Rosemary-Ginger Iced Green Tea

Iced green tea infused with ginger and rosemary is crisp, refreshing and perfect for any time of the year. When you drink this soothing, healthful beverage, your body (and taste buds) will thank you! What are your go-to flavor combinations for iced tea?

 

Rosemary-Ginger Iced Green Tea

  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
  • 1⁄4 cup honey or sweetener, if desired
  • 8 green tea bags

Add rosemary and ginger to your Iced Tea Maker pitcher, plus sweetener if desired. Fill pitcher with ice to the ice level marking and place pitcher with lid onto the machine. Place tea bags into the brew basket and close lid. Turn on machine and let brew. After brewing, pour tea into ice-filled glasses and garnish with extra rosemary, and enjoy!

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Pear White Iced Tea

Take summery iced tea into fall and winter by taking advantage of seasonal fruit. You can’t go wrong with the flavor of fresh pears in this delicious and easy recipe for Pear White Iced Tea – perfect for a crisp autumn day.

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Pear White Iced Tea

  • 1 can of sliced pears in juice (15 oz)
  • 8 white tea bags

Using your Capresso Iced Tea Maker, add sliced pears and juice to the pitcher. Fill pitcher with ice to the ice level marking and place pitcher with lid onto the machine. Place tea bags into the brew basket and close lid. Turn on machine and let brew. After brewing, pour tea into ice-filled glasses, and enjoy!

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Fun Facts About Coffee & Tea

Find out more about what you’re brewing in your Capresso machines every morning with these fun facts about coffee and tea!

 

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1) A coffee plant can live up to 200 years. When sprouting, the top of the plant looks like a little seed, which grows into a bushy plant that can live for two centuries. – Via Huffington Post

2) Approximately 85% of tea consumed in America is iced. – Via TeaUsa.com

3) Any type of coffee roast can be used to make an espresso; the grind size and preparation are what makes it an espresso. – Capresso Espresso Facts

4) Espresso has 1/3 less caffeine than drip coffee. – Capresso Espresso Facts

5) There are two primary types of coffee cultivated for drinking: Arabica and Robusta. – Via Good Housekeeping

6) To extract the best taste from your tea start every time with fresh, cold filtered water. Never re-boil water that has been left in the kettle as the taste could be stale or flat. – Capresso Guide to Steeping Tea

7) In 2014, Americans consumed over 80 billion servings of tea, or more than 3.60 billion gallons. – Via TeaUsa.com

8) Used tealeaves are good for growing roses and ferns, and can be used to help lower the soil’s pH. For more on Tea in the Garden, view our blog post here.

 

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Iced Tea Recipe Tips

A frosty glass of iced tea pairs perfectly with summer weather, so we’re sharing iced tea extras to kick up this summertime beverage. These twists on tea are perfect to try in our Iced Tea Maker. Do you have a favorite addition to iced tea?

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  • Simple Syrups. Sweeten with simple syrup instead of granulated sugar to allow the sweetener to dissolve more easily into the iced tea. To make simple syrup, heat 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar until the sugar dissolves, cool before using.

– Or, jazz up your iced tea with other sweeteners such as honey, agave nectar, stevia or flavored syrups.

  • Have fun with fruit. Add fruits for a refreshing flair to iced tea. We suggest lightly muddling the fruit with a wooden spoon in the Iced Tea Maker pitcher to release the flavorful juices before brewing.

– If using canned or jarred fruit, add the juice/syrup from the can for extra flavor and added sweetness.

  • Play with herbs. Adding herbs can also kick up the flavor of your cup. Choose from lavender, mint, basil, spearmint, jasmine, chamomile, rosemary and many more for an invigorating take on tea.
  • Tea Cocktails. Feeling rowdy? For delicious adult tea cocktails, add 1 cup of your favorite liquor such as vodka, gin, rum or tequila directly to the pitcher.
  • Custom Blend. Mix different types of teas or mix flavored and unflavored tea for delicious custom blends. We suggest using half flavored tea bags and half black or green tea bags for a delightful twist.
  • Sparkling Tea. Shake your thirst with sparkling iced tea. To make in the Iced Tea Maker, only fill the water tank half way for brewing then add 12 oz of cold sparkling water or seltzer to the pitcher after brewing.

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Cold Coffee Tips for Summer

Coffee tastes good any way you make it, but during the dog days of summer, sometimes we need cool ways to get that jolt of java. Save yourself (and your wallet) a trip to the coffee shop with our tips and cold coffee extras to help you stay cool and get your buzz on.

 

  1. Make extra-strong coffee in your Capresso coffee maker and chill it over night. When brewing coffee, use the maximum amount of ground coffee that will fit in your filter basket, but only fill the water tank halfway. This will concentrate your brew for extra strong flavor, which is important, since ice cubes dilute iced coffee. If a larger amount of brewed coffee is desired, simply repeat the process after the first batch has completed. Chill overnight and serve over ice the next day. Do not place the hot coffee carafe directly in the refrigerator as it could cause the glass to crack.

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  1. Coffee Ice Cubes. Make coffee ice cubes simply by filling an ice cube tray with coffee and freezing it over night. Prepare coffee as your normally would and pour over the coffee ice cubes. When the ice cubes melt, they won’t dilute the iced coffee flavor.

More: Vanilla Ice Cubes. Make vanilla ice cubes to keep your coffee sweet and cold without getting watered down. Find a great recipe from Oh My Veggies here.

 

  1. Freeze it. For something new on a hot summer’s day, try our Frozen Coffee This drink is refreshingly easy.

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  1. Coffee Milkshake. A creamy treat you can make in minutes. If you love coffee ice cream and espresso, this drink is perfect drink to cool off on a warm day. Try our Coffee Milkshake for a decadent iced coffee on a sunny afternoon.

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  1. Coffee Ice Cream. Take coffee milkshakes a step further. Transform your favorite drink into a cold and delicious summer treat, with the help of Capresso Grand Aroma Coffee Beans. Find our Grand Aroma Coffee Ice Cream Recipe here.

 

Additional Tips:

 

  • Always add sugar and milk to the coffee when it is still hot. The sugar will dissolve better, and the cold milk will help cool down the coffee.
  • Instead of sugar, add flavorings such as vanilla syrup, chocolate syrup, hazelnut syrup or almond extract to create a specialty iced coffee drink. The syrups will sweeten up the coffee while adding a hint of flavor. They also dissolve better in liquid than coarse sugar.
  • Try sweetened condensed milk or coconut milk for a different twist on iced coffee.
  • Want cold iced coffee without waiting? Add coffee, milk, sugar and ice to a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain iced coffee into a glass with even more ice and server.

 

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Matcha Chiller

Since spring is in full swing, we’re using matcha powder (one of our new favorite ingredients) to create a refreshing cool treat. Matcha powder is an energy booster packed with antioxidants and nutrients, making this green frothy drink perfect for a simple pick-me-up that’s healthy and delicious.

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Matcha Chiller

  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp melon syrup
  • Sweetener and cinnamon to taste

Place the frothing disk into the froth enhancer of your Capresso froth TEC and ensure it is securely snapped inside the bottom of the milk pitcher. Mix the milk and honey together, and add to the frothing pitcher. Place lid and press the Cold button. After two minutes, remove lid and slowly add the matcha powder and melon syrup. Replace lid and wait for frother to automatically shut off. Pour into iced filled glasses, and top with cinnamon enjoy!

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Coffee Around The World

Coffee is loved all around the world, but you may be surprised by how people take it. From Italian Marocchino to traditional Irish coffee, bring your cup on a tour to see how five places around the world enjoy their coffee. Let us know if you’ve tried any of these: We’d love to hear your favorite spins on the caffeinated classic.

Café de Olla, Mexico

Ingredients: Cinnamon Stick, Water, Piloncillo*, Coffee

  • Traditionally prepared in a clay pot. In a saucepan, combine water, 1 cup ground coffee, 5 oz Piloncillo and a cinnamon stick. Stir and bring to a slow boil. Remove and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain coffee out of the pan through a filter.
  • *Piloncillo is unrefined pure cane sugar, shaped into the form of cones.

Marocchino, Italy

Ingredients: Milk, Espresso, Cocoa Powder

  • Espresso is Italy’s go-to when it comes to coffee. Pull a shot of espresso, add milk and top with cocoa powder.

Mazagran, Portugal

Ingredients: Cold Coffee, Sugar, Lemons, Ice

  • Add ½ cup of fresh lemon juice to coffee (sugar to taste), and serve over ice.

Irish Coffee, Ireland

Ingredients: Coffee, Whiskey, Sugar, Whipped Cream

  • Coffee meets cocktail. Add 1 tsp of sugar and 1 shot of whiskey to hot coffee and stir. Float whipped cream lightly on top.

Flat White, Australia/ New Zealand

Ingredients: Steamed Milk, Espresso

  • Invented in Australia, pour steamed milk over 1-2 shots of espresso.

Frappé, Greece

Ingredients: Instant Coffee, Sugar, Water, Hand Mixer

  • A frothy iced drink made with instant coffee. Combine 1 tsp of instant coffee, 1 tsp sugar, and a splash of water in a glass. Using a hand mixer (or your Capresso frother), mix together. Add ice cubes and cold water.

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Green Tea Mojito

This icy-delicious drink offers a dose of antioxidants from freshly brewed green tea. As the weather becomes warmer, the refreshing combination of mint and citrus will quench your thirst.

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Green Tea Mojito

  • 6 green tea bags
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce white rum (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, or sweetener to taste
  • Fresh mint to garnish
  • Limes to garnish

Using your Capresso Iced Tea Maker, fill pitcher with ice to the ice level marking, and place pitcher with lid onto the machine. Place the green tea bags into the brew basket and close lid. Turn on machine and let brew.

Muddle the mint, lime juice and sugar in a glass. Pour the rum and freshly brewed the iced tea into the glass. Stir well, garnish with mint and lime, and enjoy!

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Strawberry Basil Iced Tea

Showcasing strawberries in your Iced Tea Maker. In this refreshing rendition of iced tea, fresh basil pairs wonderfully with strawberries to create a flavorful drink.

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Strawberry Basil Iced Tea

  • 8 black tea bags
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • ½ cup fresh basil
  • ¼ cup sugar or sweetener, if desired
  • Fresh basil to garnish

Using your Capresso Iced Tea Maker, add sliced strawberries and basil to the pitcher, plus sweetener if desired. Fill pitcher with ice to the ice level marking and place the pitcher with lid onto the machine. Please tea bags to brew basket and close lid. Turn on machine and let brew. After brewing, pour tea into ice-filled glasses and garnish with fresh basil. Enjoy!

 

Boston Iced Tea

Even in the fall, we love to enjoy a glass of iced tea. Make your iced tea festive with the addition of cranberry juice. This subtly sweet drink features the tart zing of cranberries, and is perfect for a crisp autumn day.

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Boston Iced Tea

– 1 cup cranberry juice

– 6 black tea bags

Using your Capresso Iced Tea Maker, add cranberry juice to the pitcher. Fill pitcher with ice to the ice level marking and place pitcher with lid onto the machine. Place tea bags into the brew basket and close lid. Turn on machine and let brew. After brewing, pour tea into ice-filled glasses and enjoy!

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