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Grillin' with Coffee!

Perk up your poultry! Wake up your steak! Coffee can be a great addition to many recipes. As a dry rub, marinade, or brine, coffee can play a big part in summertime entertaining—especially when it comes to grilling.

In addition to being a “get me going in the morning” necessity, coffee can enhance the flavor of meats and many chefs use it year-round to take tried and true recipes to the next level.

Summertime is the perfect time to incorporate coffee and coffee blends into your cooking. Not only does coffee enhance the flavor of your meat by offering a subtle flavor, it also helps caramelize the outside creating great color and texture.

Pre-packaged rubs are available at many gourmet stores nationwide, but why not try experimenting to create your own using your favorite ingredients? Any freshly ground coffee beans will work just fine, many recommend a dark roast for the biggest coffee flavor, and strong meats and a lighter roast if you're looking for something a little more subtle.

For chicken, try adding ground coffee to lemon peel, orange peel, kosher salt, and dried basil. For ribs or beef, how about some ground espresso or French roast coffee with chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, coriander, cumin, kosher salt and pepper.

Unlike store-bought, pre-packaged rubs, you’ll have to experiment to come up with a blend that appeals to your own individual palate. But…soon you’ll be cooking like a pro!

Click here to get the recipe for Bobby Flay’s Coffee Rubbed Rib-Eye courtesy of The Food


Celebrating National Iced Tea Month in June!

It was a scorching hot summer day at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis and festival attendees were uninterested in the hot tea that Richard Blechynden was serving. Attempting to salvage the day, he poured his brewed tea over ice, and the quintessential English tradition of “taking tea” was forever changed. Crediting the “invention” of iced tea to Richard Blechynden is the subject of great debate, but all might agree that his efforts helped to popularize this most refreshing and delicious elixir.

It's cool, refreshing, good for you, and so popular that an entire month has been set aside to celebrate…Summer is here and so is National Iced Tea Month. “June’s National Iced Tea Month is a good time to drink up the many benefits of tea," says Joe Simrany, President of the Tea Council of the USA. “It’s tasty, refreshing, has zero calories and is chock full of health benefits, so it’s a terrific beverage choice. With a multitude of research suggesting that the substances in tea may help the body maintain healthy cells and tissues, contribute to heart health and keep your weight in check, why would anyone choose to drink anything else?”

According to the Tea Association of the USA, approximately 85% of tea consumed in America is iced and over the last ten years, Ready-To-Drink Tea (RTD) has grown more than 15 fold. In 2012, Ready-To-Drink sales were conservatively estimated at $4.8 billion and this trend continues in 2013.

In the southern US they make sweet tea, in Thailand it is called cha yen, and in Austria the refreshing drink is called “ice” tea, rather than “iced” tea. No matter what you call it, iced tea is a satisfying and refreshing beverage enjoyed the world over.

When you home brew your iced tea you can customize it to your particular preference—some like it sweet, others unsweetened, some prefer fruit infusions like blood oranges or summer peaches, others prefer just a simple lemon wedge or sprig of mint as a garnish. If you don’t homebrew, RTD (ready to drink) teas are a convenient and delicious way to enjoy iced tea. A trip to the convenience store or local supermarket will reveal dozens of brands—each offering something to appeal to the varying tastes of today’s iced tea drinking consumer.

Iced tea fun facts:

  • The oldest known recipe for sweet ice tea was published in 1879 in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree. This recipe calls for green tea. In fact, most sweet tea consumed during this time period was green tea. However, during World War II, the major sources of green tea were cut off from the United States, leaving consumers with tea almost exclusively from British-controlled India.
  • Today, if you ask for an “Arnold Palmer” you will be served a mix of iced tea and lemonade. It is named after its creator, golf legend, Arnold Palmer.
  • “Texas tea” in the Beverly Hillbilly’s theme song refers to oil--nothing to do with tea at all.
  • In 2003 Georgia state representative John Noel tried to pass a house bill making it mandatory for all restaurants to serve sweet tea. Mr. Noel insists it was an April Fools' Day joke but admits he wouldn’t mind if it became law.
  • The famous “long island iced tea” drink doesn’t contain any tea.

It has been more than 100 years since Blechynden’s cool idea and iced tea remains one of the America’s most beloved beverages.


Just Coffee Art

The Coffee Artists™ are Angel Sarkela-Saur and Andrew Saur, and they have been painting with coffee for over a decade which they call Coffee Art®. Together, they developed a process and technique of painting with coffee. People have been using coffee as washes for sketches and other shading for some time, but this revolutionary process used to gain very dark hues is groundbreaking. The Coffee Artists™ take pride in their creations. They concentrate on creating fine art and the communication of their works using this new medium.

As a creative team, they have reinvented coffee as a painting medium – it’s not just an added gimmick, but rather a full-fledged commitment to a complete exploration of the medium’s potential. Coffee Art® has grown into a comprehensive and professional studio practice shaped by their combined talents. Along the way, Coffee Art® has garnered critical and popular acclaim, generating interest from a wide range of sources, and generating international invitations to show and discuss their work.

Their Coffee Art® has received global attention and has attracted a strong following. The Coffee Artists™ have been featured in multiple news stories, documentaries and have been profiled on the Food Network’s “Unwrapped.” In addition to their media exposure, the Coffee Artists™ have exhibited work most recently in Milan and Athens, across the United States, Europe and the United States Embassy in Malawi, Africa.

Along with creating their Coffee Art® paintings, they have produced animations of their paintings. On the animations page of this site, their Coffee Art® paintings come to life in short film format.

The Coffee Artists™ invite you to peruse their online gallery for a more complete understanding of their works and to learn more about them.

So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy their website located at:

There are many items on display at  Prices vary. Definitely worth a visit to the website to view the gallery of work by these talented artists.


Professional Tea Blending Class - Montreal This Fall
Special Offer for Newsletter Readers!

As world pioneers in Certified Tea Blending trainings, the International Tea Education Institute (ITEI) invites you to join them and take part in one of the Tea Industry’s most professional tea blending programs. Their “classes are designed specifically to address the ever growing blended and aromatized tea category and to help your future tea career or existing businesses acquire all the necessary foundational knowledge”. Utilizing decades of tea and tea blending industry experience and functional expertise, International Tea Education Institute goes beyond the norm to develop new insights, drive results, and help your future tea career and or grow your tea business.

Master Tea Blender Brigitte Horrenberger, from Bordeaux France with over 30 years of experience in tea & tea blending, and Wolfgang Boehmer, Ing.,  well-known flavor chemist from the USA, will be leading a highly professional Certified Tea Blending Training  Level 1 at the Maison Christian Faure, one of North America's Top Pastry Schools nestled at Place Royale in historic Old Montreal.

Students will be dazzled by the beautiful surroundings, the enchanting teas, spices, flowers, aromas and fragrances for studying the art and Science of tea Blending during 3 days starting September 26, 2014 from 9-5 PM and will learn the professional techniques for both traditional tea blends as well as signature "Mélanges".

ITEI Certified Tea Blending Training Level 1 is composed of two parts. The first part of the training, a 3-Day Comprehensive class starts on Friday September 26, 2014, held on-site at the fabulous Pastry School, Maison Christian Faure in Old Montreal. Québec.  During the 3 days, students will dive into the wonderful Tea Blending mysteries with leading industry experts; they will be working in a lab environment with various tea blends and formulations.

During this interactive and dynamic class students will be guided and supervised to ensure proper tea blending techniques usage. They will be exploring the many facets of the art and the science of tea blending.  On day 3, students leave empowered with the special experiences and the Tea Blending expertise gained along with an ITEI Certified Tea Blending Level 1 Training Part 1 Completion Form.

Part 2 of the Certified Tea Blending Training Level 1 involves distant learning, tea blending experiments and essays during 8-Weeks starting a week after completing Part 1. Online group teleconference sessions are made available to share experiences and get the trainers feedback and guidance. Graduates successfullycompleting the training will be awarded a Certificate of Completion ofLevel 1 and an ITEI Certified Tea Blender Lapel Pin for their accomplishment.

2014 Tuition fees:  $3,250.00 USD for members and $3,450.00 for non members.

For additional information, contact Sylvana. P. Levesque, ITEI Executive Director, at (514) 246-3232
or write to: or visit


VivaJava: The Coffee Game

VivaJava: The Coffee Game is all about finding that perfect blend of beans to create the next best-seller in the coffee houses and kitchens of the world. Players will travel to exotic coffee-producing nations around the world to collect beans and gain fame and fortune.  But, in order to be successful, players will actually have to work together. Mostly.

In the game, players send their researchers to hot spots around the globe to gather the perfect bean. This may bring them into contact with other players who are also on the hunt, creating a crucial choice: Go it alone and continue to research, or join forces with that opponent, hoping to combine beans from both player’s bags and share the score with a superblend. Going it alone with research can often prove useful as players spend time in the lab developing abilities that grant them an advantage. However, in VivaJava the bold taste of victory will go only to those players who are able to balance solitary research with cooperation amongst their fellow gamers.

The rich depth of varying strategies and social play will satisfy most players’ thirst for unique gameplay, but VivaJava has even more brewing. This flexible game can accommodate up to 8 players, and through smooth simultaneous actions, play is quick and constant with little downtime.  $55 at


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