Secret Barista Stuff

For total ease-of-use in the café, we recommend brewing up our Concentrate, to have on hand throughout your trading hours. Using this method allows you to serve GrunTea as a Hot tea or latte, or just as easily, as an Iced tea or latte!
Following are our recipes for Green and Nettle Concentrates, serving instructions for our various options, and a tabulation of suggested measurements for various sized serving mugs or glasses… But you’ll need to use your barista clever to modify these if your mugs are different sized, or you want to offer your own unique variations!

  • We highly recommend having a kitchen lackey prepare your concentrates so you can remain the star out the front! LOL

After the Concentrate method, you will find our Steaming Wand Method. These instructions are for using a stainless steel jug and steaming wand – for those who do not have access to a stovetop.

  • After all instructions you will find some very helpful notes and suggestions – Be Sure to Read These BEFORE Making Gruntea for The First Time!

Concentrate Method

Green Chai Concentrate

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.7 L boiling water
  • 1/2 cup Green GrunTea powder
  • Rounded 1/3 cup finely grated fresh ginger
  • Loads of Love

Nettle Chai Concentrate

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.7 L boiling water
  • 2/3 cup Nettle GrunTea powder
  • Rounded 1/3 cup finely grated fresh ginger
  • Loads of Love

METHOD: (For both)

  1. Place all ingredients into a 2-3 L stainless steel saucepan.
  2. Bring to a gentle rolling boil, then boil for 10 minutes.
  3. Allow the brew to cool (with the lid on), then pour through a fine mesh tea strainer into an airtight lidded jug (to keep it nice and fresh). To get the most volume of concentrate from your brew, use the back of a spoon to squeeze any remaining liquid through the tea remnants in the strainer until it won’t release any more liquid. If needed, top up your concentrate container with water to bring the total back to 1500mls (1.5L) – then store in the fridge ready for use. We suggest only keeping the concentrate for 3 days – to ensure the freshness.

Warnings: GrunTea can bubble up very high when boiling. Keep the lid off and Do Not Leave Unattended!
As this concentrate is indeed super strong and loaded with turmeric, it will stain any container that you keep it in – especially plastic!

Concentrate Beverages – HOT

TEA

The regular Grunt!

  1. Place correct mls of GrunTea Concentrate into a stainless steel jug. (See suggested concentrate amounts table below)
  2. Add enough water to 3/4 fill serving mug and top up with milk – with a little more than needed to fill the mug (in total).
  3. Using the steamer, bring up to 60-70°C.
  4. Pour into mug and serve with sweetener of choice.

LATTE

An extra creamy indulgence!

  1. Place correct mls of GrunTea Concentrate into a stainless steel jug. (See suggested concentrate amounts table below)
  2. Top up with milk – a little more than needed to fill the mug (in total).
  3. Using the steamer, bring up to 60-70°C.
  4. Pour into mug and serve with sweetener of choice.

Concentrate Beverages – ICED

TEA

Chilled Grunt!

  1. Add the correct mls of GrunTea Concentrate into your serving glass. (See suggested concentrate amounts table below)
  2. Add the right amount of sweetener and mix well – you will need to use your secret barista magic to determine the desired sweetness of your customers!
  3. Add a few ice cubes.
  4. Add enough water to 3/4 fill the glass, and top up with milk.
  5. Mix well again.

LATTE

Creamy Chilled Grunt!

  1. Add the correct mls of GrunTea Concentrate into your serving glass. (See suggested concentrate amounts table below)
  2. Add the right amount of sweetener and mix well – you will need to use your secret barista magic to determine the desired sweetness of your customers!
  3. Add a few ice cubes.
  4. Top up with milk.
  5. Mix well again.

Suggested Concentrate Amounts Table

Cup Size Amount of Concentrate Serves per Batch
295 ml / 10 oz mug Use 41 mls 36
360 ml / 12 oz mug Use 50 mls 30
450 ml / 15 oz mug Use 62 mls 24
470 ml / 16 oz mug Use 65 mls 23

Steaming Wand Method

TEA – HOT

The regular Grunt – 450 ml mug

1 Mug Recipe:

  1. Place into a stainless steel jug:
    A double shot of boiling water
    1 rounded teaspoon of Green GrunTea powder or 1 1/2 teaspoons Nettle GrunTea powder
    Approx. 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
    Loads of Love
  2. Using steamer, bring mix to a boil for 30 – 60 seconds and set aside to brew for 20 seconds.
  3. Add to jug, enough water to 3/4 fill serving mug and top up with milk – a touch more than needed to fill the mug (in total).
  4. Using the steamer again, bring back to 60-70°C.
  5. Pour through a tea strainer into mug, and serve with sweetener of choice.

LATTE – HOT

An extra creamy indulgence – 450 ml mug

1 Mug Recipe:

  1. Place into a stainless steel jug:
    A double shot of boiling water
    1 rounded teaspoon of Green GrunTea powder or 1 1/2 teaspoons Nettle GrunTea powder
    Approx. 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
    Loads of Love
  2. Using steamer, bring mix to a boil for 30 – 60 seconds and set aside to brew for 20 seconds.
  3. Top up with milk – a touch more than needed to fill the mug (in total).
  4. Using the steamer again, bring back to 60-70°C.
  5. Pour through a tea strainer into mug, and serve with sweetener of choice.

On Brewing Multiple Mugs with Steaming Wand:

Obviously for 2 mugs you can just double everything in the “1 Mug Recipe” – however a new alchemy happens when you brew 5 at a time, and you do not need 5 times everything – in fact the tea becomes overpowering!
Contrary to this warning, there seems to be no limit to how much fresh ginger some people enjoy.

So again, use your wisdom and secret barista magic to modify the recipe as you need to.

Additional Brewing Notes, Thoughts and Ideas

Chilli – A Bold Serving Suggestion:

As a variety for the brave… try our suggested Hot Pepper Zazaam!
Add a pinch or 2 of Cayenne Pepper to the stainless steel jug before boiling.
But Beware – this can be more grunt than many can handle!

On Milks / Mylks:

You can serve our tea with any milk of preference, however GrunTea and coconut milk are a divine flavour combo, and the healthy fats in coconut increase the bioavailability and absorption of curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric. Hence we suggest Pureharvest Coco Quench, as it is a match made in heaven.

On Sweetness:

We recommend offering Rapadura/Panela (evaporated cane sugar), as it is only lightly processed, loaded with nutrients and minerals, not overly sweet, and has a hint of caramel to it.
But you can offer any sweeteners you prefer. Some customers may even like GrunTea with no sweeteners at all.

We have found that Iced GrunTea has more wow if you add a little more sweetener than usual, you may even want to try pure maple syrup – for a bit more indulgence.

On Fresh Ginger:

If you are using the Steaming Wand Method, you can grate a whole bunch first thing in the morning, and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge – ready to simply grab as needed throughout your trading hours. If you have a kitchen lackey, get them to do it for you! It has been suggested by one of our cafés to freeze half teaspoon quantities in small ice cube trays so they are readily handy and stay fresh!

If you are pre-grating a large quantity of ginger, we have found that putting large chunks into a Nutribullet for 2-3 seconds is a great (pardon the pun) time saver!
It comes out just as fine as it does from the grater. However, if you put a lot in and blend it longer, it will liquefy! Don’t do that!!

On Teapots:

We don’t recommend simply steeping GrunTea in a teapot with boiling water – as it does not hold sustained heat sufficiently to create the Grunt Factor! You’ll get an utterly beige cuppa if you do this. Do so at the peril of your customer’s taste buds!

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