Empire Brewing Co. in Syracuse launches second ‘tea beer’ venture with China | syracuse.com

… the Empire State — and into the world’s largest economic market. In Central New York, Kuding-Ta IPA will available in about two weeks on tap at Empire’s Armory Square brewpub, 120 Walton St. At the same time, a Chinese-made version will debut in the brewpubs operated by Panda Brew of Beijing. The beer will then be made by Panda Brew in China. The company has 4 brewpubs and sells packaged beer in 40 Chinese cities. To continue reading this article, please click on the link …

Cascara ‘Tea’: A Tasty Infusion Made From Coffee Waste

… dried whole, and then milled. This produced cascara comprised of fine flakes, similar to the tea in a tea bag. Then she began using the skins of coffees that are washed to remove the pulp before drying, as most coffee in Central America and Colombia is processed. This way, the cascara dries like a raisin, and, when brewed, plumps up to reveal the shape of the coffee cherry. To continue reading this article, please click on the link below: Source: Cascara ‘Tea’: A Tasty Infusion Made …

Peace Corps service plants seed for Tiny House coffee business 

… moved to Austin and started Tiny House Coffee Roasters, which sources its beans directly from the producers he met while living in Central America. By buying beans directly from the farmers, Thomas could ensure they were getting more per pound than if they went through a distributor, but he has also established a revenue-sharing model that he says helps the producers make twice as much as what they would get selling to an exporter. After buying the beans, Thomas roasts them here and has started …

Chocolate: Top 10 facts 

By William Hartson | October 11, 2015 You can find out all about it at chocolateweek.co.uk but meanwhile, here are some chocolatey facts. Venezuelan chocolatiers attempt to break the world record for the largest chocolate coin 1. The Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) produces 39 per cent of the world’s cocoa. The second biggest producer is Ghana at 18 per cent. 2. Even before the Mayans and the Aztecs, the Olmec people of Central America …

To save forests, a tea factory brews up a new way to dry tea – CSMonitor.com

… other tea factories. Of the 66 tea factories under the management of the Kenya Tea Development Authority, Makomboki is the only one that doesn’t use firewood in the processing of its tea. Instead, the factory has switched to a greener, cheaper fuel: briquettes made of biomass byproducts that would otherwise be treated as waste. Deep in Central Kenya’s hilly and fertile tea-growing Muranga County, Makomboki employees feed the factory’s boilers with briquettes of macadamia, …