You’ll be surprised how smooth your coffee can be.
So, you’re feeling the heat? I’ve got a nice cold Cold Brew waiting in the fridge for me! If you want to try it, all you need to do is drop 40 grams of ground coffee into large glass, top it off with cold water, stir and then place some cling wrap over the glass. Pop it in the fridge overnight and enjoy your homemade Cold Brew.
You’ll be surprised how smooth your coffee can be.
I have to admit, I am a tech head and I've been following Elon for a long time - around the time he was part of the sale of PayPal to Ebay in 2002 after founding it as x.com in 1999. He was reported to have earned $165m from the $1.5b sale.
So, of course when he launched the Cybertruck, like the nerd I am, I was glued to my device watching the livestream - this ute is completely different to what I expected, but actually, exactly as I expected.
Have you ever ordered a coffee with the words "I'll have a Magic, thanks"?
If you have, you're more than likely from Melbourne, or visited Melbourne, or a just an absolute coffee lover, because this coffee born in Australia and affectionately named the 'Magic' won't appear on any menu board, and is more of a secret menu item!
Magic is a double shot ristretto, so just the first half and sweetest part of the espresso combined with flat white milk, served in a 5 ounce cup filled to 3/4 full. When you compare that to a Flat White which is made from a double shot of and a bit more milk, and a cappuccino which is made from a single shot, also with a bit more milk, the Magic kind of sits in the middle of these two, with the strength of a flat white, but with extra sweetness. Its usually served in a smaller cup and the milk temperature is a little cooler than standard to assist with enjoying coffee on the go.
Try it, let me know what you think of the Magic! If your barista gives you a blank stare, be confident and declare, a double shot ristretto with 130ml of milk (combined with the 30ml of espresso, you'll end up with a 160ml drink, so the cup wont be full to the brim in a standard 180ml cup, intentionally).
I know how it feels - you've got a great coffee machine at your office. but your staff still seem to find themselves wandering downstairs to the cafe instead of using the office coffee machine - why?
The solution is simple - pre-packaged coffee from your stationery supplier, or supermarket just doesn't have the flavour or intensity to make a great cafe quality coffee at work - for that, you need fresh roasted coffee beans.
The great news is that you don't need to spend more to get more - Bay Beans fresh roasted coffee beans cost the same or less than most supermarket coffee beans and your coffee beans are roasted fresh and delivered free to your office! You know your in great company with Bay Beans being enjoyed by many of the best cafes and workplaces in Australia and we've been doing it since 2006! Our coffee beans are delivered to engineering companies, accountants, recruiters, real estates, cafes, financial planners, manufacturing and a good number of small businesses too.
The most popular coffee in an office environment is Espresso Master and Forte - they are both bold coffee's with enough kick to have your staff feeling like they are enjoying cafe quality coffee at work and they'll thank you for it!
I recall over ten years ago, my first discussion with Martin Buggy, the co.-founder of Bondi Chai - an Australian company dedicated to producing high quality chai latte for both the local and international market. His passion and dedication was testament to the quality chai product he produced, and the reason we partnered with Bondi Chai almost immediately.
Ten years on, Chai latte is becoming one of the most popular non-coffee drinks in Australian cafés! With Australian's being one of the most mature and loyal customers when it comes to cafe culture, it is no surprise it is the quality, taste and Australian branding of Bondi Chai that has us standing proud.
A 2018 report from 'Square' places the average cost of chai latte at $4.57 for a regular - thats 38c cents higher than the next most expensive drink being hot chocolate. I don't know about you, but when I'm paying almost $5 for my chai, I want it to taste just as good as I expect and to have that fabulous mouthfeel from a deliciously smooth and creamy chai latte.
While some café owners are falling prey to the confusion surrounding chai latte and many of the syrups
and premixes available, most appreciate the quality and recognition of a premium product. Few café owners have the time or resources to make an authentic Indian chai masala - it can take half an hour to make an ‘authentic’ chai masala (what we call chai latte) by steeping tea leaves and raw spices.
The best hope café owners have is to use a pre-mix that retains as much of that authenticity as possible while being mindful of the resources required, however, customer feedback, the barista's input and the cafe owners knowledge should all be considered. Australian consumers especially can very quickly determine when the chai latte they’ve ordered is premium quality chai mix or a syrup based drink.
Most chai drinkers would say syrups are the furthest from the mark, complaining that they’re too sickly-sweet and have a taste reminiscent of artificial flavours. By considering what your chai is made from, whether it uses natural ingredients, how its prepared by the barista and how it ultimately tastes, you will both benefit your cafe's reputation and respect your customers loyalty.
We’re never surprised when café owners who use syrup based products tell us that ‘chai doesn’t sell!’ We fell in love with chai latte years ago because, luckily, our first experience was with a good quality product – but too often we hear from people who are disappointed with bad chai latte and desperate to know how they can find a solution for their customers - it's easier than you'd think!
Chai Latte is a deliciously smooth beverage that is as comforting as a hot milo by the fireplace on a cold winters night! I'm not sure if its the familiar texture of the creamy milk, or the staring role of cinnamon in the company of cardamom and star anise, but whatever it is, Chai Latte is delicious!
Making a Chai Latte at home is so simple too - its the same process as making a hot milo or hot chocolate. Drop a couple of teaspoons into a milk jug (or cup), add a small amount of hot water to dissolve the chai then top it off with milk and steam it as you would regular milk for coffee. If you don't have an espresso machine steam wand, your microwave is your friend.
You might be surprised to know, that even though the word Latte is used to describe the popular coffee, there is no coffee in a chai latte. the ingredients are: Cinnamon, Cardamon, Star Anise, Tea Extract, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil, Sodium Caseinate from Milk, Emulsifier (471), Stabiliser (340), Anti-Caking Agent (551), Beta Carotene, Dextrose, Milk Solids and Caramel Colour.
Bulletproof coffee is a drink you can make yourself at home with some simple ingredients. Let me start by saying I am not a fan of Bulletproof coffee, but I don't need to be - its a personal choice.
The recipe for Bulletproof coffee is pretty simple;
There are a number of claims that have been made about bulletproof coffee, with my approach being 'everything in moderation' is a good mantra when it comes to new products and ideas like this.
Bulletproof coffee borrows ideas from the ketogenic diet or a low carbohydrate diet that can assist a person with diabetes to reduce the risk of heart attack, loose or control weight, lower blood sugar levels and reduce hunger. You should balance these ideas with the increase in saturated fats that comes from both the butter and MCT oil. It's important to be aware that two tablespoons of butter (40 grams) contains 14 grams of saturated fats - the recommended limit of saturated fats is 14 grams. The recipe above contains 30 grams of butter, or 10.5 grams of saturated fats.
The core idea behind Bulletproof coffee is to replace your breakfast with this coffee. While the recipe may satisfy your hunger, it does not deliver the nutrients you may need. A balanced diet contains protein, fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates, so don't forget those when planning your diet if that is important to you.
I received a great question about low acid coffee and I realised it's not something a lot off coffee houses really understand. There is some confusion around acidity as a flavour description, which is used so often to describe the qualities of a coffee compared to acid as a PH number.
It is important to note that the PH scale is backwards to a common way of thinking; a number of zero, or one on the PH scale is referring to something that is very Acid, whereas a number like 13 or 14 is Alkaline such as hand soap or bleach. Right in the middle, also known as PH Neutral (7) are things like pure water, milk and eggs. Most coffee is around 6, just a little more acid than milk or pure water, so low acid coffees will raise the number slightly to become neutral at 7. Apple Juice is a number 3 and tomato juice is a number 4.
While coffee is rich in Antioxidants, which are an acid in the form of chlorogenic acids, the question is, how can I enjoy a full flavoured coffee that is lower in acid? Bay Beans Decaf coffee is naturally lower in acid with a higher PH number due to the all natural mountain water processing I use, rather than a chemical process that is more common. Another cother coffee that is naturally low in acid is Forte, mostly due to the soil of the regions it is grown - the soils have a naturally higher PH and that is carried over into the coffee bean resulting in a low acid coffee. Importantly, Ariabica coffee beans are lower in acid compared to Robusta beans. Another way to lower the acid of any coffee is in the roasting process - very dark roasted coffee, while being less acidic in flavour, will have a higher acid number generally - the acid responsible here is quinic acid, so a lighter roasted coffee will have a lower acid level.
One last way to lower the acid level (or the PH Balance) of your coffee lies in the brewing process, and its also the most fun! It's interesting to know that cold brewed coffee will naturally reduce the acid of your coffee and you don't need to invest in any more hardware to start cold brewing at home, if not to lower the PH, but to enjoy a new process! Simply drop 80 grams of coarsely ground coffee beans into a pitcher and fill it with water, cover it and pop it in the fridge overnight. The resulting beverage will be delicious on a warm day, and its low in acid too.
Vittoria and Lavazza are going to meet in the Australian Federal Court, and it all started in Italy!
Coffee companies Vittoria and Lavazza are scheduled to meet in the Australian Federal court in an attempt to resolve a dispute relating to the Italian word 'Oro'.
Oro, not an American cookie, a delicious cream filled cookie that comes with twice the amount of cookie of our Australian Tim Tam (yes, I am easily distracted!) is the Italian word for 'gold'. The word was originally secured by Cantarella, the distributor of Vittoria in the late 1990's who trademarked the word at their own expense.
Lavazza is an Italian coffee brand while Vittoria is an Australian coffee brand. Vitoria says Lavazza should stop using the term 'Oro' on their packaging.
This isnt the first time common words have been the point of argument and legal costs between coffee companies - the same company that sells Vittoria, Cantarella, were challenged by Modena (the company behind Molinari Coffee), who claimed they have a monopoly on the word 'Oro' (gold), as well as 'Cinque Stelle' (five stars). this resulted in Vittoria (Cantarella) being stripped of the trademarks, but as the system can be challenged in the High Court, it was subsequently reinstated.
Are you confused?
So, what iss the reason behind all this? Yes - it is about money, profits, market share and brand. Sydney based company Cantarella is suing Lavazza for damages and this relates to sales as far back as 2016! Cantarella (Vittoria) claims that Lavazza's profits from it 'Oro' coffee have been lost to them and that their trademark's reputation has been damaged - good luck in determining the value of that!
I think all this can be solved by sitting down at a nice cafe and enjoying a flat white together (and long blacks for the lawyers, of course).
A lot of love and personal dedication goes into every single bag of Bay Beans coffee. This one is a variety pack, perfect for gift giving or to treat yourself. It has Forte, Espresso Master, Super Crema and Mocha Prince. My personal favorite is Super Crema, but have fun deciding if you haven't already@
Your coffee beans are expertly roasted in our 70 kilo Dietrich roaster - its computer controlled ensuring our roasted beans are repeatable and reliable in flavour profile.