Thursday, 29 December 2011

Decaf vs Caffeine Free – What is the difference?

Caffeine is a favorite ingredient in many different beverages from around the world. It gives people a mental boost. This has been true for literally thousands of years. The first note of a caffeinated beverage is Chinese brewing tea. Legend holds that a particular Chinese emperor began the practice around 3000 BCE. Coffee was already established when the first mention of it was made in a Persian medical text in the 9th century. The kola nut, another source of caffeine, was in common use in Africa hundreds of years ago. Cocoa beans, the source of chocolate, is found as early as the 6th century BC in Middle America.

Caffeine Free Vanilla Fit FrappeUnfortunately, caffeine is not something that everyone can take all the time or even ever. Caffeine has a stimulant effect on many people. That means it revs up the metabolism and creates an alertness not there before. That has an upside. However, it can also have a downside. It can keep people awake. For those trying to get around the caffeine, there are a couple of options: decaffeinated or caffeine free.

What is the difference between decaffeinated or caffeine free? Decaffeinated items are those from which the natural caffeine has been removed. Caffeine free items are those that have no caffeine to begin with. For example, decaffeinated black tea has a regular caffeinated tea base that goes through a process to remove the caffeine. On the other hand, herbal teas are naturally caffeine free. Many like the taste of the original caffeinated item but want the decaf version to avoid the caffeine. However, decaffeinated items still usually retain one to two percent of the original caffeine content. That can easily add up over the course of a typical day.

How do you regulate your caffeine intake? Pay attention to the caffeine content of any decaf or regular beverage you drink. For example, brewed decaf coffee can contain 0.7 mgs of caffeine for every ounce, or 5.6 mgs in an 8 ounce serving. A major coffee company’s decaf product we found has 13 mgs in a 16 ounce serving. A Big Train Decaf Mocha contains considerably less. So decaf products may are not necessarily caffeine free and may vary significantly.

If you are looking for decaf and/or caffeine free gourmet beverage products check out Big Train. You can also find plenty of items in our selection without any caffeine at all. Our Lemonade gives you a refreshing boost. Our Big Train Naturals offer real fruit smoothies without any caffeine. Fit Frappe Vanilla protein drink mix has all the energy and vitamins with no caffeine, for example. Of course many of our most popular products do have caffeine. For greater service to our foodservice professionals and home baristas everywhere, we aim to provide a great selection to meet varied nutritional requirements.

For more information regarding Big Train gourmet beverage mix products, call 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724) or go to BigTrain.com or follow Big Train on Facebook or twitter. Look for our Big Train videos on YouTube. Cheers!

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Big Train 美馔冲泡饮料登陆中国。

Big Train 宣布与香记咖啡集团有限公司 (HKCG) 建立合作伙伴关系,并借此进入中国专业咖啡饮料市场。

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Big Train 是优质粉状和液态浓缩冲泡饮料的领先制造商和分销商,主要服务于美国和海外的专业咖啡、餐饮服务和零售行业,该公司日前宣布与中国的大型咖啡和专业饮料分销商香记咖啡建立合作伙伴关系。

Big Train 将向中国各地(包括香港、上海、杭州、广州和江门等地区)的咖啡馆和其他餐饮服务机构提供冲泡饮料全套系列产品。

Big Train 目前正在培训 HKCG 的员工,以准备在中国发布 Big Train 冲泡饮料系列。培训已于近期在上海举行的国际食品饮料及餐饮设备展览会 (Food & Hotel China Show) 中开始。如需了解有关国际食品饮料及餐饮设备展览会 (FHC) 的更多信息,请前往 http://www.fhcchina.com

香记咖啡集团有限公司营销及运营经理 Kyle Fu 称:“我们正在物色优质的美国供应商,以向餐饮服务销售渠道供应粉状饮料。此外,我们还希望完成营销和销售点 (POS) 资料,以及一项全套的品牌解决方案。我们发现,Big Train 正是我们要找的公司。有了 Big Train 味道上乘的产品、良好的品牌知名度、丰富精深的国际经验和以客户为中心的卓越服务水平,我们有信心,我们将在中国市场取得成功。”

Big Train 对将在中国发展的商机感到十分激动人心。Big Train 相信,中国将在不久的将来推动世界经济增长,并可能在几年内成为该公司最大的市场。

Big Train 的首席执行官 Robyn Hawkins 称:“随着中国开始青睐优质咖啡和奶基饮料、人民收入水平提高、追求时尚的中产阶层扩大,加上其庞大并日益注重生活品质的人口,Big Train 已做好准备利用这一发展商机。我们对 HKCG 感到非常满意,选择他们是因为他们拥有广泛的覆盖面、以客户为中心的商业模式以及十分出色的员工。我们期待在未来相当长的时间内与他们开展密切的合作。”

关于 Big Train, Inc.

Big Train 成立于 1991 年,是优质粉状和液态浓缩冲泡饮料的领先制造商和分销商,主要服务于美国和海外的专业咖啡、餐饮服务和零售行业。Big Train 总部位于加利福尼亚州森林湖 (Lake Forest),并在该州牧场圣玛格丽塔 (Rancho Santa Margarita) 建有生产厂,该公司以其优质的饮料解决方案而闻名,其产品不仅味道香郁,而且易于调配。Big Train 的产品种类广泛,包括混合冰咖啡、无咖啡混合奶昔、印度奶茶、蛋白饮料混合剂、水果冰沙、儿童饮料、热可可(热巧克力)、低碳饮料和烘焙产品、蛋卷冰淇淋粉和多种口味的糖浆,客户达 20,000 余家,其中包括独立和小型连锁咖啡馆、面包店、餐饮服务运营商及其广泛的国际分销商网络。如需了解更多信息,请浏览 http://www.bigtrain.com,或致电 800-BIG-TRAIN(即 800-244-8724)。或者在 twitter 上关注 @BigTrain (http://www.twitter.com/bigtrain),或在 Facebook 上点击“喜欢”Big Train (http://www.facebook.com/bigtrain)。如需了解有关 Big Train Fit Frappe™ 蛋白咖啡冲泡剂的推荐感言、购买地点、营养信息和视频食谱,请前往 http://www.FitFrappe.com,或致函 fitfrappe@bigtrain.com,联系我们。

关于香记咖啡集团有限公司

香记咖啡集团有限公司 (HKCG) 专门为客户定制综合的饮料解决方案,以满足客户的不同饮料需求。该公司是亚洲一家经验丰富的专业咖啡烘焙商,掌握现代化的欧美烘焙技术,我们的烘焙工厂位于中国广东省江门市,并已经过 ISO9001、HACCP 和 QS 认证。HKCG 的客户可以凭借我们丰富的经验和热情,向其消费者提供优质的咖啡。

HKCG 深谙混合茶之道,并直接从斯里兰卡进口优质的锡兰红茶。通过广泛的客户基础,HKCG 合作提出为不同酒吧运营配制不同混合茶的想法,以满足西式和港式的不同需要。公司还为餐厅和咖啡馆提供茶包、有机茶、散装茶和花草茶。

HKCG 亦在香港、澳门和中国内地分销知名品牌的咖啡机、泡茶器、搅拌机和其他饮料设备。HKCG 的客户不仅享有利用优质设备制作饮料的方便和乐趣,更会因专业且训练有素的技术人员和维修服务而感到安心,从而专注于他们的核心业务运营。如今,已有众多国际公司、五星级酒店、知名西餐厅、私人度假村/会所、航空公司餐饮部、快餐连锁店和咖啡馆成为香记咖啡宝贵而忠诚的客户。如需了解更多信息,请前往 http://www.hiangkie.com.hk

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Big Train Gourmet Drink Mixes Now Available in China.

BIG TRAIN NEWS

Announcing partnership with Hiang Kie Coffee Group Limited (HKCG), Big Train enters Chinese specialty coffee beverage market.

Lake Forest, CA (December 12, 2011)

Big Train, a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium powdered and liquid concentrate beverage mixes serving the specialty coffee, food service and retail industries in the US and abroad, announced it’s partnership with Hiang Kie, a major coffee and specialty beverage distributor in China.

Hiang Kie Specialty Beverage Distributor ChinaBig Train’s full line of beverage mix products will be made available to cafes and other foodservice establishments throughout China including regional areas such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, and  Jiangmen.

Big Train Gourmet Drink Mixes now Available in China

Big Train Training HKCG Staff in China.

Big Train is in the process of training HKCG staff as they prepare to launch the Big Train beverage mix line in China which began recently at the Food & Hotel China Show held in Shanghai. For more information on the FHC show, go to http://www.fhcchina.com.

FHC China Coffee and Tea Expo

Big Train Served at FHC CHina Tea and Coffee Expo

We were seeking a high-quality U.S. supplier of powdered beverages for foodservice sales channels,” according to Kyle Fu, Marketing & Operations Manager at Hiang Kie Coffee Group Limited.  “Furthermore, we wanted complete marketing and POS materials and a turn-key branding solution.  We found exactly what we were seeking with Big Train.  With Big Train’s superior tasting products, high brand awareness, deep international experience, and excellent customer-focused service levels, we are confident that we will succeed in the China market.”

Big Train is excited about the opportunities that will develop with China. Big Train believes that China will drive growth in the near future, and may become the company’s largest market within a few years.

“With the Chinese penchant for quality coffee and milk-based beverages, rising income levels and aspirational middle-class, coupled with its large and increasingly-sophisticated population, Big Train is well-positioned to capitalize on this growth opportunity,” says Robyn Hawkins, CEO of Big Train. “We are very pleased with HKCG and selected them because of their broad coverage, customer centric business model, and their wonderful staff. We look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

 

About Big Train, Inc.

Founded in 1991, Big Train is a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium powdered and liquid concentrate beverage mixes serving the specialty coffee, foodservice and retail industries in the US and abroad. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with a manufacturing facility in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Big Train is known for high quality beverage solutions that are great tasting and easy to prepare. Big Train offers a wide array of products including blended ice coffees, coffee-free blended crème frappes, chai teas, protein drink mixes, fruit smoothies, kids’ beverages, hot cocoas (hot chocolates), low carb beverages and baKied goods, powdered soft serve and flavored syrups to more than 20,000 customers including independent and small chain coffeehouses, bakeries, foodservice operators and its extensive international distributor network. For more information, visit http://www.bigtrain.com or call 800-BIG-TRAIN (that’s 800-244-8724). Or follow @BigTrain on twitter http://www.twitter.com/bigtrain or like Big Train on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bigtrain. For testimonials, where to buy, nutritional information, and video recipes for Big Train Fit Frappe™ Protein Coffee mixes, go to http://www.FitFrappe.com or email us at fitfrappe@bigtrain.com.

About Hiang Kie Coffee Group Limited

Hiang Kie Coffee Group Limited (HKCG) is proficient in formulating total beverage solutions to customers with different beverage needs.  As an experienced and professional coffee roaster in Asia, with the help of modern roasting technique from Europe and America in our own ISO9001, HACCP and QS accredited roasting plant in Jiangmen City, Guangdong Province, China, HKCG customers can benefit from experience and passion to provide quality coffee to their consumers.

Experienced in tea blending, HKCG directly imports quality Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka. Through a diverse customer base, HKCG collaborates to initiate ideas in formulating different tea blends for different bar operations, to support both western and Hong Kong styles. The company also carries tea bags, organic tea, loose tea and herbal tea for restaurants and cafés.

HKCG also distributes renowned brands of coffee machines, tea brewers, blenders and other beverage equipment in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. HKCG customers not only enjoy the convenience and fun of making beverages from quality equipment, but also feel secured with professional and well-trained technicians and repair services so customers can focus on their core business operations. Today, numerous international corporations, five-star hotels, prestigious western restaurants, private resorts/clubs, airline catering, fast food chains and cafés have become Hiang Kie valued and loyal customers. For more information, go to http://www.hiangkie.com.hk.

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Friday, 9 December 2011

What is a Chai Tea Latte?

What is a Chai Tea Latte?

A chai tea latte starts with the chai. Chai is a term that means something a bit different when you look from its place of origin versus the Western world. Chai is a term used to refer to black tea throughout South Asia. In India, the word chai tends to mean a black tea blended with a mixture of warm spices like cardamom and cinnamon. In the Western world, chai has come to mean a beverage spiced with the warm spices found in the Indian version of the tea. Chai spice blends go well with many flavors. Lattes are a great way to serve these flavors. Latte traditionally blends hot milk and coffee. Tea lattes substitute tea for the coffee.

Chai Tea Latte

Big Train Sereno Organic Chai Tea Latte

Chai tea lattes offer you the taste of chai and the benefits of tea drinking. Many people prefer the taste of tea to coffee. Moreover, adding chai spices makes the tea even tastier. The chai blend usually has a milk base that helps make the blend smooth and a bit creamy. You can find chai added to other flavors that the Western palate flavors like chocolate, raspberry, and vanilla. The combinations are very flavorful and growing in popularity with people of all ages. If you want to make chai tea the old fashioned way, it will take experience and knowledge of how to blend the spices and tea properly to get the bright blend of flavors. Or add water to Big Train’s acclaimed chai mixes. For instructions on making homemade chai from scratch ask our twitter friend, aspiring chef, foodtrucker, & elite Yelper Sukhraj (aka “Suki”, @eatsukieat on twitter). She can give you some great tips or check out her awesome video The Best Masala Chai Tea.

If you run a café, coffee house, food truck, restaurant, or other foodservice operation, you might be wondering how you can bring chai latte beverages to your establishment. Big Train offers 15 varieties of gourmet chai blends that make delicious chai lattes, including a dairy free option so that you can use your own alternative milk or dairy product in your Chai Tea Latte recipe. And because Big Train chai mixes are powder based, they have excellent shelf life and are very versatile. Just add water for an instant amazing chai latte. In addition, Big Train carries liquid chai concentrates you can use as a base for your lattes. Big Train chais can be served hot, over ice or blended as a frappe. Big Train’s twitter page is loaded with comments with customers from around the world that love Big Train products. Like this one from @missmarisol:

“I love, love, love, love @BigTrain spiced chai. Love!”

We love what we do and we love our customers too.

Big Train’s unique blend of spices has earned recognition by taste professionals the world over. Its blend of honey, vanilla, black tea and other great flavors make a great addition to any coffee house menu. You can come up with your own combination using Big Train chai mix as a base. It is a great way to make a spectacular change to your menu.

Chai tea lattes are simple to make, but offer spectacular flavor. Big Train takes a lot of the work out of making the perfect chai tea latte with these mixes, so do it yourself. All you need to do is heat up the water and blend the tea latte. Your customers will think you spent hours in the back blending the tea and getting it just right. The fact is you have a cost effective and a fast option to provide a new menu item for your customers that will have them begging for more.

For more information regarding Big Train gourmet beverage mix products like Chai lattes, call 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724) or go to BigTrain.com or follow Big Train on Facebook or twitter. Look for our DIY chai tea latte recipes and instructional videos look for us on YouTube. Cheers!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

What is Eggnog?

EggNog Drink Mix by Big TrainWhat is Eggnog?

What is eggnog? That is a question that many ask when it comes around to the Christmas holidays. Eggnog is a tradition that came over to the United States and Canada from England during the 17th and 18th centuries. Due to slight differences in available ingredients as well as changing tastes, the eggnog of today is a bit different from the original English version.

Traditionally eggnog consisted of a mixture of raw eggs, sugar, milk, and spices like nutmeg. In some cases, cream was added for a thicker drink. Another ingredient commonly added to most eggnog recipes is some form of alcohol. Originally, in England, the eggnog was mixed with brandy or Sherry in order to make an eggnog that would not spoil easily. However, when this drink crossed over to North America, the availability of brandy and Sherry made the drink expensive. Substituting Rum became popular before the American Revolution. After the American Revolution, whiskey and bourbon became the liquors of choice for eggnog. Companies like Big Train make eggnog mixes to create a stand alone beverage or as a base for other holiday drink recipes. Whiskey or rum not included.

Here are some interesting facts about eggnog:

  • In North America, eggnog is connected with holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Finding eggnog other times of the year can be very difficult.
  • Today’s eggnog often contains gelatin as a thicker. Traditionally, the thickener of choice was cream.
  • The first mention of eggnog in North America was by Captain John Smith stating that eggnog was a beverage served at Jamestown in 1607.
  • The origins of the word eggnog are somewhat cloudy. Some think it is derived from Old English for eggs served in a small wooden mug.
  • While eggnog is mainly a North American drink today, there are versions found around the world. Iceland has a traditional non-alcoholic dessert that resembles eggnog. The Germans have a version that uses beer instead of hard liquor. Novemberfest?
  • Eggnog has a close tie for toasting one’s health during the holiday season. That derives from a 16th century custom.
  • Other names for eggnog include egg flip, posset, syllabub, coquito (Puerto Rico), biersuppe (Germany), rompope (Mexico) and biblia con pisco (Peru).
  • The first instance of the word eggnog appeared around 1775 according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Common spelling also include Egg Nog.

Around the holiday season, many people look forward to the flavors of eggnog. You can get that traditional flavor with Big Train Eggnog Blended Crème (great as is or with espresso) as a new seasonal gourmet drink mix. For more information on Big Train seasonal gourmet drink mixes go to BigTrain.com or call us at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724). Happy holidays! What’s your favorite holiday drink?