Recipes or ReciTEAS???

After reading my post “A Taste-Tea Option,” I know that you’re all experts on how to brew and steep the line of teas featured at Rae’s Cafe. This week, I’m going to take it one step further and give you a brand new recipe to put your expertise to the test!

Try out this new Vanilla Green Tea Latte recipe and tweet me a photo with the #raezcafe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of Organic Green Tea
  • ½ cup of boiling water
  • 1 cup of milk of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (or sweetener of choice) to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  • Steep the bag of Organic Green Tea in the ½ cup of boiling water for 1-3 minutes (as mentioned in “A Taste-Tea Option”, never go over 3 minutes!)
  • While the Green Tea is steeping, heat the milk until it is very hot, but not boiling
  • Once the Green Tea is done steeping and the milk is hot, mix together
  • Add in the honey and vanilla extract
  • Pour into mugs and enjoy while hot

*Note that you have the option to use a frother to make the milk foamy. Or check out “Foam Sweet Foam” for a quick, easy way to create foam.

Recipes

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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Green Tea Hot Cocoa

This Green Tea Hot Cocoa will surprise and delight you. The addition of green tea makes this a truly revitalizing beverage and turns this ordinary cocoa into a health-boosting drink everyone will enjoy!

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Green Tea Hot Cocoa

I like to boil the water seperately and steep the tea for 1-3 minutes. While that’s working, I heat up the milk and stir in the half of a hot chocolate sachet and save the rest for another cup. After the tea is ready, just pour the hot chocolate in, stir and enjoy!

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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.