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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Recipe Round Up: Iced Tea

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Classic, cool and refreshing, what’s not to love about iced tea? We’re sharing our most popular recipes that will quench your thirst. Grab your Iced Tea Maker and get ready to brew; there are plenty of delicious ways to sip through the season.

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TOP ROW

1) Fresh Peach Iced Tea

2) Boston Iced Tea

3) Strawberry Basil Iced Tea

BOTTOM ROW

4) Green Tea Mojito

5) Raspberry Peppermint Iced Tea

6) Blackberry Hibiscus Iced Tea

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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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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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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!

For more recipes, visit www.Capresso.com.

Iced Tea Lemonade Pops

Two refreshing drinks are combined to create a sweet summer treat. Iced tea lemonade pops are easy to make and perfect for a hot summer day.

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Iced Tea Lemonade Pops

Yield: Makes 6 pops

– 6 tea bags

– Sweeten to taste*

– 1½ cups of Simply Lemonade®

Using your Capresso Iced Tea Maker, add the tea bags to the brew basket and close the lid. Turn on the machine and let the tea brew. After the tea is finished brewing, add ice and stir.

Mix lemonade and 1½ cups of iced tea together. Divide the mixture between popsicle molds and freeze until solid. Enjoy!

For more recipes, and to find out more about Capresso products, visit Capresso.com.

*Taste the lemonade-tea mixture and add more sugar as needed. Freezing may dilute sweetness.

Green Tea Sangria

This refreshing iced tea cocktail will brighten up any table this weekend. Cool off and refresh with Capresso with a twist on a summer classic, Green Tea Sangria.

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1 serving

-1 ½ cups of chilled white wine (approximately half a bottle)

-6 green tea bags

-1 sliced green apple

-1 sliced orange

-1 sliced lime

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Using your Capresso Iced Tea Maker, pour the chilled wine into the pitcher and add sliced fruit.

Next, add the tea bags to the brew basket and close the lid. Turn on the machine and let the tea brew down onto the chilled wine and fruit.

After the tea is finished brewing, add ice and stir. Garnish serving glass with more fruit slices and enjoy!

For more recipes, and to find out more about Capresso products, visit Capresso.com.

Fresh Peach Iced Tea

Peaches add a refreshing, summery taste to this iced tea recipe, using the new Capresso Iced Tea Maker.

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Fresh Peach Iced Tea

– 3 peaches, peeled and sliced

– ¼ cup sugar or sweetener, if desired

– 6 black tea bags*

Add sliced peaches and sugar to the pitcher and lightly muddle with a wooden spoon to release the juices. Fill pitcher with ice to the ice level marking and place pitcher with lid onto the machine. Add tea bags to the brew basket and close lid. Turn on machine and let brew. After brewing, pour tea into ice-filled glasses and garnish with peach wedges.

*Can also be used with loose tea.

For more recipes, visit http://www.Capresso.com.

 

Blackberry Hibiscus Iced Tea

Showcase fresh summer blackberries in our sweet and refreshing Blackberry Hibiscus Iced Tea recipe.

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Blackberry Hibiscus Iced Tea

–       1 cup fresh blackberries

–       ¼ cup sugar or sweetener, if desired

–       6 hibiscus tea bags

–       ice

Add blackberries to the pitcher, plus the sweetener if desired. Fill pitcher with ice to the ice level marking and place the pitcher with lid onto the machine. Fill removable water tank to the fill line. Place the tea bags into the brew basket and close lid. Turn on machine and let brew. After brewing, pour tea into ice-filled glasses. Enjoy!