Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Blended Green Goblin Recipe

 

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Blended Green Goblin Recipe

Ingredients:

  • DaVinci Gourmet Green Apple Fruit Smoothie Mix – JT02649
  • Big Train Kidz Kreamz Orange Creme frappe mix – BT.200800
  • 12 fl oz Ice
  • 5 fl oz Water (for Big Train mixing instructions only)

Mixing Instructions:

  • Fill a 8 fl oz cup of ice and pour DaVinci Gourmet  Green Apple Smoothie Mix over ice to the top.  Pour into a blender pitcher (per packaging instructions) and blend until smooth.
  • Pour 5 fl oz of chilled water in separate blender pitcher.  Add 2 scoops of Kidz Kreamz Orange Creme powdered frappe mix product.  Finally, add 12 oz cup of ice into blender and blend until smooth.
  • Layer the serving cup starting with the Orange Creme and then transitioning to the Green Apple.  Continue doing this until filled to the top.
    • Note: notice that pouring height and speed will affect how far down the colors blend versus sitting on top of each other.

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The combination of apple and orange are wonderful, are there other combinations that you have tried? Combining a blended lemonade and berry flavor are an absolute delight as well.

For more information on Big Train Products go here: http://www.bigtrain.com or call us at 800 BIG TRAIN (800) 244-8724. For more information on DaVinciGourmet products go here: http://www.davincigourmet.com.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Fruity Fit Frappe Protein Smoothie Recipe

Fruity Fit Frappe Protein Smoothie Recipe

 

You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make this amazing protein smoothie drink!

The recipe:

  • Fruity Fit Frappe
  • 2 scoops Big Train Fit Frappe Vanilla
  • 6 oz water
  • 12 oz ice
  • Blend all ingredients together
  • Pour half of product from the blend and into a serving cup
  • Add 2 oz frozen berries (we suggest black, blue, and/or raspberries) to blender
  • Re-blend together and pour on top as a layer
  • Optional: top with 1 oz almond meal

Using blackberries and blueberries adds a wonderful depth of color and gives the drink a whole new direction both in appearance and in flavor. Adding the almond meal to the top gives the whole beverage a great crunchy texture on top that can be stirred in. Also you don’t have to worry about nut allergies in your blender, since the almonds never enter the pitcher. Almond meal is a type of grind size, think of it as a mix between chopped almonds and almond butter. The almonds are ground just enough to be chewy but aren’t sticky.

This becomes a great meal in a cup, perfectly suitable for drinking while driving – or something more active.

Play around with different berries and take the drink whole new places. Using the Big Train Fit Frappe Vanilla base leaves room for taking your taste buds on an exploration. No go enjoy this delicious and fruit Fit Frappe protein smoothie.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Cotton Candy Blended Frappe Recipe using Big Train Kidz Kreamz Mix

This is a re-post from Marissa Angelina of Sugar Noms! Marissa is a 12-year-old baker in Southern California.

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I love creamy coffee-free Frappes when I go to coffee shops, so I was really excited to make this blended drink! It is very creamy, sweet, colorful, and fun! I thought it would be perfect to serve at birthday parties, celebrations, or even just an after-school treat. I made the Cotton Candy flavored Frappe, but it also comes in Bubble Gum and Orange Cream. (Marissa Angelina, Chief Baker at SugarNoms.com)

Ask for Big Train Kidz Kreamz blended drinks at your favorite coffee shop, or you can purchase from various online stores. Flavors include Orange Cream, Bubblegum, and Marissa’s favorite, Cotton Candy. Moms and Dads love them too. Takes ya right back to childhood. Foodservice operators & Baristas go to http://www.BigTrain.com/kids for more information.

 

See Marissa’s Cotton Candy Frappe recipe video here:

Cotton Candy Blended Frappe Recipe

  • 1 Packet of Big Train Kidz Kreamz powder drink mix
  • 12 oz Ice
  • 5 oz Water or Milk
  • Whipped Cream (optional)
  • Decorations, sprinkles, etc. (optional)

Pour the water, ice, and Kidz Kreamz mix into a blender. So easy even a kid can make it. Blend for about a minute or so until creamy. Pour mixture into a cup or glass and decorate as desired.

For more information about Big Train, got to BigTrain.com. To try Kidz Kreamz frappe mixes for kids, ask your favorite barista. Foodservice operators to get samples ask your distributor or go to BigTrain.com/kids. To learn more about Marissa Angelina’s online baking show, go to SugarNoms.com.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

DIY Spiced Chai Frappe | How to Make Blended Chai Drinks at Home

 

DIY Spiced Chai Frappe | How to Make Blended Chai Drinks at Home
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Make the drink that has been savored for centuries in India and refresh your body and soul with the creamy blend of honey, vanilla, black tea and exotic spices.
Ingredients
  • 6 fl oz water or milk
  • 2 scoops Big Train Spiced Chai Tea Latte Mix
  • 1.5 cups ice
Instructions
  1. Add water or milk to blender
  2. Then add Big Train Spiced Chai Tea Latte Mix
  3. Add ice
  4. Blend until smooth

 

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DIY Blended Spiced Chai Frappe

Wondering how to make your own Spiced Chai Frappe at home? Do it yourself with Big Train’s Spiced Chai Tea Latte Mix!

Chai, meaning “tea” in many parts of the world, originated in ancient India. It is traditionally made with rich black tea, heavy milk, sweetener, and a combination of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and pepper. Not only does it have an irresistibly spicy flavor, but it’s also a natural digestive aid. Even better, Big Train’s Spiced Chai Tea Latte mix is gluten free, low fat, and uses no hydrogenated oils! If you love chai as a drink in chilly weather, then you’ll love it as a blended spiced chai frappe or simply poured over ice as a refreshing thirst quencher in warmer weather!

For the DIY enthusiast, you can easily make spiced chai frappes at home by simply adding milk or water and ice. Home baristas can purchase Big Train Spiced Chai Tea Latte Mix here. At just $6.50, it yields ten 8 fl oz servings.

Big Train has a great reputation for delicious chai mixes with coffeehouses and restaurants. Big Train also offers foodservice operators a bulk-size 3.5 lb Spiced Chai Tea Latte Mix here so that you’ll never run out! Just add milk or water and ice to this product and you’ll have a delicious iced chai frappe in seconds. We realize you can’t always get out to your favorite cafe, so Big Train also offers several retail chai products. For all chai latte mix flavor options go here.

If you love good-for-you, good-for-the-soul beverages, then you will love Big Train Spiced Chai Tea Latte mix! So DIY! Do it yourself and create a delicious chai frappe today.

For more information, go to www.bigtrain.com

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Coffee Fest Chicago 2013 | Big Train Wins Best New Product Award

Coffee Fest Chicago 2013 was a blast! Two weeks ago from June 8-10, baristas, roasters, business owners, and coffee lovers alike flocked to Navy Pier to learn about the newest, up-and-coming trends in the specialty coffee industry at Coffee Fest Chicago.  Coffee Fest has served the specialty coffee and gourmet tea industries since 1992 by joining relevant educational programs with an informative trade show floor.  Through the years, Coffee Fest has created a successful show that now sports over 300 booths—and this year Big Train was one of them!  We had the chance to see a lot of new products, coffee and tea-making techniques, and meet many wonderful, coffee-loving people!

Coffee Fest Trade Show

Coffee Fest Trade Show

Big Train is happy to now be a party of the Kerry family and was thrilled to be a part of their booth at this year’s Coffee Fest. Kerry was the very first booth as customers entered the trade show, so we got a bunch of traffic!  Big Train was a big hit at the Kerry booth; people had the chance to take home samples of the Blended Iced Coffee and Blended Iced Crème products.  People visited our booth multiple times in order to get as many samples as possible!  We blended up free samples of our Blended Ice Coffee Kona Mocha and Blended Ice Crème Caramel during set up and registration which brought a lot of attention to the booth both before and during the show. We also said hello to several of our current customers and welcomed new ones.

Big Train at Coffee Fest Chicago 2013

Big Train as part of the Kerry booth at Coffee Fest Chicago

Throughout the show, Big Train appeared as an industry leader in a lot of ways! One of our in-house baristas held a Blending Seminar where she taught people how to properly use Big Train products in the best, most efficient way possible.  This seminar definitely made us look like a frontrunner in the industry and we had people come up to the booth afterwards and tell us how helpful it was.

We also featured many of our products at our booth, including the new Caramel Blended Iced Frappe Crème mix as well as the new Kona Mocha Blended Iced Coffee mix.  Coffee Fest even chose to highlight Big Train’s Fit Frappes, Blended Cremes, and Real Fruit Smoothies as “special [and] outstanding products” throughout the show.  Big Train ALSO won third place in the New Product Showcase for our Fit Frappe Spiced Chai!

We noticed many new and interesting trends while visiting other booths at the show.  Many booths were advertising “organic” and “indulgent” oatmeal as a snack or meal to go along with coffee and tea.  Oatmeal has low levels of fat and calories and high levels of protein and fiber, so it’s easy to see why it’s so popular! Though it was a bit unique to see oatmeal at a coffee trade show, the delicious, good-for-you breakfast food is becoming a staple in many coffee shops.

Overall, Big Train had a very productive and positive experience at Coffee Fest! We gained many new customers and continued to make Big Train a leading brand in the coffee industry! Special thanks to Brittany Crouch, Theresa Pope, Jennifer William, Lani Peterson, Paul Bulthuis, Andy Solheim, Louise Kruse, and Wyatt Edenfield for making this all possible.

For more information about Coffee Fest, go to www.coffeefest.com

For more information about Big Train, visit our website at www.bigtrain.com or call 800-BIG TRAIN (244-8724)

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Maddie James Seaside Learning Center Grand Opening

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On Saturday, May 18, 2013 hundreds of participants in the A Mile for Maddie walk were present for the grand opening of the Seaside Learning Center located in Dana Point, California, just a few miles south of Big Train’s headquarters. The Center is built along the Dana Point waterfront, and boasts exciting new facilities that will introduce oceanography, environmental science and maritime history to locals and visitors alike, but especially K-12 students in honor of the beautiful Maddie James.

Thousands of walkers have participated in A Mile for Maddie over the past two years, raising a total of $160,000. This money has gone a long way towards helping The Maddie James Foundation to achieve its initial goal of raising $1 million, in order to secure the naming rights to the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center (at the Ocean Institute).

Big Train was honored to be a part of the grand opening of this amazing endeavor. We were onsite, serving up samples of our Fit Frappe™ protein drinks to the hundreds of participants. Our healthy and delicious beverage was a natural fit for the crowd in attendance, as it offers a low-calorie and high-protein drink that’s perfect before or after the 1.2-mile walk.

Check out the slideshow below for some images of our booth, the crowd as well as the children of one of our very own, meeting marine life artist and conservationist, Wyland. We’ve added in some videos of A Mile for Maddie and also the grand opening.

 

Grand Opening of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center
Serving Up Some Fit Frappe™
Serving Up Some Fit Frappe™

Offering some healthy and refreshing Fit Frappe beverages, with the help of our young assistant.

Crowd Gathers to Show Support
Crowd Gathers to Show Support

A large group of people came to show their support for Maddie and the Learning Center whose completion was due to The Maddie James Foundation.

Meeting the Artist, Wyland
Meeting the Artist, Wyland

A group of excited children met marine life artist and conservationist, Wyland.

Maddie James Seaside Learning Center 2013 Grand Opening

Maddie James Seaside Learning Center Grand Opening 2013….The dream becomes reality.
Be sure to come and visit the new center on the dock the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, Ca.

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Maddie James Foundation, A Mile for Maddie 2012

A Mile for Maddie 2012 Event Highlights with The Ocean Institute of Dana Point as host.
A very special heartfelt “Thank You” to all of our valued sponsors,contributors and volunteers. Video credits: Reflections Video Productions

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For more information about Maddie James Foundation go to http://maddiejamesfoundation.org/

For more information about Big Train go to BigTrain.com or call 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724).

 

Friday, 24 May 2013

DIY Pomegranate Blueberry Fruit Smoothie Recipe

DIY Pomegranate Blueberry Fruit Smoothie Recipe
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For a quick and easy, smooth and delicious Pomegranate Blueberry Fruit Smoothie, try this recipe!
Ingredients
  • 4 fl oz water
  • 4 fl oz Big Train Pomegranate Blueberry Fruit Smoothie Mix concentrate
  • 2 Cups ice
Instructions
  1. In a blender, add the water.
  2. Then add the Big Train Pomegranate Blueberry Fruit Smoothie mix.
  3. Add 2 cups of ice.
  4. Mix until smooth.

 

Pomegranate and blueberries

Pomegranate and blueberries are both high in antioxidants. These two superfruits combine to make a delicious flavor. Even McDonalds is offering this new flavor combination for their fruit smoothies. If you love fruit and blended ice drinks then you’ll love this Pomegranate Blueberry Fruit Smoothie Recipe. For the DIY enthusiast, you can do it yourself– make these smoothies quickly at home. Home baristas can purchase Big Train’s Pomegranate Blueberry Fruit Smoothie mix concentrate here. At just $11.00 per bottle, it yields 16 8 fl oz servings, or just less than 70 cents per serving.  Just add water and ice and blend!

Big Train also offers foodservice operators a simple to use pour-over-ice Superfruit smoothie mix here. This product has blueberries and pomegranate and also includes Acai. Just pour over ice and blend. Voila! For more information about Big Train’s foodservice real fruit smoothie products go here. Big Train also has one of the most generous Commercial Blender Programs in the industry.

So make your Pomegranate Blueberry smoothies in a snap with Big Train Real Fruit Smoothie mix products. Enjoy!

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Caramel Base Mix from Big Train (And Contest)

Caramel Base Mix from Big Train

Big Train Caramel Base Mix – A Sweeter Way to Build Your Menu!

Caramel was on the list in 2012 for the top flavor trends and traditionally Caramel based drinks are the #2 selling flavor – right behind Mocha. To help you create yummy caramel drinks and capitalize on these trends, Big Train is introducing Caramel Crème Blended Crème – the ultimate caramel base mix!

This sweet, buttery flavor of rich caramel can be made blended, iced, hot as-is, or used as a delicious base to help you build your menus! Baristas – add your own espresso to Caramel Crème to create amazing Caramel Lattes or serve coffee-free and delicious caramel frappes!

Caramel Crème Blended Crème

  • Can be made blended, iced or hot
  • Great as a base for many different beverages
  • Rich, sweet caramel flavor
  • Gluten-Free
  • No Hydro Oils
  • 5/3.5lb bags per case
  • Kosher Certified

Some Recipe Ideas Using Caramel Crème Base Mix

Caramel Cinnamon Latte

Ingredients

  • 7 fl oz hot water
  • A 43 cc scoop (3 tbsp) of Caramel Crème Blended Crème mix from Big Train
  • Dash of cinnamon

Instructions

  • Heat 7 fl oz of water and add a 43 cc scoop (3 tbsp) of Caramel Crème Blended Crème Mix.
  • Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.
  • For variations, serve over ice or blended with ice too.

Graham Cracker Caramel Frappe

Ingredients

  • 4 fl oz (118 mL) of milk
  • 2 scoops (7 tbsp. or 80 g) of Caramel Crème Blended Crème mix
  • 4-5 cubes of ice
  • Crushed graham crackers (to taste)
  • whipped cream (Optional)
  • Butterscotch syrup (Optional)

Instructions

  • Pour 4 fl oz (118 mL) of milk into blender
  • Add 2 scoops (7 tbsp. of 80 g) of Big Train Caramel Crème Blended Crème mix
  • Add 4-5 cubes of ice
  • Add crushed graham crackers pieces (to taste)
  • Blend until smooth
  • Top with whipped cream
  • Garnish with crushed graham cracker pieces & butterscotch syrup

How Sweet It Is Recipe Contest

(For foodservice operators only)

Big Train Caramel Crème Blended Crème is the perfect caramel base mix that allows you to serve a sweet and delicious drink. There are so many unique beverage possibilities when a barista begins with the creamy taste of caramel and we want to hear about them! Click Here and submit your best caramel drink recipe it in the “How Sweet It Is” Big Train recipe contest by February 28, 2013 and you could win! Five lucky winners will be chosen to receive 3 FREE cases of the product of their choice and their store will be featured in a Big Train blog post. One Grand Prize winner will receive a trip to 2013 Coffee Fest Chicago. See the Terms and Conditions.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Define The New You in 2013

How will You Define the New You in the New Year? Tell us your 2013 Health & Fitness Goals and Win.

In order to help our customers keep their healthy New Year’s resolutions and reach their fitness goals, we are promoting Fit Frappé as a healthy way to stay on track in 2013. We are encouraging consumers to “Define the New You in 2013” by going to our landing page and telling us how they plan to achieve their goals in the new year.

As part of this promotion Big Train is holding a contest for consumers. Go to BigTrain.com/DefineTheNewYou to view the video (or see the YouTube video below) then head over to the Define the New You Contest page and enter to win! Consumers can fill out their name, email and phone number to be entered into a drawing to win one of over 200 prizes:

  • 100 Fit Frappe Tumblers
  • 100 Fit Frappe protein drink shakers
  • Grand Prize: 10 Asics Fitness Packages

Promotion begins January 7th and ends January 31, 2013. Winners will be selected at random and will be notified after the promotional period ends. For giveaway details and terms and conditions go here.

About this Project.

The idea behind the “Define the New You in 2013” video was to showcase friends, customers and some of southern California’s brightest in the social media and health/fitness communities, asking them how they will be reaching their goals in 2013. In total, there were about 30 participants and their responses primarily focused on health/fitness and life improvement. The photo shoot itself was a blast, taking place near the train station in San Juan Capistrano, with a fantastic brunch at nearby restaurant, Sarducci’s.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Morning OJ Peach Smoothie Recipe

Try this OJ Peach smoothie recipe. Something fun, smooth and familiar for your morning. More than just a beverage, a delicious start for a warmer day and a compliment to your breakfast. You know, its also a great little snack as well. The DaVinci Gourmet Invigorator base has green coffee extract in it so you get a small boost of caffeine from it. So enjoy your morning, its going to be a good day.

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Morning OJ Peach Smoothie

Makes 16 fl oz beverage

Blend together till smooth, pour and enjoy.

Upgrade option: garnish with a slice of fresh peach or orange

So smooth and fruity we couldn’t snap a picture before it was half gone. Did you try it? Did you make any recipe changes?

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Cookie Covered Matcha Tea Recipe

Taking a very familiar dessert flavor and combining it with a less common flavor of Matcha. This is a fun twist for a whole new blended beverage experience.

Talking to Levi Andersen, the Beverage Product Specialist for Kerry (DaVinci Gourmet, Big Train, Oregon Chai brands), had this to say about the genesis of the beverage recipe:

“Lately I’ve been playing around with matcha tea, its a whole new ingredient to me. As I was playing with matcha I found that the deep and more bitter flavors of matcha go very well with sweeter beverages such as this Cookies n Creme base. Together they create a balance.”

025 Cookie Covered Matcha Tea Recipe BigTrain.com

Cookie Covered Matcha Tea

2 scoops (8 tbsp) Big Train Cookies ‘N Crème

1 tbsp matcha green tea

5 oz milk

12 oz ice

Blend

 

You can top it with crushed up cookies. Notice these cookies were smashed together with the creme filling still inside. Doing it this way helps the chunks to remain rather larger and clump together. If you don’t like the way that looks then remove the filling before crushing the cookies. You may even want to use crushed cookies (without the filling) and add in white sugar to achieve a great black and white balance.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Bubble Gum Milkshake Recipe

Big Train Bubble Gum Milkshake Drink

Bubble Gum Milkshake
4 oz milk
12 oz ice cream
2 scoops (80 g) Big Train Kidz Kreamz Bubble Gum
Spindle or blend together

This Bubble Gum Milkshake was a surprise to us. Amazing how it delivers on that nostalgic flavor! Levi Andersen, the in-house barista had this to say: “I was playing around with milkshakes recently and wanted to do something totally different that I had never done before. Spindling a powder into the milkshake base was wonderful!”

All of the Kidz Kreamz flavors work in this recipe. The Bubble Gum works with chunks of fruit or a little DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovations syrup as well. What bubble Gum combos have you tried before?

Monday, 2 February 2015

Red Velvet Frappe Blended Drink

Red Velvet Frappe Drink

Red Velvet Frappe

16 oz beverage:
2 scoops Big Train Kona Mocha powder
1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Red Velvet syrup
4 oz water
12 oz ice
Add ingredients into blender in order, blend till smooth, pour into cup and serve

 

You will notice that I took the liberty to make the drink POP a little more. In the picture I actually added milk instead of water, and put the flavoring into the cup, both striking the cup with chocolate, or letting the Red Velvet pour into the bottom. Putting syrup on the very bottom is a lot of fun for a few reasons. One of them being that as you pour from a blender you can pour fast or slow and change the level of color infusion in the body of the blended drink. Kind of like how someone pours latte art and has a dark contrast.

“In honor of Valentines Day I’m calling this the ‘Cold Heart Frappe.'” Said Levi Andersen, the Beverage Product Specialist and in-house Barista for Kerry. “I also wanted to call it something in-tune with how cocktails have amazing names. So I was toying around with ‘Love from a Distance Frappe.’ Because its delicious, beautiful looking, sweet, but its cold as well.”

Also pictured is the Cold Brewed Whipped Cream. Yummmmmmmm. This was 4 oz of cold brew, 1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Madagascar Vanilla, 11 oz heavy whipping cream, charged in a whipped cream dispenser. Have you tried cold brewed coffee in a blended drink before?

Monday, 26 January 2015

Caramel Spiced Apple Chai Recipe

Our Beverage Product Specialist, Levi Andersen, was in the Beverage Suite playing with chai and caramel today. Here is a recipe that he came up with and wanted to share.

Caramel Spiced Apple Chai with green apple and cinnamon

Caramel Spiced Apple Chai

2 scoops Big Train Spiced Apple Chai
14 oz hot water
1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Caramel Sauce
Stir till dissolved

Optional: garnish with green apple slice, a cinnamon stick, or rim your glass with caramel sauce.

“If you don’t already have the Spiced Apple Chai, you can use Spiced Chai and substitute water for half hot water and half apple cider.” Says Levi Andersen. “Or play around with it! There’s a lot of little things you can do to bring out great flavors. Lately I have been dusting cayenne or cardamom powders on the top of seasonal favorites to enhance the flavor.” Talking about home use: “You can actually make a big batch of this recipe in a crock pot if you’re having a party. Just make sure to stir before portioning out a serving.”

Give this one a try and and let us know what you think. What little changes did you make to the recipes?

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake Recipe: Perfect for Summer!

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake Recipe

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie Recipe: Perfect for Summer!
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THE PERFECT SUMMER TREAT, JUST MINUTES AWAY! This strawberry-cheesecake-inspired frappe cools down even the hottest summer day.
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops Vanilla Fit Frappe Protein Drink Mix
  • ¾ cup water or milk
  • 1½ cups ice
  • Fresh or frozen strawberries (or DaVinci Gourmet Sugar Free Strawberry Syrup) to taste
  • 2 tbsp sugar-free cheesecake pudding mix
Instructions
  1. In a blender, add Vanilla Fit Frappe Protein Drink Mix to water or milk and pulse to mix. Add ice, strawberries (or DaVinci Gourmet Sugar Free Strawberry Syrup) and sugar-free cheesecake pudding mix. Blend, taste and adjust to your liking. Pour and enjoy!

We hope you enjoy this Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake recipe as much as we did! For more information about Fit Frappe Protein drink mixes, go to www.FitFrappe.com. For more information about DaVinci Gourmet syrups and flavorings, go to www.davincigourmet.com.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Coffee Trade Shows: Big Train Visits St. Louis for Coffee Fest

We were excited to be a part of Coffee Fest, one of the leading tea and coffee trade shows, earlier this month in St. Louis. Coffee Fest has been serving the specialty coffee and gourmet tea industries since 1992 and is viewed by most as the best trade show in America and around the world specifically for those involved with retailing coffee, tea and related products.

If it looks like coffee, smells like coffee, goes well with coffee or is coffee you will find it at Coffee Fest! Everything under the sun that is found in an upscale coffee shop on either side of the counter, including the counter was on the exhibition floor. The best coffee retail education, training and workshops were present to network and learn from each other.

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Coffee Fest started out as true celebration of coffee with a consumer coffee show hosted in Seattle in 1992. What began with 65 exhibitors and more than 2,500 attendees sharing coffee with the general public has blossomed into shows that sport more than 300 booths with close to 10,000 attendees serving the coffee trades. The “little coffee show that could” boasts a track record of 16 years and more than 50 shows of consistently and confidently pushing specialty coffee retailers to be the best.

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Several members of the Big Train team were on-hand and also participated in the America’s Best Coffeehouse (ABC) Competition. The ABC competition is basically what you’ve seen from town papers like “the best cafe in town.” But, Coffee Fest took this to a national stage and coast to coast. In addition to the completed application, each participating coffee brand must also submit either a three minute video highlighting the coffeehouse, the team members, and the attributes that they believe make them the best coffeehouse in North America, or a picture of the coffeehouse and team members.

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Ray Rule, Levi Andersen, Andy Solheim, Katie Fordonski participate in the America’s Best Coffee House Competition.



The exact recipes used included:

Maple Bacon Whiskey Shake
4 oz Jet Blended Beverage Base
12 oz ice
0.75 oz DaVinci Gourmet Maple
1 oz Jim Beam bourbon
1 strip bacon

Strawberry Bomb Smoothie
2 oz Jet Strawberry Bomb
3 oz Jet Margarita
1.5 oz tequila
0.75 oz Triple Sec
16 oz ice

Boozed Banana Freeze
1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Chocolate
0.75 oz DaVinci Gourmet Banana
4 oz Jet Blended Beverage Base
1.5 oz vodka
16 oz ice

It was great being submerged with fellow industry experts and enthusiasts to be apart of this event!

For more information about Big Train, visit BigTrain.com. For more information about Coffee Fest go to CoffeeFest.com.

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