The Natural Difference

The Ganoderma lucidium mushroom, so prized by Chinese herbalists, is unique in that grows in wooden trees or logs. Some Ganoderma is harvested using plastic bags which mean that the mushroom’s precious spores cannot effectively propagate, making plastic bag-harvested Ganoderma much less potent.

At Rae’s Cafe, we’re proud of Organo Gold’s natural, organic growing methods and all-natural processing practices. They partnered with some of the most reputable people in the world to produce our Ganoderma lucidum powder.

Here’s a breakdown of how we take these fantastic-looking mushrooms and turn them into an almost magical, potent and wonderfully beneficial powder:

  • First, OG’s Ganoderma mushrooms are grown undisturbed on maple logs high in the Wuyi Mountains of China’s Fuxhou region. It’s cold and deeply forested up there, and these miraculous mushrooms thrive.
  • Once harvested, their partners at the $240 million Gano Herb Industrial Park process the mushrooms. The agriculture and food scientists at OG’s state-of-the-art facility use cutting-edge technologies, techniques and equipment to gently dry, sterilize and process the mushrooms, transforming the tough, wood-like caps into a fine powder.
  • OG’s expert team then carefully transforms the mushroom stems and caps into a fine powder, which is then easily added to our coffee, tea, and other beverage products, as well as personal care products.
  • OG packages and ships all beverage, personal care and nutraceutical products to our partners and distributors in more than 30 countries across the globe.

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8 Fun Facts About Coffee

We can’t stop talking about coffee here at Rae’s Cafe, and we know most of you share our passion for this incredible beverage. So here are a few more fun facts for you all to share with friends and acquaintances, over – as always – your favorite cup of Organo Gold.
-It takes around 40 coffee beans to make one shot of espresso. Europeans love their coffee.

-The top five coffee drinking countries in the world in 2012 were: 1. Finland 2. Norway 3. Iceland 4. Denmark 5. The Netherlands.

-One third of all the world’s coffee is grown in Brazil.

-The world record for coffee consumption is 82 cups in 7 hours — but we don’t recommend it!

-In the US, the average American worker spends $20 a week on coffee.

-America consumes around 400 million cups of coffee per day — that’s enough to fill 14.2 Statues of Liberty!
Seattle has the most coffee shops per capita in the US, with 1,640, and ranks number one on the list of most caffeinated cities.

-America spends an estimated $4 billion importing coffee each year — Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee commercially.

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Raspberry Green Tea Smoothie

What’s better than a berry good recipe? How about a rasp-berry good recipe!

Today, let’s mix up the ever seasonal raspberry with the Café’s traditional green tea, throwing in a banana or two, adding in some honey, and then finally blending it all together to create our tantalizing Raspberry Green Tea Smoothie.

You’ll be making this recipe all summer long so make sure you have enough raspberries and Green Tea to last you until the end of August!

Share your drink with us and tweet a pic at #raezcafe

Raspberry Green Tea Smoothie

Yields 2 smoothies

Ingredients:

-1 cup Organic Green Tea, steeped and chilled

-1/3 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt

-1/2 pint raspberries (about 1 cup), fresh or frozen

-1 large banana, fresh or frozen

-1 tablespoon agave or honey

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean or vanilla extract

-1/2 cup ice

Instructions:

1.Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

2.Enjoy and share a picture with us!

TIP: To prevent the honey or agave sticking to your tablespoon, use the vanilla extract or plain water (if using vanilla bean) so the spoon is wet. The honey or agave will slide right off!

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Pineapple Mint Green Tea Smoothie

The sun is coming out, the seasons have changed, and you’re in need of a refreshing and delicious drink. As Mother Nature handles the first two items, we’re more than happy to provide you with the third.

For today’s Barista Bulletin, we decided to welcome in the sunny weather with a tropical fruit that’s known just as much for its intimidating exterior as it is for its citrusy flavor.

It’s time to break out the blender and enjoy as one of our signature products gets a tropical twist.

Pineapple Mint Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients:

-8-10 oz of fresh, ripe pineapple

-1 pear

-Large handful of baby spinach leaves

-Half a handful of fresh mint (you can throw in the stalks too)

-1/2 cup of cooled down Organic Green Tea

-Large handful of ice

Steps:

-Chop up the fruit roughly and chuck everything into a blender.

-Whizz the heck out of it.

-Go slowly up to speed 10 and then blend for about one and a half to two minutes

-Make sure it’s all smooth.

-Pour into glasses

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Enjoy!

Tea Time Fun Facts

Tea is a beverage often associated with health (all those antioxidants), breakfast (all those crumpets!) and ancient cultures (all those ceremonies). So tea has a long, diverse and storied history. Here are some fun facts about tea you may not have known:

  • Tea bags were invented in America in the early 1800s, and were initially used to hold samples of teas brought from India. Today, an estimated 96% of all cups of tea served around the world are made using tea bags.
  • After tourism, the cultivation of tea is India’s second largest industry.
  • Tea leaves are a natural deterrent against insects such as mosquitoes. Simply use slightly damp leaves to add the scent of tea to the areas you want to keep insect-free.
  • Tea leaves can also help to heal shaving cuts, eliminate bad odors, and make a great fertilizer for roses.

As we all know, tea is a natural antioxidant, but it is also rich in essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B2, B1 and B6, potassium, manganese, folic acid and calcium.

And of course Rae’s tea products are also enhanced with Organo Gold’s prized Ganoderma powder, making Rae’s teas some of the most beneficial beverages around!

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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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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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Cherry Blossom Green Tea

Summer has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere and the streets are flushed with varying shades of pink as cherry blossoms due to their springtime bloom from hibernation.

For today’s recipe, I’m going to show you how to make a sweet summertime drink using one of our signature products. So sit back, enjoy the sunny weather, and relax with a Cafe Original ‘Cherry Blossomed Green Tea’.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 Organic Green Tea sachets
  • 8-12 oz of hot water
  • 1 Spoon of cherry juice (you can make it fresh yourself or use maraschino cherry syrup)
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Cherries (optional)
  • Ice (optional)

Instructions:

1. Steep the Organic Green Tea into the hot water

2. Add a small spoon of cherry juice/syrup

3. Add sugar and a couple of cherries for extra sweetness

4. Stir and enjoy!

Note: The syrup alone will make your tea sweeter. Check it before adding the sugar.

To make an Iced version of this use 2 sachets of Organic Green Tea and 12 oz of water. After steeped and cherry juice along with desired sugar is stirred in, let cool for 15-30 min (can stick in fridge/freezer to help with this) then add ice. Enjoy!

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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

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!

Iced Green Tea

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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