Simple Ways to Save Time and Money

Let’s crunch the numbers: An estimated 120 to 150 million cups of coffee are consumed every day across the USA, at an average rate of 1.6 cups per man and 1.6 cups per woman over the age of 18. No doubt, one or two of them are consumed in or around your household.

Now imagine the 10 to 15 minutes it takes you to either:

  1. Fix the cup yourself at home using your: drip brew coffee machine; espresso machine; French press; or other DIY coffee method of choice; add a few additional minutes if you grind your own beans at home (for the time it takes using and washing the grinder).
  2. Stand in line at your local coffee shop or cafe.

On average – whether it’s prepping coffee at home or buying it to-go – that’s around 12 minutes per cup, per day. This doesn’t seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but let’s add that up and look at the bigger picture. The average prep time for six days a week of just one coffee per day, breaks down to 12 minutes per cup. Multiply that by 312 days a year and that’s a grand total of 3,744 minutes per year, or, roughly 62 hours or about two-and-a-half (2.6 to be exact) days a year just preparing coffee.

Now imagine what else you could do in that time? Two-and-a-half days could be spent enjoying a lovely vacation — perhaps in a ski lodge, or at a resort on a sunny tropical island, if that’s more your style. Or you could read a book. Or write a short story. Or see multiple movies. Or take in your favorite sporting event, in person or live via broadcast television.

Time is valuable in today’s busy, multi-tasking society. For many of us, time is money. So wasted time means wasted money. What if you could save those 62 hours?

In honor of the Coffee Connoisseur Club, here are our six top tips on using the Cafe’s coffee, mocha and tea products to help literally save you time and money, and make your life simpler, more efficient, and possibly even happier. And who doesn’t want to be happier?

  1. Gourmet Cafe Supreme not only has the light and creamy flavor of a $5 store-bought latte, it has added benefits. Namely, it is enhanced with two powerful ingredients: 100% pure Ganoderma extract; plus the prized ancient ingredient of Panax Ginseng root.
  2. For basic black coffee connoisseurs, Gourmet Black Coffee features a classic, robust, smooth flavor, and is enhanced with antioxidant-rich Ganoderma extract.
  3. With Gourmet Café Latte, a light, creamy latte is at your fingertips in an instant — minus the wait in line.
  4. Guilty of a sweet tooth and tend to crave a sugary pick-me-up in the middle of the afternoon? We have the answer— Gourmet Café Mocha. This instant product offers a rich, cocoa-tinged coffee that’s ideal for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
  5. Organic Green Tea adds an element of instant zen to your day, blending the finest organic green tea leaves with our renowned organic Ganoderma extract for an antioxidant double dose.
  6. Prefer a chilled beverage on those hot summer days and nights? Try an instant cup of Black Ice— a naturally invigorating iced black tea that has already been sweetened with pure, natural honey and enhanced with Ganoderma extract and Amazonian Guarana, to revive your body and mind.

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Mocha Almond Pancake

It’s been a little over a year since the introduction of the delicious BrewKups at P50K in San Antonio, Texas. To celebrate the “occasion”, I want to share with you one of my favorite recipes from the OG Cookbook: OG Brewed Mocha Almond Pancake by Roberto Carlos Cruz from Puerto Rico.

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Brew Organo Gold Chocolate Almond BrewKup using the medium size.
  2. Dissolve OG Café Mocha and OG Black Coffee into the brewed Chocolate Almond. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, beaten eggs, oil and milk and whisk until well incorporated. Add Organo Gold brewed coffees and chocolate to the mixture. Blend well.
  4. Cook pancakes on a hot griddle or pan over medium heat. Turn once and cook until they are golden.
  5. To serve, add a small scoop of butter and drizzle with honey.

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Iced Green Tea

FINALLY! It’s staying warm outside on a consistent basis and I really wanted some iced green tea. What better way to enjoy it than with the Organic Green Tea featured at Rae’s Cafe. The organic Ganoderma supplements the benefits of the green tea for an even healthier drink!

Did You Know?

Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, originating in China but widely used throughout Asia this beverage has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. The reason that green tea has more health benefits attached to it than black tea is due to the processing. Black tea is processed in a way that allows for fermentation whereas green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process. As a result, green tea retains maximum amount of antioxidants and polyphenols the substances that give green tea its many benefits!

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Ingredients:

While you’re waiting for water to boil, open Green Tea sachets and place in mug; pour desired amount of honey over tea bags, if desired. Pour boiling water over bags to top of mug (honey will melt easily). Steep for 1-3 minutes (depending on taste preference) then squeeze excess liquid out of bags and discard them; stir tea. Cool the tea in the fridge for 15-20 min. Pour tea over desired amount of ice and enjoy!

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Rarity Meets Royalty

Since its arrival, Jamaican Blue Mountain Royal Brewed Coffee has been one of Rae’s most exclusive products. Now, for a limited time only, this rare brew is available as a BrewKup so you can enjoy a taste of Jamaica’s finest coffee like never before!

But what is Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee? And why is it one of the most sought after coffee in the world?

For starters, Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is only harvested once a year, making it an extremely rare and scarce brew. Additionally, the Blue Mountain region of Jamaica is well known for its unmatched combination of climate and soil making it a renowned harvesting environment for coffee beans.

At Rae’s Cafe, we combine this exclusive coffee with Certified Organic Ganoderma spore powder to produce a coffee that is truly fit for royalty!

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The Rise of the New Coffee Class

riseofnewcoffeeclassIf you want to talk fancy coffee brewing methods and equipment, we could be here for a while. There are dozens upon dozens of fancy coffee machines that brew, percolate, or create the perfect cup of coffee or shot of espresso.

The recent rise of the cult coffee roaster has also produced a “new wave” of coffee connoisseurs of whom are very specific about the flavors of their beans, brews and the consistency of their foam. Even a new form, “coffee art” has emerged from this coffee-centric society — with baristas creating patterns in the foamy cap of lattes or cappuccinos, using pouring techniques (or sometimes even toothpicks) to com-bine the foamy milk with the dark brown liquid of the espresso.

While all this has been going on, another kind of coffee has also experienced something of a Renaissance – pre-brewed coffee.

A certain Seattle-based coffee giant launched their own in-house pre-brewed product with an enthusiastic response. It seems the convenience and portability of pre-brewed, powdered coffee products is a hit in today’s modern, multi-tasking, always-on-the-go society.

And why not? The fact is that pre-brewed products – in particular premium, luxury-level products such as Rae’s family of coffees – are made with the same high quality beans freshly ground in hipster coffee shops to make those over-priced lattes and espresso drinks.

  •  We source only the finest, hand-selected beans for our pre-brewed coffee products, such as the Jamaican Blue Mountain grown beans used in our Premium Gourmet Royal Brewed.
  •  We use only the latest technology to dry, process and make our premium pre-brewed coffee, capturing the freshly-roasted flavor of these quality coffee beans from the world’s finest coffee regions.
  • The flavor of our beverages is enhanced with only the finest ingredients, such as the luxuriously rich chocolate flavor of our Gourmet Café Mocha.
  • Our Gourmet Café Latte product is SO much like a fancy coffee shop latte, complete with freshly-foamed milk, we challenge you to challenge your coffee elitist pals to take a blind taste test and spot the difference.
  • We believe our products, with the addition of the amazing Ganoderma powder, are not merely as good as store-bought, freshly brewed coffee — they’re better. AND beneficial.

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Cafe Mocha French Toast

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It’s not uncommon for people all over the world to start their day with a gourmet coffee. A morning cup is the perfect way to get your day going and it can help you get through the first few hours of the morning.

However, as we all know by now, coffee can be enjoyed in many ways – not just in a cup. For today’s recipe, we’re going to show you a new way to use coffee to put a fresh spin on a traditional and classic breakfast meal.

Crack a few eggs, break out the cinnamon, and pour out the Cafe Mocha – it’s time to make some French Toast!

Bon appetite!

Ingredients

  • 1 sachet of Café Mocha
  • Bread slices
  • Butter
  • 3 oz of milk of your choice
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • Sugar –to taste
  • Any Fresh Fruit (I like different berries and bananas)
  • Maple Syrup- optional

Instructions

– In a shallow bowl empty the Mocha sachet add milk, egg, cinnamon and sugar.

– Stir the mixture together until it has dissolved.

– On medium, heat frying pan on stove. Melt a little bit of butter and dip the bread into the bowl with the mixture.

– Make sure both sides are wet. With fork, allow the bread to drip over bowl.

– Place slice of bread in pan. Continue process with the other slices. Turn slices over when bread is slightly brown. Remove cooked slices to a plate and keep warm.

– Garnish with bananas and serve warm with maple syrup.

Enjoy!

Foam Sweet Foam

Who loves the creamy foam that sits on top of a cappuccino from the corner coffee shop?

The answer, of course, is everybody.

For today’s Barista Bulletin, we’re going to teach you how to make this aesthetically pleasing and deliciously tasting foam from the comfort of your own home! We promise you won’t need to purchase a fancy espresso machine or a frother. Rather, all you’ll need is a glass of milk, a clean jar, a microwave, and about 120 seconds of free time.

How Does This Work?

Making milk foam in the microwave is a two step process: First you shake the milk in a jar to create foam, then you microwave it for a few seconds to stabilize the foam.

Without the microwaving step, the milk foam will quickly collapse back into the milk.

Note: Use 2% or Nonfat Milk

This is an instance where low-fat milks are our friends because the whey proteins they come with are critical stabilizers for milk foam. Milks that are fortified with added protein — usually reduced-fat and skim milks —are most easily foamed.

Using the Milk Foam

Once stabilized in the microwave, the milk foam is so thick that you can literally spoon it into your coffee mug. If you want a little milk as well, use your spoon to hold back the

foam while you pour a little into your coffee, then spoon the foam on top, barista-style.

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Ingredients:                                             

  • 2% or nonfat milk

Equipment:

  • Small jar with lid
  • Microwave

Instructions:

  1. Pour the milk into the jar: Fill your jar with as much milk as you normally use in your coffee, but no more than halfway full so there’s room to make some foam.
  2. Shake the jar with the lid on: Screw on the lid. Shake the jar as hard as you can until the milk has frothed and has roughly doubled in volume. This will take 30-60 seconds.
  3. Microwave for 30 seconds: Take the lid off the jar. Microwave uncovered for 30 seconds. The foam will rise to the top of the milk and the heat from the microwave will help stabilize it.
  4. Use the foam: Pour the warm milk into your coffee and spoon the milk foam on top.
  5. Recipe Notes: Use the foam right away! It will start to dissolve after a few minutes.

5 Fun Reasons to Love Tea

teapotTea is a truly international beverage, with many cultures including it in their daily routine: Britain has its fine bone china teacups; India has ornate, hand-carved teapots; Morocco serves its mint tea in beautifully-painted glass tea cups; China and Japan practice ancient tea ceremonies; and even modern tea adoptees such as America’s Southerners can proudly be seen sipping their tall glasses of iced tea (sometimes laced with sweet, freshly-picked peaches!) on steamy summer afternoons.

There is something inherently soothing about the goodness of tea that has seen it adopted by so many cultures across the globe. Here are our five reasons for loving tea:

  1. Many cultures across the world have tea ceremonies, from the ancient rituals in China and Japan to the classic British “high tea” where pretty little teacups are served alongside dainty tea sandwiches and scones.
  1. Tea became popular in the UK after Britain colonized India in the late 1700s. The tea plant thrives in the ideal tea-growing climate of India, notably in regions such as the Darjeeling mountains. Nearby, Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka) is also renowned for its high quality tea production.
  1. Tea also gained favor in British colonies such as Australia and New Zealand due to the influence of their English settlers.
  1. Organic Red Tea is like a blank canvas. You can make it strong, you can add honey or lemon or your favorite milk for extra flavor, or you can drink it warm (and comforting) or iced (and refreshing) depending on your mood and the weather.
  2. Organic Green Tea is a great way to indulge in the “ritual” of tea. Try mixing up a batch in a Japanese stoneware teapot, or serving it in ceramic teacups, for a more traditional “tea service”.

Caramel Vanilla Mocha

Chocolate meets caramel meets vanilla in this delectable and delicious new recipe!

A classic product comes together with our newest product to create a drink that’s best suited for those who have a sweet tooth and aren’t afraid to show it.

Share this product on social media with #OGBarista and lets spread this recipe to everyone all over the world!

Caramel Vanilla Mocha

Please note this recipe has been created for 2 servings…. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Brew Caramel Vanilla in the smallest cup size setting (6 oz.)
  • Empty an OG Mocha sachet into a glass of hot water and let it steep for 2-3 minutes
  • Pour 3 oz of each coffee into a new glass
  • Garnish the drink with whipped cream and caramel syrup on top

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Chicken and Broccoli with Green Tea Pasta

Pasta with chicken and broccoli may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of OG recipes — but we came upon this ingenious recipe that uses green tea as the boiling liquid for the pasta.

In addition to being heart healthy, this recipe is loaded with antioxidants, because boiling the pasta in green tea gives you similar benefits to drinking it, and gives the pasta a really nice flavor, almost like spinach pasta.

Chicken and Broccoli with Green Tea Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 4 Tbs olive oil (give or take)
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper (according to taste)
  • pepper
  • salt
  • 1 onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1 box of your favorite pasta noodles, such as angel hair or papardelle
  • 5-6 sachets of OG Organic Green Tea
  • 2 stalks fresh broccoli, diced
  • 14 oz can of diced tomato
  • 3 tsp garlic
  • 1/4 cup (a handful) fresh basil, or 1 tsp pesto
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella

Method:

  1. Pan fry chicken in olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper.
  2. Remove chicken, and saute peppers and onions.
  3. Boil water, add tea bags, turn off heat and let steepfor about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove tea bags, return water to boil and add pasta.
  5. Add broccoli for the last 2-5 minutes of the pasta boiling.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix together the tomato, garlic, balsamic vinegar, cheese, oil and basil.
  7. Combine all ingredients and serve.

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