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coffee and tea festival
coffee and tea festival
- Coffee & Tea Festival -
to appear on the Food Network hit show Unwrapped, April 9th!

food network unwrappedLast year, the Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC welcomed a crew from the Food Network for a full day of filming. They spent the day interviewing exhibitors, attendees, and the show producers.

Now, several months later, the Food Network show, Unwrapped will premiere their episode entitled “Caffeinated,” on April 9th. Check www.foodnetwork.com to confirm dates and times in your area.

Also available for your viewing pleasure at the event website (www.coffeeandteafestival.com) is a video highlight of last year’s festivities. Don’t miss this year’s Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC—April 28-29.
- Earth-Friendly Farmers -
in Amish Community

mint brook teasNestled in Amish Country in Dalton Ohio is a farm that has been able to blend tradition, culture, and community with entrepreneurial spirit, ingenuity, and respect for the earth. It was back in 2003 when two dairy farmers were overhauling an Oliver Tractor engine and disheartened about the factory-style dairy farms that were starting to surround their community that the conversation turned to building a new business. Both were looking for a way to remain in agriculture but because of the declining dairy market needed an alternative.

One of the farmers, Dante Tropea, took action—getting rid of insecticides and chemical fertilizers, selling his dairy cows to an organic farmer—he became a mint farmer. He sold the farm fuel tanks and operates the entire leaf drying process by corn burning furnaces; the corn ashes go back onto the fields as fertilizer and are also used as an insect repellent on melons for local fruit farmers. Today, Dante Tropea offers his quality herbs and tea blends via Mint Brook Meadow Teas—the only air-dried mint plantation in the United States that markets it's own estate herbs under it's own name.

mint brook teasThere are three ways to dry mint: freeze-drying, sun-curing, and air-drying.  “Freeze-drying requires chemicals and sun-curing yields too much menthol.  We air-dry our mint to harvest all the fragrant and delicious undertones of the mint,” said Tropea.  

Today, Mint Brook Meadow Teas grows and packages their own herbs in addition to offering teas of other planters throughout the world. In a market dominated by low end, low price oriented teas, “we aim to provide a tea crop of high quality, giving the consumer the same flavors in their cup of tea as in the cup of tea the growers have, with all the freshness and undertones only high quality tea can offer” said Mr. Tropea.

According to Dante Tropea, “Mint Brook Meadow Teas is dedicated to upholding the standards of quality craftsmanship and respectful land use for which our countryside is known.” Two standards, by the way, that makes a very tasty tea! “Life is about relationships and people, not really about a cup of tea. But a cup of tea between friends can help them get closer. That’s what it is all about.” Tropea added.

mint brook teas

Mint Brook Meadow Tea offers several tea and tea blend bags, including:  Caffeine Free Peppermint & Spearmint Herbal Tea, Green Tea & Mint, Traditional Tea & Mint, Russian Spiced Tea (their best seller), and Garden Mint.

If you prefer loose tea, then try these bestsellers: 

  • Assam Breakfast Blend
  • Moroccan Mint
  • India Blend Fair Trade USDA Certified Organic
  • Green Tea
  • Black Tea
Come sample some of these delicious teas from the earth-friendly Mint Brook Meadow farm at the coffee and tea festival April 28-29, 2007 in NYC.  www.coffeeandteafestival.com. You can purchase Mint Brook Meadow Tea at www.lehmans.com.

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- Coffee with a Cause -
Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters

moon doggie coffee roastersStart with a cup of outstanding Arabica Specialty grade coffee, stir in a little milk and a whole lot of heart and you’re drinking a delicious cup of coffee from Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters.

Donna Funk, owner of Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters, has always been a connoisseur of fine coffees and in 2005, together with her husband Bob, started her own coffee roasting company in northeast New Jersey. Offering high quality coffee at competitive prices is a challenge Donna takes very seriously. “We buy from farms and estates that hand-pick and sort their beans. This is the only way we can guarantee that the coffee we sell is of superior grade,” said Funk. 

Turning beans into bucks for basset hounds…this is where the heart of Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters really shines. Each year, in the month of April, this New Jersey roaster donates proceeds from the sale of their custom blend coffee to the Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue—a group dedicated to the welfare and well being of basset hounds. Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters creates special coffee blends & flavors named in honor of rescued basset hounds like those shown here. 

moon doggie coffee roasters

All proceeds from the sale of this coffee benefit homeless, abused and injured basset hounds. In just two years, Moon Doggie Coffee Roaster has donated more than $6000 to this wonderful charity.  “Giving back to the community is something that is very important to us,” said Funk.

The Retro Espresso Café—an eclectic East-Village style boutique coffee shop— is the storefront operation for Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters.  It serves up quite an extensive menu of delicious coffees (and teas). Some of their bestsellers include: Half a World Away (a blend of organic, fair trade coffees from Colombia and Timor), Brazilian “Sweet Yellow” Estate (Rainforest Alliance Certified), and Dark Side of the Moon Doggie French Roast (another organic, fair trade blend). 

Pair your cup of joe, tea, or cocoa with one of many delectable goodies — muffins, cookies, brownies, pastries, ice cream …you can’t go wrong with any of them. Special treats are also available to purchase and take home for your “furry friends”. And to sweeten the deal, Moon Doggie occasionally shows free vintage cartoons and classic movies on their 100-inch projection screen.

Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters is located at 108 W. Pleasant Avenue in Maywood, New Jersey. For more information about Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters visit www.moondoggiecoffee.com. For information about basset hound rescue, visit www.tristatebassets.org or www.dailydrool.com.

Wonder where the name Moon Doggie Coffee came from?
It was named after one of Donna’s bassets, Casey, who would sit on the porch and howl at the moon. Sadly, Casey died 3 months before Moon Doggie opened its doors in February 2005.

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- Tavalon Tea -
Tavalon Tea Celebrates First Anniversary with Special Offers

tavalon tea

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- The World’s First Edible Coffee -
Acapella Gourmet Foods

Coffee has taken on an extraordinary new form thanks to Mark Izzo and Kathy Niness, owners of Acapella Gourmet Foods. They have found a way to transform the delectable, robust flavor of coffee into the silky, smooth texture of chocolate and have produced the world’s first and only gourmet coffee bar! 

Acapella GourmetGetting coffee in liquid form to the point where it takes on a different physical property (a consistency similar to that of chocolate) was no easy task, even for Mark Izzo who holds a doctorate in food science. But he and Ms. Niness were determined to find a way. Happily, after much trial and error they have perfected the creation of a revolutionary and unique treat—a cup of coffee in a unique grab-and-go bar.

Using their unique patent pending formulas and processes, Acapella Gourmet Foods is able to convert the beloved drink into a solid form. “We carefully control each step of the process, from selection of the finest green coffee beans to roasting, blending, milling, and finally shaping into bars,” said Izzo.  “We use only the highest quality all-natural ingredients to create our products---from the finest Arabica coffee beans to the creamiest whole milk,” added Niness. Since their bars contain the entire bean, finely milled to gently release all the precious coffee oil, they are able to capture a truly authentic espresso flavor in each and every bar.

It’s the delicate ratio of espresso beans to milk to sugar that determines the ultimate flavor experience of each bar. “We strive to remain true to the heritage of fine espresso drinks by gaining our inspiration from the way a barista would make various specialty espresso coffees at an espresso bar,” said Niness. The bars are all-natural and pack the same amount of caffeine as a really good cup of gourmet coffee. The bars weigh 2.25oz, retail for around $2.99 and come in these irresistible flavors:

  • Espresso Serenade: Made with generous amounts of espresso accented by a touch of sugar and milk to create an intense long lasting flavor experience. An excellent choice for those who cherish espresso or prefer their coffee black.

  • Toffee Espresso Concerto: This bar perfectly blends the boldness of Espresso Serenade with generous amounts of buttery crunchy English Toffee. The toffee is made the traditional way, cooked in open kettles in small artisan batches using sugar, fresh dairy butter, and almonds. Perfect for those who like the contrast of bold espresso with a sweet buttery crunch.

  • Cappuccino Connoisseur: True to the espresso bar classic, an elegant duet of flavorful espresso with velvety milk. Favored by those who enjoy a fine coffee but prefer the sweeter, milder experience that the addition of whole milk and sugar lend to the strength of espresso.

  • Caramel Macchiato Classico:  Velvety cappuccino surrounds a soft flowing fresh cream caramel. The definition of sweet indulgence for the caramel lover, this bar is true to the taste of this coffee house favorite.

The coffee bars were introduced last summer at the NY Fancy Food Show and have been popping up at local coffee and gourmet shops ever since. Caffe Acapella bars will be a featured at the Coffee & Tea Festival being held later this month at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City (www.coffeeandteafestival.com).

For coffee lovers, there is no greater gift than these outstanding coffee bars.  Treat yourself or a friend, perfect for moms, dads and grads! Shop locally or shop online at www.acapellafoods.com.

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- Beer Here! Chicory Stout -
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

dogfish head craft brewed alesFrom the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware comes a delicious dark beer made with a touch of roasted chicory, organic Mexican coffee, St. John's Wort, and licorice root. Brewed with whole-leaf Cascade and Fuggles hops, the grains include pale, roasted & oatmeal.

  • Tasting Notes: Creamy, roasty, peppery, dry & chocolatey.
  • Food Pairing Recommendations: Grilled chicken, BBQ, shellfish, sushi, smoked fish and yes ... chocolate!
  • Glassware Recommendation: Pint
  • Wine comparable: Bordeaux
Visit www.dogfish.com for information on the Chicory Stout and their other spectacular craft beers. Come sample the Chicory Stout at the Coffee & Tea Festival NYC. www.coffeeandteafestival.com

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- Book Buzz -
Tea Party:
20 Themed Tea Parties with Recipes for Every Occasion, from Fabulous Showers to Intimate Gatherings
Written by Tracy Stern and Christie Matheson

Coming April 24, 2007

tea party tracy sternTracy Stern is passionate about tea. She has created wildly popular lines of teas and tea-based beauty products and has hosted hundreds of stylish tea parties to celebrate all sorts of occasions. She has introduced a new generation to the pleasures of tea without any of its traditional stuffiness. In Tea Party, she encourages everyone to make their next gathering that much more special by incorporating tea into the menu.

Starting with tips on choosing and brewing teas–from white and green teas to herbal rooibos and different black teas–Tea Party then shares more than seventy-five recipes, both savory and sweet, as part of twenty themed tea parties. Stern features classic tea accompaniments such as Scones with Clotted Cream and Cucumber-Mint Tea Sandwiches as well as novel recipes that use flavorful and healthful tea as an ingredient, including Homemade Potato Fries with Ceylon Tea Salt and Tea-Scented Chocolate Truffles. Above all, the focus is on fun, not fuss.

The party suggestions are perfect for afternoons with friends, bridal and baby showers, cocktail and dinner parties, picnics, and brunches. A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party–for a birthday or an unbirthday–will delight kids and adults alike with tea sandwiches made with edible flowers followed by Eat Me! Cupcakes. Chai Breakfast Tea reveals a fantastic recipe for the sweetly spiced irresistible drink along with recipes for chai-scented pancakes and candied almonds. Ideas and inspirations abound for fabulous, easy, and affordable invitations, decorations, table settings, and charming party favors that tie into each party’s theme.

Featuring beautiful color photography throughout, Tea Party is a hip, up-to-date slant on a beloved tradition, inspiring everyone to drink a little more tea, celebrate a little more often, and enjoy life a whole lot more.

Published by Clarkson Potter, April 24, 2007, Hardcover, $27.50

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- Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC -
April 28-29, 2007

coffee and tea festivalThousands will gather for this New York event in Manhattan's beautiful Metropolitan Pavilion to celebrate everything related to coffee and tea. The Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC will bring coffee, tea and confectionary vendors together and introduce them to sophisticated enthusiasts.

Come and enjoy:

  • Coffee and tea samples
  • Lectures / Classes
  • Shopping
  • Demonstrations
  • Coffee Art
  • A Tea Lounge with music and other entertainment
Funds will be raised for the official event charity, The Freeplay Foundation and its Coffee Lifeline Project

Don't miss the 2nd Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC!
The two-day festival is packed with special events.
Check the festival website for details (www.coffeeandteafestival.com)

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