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Promissory Note - Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. and Robert P. Stiller

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                                 PROMISSORY NOTE

   $250,000                                                   September 24, 1999
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    Amount                                                          Date

The undersigned,  Robert P. Stiller ("Payor"), promises to pay to Green Mountain
Coffee  Roasters,  Inc.  ("Payee") or order,  the  principal  sum of Two Hundred
Thousand  Dollars  ($250,000)  with  interest  accruing on the unpaid  principal
balance  at a rate  equal to the  prime  rate as  reported  by The  Wall  Street
Journal.  The interest rate shall be adjusted as of the day following any change
in the prime rate reported by The Wall Street Journal. Interest shall be payable
upon repayment of this note. The entire  principal  balance and accrued interest
shall be due and payable on September 23, 2000.

Such payment shall be made at Payee's  principal  place of business at 33 Coffee
Lane,  Waterbury,  Vermont 05676 or at such other place as the holder hereof may
designate in writing,  such  payments and any other sum due hereunder to be made
in lawful money of the United States of America.

This Note may be prepaid without penalty.

In the  case  of  default,  the  Payor  agrees  to pay  the  reasonable  cost of
collection, including reasonable attorneys' fees.

Every maker,  guarantor and endorser waives presentment,  demand,  protest,  and

Witness                                                       PAYOR

/s/ Robert D. Britt                                  /s/ Robert P. Stiller
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Robert D. Britt                                      Robert P. Stiller