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Rae’s Cafe Mocha

This is one of the first videos that I made for Rae’s Cafe. The Cafe Mocha is one of my faves…it also saves you time and money 🙂 Awesome, right?! It’s easy…it’s simple…

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The Two C’s of New World History

On March 15, 1493, Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first voyage to the New World. The 2 C’s could be considered to be Christopher Columbus, the explorer renowned for “discovering” North America and many other places in the New World. But, according to many, there are two other significant C’s in America — Coffee and Chocolate!

And the two are linked by more than just alliteration. When Christopher Columbus first sailed that ocean blue (as the rhyme goes) in 1492, he traveled to the so-called New World at the behest of the Queen of Spain. And two of the precious items he brought back to Europe? You guessed it: coffee and cacao beans.

Here’s a lowdown on some of the history that links Christopher Columbus with two of the Americas’ favorite treats — coffee and chocolate:

  • The introduction of coffee beans to the Americas is often attributed to Columbus, as it is thought that he carried coffee beans on one of his voyages to the New World.
  • Columbus is also often credited with bringing chocolate, by way of cacao beans, back to Europe and then on to the rest of the world.
  • Columbus is believed to have “discovered” cocoa beans in around 1502, when he and his crew appropriated the cargo of a native Mayan trading ship, near what is now known as Honduras.
  • Apparently Columbus assumed that the beans were some kind of almond. But, sensing the value placed upon these mysterious legumes, he took them.

So, what lesson can we take from this? Well, one thing’s for sure. We’d like to thank Columbus for that initial transportation of the magical beans behind coffee and chocolate. We guess we have him to thank, in a round-about way, for one of our favorite products — the Cafe Mocha. And we can bet he would have been a big fan of one of the best — the BrewKup™  in Chocolate Almond.  

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Sugar & Spice = Tijuana Style Coffee

Coffee in Tijuana has a definite local flavor. The popular local drink is a concoction known as “café de la olla”, which is coffee with added milk, spices and sugar.

In Tijuana, coffee was traditionally primarily a morning drink. But as a 2013 OC Weekly article [July, 2013] by Dave Lieberman noted, the coffee culture sweeping across other parts of North America is trickling across the border into the Tijuana landscape. One local gem Lieberman found while exploring Tijuana was a cafe called Caffe Sospeso. “Caffe Sospeso — which takes its name from the Neapolitan pay-it-forward tradition of “suspended coffee”, where you pay for two coffees but only drink one, so that someone down on his or her luck can have a free coffee later — has been in Tijuana for 18 years, but has concentrated lately on changing the coffee culture on the south side of la línea,” Leiberman wrote.

Here, in place of the sweet, spicy, milky drink favored by locals, he found a more contemporary coffee experience, with cold-brewed pourover and French press coffee preparations showcasing the beautiful aromas of their carefully sourced beans.

So, for those who prefer their coffee dark and flavorful but not sweet and milky, the growth and popularity of modern venues such as Caffe Sospeso seems to be a good sign.

Tip: For those who do enjoy sweet, milky coffee with a hint of spice, why not try adding some cinnamon and perhaps a dash of agave syrup to your sachets of Gourmet Latte or Cafe Mocha — to create your own Tijuana style coffee experience at home.

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When in Rome…

You couldn’t find a more quintessentially coffee-loving place than the vibrant Italian city of Rome. Coffee is an integral part of the fabric of daily life in this energetic city. Locals whizzing by on scooters, flocks of tourists walking the Roman ruins and the Colosseum, and people everywhere sipping espressos.

Here in the US coffee has become something of an “on-the-go” staple. In Rome, it’s more of a “drink and go” scenario — with many coffee bars offering standing room only for folks who want to quickly sip their espresso without even sitting down. You won’t spy any 20 ounce Frappuccinos® here (and if you do, they will likely belong to tourists!).

According to CNN Travel correspondent and proud Roman, Silvia Marchetti, it’s part of the culture. “Romans like their coffee fast, strong and burning hot. We gulp it down, on the run, sans sitting,” writes Marchetti. “Drink and go: that’s the philosophy. It’s part of the lifestyle, a persistent aroma that envelopes people from morning till after dinner.”

Here are a few fun facts about Romans and Italians in general and their coffee, and a few tips on how and what to order, and when:

  • Cappuccino is considered a breakfast coffee, so traditional Italians do not order this drink any time after around 11:00am.
  • Caffè ristretto(kah-FE ri-STRE-to) is a so-called “restricted coffee” — which references the way in which the stream of coffee is stopped before the normal amount, making the coffee stronger, or more concentrated, than a regular coffee or espresso.
  • Many Romans drink five or more espressos per day.

For Rae’s coffee lovers … For a strong, robust coffee, add 4-6 ounces of hot water to your favorite Gourmet Coffee, Latte or Mocha..

For more information about Organo Gold’s European convention, go to: https://euconvention.organogold.com/.

Source:  http://goitaly.about.com/od/foodandwineofitaly/a/italian_coffee.htm

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Make Mine a Mocha

Coffee and chocolate are two of the most popular flavors and substances on the planet. So it makes sense that folks thought to put them together to create the marvelous Mocha. Here are some fun tidbits of info to share with friends next time you whip up a batch of Gourmet Cafe Mocha, which happens to be Greg Norman’s, Organo Gold’s new Global Brand Ambassador’s favorite  beverage.

The mocha or cafe mocha is an American invention and a variant of the cafe latte. Like a latte, a mocha it is typically one third espresso and two thirds steamed milk, but a portion of chocolate is added, typically in the form of cocoa powder — although many big coffee chains these days use chocolate syrup.

Not unlike a cappuccino, a cafe mocha often features milk froth on top, although are sometimes served with whipped cream instead. They are usually topped with a dusting of cocoa powder or cinnamon. Marshmallows may also be added on top for flavor and decoration.

Mocha reportedly takes its name from the Red Sea coastal town of Mocha, in Yemen, which as far back as the 15th century was a dominant exporter of coffee, especially to areas around the Arabian Peninsula. Coffee beans from this region are said to have had a notable chocolate-y taste, and hence the term “mocha” was extended to mean intentional addition of chocolate to coffee.

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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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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 CafĂ© Mocha.
  • Our Gourmet CafĂ© 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 CafĂ© Mocha
  • Bread slices
  • Butter
  • 3 oz of milk of your choice
  • 1 egg
  • ÂĽ 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!

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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