This $1,300 Connected Tea Infuser Has Raised $5.1 Million – Fortune

… floral, savory, and sweet flavor profiles as well as caffeine and antioxidant levels in loose leaf teas, and based on the user’s feedback saves those preferences in the app. When users brew a new tea that the Teforia machine recognizes, it can adjust the brew times and water temperatures to enhance preferred flavors and the chemical levels. With unknown teas it will rely on user feedback and then save the preference for the next cup. I’ve seen the Teforia in action at a booth at the Smart …

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

… offering in their local cafés. Cascara is a tea-like drink with a fine, fruity flavor and plenty of caffeine, and it’s popping up everywhere. For this new addition to chalkboards nationwide, credit Aida Batlle. Batlle is a fifth-generation coffee grower in El Salvador, whose coffees have won international awards. One day a decade ago, she arrived at a coffee cupping —where coffees are sampled for flavor — and detected a pleasant, hibiscus-like scent in the room. When she asked the …

Mast Brothers Respond to Chocolate Attacks — Grub Street

… chocolate. He argues, in part: Small bean-to-bar makers generally source cacao with distinctive flavor characteristics (and often, unfortunately, flaws) that persist, through minimalist processing, in the finished chocolate. But each Mast Brothers bar had a flat, roasty, anodyne flavor typical of industrial manufacturers using bulk cacao from western Africa. More suspiciously, the texture was as smooth and slick as store-bought couverture from a multinational behemoth, which is unimaginable from …

How to Make Caramelized White Chocolate – Bon Appétit

flavor is surprisingly complex and nutty, somewhere between dulce de leche, butterscotch, and caramel. For the best flavor and texture, use a good-quality white chocolate that’s at least 30 percent cocoa butter (we like Valrhona). A low-quality white chocolate tends to have more stabilizers that can seize in the oven and taste waxy. To achieve a silky-smooth texture, add a tablespoon of fat like vegetable oil or virgin coconut oil to the chocolate. Stir the mixture every 15 minutes or so with …

What plants can you make tea from? | MNN – Mother Nature Network

By Ali Berman | October 28, 2015 Each plant offers its own flavor, so mix and match to find a blend that’s perfect for you. A variety of leaves and herbs can be used in teas, and you can even grow them yourself. (Photo: patpitchaya/Shutterstock) Teas and tisanes can be made at home using herbs, roots, seeds and leaves you can grow yourself or buy at the market. Look beyond Camellia sinensis, the evergreen plant that makes up so much …