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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!

 

 

Beauty Inside & Out

One of the most unique and interesting things about buying tea from Cornelia Bean is that we blend many of our teas and can customize any of the teas on the bar. While we have our standard blends, we can also custom blend herbal ingredients into your favourite teas. Using these raw blending ingredients can enhance the benefits of drinking tea for your body, mind and skin. We recommend checking in with your physician before trying anything new, but we do have some ideas of raw ingredients and their potential uses when added to a tea.
  • Dried rose petals to enhance and add glow to skin
  • Sage for brain function and memory
  • Peppermint for nausea
  • Ginger pieces as an anti-inflammatory
  • Fenugreek to improve blood sugar control
  • Ginseng as an immune system booster
  • Buchu (pre-blended into the True North Blend) and dandelion as a diuretic
  • Chamomile to calm nervousness
  • Ginkgo biloba to improve blood flow to the brain and increase oxygen to the brain cells
  • Tulsi/Holy Basil to reduce stress, anxiety and depression
  • Lemongrass to promote sound sleep
 
Here are several combination suggestions we’ve collected that are our and customer favourites:
  • Adding Chaga to any of our chai blends
  • Adding peppermint to Peace tea
  • Adding rose petals to Awakening tea
Besides the internal health benefits of consuming a variety of teas regularly, using tea and coffee can have other potent effects on your beauty and body regimen. Before rushing to throw out your coffee grounds or used tea leaves, check out a few simple recipes for getting more use out of used tea or coffee supplies.
Skin exfoliator
Combine a handful of coffee grounds, a few tablespoons of liquid coconut or extra virgin olive oil, and few teaspoons of sugar or salt together in a small bowl and use in the shower or bath. Use this scrub all over your body (being gentle on sensitive or freshly shaved areas of your skin and avoiding your face). You can make enough to last several days but there are no preservatives so it’s best to make a fresh batch each time you need it.
Green tea toner
Re-steep your green tea leaves and allow to cool. Strain and pour into a spray bottle and spritz directly on your face after cleansing and before moisturizing or as a refreshing pick-me-up.
Green tea facial scrub
Allow your used green tea leaves to dry until you are able to crush them into a coarse powder. Mix with a bit of lukewarm water and gently exfoliate into cleansed skin.
Hair rinse
Re-steep your tea leaves in a quart of water and allow to cool. Blondes could try chamomile tea and black tea is best for brunettes or black hair. Pour onto freshly-washed hair and leave on for ten minutes. Be sure to shampoo and condition afterward to seal in the shine.
If you have any tried and true recipes or suggestions for using tea and coffee in your beauty routine, please let us know so we can share with our other customers!