Make a Barista-Style Chai Latte at Home

Friday, 15 May, 2020

If you’re a chai lover and desperate for a real café style chai that you can make easily at home, we’ve got just the thing for you…

Making a café style chai latte at home is as easy as 1,2,3…

Step 1

Choose an authentic chai latte powder – one that’s made with real Indian spices and black tea – to ensure that your homemade chai latte will be as flavourful as the one you love from the café.

We recommend the red espresso® premium chai latte powders that are available in two delightful flavours: spiced chai and vanilla chai latte. These latte powders follow the traditional masala chai recipe so they give you the true chai latte experience in terms of taste and aroma. They don’t contain any of the nasties (the artificial ingredients) that some chai powders can have. Plus they’re vegan friendly too because they don’t contain any dairy ingredients (most chai powders do contain dairy)

Step 2

Add a 25g scoop of your chai latte powder to a 240ml glass and mix well with hot milk of your choice

Step 3

Once thoroughly mixed, top up with steamed milk or milk alternative.

You can try making foamed milk using a French Press - Heat your milk on the stove or in the microwave and then pour it into your French Press. Plunge the lid up and down for about 30 – 60 seconds

Using a milk frother – Heat your milk and try a handheld milk frother which acts like a small electric whisk for frothing

Using your home espresso machine - Heat one cup of milk in a jug using the steam wand. When you add this steamed milk to your chai latte glass, hold some of the frothiest milk back in the jug with a spoon so you can add it to the top of the glass.

You can buy red espresso® chai latte powders online.

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How to Brew the Best Rooibos at Home

Friday, 1 May, 2020

Last week we shared the incredible immune-boosting properties of red espresso®’s rooibos tea and discovered just how good a red cappuccino® really is for you, way beyond simply helping you avoid caffeine.

And given the positive response we got, we thought you’d be keen to learn just how quick and easy it is to brew at home, using your preferred coffee appliance. Who knew rooibos could be so versatile? Flipping amazing.

Rooibos Home Brewing Guide

Rich, full-bodied rooibos strength and flavour

Keen to brew your own red cappuccino® at home but not quite sure how to do that? It’s super easy with red espresso®’s signature ground rooibos tea that has been specially ground for use in most coffee appliances. 

Make it on your home espresso machine

  1. Fill the double basket with 12g (two table spoons) of red espresso® rooibos
  2. Make a 60ml/2oz shot
  3. Enjoy as an espresso with honey or lemon
  4. Or add foamed milk for a red cappuccino® with a drizzle of honey and a dusting of cinnamon

Not for use in semi-automatic machines or bean-to-cup machines

Make it on your AeroPress 

The AeroPress makes a smooth, rich tasting rooibos quickly and conveniently - no mess, no fuss. The AeroPress is simple, lightweight, durable and portable, making it the ideal appliance for when you are on the go, camping or backpacking. 

  1. Scoop 14g red espresso® rooibos
  2. Fill with hot water
  3. Stir gently
  4. Allow to brew for 1 minute

Make it on your French Press

One of the most popular ways to brew red espresso® ground rooibos quickly and easily at home is using a French Press; just like you would coffee.

  1. Use 12g (two table spoons) of red espresso® rooibos per cup
  2. Top with just-boiled water
  3. Stir gently and allow to brew for 2 – 3 minutes
  4. To adjust the strength add more ground rooibos

Make it on your Stovetop Moka Pot

  1. Fill the filter basket evenly leaving enough space for red espresso® rooibos to expand
  2. Place on a medium heat and allow to percolate

Make it on your Nespresso machine

red espresso® rooibos capsules are compatible with all Nespresso machines except the VertuoLine.

  1. Run a shot of water through your machine before use to rinse out any residual coffee flavours
  2. Insert 1 capsule into your Nespresso machine
  3. Express!
  4. Run a shot of water through your machine after use to rinse out any residual flavours

red espresso’s signature ground rooibos is available in a 250g and 1kg bag. Their Nespresso compatible capsules are available in 5 sugar-free flavours including chai and vanilla. Buy direct from www.redespresso.co.za 

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Brewing Coffee at Home: A COVID-19 Series - The MoccaMaster

Friday, 1 May, 2020

This week we bring you a really cool brewing device called the MoccaMaster, by Technivorm. It is perfect for making filter coffee at home or the office and it will also brew delicious batch brews for your cafe.  Technivorm have been making MoccaMasters and grinders solely for 50 years! These units are loved all over the world and they also carry a 5 year ( yes, five year!) warranty.  

Check out Mel's method and brewing recipe here - it's really so simple: all you really need is coffee, good water and a MoccaMaster for delicious results. But if you want to get coffee geeky on us, these are the things we used in this video and where you can get them:

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How to make a caramel vanilla frappe at home in less than 2 minutes!

Friday, 24 April, 2020

Find out how you win the ingredients used in this recipe (and more!) below

While we're all stuck at home during Lockdown, we thought we would share some fun, easy to make beverage recipes that you can prepare at home. In this video, Dale Parker from Da Vinci Gourmet, shows us in less than two minutes how to make a delicious caramel vanilla frappe.

The drink is called a Caramel Vanilla Frappe:
Da Vinci Caramel Sauce x 30ml
Da Vinci Vanilla Syrup x 10ml
Da Vinci frappe powder x 30g
Instant coffee x 2 tsp
Milk x 100ml
Ice x 1 cup

You can get all of the above ingredients from www.davincigourmet.co.za who will deliver to your home, even during lockdown!  Place your orders at the link above. 

WIN with DaVinci Gourmet:

Like this page and tag two people in the comments who you'd love to share these delicious products with. Don't forget to use the hashtags: #DVGHomeEdition      #FlavourGeniusAcademy 

2 DaVinci Gourmet prize hampers valued at R1500 each. 

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Tips on boosting your immune system: Rooibos

Friday, 24 April, 2020

Red cappuccino. So good. And good for you too!

Nutrition and boosting your immune system are top of mind for everyone at the moment in an effort to stay as healthy as possible against COVID-19. And beverages can be a great way to help you do this by getting some extra antioxidants into your diet. Until further studies have been done, we don’t know whether nutrition plays a role in helping people to prevent or recover from COVID-19. But we do know that good nutrition has so many benefits for your body including better immune functioning which may help to prevent you from getting colds and flu (amongst other things), and helping the body to heal from any trauma. So making the choice to focus on better nutrition at this time seems like a good idea.

We’ve been asked if our rooibos tea can help to boost the immune system and just how much is the right amount to drink every day. So we thought we would share our advice here with you too:

What the science says

Rooibos tea contains a unique powerful antioxidant called Aspalathin. Antioxidants fight free radicals in the body that are natural by-products of oxidation and which weaken the body’s natural defences. This can lead to premature ageing, the decline of the immune system and the onset of diseases such as heart disease; all of which are exacerbated by stress, smoking, poor diet and pollution. 

Antioxidants are measured in ORAC’s (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity) and their ORAC value is a single number that reflects a food’s ability to reduce free radicals in the body. A 60ml double shot of red espresso® rooibos meets a significant part of the ideal ORAC requirement for your day – with 4720 protective ORACS per 60ml double shot. 

An antioxidant powerhouse

As researched by the Antioxidant Research Unit at INFRUITEC, one 60ml shot of red espresso® rooibos has the same amount of antioxidants as 5 cups of green tea, 1 cup of blueberries, 6 cups of beetroot juice or 20 cups of carrot juice. It also has 10 X more antioxidants than traditionally brewed rooibos tea (per ORAC measurements) due to its patented grind and espresso method of preparation which means the health benefits of rooibos are concentrated tenfold in a 60ml shot.

The miracle tea?

In addition to being filled to the brim with immune-boosting antioxidants, there are many more reasons to be drinking rooibos. And when added to steamed milk for a red cappuccino®, you are doing so much more for your body than simply reducing your caffeine intake. 

Here’s a list of 10 super health benefits we bet you didn’t know you were getting when you drink a red cappuccino®:

  1. It has a soothing effect on the central nervous system and is highly recommended for people suffering from irritability, headaches, disturbed sleep patterns, insomnia, nervous tension, mild depression or hypertension. 
  2. It boosts the immune system and may help to fight infection
  3. It is age defying
  4. It has anti-carcinogenic properties (red espresso® rooibos has been endorsed as a CANSA Smart Choice product since 2015)
  5. It has anti-spasmodic properties and can be used to relieve stomach cramps. It also aids digestion and relieves heartburn, ulcers and constipation
  6. It contains zinc and alpha hydroxy acid which helps to promote a healthy skin
  7. It has anti-allergenic properties that reduce the effects of allergies such as hay fever and eczema. 
  8. It is believed to help the respiratory system and reduce the effects of asthma
  9. It has a low tannin content, so is not bitter-tasting like other teas. This also means that absorption of iron and proteins into the body is less affected, making it particularly good for pregnant women and people who are anaemic
  10. It contains no oxalic acid (a toxic acid found in certain plants) and is therefore a good choice for those prone to kidney stones

Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free and suitable for the whole family to enjoy, including children, pregnant and breastfeeding moms and the elderly. Buy online direct from red espresso®

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Coffee Processing Basics: Washed

Tuesday, 4 February, 2020

So what does it mean when you see 'Washed' coffee on a bag of beans you purchase? A basic run through for aspiring coffee geeks!

Washed is the process of removing the fruity outer layer of the coffee cherry to leave the seeds that will become what we know as coffee beans.

Crazy right?! We always strive to keep coffee consumers informed and inspired by just how much effort goes in to their daily cup of coffee and this processing method at farm level is used worldwide. 

Ripe cherries are picked from coffee trees during harvest season. A lot of small-holder farmers tend to belong to co-operatives, which means a central Washing Station is utilised to process the cherries. A washing station requires machinery, space, water supply and other infrastructure. Estate farms will have their own dedicated processing station.

Cherries picked are weighed so each picker/small holder can be remunerated. Then they are loaded into the shoot ready to go through the depulper.

They are first put in a tank of water for cleaning and density sorting. Ripe fruit sinks to the bottom and unripe, over-ripe and foreign matter floats to the top and is removed. The ripe fruit is then routed through a depulping machine.

A coffee depulper is a large machine that strips the fleshy fruit from the seeds, by squishing them against each other and pinching the beans out of the cherry leaving them sheathed in the mucilage - a sugary, sticky layer of goo.

The seeds are then soaked in fermentation tanks and pushed through channels as seen below to remove this mucilage from the parchment that holds the seeds together.

The washed seeds are then laid out to dry in the sun. This can be on raised drying beds, as seen below in Ethiopia, or on concrete patios. 

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Brewing Coffee at Home: A COVID-19 Series - The Clever Dripper

Friday, 27 March, 2020

Welcome to the Lockdown!  Hopefully you have stocked up with enough delicious coffee from your local roastery and are ready to have some fun learning new brew methods and ways to extract your favourite coffee! Try out The Clever Dripper, it is so nifty!

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Brewing Coffee at Home: A COVID-19 series - The Moka Pot

Thursday, 19 March, 2020

What a time to be alive!

We can't stress enough that you should continue to safely support your local coffee spots, but social distancing is necessary so you will likely be brewing more coffee at home. Have you used your moka pot recently? This is my (editor, Mel Winter) go-to method for home coffee. Consistency, ritual and history, all ingredients for a delicious home brew!

We'll be sharing videos from us and from coffee professionals around the country and world. Have fun and take care out there.

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