Small Business Saturday

Today is Small Business Saturday and in honor, Rae’s Cafe is giving YOU up to 40% off our line of gourmet coffees and teas! We’re also doing FREE shipping on orders over $50, just use coupon code: SHIP50. If you have any questions, please contact me through email or my business number on website. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!!

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Blue Mountain Grown Coffee

Rae’s Cafe is really proud of OG’s Premium Gourmet Royal Brewed coffee product. This smooth, flavorful coffee uses hand-sorted beans grown high in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica — an area that produces some of the most sought-after coffee in the world.

Let’s take a closer look at this region, and see why it is not only a place of beauty, but home to of some of the most prized coffee beans on the planet:

  • The Blue Mountains of Jamaica are located between Kingston to the south and Port Antonio to the north. Rising to 2,300 meters (7,500 ft), they are some of the highest mountains in the Caribbean.
  • The climate of the region is cool and misty with high rainfall, and the soil is rich, with excellent drainage. This combination of climate and soil is considered to be the ideal growing conditions for coffee — which is one of the reasons why beans from this region are so highly prized.
  • Coffee beans grown in this region and at the high mountain altitude (the finest coffee here is cultivated between 2,000 and 5,000 feet above sea level) are also prized for their mild flavor and lack of bitterness, making them incredibly popular.
  • A whopping 80% of the beans from the Blue Mountains are exported to Japan.
  • Coffee production in this region is highly regulated by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica, who certify and label all coffee grown in the region to avoid any mislabeling or counterfeit beans that could dilute the incredible reputation of coffee from the region.
  • Hagley Gap and Mavis Bank are two farming communities located in the Jamaican Blue Mountain region that rely heavily upon the area’s renowned coffee growing industry.

Here at Rae’s Cafe, we’re proud to be able to offer such fine coffee to our customers, as beans from the Blue Mountain region truly are one of the treasures of the earth. Combining this with our prized Ganoderma lucidum makes this product a brew fit for royalty. We hope you enjoy a touch of Jamaica’s finest beans every day, and experience the healthy luxury of Premium Gourmet Royal Brewed coffee.

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Enjoi Rae’s Organic Products!

As Rae’s Café expands, sharing our ganoderma-enhanced coffees, teas and other beverages and products with people all across the continent, one of the things that we are proudest of is our organic items. Organo Gold’s commitment to organic farming wherever possible means that several of our best-selling products are certified organic by Ecocert, the global certification body for sustainable development. These organic products — which include Organo Gold Organic Green TeaOrganic Red TeaPremium King of CoffeeGanoderma Lucidum Spore Powder, and Organic Ganoderma Lucidum Capsules — are some of Rae’s finest, and represent the pinnacle of what Organo Gold is all about — providing customers with the products they need for an active lifestyle.

Europeans in particular seem to truly appreciate Organo Gold’s commitment to quality — and organic farming wherever possible — because Europe has always been on the cutting-edge of organic farming. Here’s some info on just how progressive Europe is on the organic front:

  • Twenty-four percent of the world’s organic land is in Europe.
  • The countries with the largest organic area are Italy (1’150’253 hectares), Spain (988’323 hectares) and Germany (865’336 hectares).
  • In 2007, sales of organic products were approximately 16 billion Euros.
  • The largest market for organic products in 2007 was Germany — with a turnover of 5.3 billion Euros, which increased to 5.8 billion Euros in 2008.
  • Germany is followed by the UK (2.6 billion Euros), France and Italy (both 1.9 billion Euros) in spending on organic products.
  • Support for organic farming in the European Union (as well as some of the EU’s neighboring countries) includes grants under rural development programs, legal protection and a European Action Plan as well as national action plans in individual countries.
  • One of the key instruments of the European Action Plan on organic food and farming, an information campaign, was launched during 2008, with the aim of increasing awareness of organic farming throughout the European Union.

We look forward to the organic-conscious European community embracing the Cafe’s and our pro-organic ethos, and to sharing Organo Gold’s certified organic products far and wide across the world.

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Italian Coffee Culture

Here at Rae’s Café, we celebrate Italian Coffee Culture. Below is a great article from our friends at italymagazine.com, written by Barry Lillie.

It would be fair to say that Italians are passionate about coffee. So much so, you would think they had discovered it. They didn’t. To make up for this, however, they have invented a coffee culture unequalled anywhere else in the world.

When coffee was first shipped from the Middle East to Venice, it caused a furore and was almost banned from entering the port. Coffee houses were already established in Istanbul, but the fate of this stimulating drink was in the hands of Islamic preachers, who at first considered it on a par with alcohol. Eventually, it was accepted under Islamic law and trade began briskly in the 16th century.

Coffee houses in Venice sprung up and very quickly the black liquid, which was until now solely consumed as a medicinal drink, achieved cult status, making it a luxury item, out of reach for most of Venetian society. However, as coffee plantations became established within the European colonies in South America and Asia, availability increased, the price decreased and as it became more accessible to the poorer population, it ceased to be seen as purely medicinal.

With over two hundred coffee houses along its canals, the reputation of this wonderful new drink soon spread to the neighbouring cities of Verona, Milan and Turin. Elegant new coffee houses were built and some of these original houses still remain to this day.

Turin’s oldest surviving coffee house opened in 1763: Caffè Al Bicerin, situated on Piazza della Consolata, is home to the historic drink of Turin, the ‘Bicerin’, whose recipe remains a closely guarded secret. Once frequented by the aristocracy, including the likes of Puccini, Cavour and Dumas, the tiny space has only eight marble-topped tables meaning there is often a queue of people waiting outside to sample the delights within.

Coffee consumption soon spread to Rome and the rest of the peninsula, with imports arriving at the ports in Naples, Bari and Sicily. The spread nationwide escalated and it wasn’t long before every household in Italy became familiar with the drink, eventually evolving in a culture that is still relevant today.

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Ginseng & Coffee

We don’t like to play favorites — but there is something truly special about Rae’s Cafe Supreme. This light, creamy coffee is enhanced with two powerful ingredients to add extra oomph to your day — pure Ganoderma lucidum, plus the prized ancient root of Panax ginseng.

Once considered so valuable it was only available to the privileged elite, the history of ginseng dates back more than five thousand years. Discovered in the Manchuria mountains of northern China, it is thought that ginseng was initially used for food, since edible plants were a sought-after commodity in those days.

As mythical legend goes, the first “proof” of any medicinal purposes behind ginseng weren’t actually recorded until around three thousand years ago. With the first claims stating that ginseng gave power to the soul, while expelling evils, many people also had the belief that the roof of a ginseng plant looked similar to the shape of the human body, and thus imbued humans with a variety of different  “healthy body” attributes.

Ginseng is believed to be beneficial in many ways, with qualities such as regulation of blood pressure, enhanced energy, improved circulation and much more. Ginseng is also thought to enhance the stimulating effects that coffee (or, more specifically the caffeine found in coffee) already has. Fans of ginseng-enhanced coffee also claim that it can help with the ability to concentrate and respond to stimulus in a faster, more accurate fashion.

Whatever the facts about ginseng — our Café Supreme is smooth, delicious, and adds a touch of prestige to your coffee experience every day.

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Espresso Machine History 101

Espresso is defined as “coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans.” Sounds simple enough — and it is, when using the right equipment. Of course, using Café products (such as the BrewKups in Black Gold) provides an espresso-like coffee with even less steps.

Espresso today, of course, is the hero of the contemporary coffee scene — and the basis of many best-selling coffee drinks, such as the latte, cappuccino, mocha, macchiato and of course the traditional double espresso. For those coffee history buffs out there, today we’re going to take a trip down caffeine memory lane and look at how the modern espresso came to be:

The history of espresso can be traced back as far as 1884, when Angelo Moriondo lodged a patent for a “steam-driven instantaneous coffee beverage making device” in Turin, Italy. This patent is notable, and is considered by many to be a precursor of the espresso coffee machine.

Then, 17 years later in 1901, Milanese manufacturer Luigi Bezzera came up with some improvements to the espresso machine. He patented a number of these, the first of which was applied for on the 19th of December 1901. It was titled “Innovations in the machinery to prepare and immediately serve coffee beverage,” and the patent was granted in June, 1902.

Bezzera’s machine was a gigantic, steam-driven contraption with two groupheads called the Tipo Gigante. It is said that Bezzera, the owner of a manufacturing company, devised the machine in order to reduce the amount of time his employees spent on their coffee breaks. His invention yielded a coffee maker that used a combination of water and steam – forced under high pressure through the coffee grounds – to rapidly brew the coffee. Hence the name, “espresso machine.”

The downside to Bezzera’s machine was apparently that the device’s combination of hot water, steam and intense pressure produced a fast but bitter brew. In came Desiderio Pavoni, who purchased Bezzera’s patent in 1905. He became the first person to realize that the bitterness was the result of the steam and the very high temperatures it imposed on the coffee grounds. So, Pavoni began experimenting with various temperatures and pressures, and eventually discovered that brewing at 195 degrees with an 8 to 9 BAR of pressure produced the best results. This is the basis for espresso machines as we know them today.

The modern day espresso machine dates back to 1947, when Gaggia introduced the revolutionary piston lever Gaggia Crema Caffe machine. This was the first machine that was capable of consistently introducing pressurized water (8 BAR or higher) into coffee in a manner that was easy and inexpensive enough for everyday commercial use. Before that, almost every commercial and consumer espresso machine was steam driven and therefore, more akin to the modern day Moka brewer.

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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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Thanks A Latte

The Gourmet Cafe Latte, in its golden yellow box, is one of our top-selling products. The luxurious drink blends the smooth flavor of Italian-style coffee with the creaminess of frothed milk. It’s a drink that seems somehow decadent, yet, with the added bonus of Ganoderama, is more like a little burst of flavor with benefits.

Did you know that in general the latte is a relatively new phenomenon? Let’s do a little LATTE 101:

  • latte is simply a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk.
  • The English word is an abbreviated version of the Italian term “caffè latte” which means “coffee milk”.
  • In Italian, “latte” literally means milk, so ordering a “latte” in Italy will get the customer a glass of milk.
  • In English-speaking countries “latte” evolved as an abbreviation for “caffe latte”, the Italian term which is similar to the French café au lait and the Spanish café con leche.
  • Historically, coffee and milk have been part of European cuisine since the 17th century. It is primarily Europeans who added milk to coffee, as no record of milk was found in coffee pre-1600 in Turkey or in the Arab world.
  • According to the Oxford English Dictionary,the term “caffè latte” was first used in English in 1867 by writer William Dean Howells in his essay “Italian Journeys”.
  • The contemporary popularity of the latte has spawned the creation of what has been dubbed “latte art” which is increasingly common everywhere where espresso coffee drinks are popular, such as North America, Europe, Australia and beyond. Created by pouring steaming, frothed milk into the coffee, that liquid is introduced into the beverage in such a way that patterns are distinguishable on the top of coffee.
  • The Gourmet Cafe Latte was one of OG’s original products!

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My Black Coffee Confessions

Today, let’s devote this article to one of the simplest pleasures in the world — a cup of strong black coffee. With Rae’s Café and Organo Gold, there’s more than one option for lovers of strong black coffee — a flavor that true coffee-lovers appreciate.

Gourmet Black Coffee

Fans of this great product can experience the aroma of freshly brewed coffee as soon as they tear open their sachet of OG Gourmet Black Coffee. Then comes the flavor, which is robust and smooth, for black coffee perfection.

Premium Gourmet King of Coffee 

Connoisseurs adore the aroma and flavor of this luxurious product. Organo Gold select only the finest organic beans to produce this bold, flavorful coffee. We like to think of it as a “necessary daily luxury” we can enjoy any time.

Premium Gourmet Royal Brewed

This delectable coffee comes straight from the famed blue mountains of Jamaica — a region renowned for its premium coffee. In Jamaica, the beans are hand-sorted to ensure only the finest coffee makes it into this fresh, fruity, flavorful blend, for a rich flavor that is second to none. This is a brew-it-yourself blend truly fit for royalty.

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5 Reasons to Smile

“I love smiling. Smiling’s my favorite.” So said comedian Will Ferrel as the jubilant (if out-of-place) Elf in the film of the same name. If you type the words “Smile song lyrics” into Google search, the results are about 52,200,000.

Clearly, smiling is a lot of people’s favorite. Even people who have lost their sight or who have never seen a smile, do it in response to pleasure, humor or just pure joy. New parents can always recall the first time they saw their newborn child crack one of those gummy smiles. Even some animals appear to smile — the internet features thousands of videos of dogs, cats, dolphins and other critters seemingly grinning with glee.

Not everyone enjoys a good smile. Why? Maybe they don’t like the gap between their front teeth, or they’re embarrassed about their not-so pearly whites. As a result, some people – sadly – spend their entire lives covering or even stifling their smile.

We’d like to help put a smile on the face of everyone, so here are our 5 Top Tips on how to ensure your smile stays as bright and white and gorgeous as possible:

  1. Always brush your teeth between meals.
  2. Try to floss daily, as your dentist always advises. The trick is to find the flossing product of method that works best for you– it’s always easier to stick to something you don’t mind doing.
  3. New habits take around 21 days to make– so if you haven’t flossed in years, try the 21 day test.
  4. Invest in a good toothbrush– electric is what most dental professionals recommend. But if you have sensitive gums or any issues, maybe a good non-electric toothbrush is right for you. Always ask your dentist or hygienist.
  5. Use a fluoride-free toothpaste. Rae’s Café features OG Smile– a natural alternative to your supermarket and drug store brands that contains no harmful additives.

OG Smile is a minty fresh toothpaste developed for the special care of teeth and gums. It features natural products that promote oral health and leave teeth whiter and breath fresher. It also contains Ganoderma powder, a prized ancient Chinese herbal remedy that is one of nature’s richest sources of beneficial antioxidants. In the words of Charlie Chaplin, in that famous tune, Smile:

Light up your face with gladness

Hide every trace of sadness

Although a tear, may be ever so near

That’s the time you must keep on trying

Smile, what’s the use of crying

You’ll find that life is still worthwhile

If you just smile.

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