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Just How “HOT” is “Cold Brew”?

If you haven’t heard of Cold Brew coffee yet, well, you might just be dead. Don’t worry – a shot of the cold stuff will awaken you!

It is without question that the Cold Brew trend is showing no signs of slowing down. While trend setters like Stumptown have been serving up Cold Brew for years, the market has now gone mainstream. Within the last year, major players such as STARBUCKS, DUNKIN’ DONUTS, and PEETS COFFEE have all invested heavily in the Cold Brew market, with dynamic successes! Research firm Mintel estimates that cold brew grew 580% from 2010-2016!

How can Canadian food-service operators enter the Cold Brew game and boost sales?
The Challenges:

1. Refrigeration: most cold brews are not shelf stable and require cold-chain refrigeration from manufacturing, distribution, and in-house.
“Refrigerated distribution may be the biggest marketing challenge for companies wanting to sell their… cold-brewed coffees. Not only can it be expensive, it’s also a logistical nightmare that is compounded by cold-brewed coffee’s relatively short shelf-life.” – BevNet

2. Bacterial Growth: due in part to the low acid level of Cold Brew, safety and cleanliness are major concerns for brewers. Cafe’s that want to brew their own in-house could be exposing their customers to all sorts of dangerous pathogens if strict measures are not followed exactly.
“Cold brew is more susceptible to foodborne pathogens” – BrewGlobal
“While hot brewing temperatures typically are high enough to kill off anything that could harm coffee from a food safety standpoint, cold-brew is more vulnerable to bacterial growth.” – FreshCup Magazine

The Solution:

By means of their patented proprietary advanced filtration system, Kohana produces the only Cold Brew Concentrate that is Shelf-Stable. It has a 12 month Shelf-life, a clean bold flavourful taste and is Organic!

With a 1:2 concentration, it is easy to apply as a still iced drink (2oz cold brew, 4oz water, in 12oz glass of ice), as a sparkling drink (infuse with nitro or substitute still water for sparkling), with various milks (Coconut Cold Brew) or as a cocktail or mocktail ingredient (Elderflower Cold Brew martini anyone?).

Gerhards Importers is the exclusive importer of the only shelf-stable Cold Brew concentrate in Canada.
Multi-unit cafes, restaurants, and lounges can now seamlessly incorporate Cold Brew into their LTO or regular beverage menus.
Contact Gerhards today for more information.
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Kombucha Wonder Drink

Gerhards Importers Canada is proud to announce our official Importer Partnership with Kombucha Wonder Drink products in the Canadian foodservice channel. We are excited to work together with Wonder Drink in Canada to grow this engaging product!

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The only Coconut milk crafted exclusively for professional Barista use in specialty coffee! Not only does the subtle coconut flavour complement fine espresso, but it froths into beautifully smooth, glossy micro foam. Made with Non-GMO Coconut, Barista Series Coconut is also Vegan friendly and gluten free. Oh yeah, and it’s not available in retail, allowing you to create a unique cafe experience. Find out more here.

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