Coffee and Tea Newsletter: March 2011
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The 'Coffee Cup Recycler' from Busch Systems
A Solution to the Coffee Cup Dilemma!

Paper coffee cups are a huge part of our waste stream. In fact, billions of coffee cups make their way into landfills daily. It is clear that if a solution isn’t found to divert coffee cup waste, the negative impact on the environment will be critical. A recent announcement has stirred excitement in the recycling industry as Busch Systems; a leading North American manufacturer of waste receptacles, recycling containers and composting bins has stepped forward to combat the issue of coffee cup waste. Launching at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Exposition this month, the new ‘Coffee Cup Recycler’ provides a solution for green-minded coffee drinkers.

Paper coffee cups have replaced most Styrofoam products in the restaurant, cafeteria and coffee shop industry. However, the lining which allows paper coffee cups to hold hot liquids are commonly made from polyethylene which is not recyclable and this has created a worldwide controversy for city councils; to recycle or not recycle.

Until now, one of the only ways to have an environmentally friendly impact as a coffee drinker was to bring your own thermos or washable cup with you. With the premiere of the ‘Coffee Cup Recycler’, the idea of establishing a coffee cup recycling program in your restaurant, coffee shop, office tower, college or university facility or cafeteria is now obtainable.

The container is made from 100% recyclable plastic. It has three divisions; one for the liquid waste, one for coffee cups and one for plastic lids and stir sticks. The problem of mixed recycling (paper coffee cups and plastic lids together) was a key reason why community councils were having a hard time declaring coffee cups as an acceptable recyclable. Mixed recyclables would be a huge inconvenience as they would need to be sorted before recycling. The ‘Coffee Cup Recycler’ addresses and resolves this issue by dividing the coffee cup components appropriately. The ‘Coffee Cup Recycler’ also allows for signage promotion through its custom vinyl wrap options.

Corporate and National Account Manager Brandon Rutledge, is attending the SCAA's Exposition and heading the launch of the ‘Coffee Cup Recycler’, “Being able to launch this “Game Changer” of a product at one of the premiere coffee industry events is tremendously exciting. All of us here at Busch Systems believe the ‘Coffee Cup Recycler’ is a giant step forward in the diversion of troublesome coffee cups from the waste stream.“

In the matter of liquid waste management, the ‘Coffee Cup Recycler’ will open new possibilities by allowing for safe liquid waste removal, while promoting the recycling of coffee cups and providing a solution to the coffee cup waste problem.

For coffee retailers this innovative product makes perfect sense. For consumer and coffee (and tea) lovers, it offers a great green option, so look for these containers to pop up at your favorite “hot spot”.

For more information, contact Brandon Rutledge at 705-722-0806 or visit


Authentic Teas
Bringing a Taste of Armenia to the World’s Gourmet Tea Drinkers

Today tea enthusiasts everywhere can experience ancient Armenian tea culture as Authentic Teas begins distribution of its wild-crafted herbal teas, organically harvested and prepared in the highlands of the Caucasian mountains. Authentic Teas is a new boutique tea company working directly with indigenous tea crafters to bring a taste of Armenia to the world.

David Richardson, CFO of Authentic Teas, points out the purity of their teas and the way Authentic Teas operates makes them unique. “Unlike conventional tea producers, our Authentic Teas are grown and sustainably harvested in the wild; free of chemicals or environmentally harmful production methods.” Harvesting and blending is done entirely by hand, using traditional methods that have been followed for thousands of years. The result, says Richardson, “is an outstanding tea experience unparalleled by any other tea in the market.”

Tea drinkers want to know more than just a name brand, they want to know the story behind their favorite indulgences so Authentic Teas uses its website to showcase the story of the people and the ancient tea culture of Armenia. “As an avid tea drinker, I was captivated with the story of Armenian tea,” says Richardson. Herbs like oregano, thyme, Linden flowers and mint grow wild in the Armenian highlands.

Tea crafting takes place in indigenous village areas, where most of the economic benefits are returned to local artisans, helping ensure that a lifestyle and culture grounded in two thousand years of tradition continues. Authentic Teas supplier and master tea artisan, Dr. Armen Mehrabyan, pointed out that the harvest and tea preparation is carried out under the strictest observation of Armenian traditions. “We follow the tea crafting practices found in ancient Armenian manuscripts,” he explains.

Richardson notes that tea preferences are rapidly shifting. As consumers develop more sophisticated tea palates, demand is growing for healthful, high-quality tea experiences. “Armenian tea, with its millennia of tea crafting excellence, offers the perfect match for consumers wanting an unforgettable tea steeped in authenticity and purity.” Authentic Teas offers four teas that are USDA certified organic while two more are made with 95% organic ingredients. To learn more, visit


Goodwill. Great Coffee.
Tylers Coffee Gives Back

Tylers Coffees Partners with Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona to Provide Community Support and Gourmet Coffee.

Tyler’s Coffee continues to give back with its recent partnership with Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona. Tyler’s has hired the adults with disabilities in Goodwill Business Center to attach labels to packages of Tyler’s Coffee.

Todd Waltz, safety manager of Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona states, “Our mission is to provide training, services and jobs for people with barriers to employment. Our partnership with Tyler’s Coffee is helping us do just that.”

Future labels will state that this coffee was “Packaged by our friends at Goodwill of Southern Arizona.” Tyler is happy to realize that every sale that comes from their website is contributing to the community and giving back to the less fortunate. He continues, “This project empowers people with barriers to employment with an opportunity to work. They have a strong desire to do well, and we’re glad to be a part of the process.”

This latest project continues a theme for Tyler’s Coffee giving back. It has given free coffee to troops deployed overseas and has worked with organizations like the Red Cross at free coffee events.

Tyler’s Coffee is not your ordinary coffee. In addition to giving back to the community, it also provides a coffee that is good for your health. It calls this new coffee “acid-free coffee.” It is a new concept in the coffee industry, founded on a unique “Z-Roasting” computerized process that roasts beans for the optimal amount of time. Acid-free coffee is safer for tooth enamel and gentler on the stomach. It also has been known to provide relief for some stomach problems such as heartburn. For more information on Tyler’s Coffees’ activities with Goodwill, visit and to further support our community efforts, please try Tylers coffees at Tylers Coffees Purchase.



Health Benefits & Pure Pleasure New Bigelow Teas Come to Market

The Bigelow Tea Company is on a mission: to infuse fresh interest in the tea aisle with unique blends that deliver both the pleasures and the health benefits of tea. The Bigelow family is continuously at work crafting exciting new flavors that intrigue consumers while satisfying the marketplace demand for quality innovation. Now Bigelow brings three new varieties to market in May 2011 that combine delicious taste with the outstanding health benefit appeal of today's most popular antioxidant fruits. The new introductions are:

Bigelow Black Tea with Pomegranate: a rich, satisfying black tea with the naturally luscious fruit flavor of pomegranate

Bigelow Decaffeinated Green Tea with Pomegranate: a delicate, decaffeinated green tea gently infused with the naturally sweet flavor of pomegranate

Bigelow Decaffeinated Green Tea with Wild Blueberry & Acai: a delicate, decaffeinated green tea with a lively berry twist

"We are thrilled to add three new winners to our portfolio of over a hundred tea varieties," says company president, Cindi Bigelow, "two of which will have special appeal to consumers who want to reduce their caffeine intake. Our newest introductions once again demonstrate the unsurpassed skill of Bigelow's master blenders in creating teas with exquisite, natural fruit flavors. With three of today's most popular superfruits as ingredients, we know these new blends will create fresh excitement in the marketplace." By offering a rich spectrum of Flavored, Traditional, Green, Organic, Herbal, Decaffeinated and Iced teas, Bigelow meets the wide-ranging interests of its loyal customer base and extends brand appeal to new users.

Bigelow Tea products are available nationwide at grocery, supercenters, mass merchandisers and health stores. Every variety can be found on the company website along with an appealing selection of recipes, tea chests, tea accessories and other gift items.


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