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Steps to Improve Our Impact on the Environment. Join us!

Cornelia Bean is committed to protecting the beautiful world in which we live and reducing our footprint on the environment. The news on climate change can be overwhelming and terrifying, and it can also be intimidating to know what you can do as an individual. For us, drinking tea and coffee is a daily ritual, and so it is also an easy starting point for making simple changes. Don’t forget that everyone trying their best every day to cut down on waste can add up to major changes. Here are some easy ideas to get you started right away!

  • All of our teas are sold loosely so you can bring your own (clean and dry) container and we’d be happy to fill that up. We’re also going to look into carrying a regularly rotating bulk coffee option so you can bring in reusable containers for that too.
  • Request one of our porcelain cups if you’re sitting in for a drink or bring your own cup for take-out.
  • Bring your own bag for your purchases or purchase one of the stylish mesh carrying bags we now carry.
  • Many of our teas are delicious when re-steeped. For example, oolong teas can be brewed multiple times and still keep its rich flavour. We’d love to tell you about more teas that can be re-steeped and the best techniques for that.

Cornelia Bean also carries many products that can help you on your way to being zero-waste. The Wall cup is naturally waste free and you can then toss your used tea leaves in the compost bin. We’ve also just started carrying the Aeropress Puck Puck attachment. This attachment turns any AeroPress into a cold brew drip system without the need for additional plastic or paper. We also have the Fellow Prismo Aeropress attachment. This nifty tool creates espresso-style coffee and uses a no drip seal for a full immersion brew, all with reusable stainless steel filter. The store also always has a range of reusable cups, some of which even brew your tea and coffee with no extra steps.

These are just some examples of how you can make little changes that add up to a big difference! We’re always open to new ideas and suggestions, so if you think of anything else that we could start doing to reduce our waste, we’d love to hear from you!

Great recipes to introduce loose leaf tea into your favourite treats

Have you seen the Cornelia Bean Instagram lately?! Big things are happening over at @corneliabean, including amazing giveaways, tea features and event announcements. Give us a follow and don’t miss out on all of the exciting things happening at 417 Academy Road.

The Cornelia Bean family obviously adores tea but did you know that we also all have serious sweet tooths?! What better way to combine these two loves than to start baking with tea! And we’ve decided to use the extra chilly winter from Mother Nature as an opportunity to turn the oven on and get baking. We’ve recently tried the Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chai Cream Cheese Frosting from Big Girls Small Kitchen and the Earl Grey Sugar Cookies from the Sweet & Simple Kitchen using Cornelia Bean tea and they were major successes! 

Both recipes were made first with our loose leaf teas and then a second time with tea bags (ahhh shocking I know…). And there was NO comparison - the loose leaf tea versions were by far the winners! Loose leaf tea is fresher and gives you the whole leaf to extract flavour from, a critical step when you’re infusing foods with flavour. Baking with tea means you can also sip a cup of tea while baking, frosting, eating and serving!

For the Earl Grey sugar cookies, we used our traditional Earl Grey, but you could also use Earl Grey Blue Flower, Earl Grey Lavender, Lady Grey or Earl Grey Russian.

Same with the chai cream cheese frosting - we used our traditional Masala Chai, but we have chais in every tea variety so you could also experiment with any of our other chai varieties. 

We couldn’t ignore our coffee lovers though! And for most people who are big fans of drinking a whole cup of coffee, coffee-infused baking is always a big hit. We found these Chocolate Espresso sugar cookies from the Sweet & Simple Kitchen that are rich and light and so delicious.

The recipe calls for grocery store espresso powder. But stop right there! This dust-like powder can be easily upgraded by using a generous tablespoon of any of our espresso or dark roast coffees. I didn’t even grind it down to an espresso grind but used a coarser grind that I drink and it gave the cookies a satisfying texture and even deeper coffee flavour. 

In upcoming blog posts, when Winnipeg is out of this polar vortex with no need for turning on ovens, we will feature more recipes calling for tea and coffee that are perfect for summer BBQs and the lake. In the meantime, keep checking out our Instagram and the blog for more information on brewing tea and coffee, recipes, tea and coffee features and other exciting news!

The Holidays are Hitting Cornelia Bean

The year is flying by! It is already November and while it is still the autumn season, our days are slowly fading into winter and the holiday season will be here before you know it. The holidays are a wonderful time of year but they are also one of the busiest. Cornelia Bean makes it easy though to stay on top of your gift giving. We have brought back some of our old favourites this year and also have some new tricks up our sleeves!

 

Custom gift baskets

Gift baskets are a personalized and thoughtful option for corporate gifts, housewarming gifts or any other holiday gifts. We have teas, coffees, confectionaries and products to make the most beautiful and useful basket. We can also customize the basket depending on your budget and can also recommend our top sellers if you are unsure. We love creating the perfect gift baskets for our customers and the people in their lives. Please send us an email at info@corneliabean.comor call the shop at 204-489-5460 so we can create the most perfect gift basket for you.

 

Flights

This holiday season will include three different flight varieties: our Cornelia's Favourites, Cornelia's Holiday Collection, and Cornelia's Tisane Holiday Collection. These are packaged beautifully and barely need any more wrapping. Don’t wait though! We only have a limited quantity of each flight variety and they fly off the shelves!

 

Holiday tins

The Holiday Tin favourites are back! In true Cornelia Bean tradition, our Holiday Tins will be out on display for another year, with your favourite limited edition blends. You will find your old holiday faves as well as some new delicious blends for the season. We will be sending out another announcement when these are available--hurry down as some of these blends are gone before you know it!

 

Black Friday specials

Check your email and Instagram in the next little while because Cornelia Bean will be having select Black Friday specials. This is a great opportunity to also start scoping out your holiday gifts and stocking stuffer ideas!

 

Welcome to Our New Space!

Cornelia Bean has always been more than just a spot to buy the tea and coffee you enjoy at home. However, with the recent major renovations, it is now an even more beautiful and welcoming place where you can sit and enjoy a tea or coffee that we make just for you! With the addition of our state-of-the-art espresso machine and equipment, plus new coffee blends arriving daily, Cornelia Bean is now a place to invite a friend to share a hot drink with or sit and relax on your own. We now have extended table seating indoors and a window front bar where you can sit and people-watch on Academy Road. Stop by to warm up and enjoy a drink this fall and winter and watch the world go by.

We always feature a daily coffee and daily hot tea. And if there’s another tea you’d like to try that isn’t our daily feature, we can brew up any of the teas on our bar.

Our classic menu includes:

Coffee (Hot or Iced)

  • Espresso
  • Americano
  • Latte
  • Cappuccino
  • Macchiato
  • Mocha
  • Hot cocoa
  • Cortado
  • The Cornelia - Sweetened condensed milk melted into our delicious espresso topped with steamed milk.

Tea (Hot or Iced)

  • Loose leaf tea - Try one of our 200+ loose leaf teas!
  • Chai Latte
  • London Fog – black or rooibos tea base and sweetened with vanilla syrup
  • Ceremonial Grade Matcha Latte
  • Turmeric Soother Tea Latte - with a touch of vanilla

We always love to try out new beverages. Have a favourite tea that you'd like to try as a latte? Let us know! We'd be happy to make it for you. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Tea Cocktails to Try This Weekend!

Looking to spice up your cocktail menu and impress your guests this summer?  Loose leaf teas are having a major moment on drink menus lately and it’s easy to see why. With so many different tea varieties and blends to play with, you can be endlessly creative with mixing, blending and creating signature cocktails. Branching out to use teas in your cocktail recipes also means enjoying their subtler flavours and no added sugars. We have put together a short list of cocktail recipes below but would also encourage you to experiment with your own ideas this summer! We can also help recommend tea blends that would be a deliciously different base for your cocktail creations.

Gin Sunrise

Cold brew a batch of Sunrise Pink Grapefruit tea. Mix 1 oz. of tea with 1 oz. of gin. Add grapefruit slices, blueberries, and muddled basil. Serve over ice in The Wall Cup.

Fuzzy Peaches

Cold brew a batch of Juicy Peach tea. Mix 6 oz. cup of tea, 2 oz. of tonic water and 1 oz. of vodka and serve over ice.

Strawberry Rose Sangria

Cold brew a batch of Strawberry Champagne tea. In a large pitcher, mix 10 oz Strawberry Champagne iced tea with 10 oz rose wine, add 5oz Cointreau liquer. Garnish with lemon slices and berries as desired and pour over ice to serve.

Dark and Minty

Cold brew a batch of Lemon Black tea. Mix 4 oz. of tea, 4 oz. of Ginger Beer with 1 oz. of dark rum and muddled mint and lime. Serve over ice.

Miss Arnold Palmer

Cold brew a batch of brewed Lavender Earl Grey tea. Mix equal parts of iced lavender earl grey tea and lemonade and serve over ice.

Try using the Wall Cup when making these cocktails. Simply add your loose leaf tea, muddled fruit and herbs, top with ice and just *enjoy*. The Wall is perfect to enjoy the full flavour of your cocktails, while keeping all the tea and herbs away from your mouth.

Check out our past blog on brewing iced tea if you need a refresher on how to make the perfect iced tea. Experiment with serving sizes of tea and alcohol depending on your personal tastes and how strong you like your drinks!