Coffees does not try to compete with the big guys whose bread and butter is traditional and decaf type offerings. They do provide a French roast, a breakfast blend, and their "Our Blend", that all of the coffee shops in Vermont were begging for at one point, but they also have a ton of unique offerings. At the time of this writing, Green Mountain Coffees produced more than 100 different coffees under a handful of labels.

Green Mountain Coffees And Your Pod Coffee Maker

Since Green Mountain Coffee makes only Keurig K-Cups, they're not going to fit in the standard coffee pod brewer. Green Mountain likely won't ever make a normal coffee pod, as you would find in the Home Cafe system, so the standard coffee pod machine will probably remain out of luck. This is because, a few years ago, Green Mountain Coffees actually bought Keurig. It's quite likely that this is the whole reason that K-Cups have been such a hit, even though they're different from normal pod coffee makers. If you're really bent on making it work, or if you just enjoy making your own coffee pods, you could always purchase Green Mountain's loose coffee and do it that way.

Does Green Mountain Make Anything Other Than Coffee?

Although you may have to look under some of their other labels, Green Mountain does produce items other than coffee. Their hot chocolates are under the name of Cafe Escapes, while their teas live under the Celestial Seasonings name. However, just like with their coffees, these can only be had as a K-Cup, so unless you own or intend to buy one, you'll have to go with a different brand. - 31805

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