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
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?
You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make this amazing protein smoothie drink!
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.
This is a re-post from Marissa Angelina of Sugar Noms! Marissa is a 12-year-old baker in Southern California.
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.
Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie Recipe: Perfect for Summer!
THE PERFECT SUMMER TREAT, JUST MINUTES AWAY! This strawberry-cheesecake-inspired frappe cools down even the hottest summer day.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Looking for a Coffee Podcast for baristas or coffeehouse operators? If you love coffee and enjoy listening to podcasts, you definitely want to check out the Audio Cafe podcast!
Hosted by Levi Andersen, aka @boyrista on twitter, this weekly coffee podcast is crafted for people working or in love with specialty coffee. Levi is the Beverage Product Specialist for Kerry (DaVinci Gourmet, Big Train, Oregon Chai, Jet & Caffe D’Amore brands). He is basically our lead barista – he takes all of the existing products and flavorings and creates on-trend recipes for Big Train products and other Kerry foodservice brands on My Drink Works.
He gets to fly to events to speak in addition to hosting customers (like chief executive of some of the largest coffeehouses in the world) who visit our corporate office. Levi also trains sales teams on how to use the products and often joins meetings they have with visitors from large coffee/fast-food/chain/restaurant chains. and make them amazing drinks. He also gets to help develop new products.
Its fun, fast, and challenging, and I love it, says Levi. Working in the Specialty Coffee industry in general is awesome. There are so many great people who share their knowledge openly because they genuinely love what they do and want to make a lasting difference. Speaking at Coffee Fest trade shows has been a personal highlight.
Levi’s podcast features interviews about brew methods, customer service, staffing, tips and tricks like opening a coffee shop, tea 101, and discovering the best cafes around.
It’s designed to pair with your americano or cappuccino as you learn from the top leaders in the coffee industry. The voices of those who participate include cafe owners, coffee growers, roasters, baristas, managers and chefs sharing real stories and advice.
Levi details what the coffee house podcast is about and why he started it
While working in many different aspects of coffee I kept seeing that people want to connect. There are many great resources our there like magazines (Barista, Roast, Fresh Cup, etc.) websites (Barista, Roast, Sprudge, Barista Exchange, etc) and even now a TV show, Dangerous Grounds. But at the time, there were no active podcasts about coffee. Personally I’ve listened to 1056 hours of podcasts just on my iPhone in 2 years. That’s 44 days of podcasts. And I’m not alone, a lot of people are doing this.
So, I knew there was a need for a coffee podcast, the only question was how should it relate to coffee exactly? Looking at what was out there already was helpful because I didn’t want to do what they were already doing. And I wanted to do something that was an extension of myself and my experiences.
A part of me wanted to talk about what they were covering like café styles, the history of espresso, and black coffee vs having cream, but I needed to make it my own and unique. So I decided to target the people who really need the most help: baristas, coffeehouse owners and managers. And I will speak to them from my own experiences of owning my coffee stand.
If your hands touch coffee, then your ears deserve to listen to this podcast. Many big issues are covered, like water quality’s effect espresso and what that means for the ‘average joe’ and the Single Origin connoisseur. These lessons are worth their own weight in Organic, Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, Panama Esmerelda Especial Mario Carnaval green beans.
The podcast has also been transitioning to Google Hangouts as well. These Hangouts are recorded and streamed live. There is also a chat room for attendees to ask questions. After the events, the recorded videos are searchable on YouTube.
Levi plans to host two hangouts per month, with the next one scheduled for April 21st. The last hangout had 8 people, which adds a layer of exclusivity and intimacy. During the last Hangout, the group talked about latte art in cafes along with dos and don’t, why at all, what it means to be a customer, etc.
Some hangouts are geared to consumers while others are geared toward baristas. The last barista podcast was aimed at people who make coffee for customers. The groups shared tips, tricks, and concerns. In the future, Levi plans to type an outline and vision in advance to display the reasons an average coffee drinker may want to attend and watch.
For more information about Levi’s coffee podcast go here: Audio Cafe . For more information about Kerry’s foodservice beverage brands go MyDrinkWorks.com.
So you’re looking for an awesome college packing list huh? Well, we’ve got a checklist of 20 items you’ll want to bring to the dorm this school year! We have entertainment, organization, health-related, practical and even (gulp) cleaning items. Without further ado…Big Train presents the college packing list that will really help you rock your school year!
1) Internet-Powered Television
Paying for cable TV can get expensive and gathering money from roomies can be a hassle. Cut the cord and go for something like a Roku, Apple TV or Chromecast by Google. All you need is an Internet connection and subscriptions to a few streaming services and you’re good to go!
Almost every single mobile phone in the past decade includes an alarm clock (and there are even apps that require you to walk at least 30 paces before they shut off), but sometimes it’s good to have a good ol’ reliable alarm clock in the dorm to make sure you don’t miss those early-morning finals!
3) Compact Cooking Appliance
Toasters and toaster ovens are alright but get yourself a 3-in-1 Breakfast Station and master the delicate art of breakfast. Your friends will stare in awe as you toast, griddle and serve up the dark roast – with ONE appliance.
4) Blenders (blender and milk frother)
Roomies and neighbors may not appreciate the noise of a blender but they’ll sure love the awesome culinary concoctions you’ll delight them with (see #6). Milk frothers work great for mixing chai right in your mug.
5) Sleep Mask (Bonus: Scented)
Blocking any and all excess light is especially awesome for those mornings when you don’t have class until 10:00 am, but you also never know when you’re cobbled-together blinds (read: blanket held up by tacks) decide to come tumbling down just in time to let all that early morning sunshine come spewing in.
6) Just-Add-Water Drink Mixes
There will be times when food/drinks will be hard to come by, but hopefully you’ll still have access to fresh water. If so, that’s all you need in order to make these delicious drinks:
6.1) Chai: easy to make and delicious, chai soothes your soul during stressful exam time
6.2) Blended Ice Coffees: make your dorm mates BFFs and give them a delicious Blended Ice Coffee. Just add Big train Blended Ice Coffee mix, ice and water into a blender. Great for those late night study sessions!
6.3) Fit Frappe: In a rush on way to school? Need a healthier alternative to high-calorie expensive lattes? Try Fit Frappe, delicious easy-to-make protein latte mixes – the “Healthy Buzz”.
DIY Spiced Chai Frappe | How to Make Blended Chai Drinks at Home
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.
6 fl oz water or milk
2 scoops Big Train Spiced Chai Tea Latte Mix
1.5 cups ice
Add water or milk to blender
Then add Big Train Spiced Chai Tea Latte Mix
Blend until smooth
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.
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
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 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 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)
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.