What Is a Red Latte or Red Cappuccino?

[fa icon="calendar"] Apr 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by Franke Americas

As tea continues to gain share in the beverage market, new drink options are popping up all across the country. With so many different tastes and consumer preferences, the number of coffee and tea beverage options is limited only by the imagination and equipment used to create them.

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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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Are QSRs Overlooking the Morning Tea Opportunity?

[fa icon="calendar"] Feb 22, 2017 11:00:00 AM / by Franke

The United States is a fast paced culture, especially in the morning when we're rushing to work or school. In terms of our eating away from home, this morning rush represents a huge quick-service restaurant (QSR) business, boasting 80 percent market share among all foodservice according to global market research firm NPD Group.

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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 Brief History of Tea Infusion

[fa icon="calendar"] Jan 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM / by Franke

The earliest recorded reference to tea dates back to the 10th century B.C. It originated in China as a medicinal drink. It eventually made its way to Europe via the Portuguese, where it became popular during the 16th century. Tea drinking expanded to the British during the 17th century and they introduced it to India, completing the Asia-Europe-Asia circle, and this is just the beginning of the history of tea infusion.

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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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