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Welcoming Autumn

After a beautiful prairie summer in Manitoba, autumn is showing its face with shorter days and cooler temperatures. Even though we’ll all mourn the end of summer, the weeks after Labour Day bring a feeling of fresh starts, curiosity about the change of season, and excitement that we can begin thinking about cozy sweaters and hot tea!

Some of the most comforting flavours in the fall are the spices from chai tea. Spicy ginger, cardamom and cinnamon blend with milky sweet tea to give you a taste of comfort and the exotic. This drink is ubiquitous in India (chai means tea in Hindi) with the nation drinking 837,000 tonnes of chai per year! For a visual journey into the culture of chai in India, browse through this BBC photo article.

With just a couple more steps than brewing a mug of tea, you can make your own spicy hot taste of fall (and India).

Step 1

Select one of our delicious chai tea options. Cornelia Bean has a chai in each of our tea categories. In black teas, we have Masala chai and Cosmo chai. We have a white chai, an apricot green chai and a chai pu erh. If you’re looking for decaffeinated options, we have a yogi herbal chai and red rooibos chai. These will all work in this chai recipe. 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup of tea is the general rule, so adjust depending on how much you need to make.

Step 2

In a saucepan, combine water (1/2 cup per 1 tablespoon of tea) with the tea. Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes until the mixture is fragrant. Add milk (1/2 cup per 1 tablespoon of tea). Simmer for another minute then turn off the heat and let steep for 2 minutes.

Step 3

Pour into a cup through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the leaves and spices. Add sweetener (honey, sugar, stevia) to taste.

You can also follow a traditional recipe of using a strong black tea (like our Assam black tea) and a pre-made or homemade spice mix (with cardamom, ginger, cinnamon) and then use the same steps above.

 

For a total shortcut, try our Tipu’s chai. This tea is made up of ground black tea with all of the traditional spices. Just mix with hot water or hot milk for instant chai!

Summer is Here!

 Summer is here! Those long, sunshine-filled days that remind us why we wait patiently all winter for their arrival. The air is warm, the flowers are blooming, school is out and everyone is happy and excited to spend every moment outdoors. Don’t let this heat make you think that you must stop drinking tea or coffee though! Your rituals can continue because we have so many delicious ideas for iced drinks and beautiful housewares to serve it all in on your patio or picnic.

The Hario Filter in the Bottle is a perfect companion for summer because you can brew iced teas or make beautiful waters with it. With its fine-meshed strainer top, you can put it in any size of tea. We have a wide range of fruit teas that have all natural ingredients and no added sugars. Some of our favourite fruit teas are Tangerine Ginger, Dragonberry, Frosted Berries, Moody Manitoba, Pear Garden Black Currant, Victoria Beach and The Whiteshell. Check out our Iced Tea Blog for perfect steeping instructions. This lovely glass, wine shaped bottle can also be used with lemon slices, cucumber or fresh mint for a refreshing water. The Hario Cold Brew Coffee Carafe is perfect to make your own cold brew coffee. It's a glass carafe with a fine stainless steel filter, allowing for a delicious cold brew coffee. We recommend trying our light roast Kenya AA, it's perfectly suited for the cold brew method. When you’re ready to serve your tea or coffee, we have lots of options for you. We are proud to carry beautiful and unique pottery from our very own local Mud and Stone studio. Handmade mugs, tea canisters, sugar and milk containers and platters will add a lovely touch to your patio or picnic. After you’ve made your iced tea or cold brew, you can take it to go in a Swell bottle, which will keep it cold for 24 hours and be stylish for the outdoors! 

While you’re sipping on your iced tea or cold brewed coffee, we have a book recommendation for you this summer. If you’ve ever browsed through our Pu-erh tea section and wanted to learn more, we have a wonderful way to share the mysterious world of Pu-erh tea. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is a beautifully written story by Lisa See,  that is also an interesting way to learn more about the history and culture of Pu-erh tea. This book is a beautiful portrait of a region and people and paints a touching tale of mothers, daughters and families. After you’ve read it, we’d love to introduce you to our Pu-erh tea selections. ( The book is available at Cornelia Bean ).

 

Father's Day Gifts and Summer Bliss

Summer, the season that we spend our winters dreaming of, has arrived! June and the summer solstice’s official welcome means a warm sun, long days at the lake, patios, picnics in the parks, and Father’s Day.

If you’re looking for a perfect Father’s Day gift, we have ordered in a special shipment of Maui Mokka and Howling Coyote coffee. Maui Mokka is an exceptional and multi-award winner from the Hawaiian Island and a guaranteed hit for your dad. Howling Coyote coffee is roasted in a state of the art and environmentally conscious facility and prides itself on its commitment to being an organic and healthy choice for you and the Earth. Dad will love the latest technology for making the best tea and coffee.  We now carry the exceptional new French press line, Espro, that is a far superior product to any other French press. They include an extra layer of filtering to give you a clean and smooth cup. You can also add an additional filter to make an even cleaner cup. They’re also great for tea and look sleek and stylish on the countertop. Espro travelers for tea and coffee are also available. 

We are excited to announce that Cornelia Bean will be offering free city wide delivery with any purchase over $50. This is an excellent way to stock up on your favourite teas and coffees for the summer while also having the convenience of free delivery. Simply browse through our website, do a bit of clicking and you will have your delicious products without having to sacrifice any outdoor time.

June also means the official start to iced drink season. The Hario Cold Coffee brewers are perfect for making your own cold brew at home. Raspberry Renegade and Lemoncello are two new teas that are absolutely delicious as homemade iced tea. Many of our fruit and black teas make beautiful iced drinks so please check out the best teas and coffees for iced drinks in our Sweet Summer Collection online and experiment with how to make a refreshing beverage. Celebrate the summer solstice and arrival of summer!

Mother's Day

 

Cornelia Bean knows mothers – the store is owned and run by Cory, a mother to three children (and second mom to a few staff), and Cory’s mom is often sitting by the window with a coffee and speculoos cookie. And so, because of our love for mothers here, we have made sure to carry some of the most beautiful gifts for this year’s Mother’s Day.

We really need more than one day to give our thanks, our love, and our admiration to our mothers. We could spend every day of the entire year voicing our gratitude and wonder at the phenomenon that is a mother. Whether she is your birth mother, adopted mother, family member or friend that mothers you, this Sunday is our chance to say an extra special thank you and love you!

We are stocked with Manitoba-made products and in case you missed the Third and Bird craft fair last weekend, we carry many items from the elegant and timeless Mud and Stone pottery, as well as, fun and unique Coal & Canary candles. You could also add a jar of Manitoba honey or we can help you choose a few beautiful tea or coffee selections that are unique, delicious and thoughtful. For a final touch, add some of our beautiful and bright Paviot napkins.

Just when we’re done celebrating Mother’s Day, it’s time for the May long weekend. A weekend that signals the beginning of lake life, camping season, and summer! Finally! Whether you’re in the city, park, or lakeside, you can brew the perfect cup of tea or coffee with our new Espro tea and coffee presses. The Espro presses have a patented double micro-filter for the cleanest cup possible, as well as being light, durable and very portable. Come check out our huge lineup of coffees from around the world to use in your Espro press!

If you’re ready to get healthy and happy for the summer, pick up a Kombucha brewer and pitcher. Kombucha is a super healthy drink option for the summer that you can easily make at home or the cottage. We carry the beautiful organic black teas that you need to brew your own and would be very happy to guide you through making your own first batch!

There is lots to celebrate this year – Mother’s Day, the May long weekend and the approaching summer! We would love to share these celebrations with you and your family and help you find the best way to honour your mother, embrace the May long weekend and bring in summer!

 

 

Perfect Hostess Gifting for Easter

Looking for the perfect hostess gift as we approach Easter weekend? A gift that is thoughtful and special, healthier and less expensive than wine? Tea, our absolute favourite thing in the world, is becoming the newest trend in gifts and is perfect to share with your host and the dinner table. We usually pick up a bottle of wine when we receive a dinner invite, but with the versatility of tea, you can pair the perfect brew with your next dinner party!

Just as we pair wines with certain foods, you can also pair teas with the foods you’re serving or enjoying with your host. Fruit teas, such as our Strawberry Champagne tea, are a natural companion to a light meal and bring with them the freshness of spring. Seafood and shellfish pair beautifully with green tea, such as Gen Mai Cha (the green tea with roasted rice you know from sushi restaurants) or bright grassy Kukicha. Dark Horse, a rich black tea, is best served after dinner with heavy desserts while a creamy dessert loves a bright and astringent Darjeeling to balance out the sweetness. If you’ve over-indulged, Pu-erh tea, like our full-bodied Blood Orange Pu-erh, can balance the digestive system and assist with any stomach upset. Oolong is versatile and goes with any meal, as well as a tea you can sip through the night. Indulge in a healthy treat of exotic Super Butterfly Wuyi oolong!

Why limit yourself to just one tea for your dinner party when you can have a whole selection of beautifully packaged and delicious teas to share with your host? Our pre-made flights of tea are in an elegant gold and black box and fragrant with Peppermint, Tangerine Ginger fruit tea, Creamy Lemon green tea, Toffee Dream white tea, Creamed Earl Grey black tea and Manitoba Rooibos. These are easily shared and everyone at the table will find one they can enjoy!

If you want to add an extra special touch to your gift, we have pastel Bee House teapots to serve and share your tea. These are guaranteed no-drip pots and become a gorgeous centerpiece on the table. With spring and summer on the way, we also have a range of different designs and colours of Moroccan cups which are a beautiful alternative to regular tea mugs.

Think beyond the bottle of wine and let us help choose the perfect tea for your next dinner party!