any given day, about one half of the American population drinks
tea. Some, of course, like it hot, but an overwhelming majority,
approximately 85%, prefer to drink their tea iced. This passion
for iced tea has lead to a great surge in ready-to-drink tea sales,
according to the Tea Association of the U.S.:
the last ten years, Ready-To-Drink (RTD) Tea has grown nearly
2007, Ready-To-Drink sales were conservatively estimated at $2.8
this growth, no doubt, are the challenges of busy grab-and-go lifestyles
and the continued reporting of tea’s healthy benefits. Visit
the refrigerator case in your favorite deli or a walk down the
beverage isle at your local supermarket and you’ll see many
RTD teas vying for your attention. Do consumers have to sacrifice
great taste for good health? Not anymore, according to Eric
Skae, developer and founder of New Leaf teas.
avid brewed tea drinker with nearly fifteen years in the beverage
business, Eric Skae woke early one morning in 2003 and decided
to blend his favorite brewed tea with various fruit flavors and
instantly knew he was onto something. “The beverage market
lacked a beverage that was both great tasting and good for you” said
Skae. Using family and friends as his tasters, the concept of New
Leaf teas quickly started to take form. Less than a year later,
in 2004, Skae launched New Leaf—100% all natural and preservative
free ready-to-drink teas that are organically sweetened with evaporated
cane juice. “Since cane juice is all natural and minimally
processed, it offers a healthier alternative to sugar-sweetened
or artificially sweetened teas,” added Skae.
Leaf ready-to-drink teas start with green, white, or blue tea.
While much has been written about the health benefits of green
tea and white tea, many consumers are just learning about blue
tea and its benefits.
is Blue Tea?
Oolong tea is known as blue tea because of the bluish reflection
of its leaves. “Blue tea is known for its smooth
taste which is unlike any of the other teas,” said Skae.
New Leaf is serious about educating consumers about blue tea and
reports that blue tea contains a large quantity of polyphenols
which act as antioxidants and promote beauty and health. The polyphenols
are also known to enhance the function of enzymes and aid in
the controlling of obesity by
activating triglycerides and enhancing metabolism. “Blue tea
has more catechin than black teas and more thearubigin than green
teas. This smooth tasting tea has so much to offer,” said Catherine
Daniel, a spokesperson for New Leaf. New Leaf introduced its newest
addition last month with the launch of the Blue Tea Peach tea. New
Leaf’s peachy pairing offers consumers a savory taste of healthy
great flavors make up the New Leaf all natural line of teas: White
Tea Strawberry, White Tea Tangerine, White Tea Honey and Ginseng,
White Tea Honeydew Melon, Green Tea Plum, Green Tea Ginseng, Green Tea Mango, Blue
Tea Lemon (and diet), Blue Tea Raspberry and Blue Tea
Peach, available in regular and diet.
Leaf is currently available at specialty, gourmet, health, and
other fine retail stores. (www.DrinkNewLeaf.com)
Equator Estate Coffees & Teas
Equator Estate Coffees & Teas® is a successful, women–owned company, co-founded in 1995 by Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell. They have earned an outstanding reputation as purveyors and roasters providing distinctive specialty coffees and rare teas at competitive prices with unparalleled customer service.
Equator’s mission is to continue to be a growing, customer-centric company, dedicated to quality, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility. Their commitment is to procure distinctive coffees and teas from growers who practice responsible land stewardship and bio-friendly farming techniques.
Proudly, they ensure quality from source to cup, through careful selection of sustainable green beans, artisan blend development, efficient small-batch roasting, and advanced brewing technology and training. Equator focuses on ways to advance sustainability practices that encourage productive relationships and an empowered chain of supply. "We believe that our efforts to support growers and the environment are a competitive advantage, and we intend to remain in the forefront on issues of sustainability."
Organic /Fair Trade MOCHA JAVA
Origins: Ethiopia Harrar with Sumatra and other Indonesian coffee.
Profile: Ethiopia Harrar from the Oromia cooperative is the star of this heavy-toned blend, nicely paired with a mélange of Indonesian coffees that provide earth tones and body at the base.
For more information or to purchase a variety of coffee and tea from Equator, visit www.EquatorCoffees.com.
The Popcorn Tea
out of poverty and desperation, today Genmai Cha finds a growing
acceptance among the hippest tea drinkers.
poor and underprivileged living in wartime Japan were unable
to afford a luxury such as tea and were forced to either do
without or find a way to “stretch” their tea supply.
Rice, abundant and cheap, was hulled, boiled, roasted, and then
added to the tea. During the roasting process a few grains of
rice would pop and resemble popcorn, earning Genmai Cha the
contemporary nickname, “popcorn tea.”
this unique blend steeps with hot water, the roasted rice imparts
a toasty and slightly nutty flavor and aroma to the subtle green
tea. As a savory tea, Genmai Cha makes an excellent accompaniment
“This tea has outgrown its humble origins to become a
favorite of many urban dwellers in both Japan and the West,”
according to Adagio Teas.
Genmai Cha is best when brewed with spring water at a temperature
of 180° to 190° for 2 to 3 minutes. Do not over brew.
Use one scant teaspoon per 8 ounces. You can enjoy 2 or more
infusions from this tea.
Genmai Cha can be purchased at your local tea retailer or online.
From South Africa With Love
means “home” in Xhosa, the Bantu language of southeast
South Africa. It is in this region, deep in the winelands of South
Africa, that the Khaya Cookie Company makes their home. The Khaya
Cookie Company produces a variety of delicious cookies and delivers
some much-needed “TLC” to a region where poverty is
T stands for Training—job skills training for the men and
women in this impoverished region.
L stands for Locally
sourced ingredients—including rooibos extract, grapeseed
powder, organic apricots, and butter.
C stands for Commitment—their
commitment to operate a sustainable company that creates societal
wealth by reducing what it calls “tin-cup dependency”.
The Khaya Cookie Company promises to use only the freshest, finest,
all natural ingredients and no preservatives. Each cookie is carefully
crafted by hand. They hire previously unemployed women from the
townships of Khayelitsha, South Africa and through education and
training, turn them into highly skilled bakers. “All Khaya
employees also are provided with a Skills Training Program where
they are cross trained in each aspect of our business; from baking
to packaging to customer service,” says Alicia Polak, founder
of Khaya Cookie Company. The company also strives to improve the
life of their bakers. The bakers of the Khaya Cookie Company come
from the townships surrounding Cape Town, primarily from the township
of Khayelitsha, South Africa where people live in poverty, children
suffer from malnutrition, and unemployment is high. The Khaya
Cookie Company is committed to help their local residents and
employees rise above the hardship and heartache.
cookies are made the time-honored way—from scratch and in
small batches. They come in five delicious varieties. Three are
shortbread cookies, orange rooibos, cranberry rooibos and grapeseed. The
others are Krunchis, a granola-type snack treat.
rooibos shortbreads: The allure of aromatic citrus peel
transforms this dense, buttery shortbread, taking it out of the
ordinary and into the realm of extraordinary.
Cranberry rooibos shortbreads: Their artisan
bakers have added bits of naturally tart, intensely flavorful
cranberries and all the benefits of rooibos extract to this classically
buttery rich shortbread.
Grapeseed Shortbreads: Made with grapeseed, known for their incredible nutritional properties including a potent dose of Vitamin C and antioxidants, these shortbreads also have tangy, tiny currents. You’ll find it has a delectable depth of flavor—not too sweet and just buttery enough.
Fruit Krunchi: Perfect for a 3pm snack attack, the Krunchis
satisfy a craving for something sweet. You’ll savor the
morsels of moist dates and organic apricots mixed with the satisfyingly
chewy grains. The dates add 14 essential vitamins and minerals
give you 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving.
Orange & Chocolate Krunchi: A timeless combination of pure orange zest and pure dark Belgium chocolate. Enjoy its heavenly flavor along with the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids in the flaxseed and essential fiber and nutrients in oats and sunflower seeds. A total of 13,5g of heart healthy Omega 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids per box.
is not often that one comes across a company that so gently and
so deliberately inspires others while at the same time delivers
a superior product. The cookies themselves are petit in size and
big on taste. They are delicious, satisfying, and good for you
too. All received high marks in the Coffee And Tea Newsletter
“test kitchen”. The shortbreads and krunchis would
be a great afternoon snack or just perfect with a cup of tea after
a crazy day. It is no wonder that Alicia Polak, owner of the Khaya
Cookie Company, was the winner of the Food Network Edible Entrepreneur
of the Year Award 2007. For more information about the Khaya Cookie
Company or to place and order, visit www.KhayaCookies.com
This product is handmade with care using upcycled burlap coffee sacks from around the world. This particular bag was made from a burlap sack which carried green coffee beans from Colombia to a coffee roaster in Chicago.
The side satchel is approximately 13"wide by 12"high by 2.5"deep. It is large enough to hold a medium size laptop (perfect for a 13" MacBook). It has an adjustable strap with D rings. It is a unisex design, preference dictated only by the lining used. A great bag for a day outing, school, shopping or everyday use.
No two products by Burlap Works are the same. They are unique, durable and eco-friendly. Due to the nature of the original printing on the coffee sacks, it is recommend that purchaser only spot wash this product. $55. Click here for photos, info, or to purchase.