A Brief Guide to Spirit Infusions

[fa icon="calendar"] May 7, 2017 3:00:00 PM / by Franke Americas

In the era of craft everything, cocktails are one of the wide-open territories for pioneering. From the return of pre-Prohibition classics like the Sazerac to more complex and creative cocktails made with infused spirits and other distinctive elements, the end of the craft cocktail scene is far from sight.

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Five Reasons to Serve More Iced Beverages

[fa icon="calendar"] May 3, 2017 9:00:00 PM / by Franke

Iced tea and cold brew coffee are gaining popularity as consumers venture into new flavors and seek healthy beverage options. But where’s the proof that iced tea and coffee are just as popular (or more popular) than their hot counterparts? It's right here. Learn More

What Is a Cold Craft Beverage?

[fa icon="calendar"] Mar 17, 2017 6:00:00 PM / by Franke Americas

The trending cold beverage movement has seen many different phases over the last several years, and while it encompasses both coffee and tea, cold tea sales have been a major driver in tea’s ascendency. From healthier beverage options like kombucha to tea blends and even tea cocktails, the growth of tea is expected to continue in 2016. According to Baum + Whiteman, much of beverage sales growth will come from cold brew and carbonated versions of tea and coffee. But what does cold craft mean, and how far does it extend beyond tea?

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Beverage Trends: "What's Hot" in Hot Beverages

[fa icon="calendar"] Feb 24, 2017 3:00:00 PM / by Franke

The craft movement is alive and well in the hot beverage sector. According to a report from Virginia Lee in Euromonitor International's Passport, premium hot beverages and health-positioned drinks are gaining in consumer preference.

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How a California Coffee Shop Made a Splash with the Latest Brewing Technology

[fa icon="calendar"] Feb 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM / by Franke Americas

Rubies + Diamonds is a coffee and tea shop in Los Angeles. A family-run business that prides itself on quality, they have seen rave reviews from customers and publications alike.

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American Tea Room Pioneers National Craft Tea Trends

[fa icon="calendar"] Feb 8, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Franke Americas

 

* Photo courtesy of American Tea Room

American Tea Room serves an artful blend of classic tea culture combined with modern American culinary style. With locations in Beverly Hills, the Los Angeles' Arts District and at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, they are certainly making waves in southern California. They represent a growing national trend of high-end coffee and tea shops driven by a highly educated consumer base that demands excellence.

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Three Components to the Perfect Cup of Tea

[fa icon="calendar"] Jan 31, 2017 11:00:00 AM / by Franke

The perfect cup of tea is where many establishments focus their entire business models. Whether it’s a trendy coffee and tea shop in Greenwich Village or a corporate office in Silicon Valley striving to retain top employees, the ability to brew the perfect cup can mean the difference between success and failure. But what are the real contributors to a perfect cup of tea? Let's go beyond the bag.

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A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Use the BKON Craft Brewer

[fa icon="calendar"] Nov 30, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Franke

The BKON Craft Brewer® is a revolutionary piece of equipment that is changing the way foodservice and beverage operators think about infused beverages. By utilizing a patented technology called Reverse Atmospheric Infusion, or RAIN™, the BKON Craft Brewer can allow any operator to optimally prepare any loose-leaf tea or any number of other craft beverages, either hot or cold. In order to maximize its potential, though, it's important to follow a series of best practices when brewing with BKON. Here they are.

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The State of the Tea Industry Outside the Home

[fa icon="calendar"] Nov 17, 2016 4:06:54 PM / by Franke

At this year's World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, thousands of tea professionals were on hand to effectively gauge and promote the tea industry. While part of the focus was on the consumption of tea in the comfort of one's own home, there was also focus on the foodservice side of tea.

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Green Tea 101: The Basics

[fa icon="calendar"] Oct 16, 2016 11:00:00 AM / by Franke

With a variety of health benefits, green tea is one of the most popular tea choices in both the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. It can be served both hot and cold with a variety of different flavor profiles ranging from leafy and vegetative to earthy and minty. Let's take a look at the basics of this popular tea variety.

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