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.