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Rishi Tea Sponsors
National Yoga Month

Rishi Tea has been named Official Beverage of Yoga Month, which is every September. Additionally, Rishi Tea will be donating a portion of its sales from Organic Unity Herbal Tea to the National Yoga Month organization.

Todd Wickstrom, Chief Operating Officer, Rishi Tea, said, “we’re thrilled to be a part of National Yoga Month. Yoga and tea seem to pair up perfectly, as both can help people pursue healthier, more enriching lifestyles.”

Yoga is an important part of the culture at Rishi Tea. In fact, the employees participate in a weekly yoga class every Friday afternoon. Held at the Rishi offices, the class gives everyone an opportunity to wind down after the busy week and gives them a chance to center themselves before heading into the weekend.

Rishi Tea’s Unity Herbal Tea is a great fusion of herbs and roots that enliven the senses while helping to maintain a relaxed state of being. Spicy ginger, soothing licorice root and zesty lemongrass provides refreshing energy, perfect for pre or post yoga teatime.

During Yoga Month, Rishi Tea will donate 25% of all online sales and 10% of all wholesale sales of Organic & Fair Trade Unity Herbal Tea to the National Yoga Month organization. The donation will help this important organization promote yoga and healthy living across the country. Rishi wishes all tea drinkers and yoga practitioners a healthy, well-balanced September. For more information on Rishi Tea please visit



The producers of the renowned World Tea Expo, the real “tea party,” are bringing their platform—the best the specialty tea industry has to offer—to Philadelphia for World Tea East, Sept. 9 – 10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This new event features 100 innovative manufacturers and suppliers, best new tea products, expert-led educational sessions, focused tea tastings, pairing workshops and other special events for tea professionals, food and beverage manufacturers and decision makers in related industries.

The expo also presents the unique “Reflections in Tea” interactive art exhibit, which will benefit victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, a major tea-growing and tea-consuming region. In addition, World Tea East debuts the Cha Jing Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented to distinguished tea leader John Harney, founder of Harney & Sons Fine Teas, for his significant contributions to the industry.

Kim Jage, executive vice president of World Tea Media, organizer of the event, said, “World Tea East is not only about specialty tea and the latest trends, it’s about providing professionals the tools needed to drive business and increase sales in tea and related products. There are untapped opportunities for retailers, tea and coffeehouse owners, hoteliers, restaurants, spas, grocers and innkeepers, to profit from this growing category. Attending East and the educational conference arms professionals with the business development knowledge they need to succeed with tea.”

According to Jage, the objective of the exposition is to support and fuel the expanding demand for specialty tea and related products in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Southeast United States, and to provide solid tea education for the category's ever-growing popularity.

The interactive art exhibit, called “Reflections in Tea” celebrates the groundbreaking artist Michele Brody, in partnership with World Tea East, and offers a one-of-a-kind, hands-on art exhibit, which will provide both hope and financial support to the tea-growing country of Japan. The art exhibit includes the temporary installation of a tea house constructed out of copper pipes with walls of tea-stained tea sacs. Delegates of World Tea East have the opportunity to write a message of hope or prayer on the tea sacs, as a way to offer encouragement to the families and individuals who suffered during the disasters in Japan. Attendees can make a voluntary contribution for each stained tea bag that they transcribe, and proceeds will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross. At the conclusion of the show, the tea bags will be transformed into a “Wishing Quilt,” which will be sent as a gift to the residents of the Fukushima Prefecture.

World Tea East also provides professionals with numerous opportunities to discover new tea products, optimize merchandise, gain product knowledge and network with peers in an intimate setting. The conference is expected to bring in a high-level audience of buyers and decision makers. Additional highlights include:

  • New and leading-edge exhibitors of tea and related products
  • Best new products
  • Expert-led educational sessions
  • Focused tea tastings • Workshops
  • World Origin Tasting Tour
  • North American Tea Championship Winners' Tasting
  • Cha Jing Lifetime Achievement Award, presented this year to John Harney, founder, Harney & Sons Fine Teas.

For more information on attending, exhibiting or sponsoring, visit or call the expo’s customer service line at 702-253-1893.


Introducing Finca La Valentina Geisha - Winner - Best of Panama Coffee Competition 2011

PT's Coffee Roasting Co. introduces Finca La Valentina Aristar Agririo Geisha variety coffee, winner of the Best of Panama coffee competition for 2011.

Finca La Valentina, grown in the mountains near Boquete Panama, won first place by defeating the famed Hacienda La Esmeralda Geisha by a 1/2 point in the competition. La Valentina features flavor notes of white grape, lime, citrus blossom and honey suckle with a very complex finish in the cup. This is a rare coffee, (Geisha is an heirloom variety native to Ethiopia) with only limited amounts available in the United States.

In 2007, the “Brothers Osorio,” Benjamin and Efrain Osorio purchased the farm Finca La Valentina and began the process of developing the crop and improving the vitality of the farm. Today, Finca La Valentina is one of the best farms in Panama growing Geisha coffee that was originally introduced to the farm in the 80’s.

PT’s coffee buyers met with Benjamin Osorio following the families victory in the B.O.P. Competition and quickly agreed to work together to market the coffee in the United States through a Direct Trade relationship. “We are very proud to have this outstanding coffee and to work with such a wonderful family,” said Jeff Taylor, PTs Coffee Roasting Co. CEO, “We are also offering a package that includes both the Finca La Valentina and the Hacienda La Esmeralda Geisha in a custom gift box.”

These rare coffees, Finca La Valentina Aristar Agririo Micro-Lot and Hacienda La Esmeralda Micro-Lot Montaña will be available in the gift box or 8 oz packaging packaging separately.

PTs Coffee Roasting Co. has been offering some of the world’s finest coffees since 1993 and roast to order in Topeka, Kansas. Known for roasting exceptional quality coffees for their wholesale customers and world class barista training, PTs continues to develop as one of the finest roasting company’s in the United States.

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Red Bush Tea Goes Green

The Rainforest Alliance is pleased to announce that a group of South African farms growing rooibos, also known as red bush tea, have earned Rainforest Alliance certification. In addition to being a first for this crop type, the farms are also the first to become Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM in South Africa.

The farms in Zeekoevlei Grootport and Driefontein produce rooibos for Rooibos Ltd, whose marketing arm in the USA is Herbal Teas International. The rooibos range carrying the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal is now available in all major supermarkets throughout Europe and North America.

“Because rooibos is a new crop for the Rainforest Alliance certification program, and we have not worked in South Africa previously, this is a real milestone for us,” said Tensie Whelan, president of the Rainforest Alliance. “By reaching out to new territories, the Rainforest Alliance’s certification program continues its important growth and further ensures the protection of our fragile environment and the livelihoods of farmers around the globe.”

Rooibos is already known for its health benefits -- relieving digestive illness and promoting healthy skin, teeth and bones. Consumers can now be reassured that it is also healthy for the environment. Farms that achieve Rainforest Alliance certification have met the environmental, social and economic standards of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN). The SAN standards cover ecosystem conservation, worker rights and safety, wildlife protection, water and soil conservation, agrochemical reduction, decent housing, and legal wages and contracts for workers.

“Increasingly, consumers from all over the world want to know that the products they purchase are produced in a way that supports people, profit and the planet, said Martin Bergh, managing director of Rooibos Ltd. “Independent certification authorities such as the Rainforest Alliance reassure consumers that rooibos has been produced in a way that benefits the environment as well as the lives of the farmers and their workers. People who buy Rainforest Alliance Certified rooibos will know that the farmers who produced these products are not exploiting their laborers, and that they taking good care of their land and follow sound business principles to ensure a sustainable future.”

The Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travellers. From large multinational corporations to small, community-based cooperatives, businesses and consumers worldwide are involved in the Rainforest Alliance’s efforts to bring responsibly produced goods and services to a global marketplace where the demand for sustainability is growing steadily. For more information, visit


Tylers Coffees Reveals Top Reasons to Drink Acid Free Coffee

Have you heard the news? Coffee is not only a way to stay awake; it’s been proven to be healthy for you! According to the folks at Tylers Coffees, your usual cup of morning Joe is doing much more than getting you ready for the day it can reduce the risk of cancer, MRSA, and with countless antioxidants it’s keeping your overall health in the green. Furthermore, recent studies at Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Tampa show that a cup of coffee goes a long way in preventing the often tragic memory loss disease. It seems that the coffee bean got it right when it came to protecting your health, but it took some entrepreneurship to improve it even further.

Enter Tylers Coffees, the acid-free coffee roaster from Tucson, Arizona. Tyler and crew have recently taken the already healthy bean up a few levels. By using a new and innovative roasting process the acid in the bean is neutralized and all that remains is one smooth cup of coffee. No bitter after taste, it can reduce teeth stains, and it’s easy on sensitive stomachs and bladders.

People who suffer from Interstitial Cystitis (IC) have to avoid foods that cause flare ups, typically those high in acid. Coffee almost always tops the list of foods to avoid. Not anymore, now IC suffers can get the health benefits of coffee without causing a painful flare up! People living with Interstitial Cystitis can now have their morning cup of coffee back and enjoy all of the health perks the humble coffee bean has to offer.

The health benefits of regular coffee are widely known and enjoyed by many. However, not everyone could enjoy a cup on a daily basis. Now, with Tylers Coffees shifting the paradigm, the great benefits of coffee are now available to everyone regardless of dietary restriction. More info available at:

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