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MARCH 2022

 


Weird-looking. World-changing. First Lidless, Fully Compostable Coffee Cup

Each year, an estimated 5 billion single-use cups end up in Canadian landfills. A&W Canada is proud to be the first major quick-service restaurant (QSR) brand to pilot a new, truly innovative sustainable cup design, beginning this month in participating restaurants across Toronto.AW cup

A&W's strange-looking Zero Cup requires no lid or straw, contains no plastic liner, and is fully compostable and recyclable. The cup, a design innovation from UK-based ButterflyCup, is made entirely of paper, with a unique, water-based coating that prevents leaks. A&W is the first major brand in North America to use the cup.

"Each year, A&W Canada serves millionRecyles of takeout drinks, so finding a more sustainable single-use cup solution is one way we can make a big difference," says Susan Senecal, President & CEO of A&W Canada. "Our new Zero Cup is an exciting step in our journey to reach zero waste.  Part of achieving that mission is pioneering the innovations that people need to live more sustainable lives. This new cup is one small way Canadians can take small, simple actions, one day at a time."

Roughly 14 billion cups of coffee are enjoyed in Canada every year, according to non-profit Zero Waste Canada, of which an estimated 5 billion are consumed in single-use cups that end up in landfills. Mass adoption of a compostable coffee cup would help to substantially reduce this number by avoiding the use of plastic liners that can't be recycled in most Canadian municipalities. (Note: A&W has been a member of the Zero Waste Council since 2016, but the organization has no connection to the Zero Cup). As part of this pilot initiative, which rolled out in restaurants across the Greater Toronto Area on March 14, A&W guests are invited to share their experience trying the Zero Cup for the first time at aw.ca/zerocup.

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The Lagunitas Brewing Company Brews its First Sparkling Hard Tea

The Lagunitas Brewing Company, a brewery with a history of hop-forward and innovative craft beers, has taken its craft brewing know-how into the world of tea, with the launch of Disorderly TeaHouse premium spiked and sparkling tea. This freshly brewed, just slightly sweet hard tea features natural fruit flavors, like yuzu lemon, raspberry and blackberry.Lagunitas Disorderly Tea House

Disorderly TeaHouse is the first hard tea to be fresh-brewed with premium guayusa tea leaves that are hand-picked by Indigenous farmers from Ecuador. Guayusa [gwahy-yoo-suh] is described as "ancient energy" and Lagunitas deliberately chose it because of its slightly sweet, smooth, and never bitter flavor. After selecting only the finest guayusa tea leaves, Lagunitas brews the tea in-house to give Disorderly TeaHouse its authentic taste. Then, natural fruit flavors are added to provide a crisp finish to Disorderly TeaHouse's two available variLagunitas Disorderly Tea Houseeties: Yuzu Lemon Squeeze and Mixed-Up Berries.

"Lagunitas saw an opportunity to create our first hard tea that taps into people's growing demand for a better-for-you alcoholic beverage -- coming in at just 100 calories with 0 grams of sugar* and gluten-free. Nothing artificial," said Paige Guzman, Lagunitas' Chief Marketing Officer. "We've seen the hard seltzer and premium malt beverage market become so oversaturated, and wanted to offer up an alternative that spoke to the authenticity of our heritage in the craft brewing process and gives consumers a more premium offering."  Hard teas are building in popularity among consumers. In fact, tea is growing at 50%, which is 8 times faster than total beer.*

"Our brewers have been fans of guayusa tea for years because of the clean, unique flavor and smooth energy it produces; it felt natural to innovate using 100% hand-selected and hand-harvested guayusa tea as the featured ingredient for Disorderly TeaHouse, elevating the whole profile of the beverage," said Jeremy Marshall, Lagunitas BrewMonster. "And then we don't load it up with artificial sweeteners or flavors. It's a premium, balanced tea-forward taste paired with delicious and thoughtful natural fruit flavors that we think people will love, especially as weLagunitas Disorderly Tea House move into the warmer seasons."

Spilling the Tea on Disorderly TeaHouse

In true Lagunitas fashion, the name is inspired by its rebellious nature and history. Back in 2005, the brewery was served a citation for keeping a "disorderly house" by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and the brewery was promptly shut down temporarily. Disorderly TeaHouse reflects the combination of the charge and a traditional tea house.

Disorderly TeaHouse is a different kind of brew that brings a twist to classic tea flavors. Both of the current varieties are earthy and herbal along with a splash of flavorful fruits. The Yuzu Lemon Squeeze has a whisp of aromatic, tart yuzu citrus love, while Mixed-Up Berries has subtly sweet raspberry and blackberry fruitiness. Each Disorderly TeaHouse has only 5% Alcohol by Volume, 100 calories, 2 grams of carbs, 0 grams of sugar** and gluten-free.

Ready to get a little Disorderly? Disorderly TeaHouse comes in 19.2 oz. single-serve cans for MSRP $2.99 and single-flavor 6-packs of 12 oz. cans for MSRP $11.99. It is available nationally at various retailers, including Sprouts, Meijer, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Safeway, among others. Check out Lagunitas' brew finder to pick up some today or have some delivered to your door.

For more details about Disorderly TeaHouse, visit: https://lagunitas.com/disorderlyteahouse/

*Source: Numerator Cross Purchase Last 6 months ending 4/30/2021
**Per 12 oz. Serving. Not a low-calorie food.

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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee from Scratch

Betty Gold and Grace Elkus, two writers for Real Simple magazine, will become your new BFF as they share info on how to make cold brew coffee and home—saving you a few bucks!

Take one look at how much cold brew costs at the local café and we promise you'll want to make it at home immediately. Good news: cold brew coffee is one of those drinks that sounds extra fancy, but it's actually a low-maintenance method for making better iced coffee.

The key to any cold brew coffee recipe is to let coarsely-ground beans steep for a long time. You'll do this until the water becomes infused with coffee flavor, about 10 hours. The end result is a super smooth, rich, and highly caffeinated batch of cold brew concentrate that you can sip as is with ice, or dilute with milk or cream. You can also try it in place of the liquid in a banana-peanut butter smoothie, or blend it with vanilla ice cream for a java milkshake.

Cold BrewIngredients:

4 ¾ cups coarsely ground coffee beans (from 12 oz. whole coffee beans)

6 cups water

Directions:

Step 1

Stir together ground coffee beans and water in a large bowl or lidded container. Cover and steep at room temperature for at least 10 hours and up to 1 day.

Step 2

Line a fine-mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set inside a large bowl. Pour coffee mixture through strainer, pressing with a spoon to encourage draining. Discard coffee grounds. Store coffee concentrate in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Perfect Iced Coffee (Serves 1) ½ cup coffee concentrate 2 tsp. light agave nectar or simple syrup ¼ cup half-and-half or whole milk. Fill a 16-ounce glass with ice. Add concentrate, ½ cup water, and agave nectar; stir to combine. Top with half-and-half.

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Mosi Wins Best Tea Making Equipment Innovation at World Tea ExpoMosi

Mosi, maker of the world's first multibrew infuser, recently shared some great news, their Mosi All-in-One Infuser has been named the Best Tea Making Equipment Innovation as part of Questex's 2022 World Tea Best of Awards. The award was announced earlier this month at the World Tea Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mosi's award-winning All-in-One Infuser features patented designs that simplify how and where you brew the perfect cup of your favorite beverage. The world's only portable multi-brew infuser features interchangeable sieves for brewing loose leaf tea, coffee, matcha and cold brew in the same bottle.

Mosi's flip-to-steep technology lets you brew your beverage on your time - just fill your sieve with tea/coffee/matcha, fill your bottle with water, secure the lid and flip when you are ready to brew. Even the spout was carefully crafted for an optimal tasting experience, with a design inspired by Ancient Chinese teacups.  Watch video, click here.

"We are thrilled to accept this award from the World Tea Expo," said Paul Davis, Founder and CEO, Mosi Tea. "We set out to make a product that makes it easy for people to enjoy world-class tea, coffee and matcha without the hassle. This award is wonderful validation for the three years we spent developing the All-in-One Infuser and the incredible support we received from our Kickstarter backers that helped us get here."

To learn more about the award-winning Mosi All-in-one Infuser ($59.99), visit http://www.mositea.com for more information.

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You Think You Know Coffee? 15 Fascinating Facts About Coffee

Coffee: You know it would be impossible to start your day without a cup of it, but how much do you really know about your favorite caffeinated beverage? Read on and find out.

1. Coffee was originally chewed.

Sipping may be your preferred method of java consumption, but coffee has not always been a liquid treat. According to a number of historians, the first African tribes to consume coffee did so by grinding the berries together, adding in some animal fat, and rolling these caffeinated treats into tiny edible energy balls.

2. Drinking decaf coffee fuels the soda industry.

After coffee beans are decaffeinated, several coffee manufacturers sell the caffeine to soda and pharmaceutical companies.

3. Instant coffee has been around for nearly 250 years.

Instant coffee has been around for a while, making its first appearance in England in 1771. But it would take another 139 years for the first mass-produced instant coffee to be introduced (and patented) in the U.S. in 1910.

4. The average American spends about $1100 on coffee each year.

You’d think that spending an average of $1100 on coffee each year would be enough to make America the world’s most caffeinated nation. You would be wrong.

5. Finland is the world’s coffee capital.

Though Finland does not produce any beans of its own, its citizens drink a lot of the brown stuff—the most of any country in the world.

6. Beethoven was a barista’s worst nightmare.

Beethoven enjoyed a cup of coffee, and was extremely particular about its preparation; he insisted that each cup he consumed be made with exactly 60 beans.

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7. Coffee beans sent Brazilian athletes to the Olympics in 1932.

In 1932, Brazil couldn't afford to send its athletes to the Olympics in Los Angeles. So they loaded their ship with coffee and sold it along the way.

8. There have been several attempts to ban coffee entirely.

As recently as the 18th century, governments were trying to eradicate coffee. Among the many reasons for outlawing the beverage were its tendency to stimulate “radical thinking.” In 1746 Sweden took things to an extreme when it banned both coffee and coffee paraphernalia (i.e. cups and saucers).

9. Coffee could extend your cat’s life.

Maybe it’s a coincidence, but the Guinness World Record holder for “Oldest Cat Ever”—a 38-year-old kitty named Creme Puff—drank coffee every morning of her furry little life (plus enjoying bacon, eggs, and broccoli). Before you dismiss that outright, consider this: The cat that Creme Puff beat out for the record (a 34-year-old cat, appropriately named Grandpa Rex Allen) had the same owner, and was fed the exact same diet.

10. 17th-century women thought coffee was turning their men into “useless corpses.”

In 1674, the Women's Petition Against Coffee claimed the beverage was turning British men into "useless corpses" and proposed a ban on it for anyone under the age of 60.

11. Chock Full o'Nuts coffee contains no nuts.

It's named for a chain of nut stores the founder converted into coffee shops.

12. The world’s most expensive coffee comes from animal poop.

Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee, earns its pricey distinction thanks to a surprising step in its production: digestion. In Indonesia, a wild animal known as the Asian palm civet (a small critter similar to the weasel) cannot resist the bright red coffee cherries that abound, even though they can’t digest the actual coffee beans. The beans pass through the civets' systems without being fully digested. At which point, some brave coffee farmer collects the beans from the civets’ droppings, (hopefully) thoroughly washes them, and sells them for up to $600 per pound.

13. The world’s first webcam watched a coffee pot.

Though it was hardly what one might describe as “action-packed,” it allowed researchers at Cambridge to monitor the coffee situation in the Trojan Room without ever leaving their desks. After the webcam portion of the Trojan Room coffee pot experiment was pulled, the pot itself—a non-working Krups ProAroma pot that would normally retail for about $50—was put up for auction on eBay, where it sold for just under $5000.

14. It would take 70 cups of coffee to kill a 150-pound person.

Too much of anything can be a bad thing—yes, even your favorite customized coffee beverage. A video from AsapSCIENCE determined that it would take 70 cups of coffee to kill a roughly 150-pound person.

15. There’s a Starbucks at CIA headquarters.

Some officers at the Central Intelligence Agency call it “Stealthy Starbucks,” but employees at the Langley, Virginia location definitely aren’t your typical Starbucks employees. For one, they must undergo extensive background checks and they cannot leave their post without a CIA escort. On the positive side: They don’t have to write down or shout out their customers’ names!

Source:  Mental Floss

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COOL TOOLS! Capresso's Iced Tea Select Because Iced is the Tea of Choice in the USCapresso

According to the Tea Association of the USA, approximately 160 million people in the US drink tea on a daily basis, and up to 85 percent is served cold.  With iced tea now trending as a year-round beverage of choice, Capresso presents the new Iced Tea Select, which brews delicious iced tea, easily and quickly, at the touch of a button.

The Iced Tea Select ($49.99) is designed to transform loose tea leaves or tea bags into a refreshing and flavorful beverage in minutes, while making it easy to customize tea type and strength. It can expertly brew black, white, green or herbal tea flavors – or even iced coffee for a change of pace.

Easy to use, the Iced Tea Select takes little time and minimal effort. Simply add loose leaf tea or bags to the reusable filter basket, fill the non-removable water reservoir, and then add ice to the carafe. The handy dial allows the user to customize tea strength, from mild to strong. Then press the illuminated on/off button, and in just minutes, a refreshing carafe of flavorful iced tea will be ready to enjoy.

Auto shut off provides added convenience. The machine is equipped with a removable, larger permanent filter to expand brewing options.

The Iced Tea Select has a matte white exterior and a glass carafe – a simple, yet sophisticated design that is a beautiful addition to the tea lover's kitchen counter, bar or buffet. This is a versatile machine to brew your favorite teas, from delicious fruity peach or blackberry passion teas, to classics ranging from Earl Grey to Mediterranean Mint, with or without sweeteners according to taste. The flavor options are endless, and there is no worry about added preservatives or additives.

A leader in home beverage brewing, Capresso enhances the iced tea experience with recipe ideas on its blog, including Cherry Iced Tea Spheres with Prosecco, Green Plum Iced Tea, Watermelon Lime Iced Tea, Iced Tea Spritzer and more. For more information, visit Capresso.com.

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