Cold Brew is a must-have item to put on your menu.
Cold brew is the process of brewing coffee or tea in cold or room temperature water for an extended period of time. Cold brew coffee is a trend that gained popularity around 2015 and is continuing to grow around the United States.
A trick that most people don’t know is that tea can be brewed using this process as well. Cold brew tea is a great way to make your tea last longer. Brewing tea with hot water makes the tea only have a shelf life of about one day. Cold brewing tea allows the shelf life of your batch to last up to 5 days. This is an awesome way to save money and make your stock last longer.
How does Cold Brew Taste?
Another major difference between hot and cold brewing is that cold brew changes the flavor pallet of both coffee and tea. When coffee is brewed hot, it adds that acidic strong java taste. When it is cold brewed, it is sweeter and smoother.
When tea is hot brewed, oils are released from the tea leaves, which is why the shelf life doesn’t last long. When tea is cold brewed, a lot of those oils aren’t released, so your tea will have a longer shelf life, but also a milder flavor.
Cold brew is a great beverage to incorporate on your menu because of its versatility, longevity and taste.
Cold Brew Recipe
- 10-12 quarts of water
- Fill plastic container with 10 quarts of water (if the flavor is highly concentrated you may fill up 12 quarts of water)
- Place 1 bag of Tea Zone® tea leaves or choice of ground coffee in the cold brew filter and tie tightly.
- Place cold brew filter in water and submerge for 12-24 hours in a refrigerator
- After the stepping process has ended, remove cold brew filter and serve!
What are popping pearls?
Popping pearls are a juicy way to add flavor and fun to any drink or desert.
Popping pearls are also known as bursting boba, or popping boba do to their fruit juice interior that burst when bitten into. Popping pearls look like tapioca boba, except they are colorful, made of seaweed extract, and filled with fruit juice. They are different and distinct, but serve the same purpose for being a drink or beverage topping.
Where did popping pearls come from?
This bursting sensation originated in Asia and has expanded over the world. Popping pearls have gained popularity because they are a fun and creative addition to yogurt, teas, desserts and more. The possibilities are endless when it comes to adding these to your menu.
Why use popping pearls?
Popping pearls are terrific to add to your menu, because they are versatile, enhance flavors, and are time saving because they require no cooking!
Since popping pearls are filled with juice, this can be a great way to create new drink combinations. Adding strawberry popping pearls to green tea can create a strawberry green tea. Keep this in mind when using popping pearls, because it can be a great selling point to customers, and can save you money.
You see them at the bottom of your drink—round and chewy with a similar consistency to gummy candy. They have been the craze since 2000 in California and then spread across the nation.
What Is Boba?
Boba, also known as tapioca pearls, is made from tapioca flour/starch which is derived from the cassava root. The flour is rolled into balls and boiled until it has a chewy consistency. Afterwards, they are put into milk tea or tea. You may have heard the drink referred to as bubble tea, named after the bubbles that form at the top after it is shaken, making the drink frothy.
Where Did Boba Come From?
The drink began in a teahouse called Chun Shui Tang in Taichung, Taiwan in the early 1980s. Liu Han Chie came up with the idea after he visited Japan and saw ice coffee being served. It soon became very popular. It wasn’t until 1988 that his product development manager Ms. Lin Hsiu Hui dropped some tapioca balls into her Assam iced tea just for fun.
“Everyone at the meeting loved the drink and it quickly outsold all of our other iced teas within a couple of months—even after 20 years on the menu, bubble tea makes up 80-90% of our sales and Taiwanese are proud of this home-grown drink,” told Lin to CNN.
Then in 2000 Alan Yu teamed up with high school friend Marvin Cheng and they brought this phenomoen to the U.S.
“I started serving boba from my garage until we opened our first boba shop in 2000 in San Gabriel California.”
– CEO and Founder of Lollicup®, USA Inc.
"I started serving boba from my garage until we opened our first boba shop in 2000 in San Gabriel California,” said CEO and Founder of Lollicup®, USA Inc. Alan Yu.
The idea spread like fire and people were flocking to his boba shop. It didn’t take long for one shop to become multiple shops and for him to eventually lead his company into the wholesale business becoming a premier paper/plastic disposable distributor and manufacturer. What started out as an idea and serving boba from his garage, has now turned into a $150 million dollar revenue enterprise.
Pineapple Teriyaki Shrimp Skewers
Pineapple teriyaki shrimp skewers are an easy way to bring the tropical islands home to you. Simple ingredients really bring this recipe together making it versatile and healthy.
The savory tangy teriyaki compliments the refreshing pineapple taste making it hard not to get hooked on this dish. The best part about these shrimp skewers is that they are Keto friendly and relatively healthy so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating more than one.
The easiest part about this recipe is that you don’t have to worry about finding the freshest pineapple at the store. Tea Zone takes care of that with our syrups. Tea Zone Pineapple Syrup is guaranteed to make sure you get a delicious tasting pineapple flavor made from natural ingredients.
Pineapple teriyaki shrimp skewers can be made for many different reasons. Bring them to your next potluck, appetizer party or turn them into a complete meal by serving on top of rice. These skewers are going to be the next big hit at your next function.
For added fun serve in a hollowed out pineapple!
Pineapple Teriyaki Shrimp Skewer Recipe
- 1 lb. large shrimp, shelled and deveined
- 1/2 cup teriyaki marinade
- 1 1/5 oz. Tea Zone Pineapple Syrup
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 tea spoon of black pepper
- 1 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh chopped green onions
- 1/2 large Red Onion, cut into 1″ squares
- 1 lb. of pineapple chunks
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- Garnish: 1 table spoon of Cilantro
- In a medium mixing bowl combine the teriyaki marinade, Tea Zone Pineapple Syrup, black pepper, and salt. Reserve 1/2 cup of the marinade mixture to use as a glaze.
- Pour the finished marinade over the shrimp and toss to coat. Allow to marinate at least 1 hour prior to cooking.
- Thread shrimp onto skewers alternately with pineapple and red onion chunks.
- Grill about 2-3 minutes on each side or until shrimp is pink with the marinade throughout cooking.
- Optional: Serve on cilantro, pineapple-lime rice and garnish with cilantro.
What is Cream?
Cream is a drink topping that adds an extra flavor to a beverage.Drink toppings like cream and cold foam are gaining popularity in the coffee and tea industry. Cold foam is the new modern twist on the familiar foam tops on lattes and cappuccinos that we all know and love, but the truth is that good foam is hard to achieve without the proper tools. Cream is a lot easier to make for topping off beverages.
Offer a cream that is on you to make for customers, and can be easily customized with just powdered flavors unlike cold foam. If you already have strawberry powder around to make smoothies, you can easily add that powder to our cream recipe and create a strawberry cream to top beverages. Flavor options are endless as Tea Zone provides many powders that you can use to flavor cream or use for smoothies, coffees, and teas. This allows you to add more products to your menu without spending over your budget.
Tea Zone Cream is a great product to have because you can easily add flavor with what you already have instead of buying more. All you need is a blender and 3-4 ingredients to make a delicious cream topping for coffee or tea.
Sea Salt Cream Recipe:
1. Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy.
2. Pour the mixture in a container and wait till it thickens.
3. Fill a 16 oz. cup with iced tea/coffee/or milk tea.
4. Top off the drink with the flavored sea salt cream mixture.
5. Finish off with a pinch of the flavored powder as a garnish.
How to Make Orange Chicken with Tea Zone Purée:
Orange chicken is one of the most popular entrees ordered at restaurants that offer it. Skip the bottle and make your own orange chicken recipe that is just as easy as going to the store and buying store bought.
Our orange chicken recipe allows you to utilize your Tea Zone Purée in a way you probably never thought of before. Versatility really makes your dollar go a long way, always test out new culinary creations that can be used for both sweet and savory recipes!
This recipe is delicious and a delightful addition to a dinner or snack menu. So grab the recipe below and start satisfying your taste buds!
- ½ cup Tea Zone Sweet Orange Purée
- 2 tsp. Cornstarch
- ¼ cup Vinegar
- 1 tsp. Sesame oil
- 2 tsp. Soy Sauce
- 1 ½ tsp. Vegetable Oil
- ¼ tsp. Chili Flakes
- 1 tsp. Garlic
- 1/2 tsp. Ginger
- 2 tsp. Water
- 1 pinch of Salt
- Heat up pan.
- Cook vegetable oil and add chili flakes, ginger, salt, and garlic. Mix well.
- Add Tea Zone Orange Purée. Stir well.
- Pour in vinegar. Stir well. Add soy sauce and sesame oil. Mix well.
- In a separate bowl, mix water and cornstarch together.
- In small increments, add the water and cornstarch mixture into pan.
- Stir mixture till sauce thickens.
- Add in the cook chicken pieces and mix well till each piece of chicken is covered.
- Serve and Enjoy!
Yogurt Parfaits can be a healthy breakfast or afternoon snack to keep you fueled all day long.
Parfaits originated in France as a layered custard dessert. Today in the United States, we’ve put a spin on this tasty treat by using yogurt instead of custard. Yogurt parfaits are a healthier version of this French dessert that can really be customized based off of the creator. Yogurt parfaits really consist of three main ingredients; yogurt, toppings, and sweeteners which make it easy to incorporate on any menu.
We made our yogurt parfait using Tea Zone® purée. Purée is a great product to use for creating yogurt parfaits because it combines your fruit and sweetener you’d need to make the parfait. Purées have a thicker consistency so it won’t combine with yogurt and will easily layer to give you that traditional parfait look.
Get the Yogurt parfait recipe below!
Yogurt Parfait Recipe
- 3 oz. Tea Zone® Passion Fruit Purée
- 9 oz. Plain Yogurt
- Granola (for Garnish)
— You can also use any Tea Zone® Very Blueberry Purée for this recipe —
- Spoon ½ of the plain yogurt into a cup.
- Add a second layer of Tea Zone® Passion Fruit Purée
- Use the rest of the plain yogurt as the third layer.
- Garish with granola
- Drizzle a spoonful of puree on top.
Smoothies are familiar to most people, but how smoothies came about and where this delicious drink is heading is something to learn.
What Is a Smoothie?
Smoothies were first introduced to the world in the 1930’s when the electric blender was invented. Smoothies are a thick cold beverage that starts with a base of water or milk, ice and whatever fruits and vegetables your heart desires. Smoothie ingredients can also include yogurt, protein powder, ice cream and much more. Since the 1930’s smoothies have evolved to cultural specialties around the world and are still a trendy drink today due to their simplicity and versatility.
Why You Should Add Smoothies to Your Menu
Smoothies are a great way to stay on track with fitness goals and food trends. Food trends are constantly changing but smoothies have shown they are here to stay. Whether you’re a company that focuses on healthy beverages, looking to add a dessert item or even whip up a new cocktail to add a fun beverage to a bar menu, smoothies are only as creative as the creator.
The Future of Smoothies
As food trends evolve, many foods can be forgotten, but the truth is smoothies constantly reinvent themselves and will continue to do so overtime. A great example of this is the newer smoothie bowl trend. Smoothie bowls take this popular beverage and turn it into a meal. This means possibilities are endless for businesses utilizing smoothies and adding something that has been around for almost 90 years is a safe bet to help business. Check out this simple, refreshing smoothie recipe below.
Green Tea Mango Smoothie
It is common to find local restaurants and cafes serving boba in their refreshing drinks: iced teas, smoothies, milk tea, iced coffee, or slushes. However, it takes about one hour to prepare this uniquely chewy add-on. This doesn’t make it efficient for your business needs, especially with the summer rushes coming soon. To keep up with the popular demand, Tea Zone offers a solution to cooking tapioca pearls in a significantly less amount of time.
This Instant 10 Tapioca Pearls product only has a 10-minute cook time. It still provides the same soft exterior with chewy interior that your customers have grown to love.
- 16 oz. of Tea Zone Instant 10 Tapioca Pearls (Boba)
- 1 oz. of Tea Zone Logan Honey
- 4 oz. of Dark Brown Sugar
- 32 oz. of Water
- In a 4 qt. sauce pot, add at least 32 oz. of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Remember to use a lid to reduce the cooking time.
- Place 16 oz. of Tea Zone Instant 10 Tapioca Pearl (Boba) into the boiling water and stir (approx. 15-30 seconds) to keep them separated and from clumping.
- Start timer for 10 minutes, and boil while covered on high heat.
- When the timer goes off, turn off the heat and let it sit an additional 15 minutes while covered.
- Carefully strain and rinse the boba in a large colander to remove excess starch before soaking in a sugar mixture.
- Let the boba soak for 10 minutes prior to serving, and stir the cooked boba every hour.
- Best used within 6 hours of preparing.
Recipe Yields: 8 scoops of boba
Butterfly Pea Flower Tea is a caffeine-free tea that is similar to a fine green tea but has a distinctive earthy and woodsy flavor. This tea is known for its medicinal qualities such as: improving vitality, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties.
The best selling point to your guests is the mesmerizing colors that the tea changes to. When steeped in hot water, the Butterfly Pea Flower turns a deep, vibrant blue. Adding juices or syrups of different PH balances will change the blue tea to another color. For example, adding lemon syrup will change the blue tea to magenta-purple. Experiment with this chameleon tea! What color did you get?
- 2 grams of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
- 3 fl. oz. of Tea Zone Longan Honey
- 24 fl. oz. of Hot Water
- 2 fl. oz. of Lemon Juice
- 2/3 of 16 fl. oz. cup of Ice
- Garnish (optional): Lemon wedge, straw
- Combine 2 grams of Butterfly Pea Tea Leaves and 24 fl. oz. of hot water into loose leaf tea infuser.
- Let tea steep until tea turns vibrant blue.
- Add ice into a 16 fl. oz cup.
- Pour tea in cup.
- Add 2 fl. oz of lemon juice.
- Sweeten with 3 fl. oz. of Tea Zone Longan Honey.
- Stir well.
- Garnish with lemon wedge, straw.
*If you are pregnant, on medication, or have medical condition, please consult with your physician.
Recipe Yields: 16 oz. of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea