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A Year In Review

As we close out the last issue of the Coffee And Tea Newsletter for the year, we like to go back and review past issues to discover which stories generated the most interest, were clicked on most often, and generated the most feedback. Below you will find reprints of our most popular stories of 2017. We want to take this time to thank all of our readers, advertisers, and supporters for helping to make this year another great one. If you have a product you would like us to consider for review or have some exciting news to share, please contact us.

We wish you all a wonderful new year filled with all great things.

Dog Tea - A Proven Way To Prevent Canine Motion Sickness

You already know that dogs play poker, but did you know dogs drink tea?

If you own a dog, you know that car rides are something they either love or hate! For many dogs, all the new sights and sounds associated with a car ride can be too much. Even short trips can trigger car and motion sickness in dogs. All dog breeds have an equal chance of getting car sick. Puppies are frequently affected due to their relatively undeveloped ears. While most dogs will grow out of motion sickness after turning one year old, it can affect dogs of any age. It is more likely to happen for dogs not used to car rides. Dogs that only go on one or two trips a year (usually to the vet) can be particularly susceptible.

While nausea and vomiting are the most common signs, motion-sick dogs may also whine, whimper and yelp. Excessive panting, yawning, drooling, and pacing are other indicators. Alternatively, some dogs may get very quiet, be inactive or look lethargic.

To start with, try to build up your dog's tolerance for car rides by taking it on short trips around the neighborhood for a few days, going a bit farther each day. Consider using a special canine seat-belt, and always let your dog face forward in the car. Rolling down the car windows will help make your dog more comfortable too.

While these basic steps may help reduce the affects of car sickness, many cases are too intense and owners avoid important trips like taking their dog to the vet due to the trauma of getting there. For those seeking a true and natural solution to canine car sickness, you will be relieved to discover there is a another way to stop your family's best friend from getting sick.

Believing in the healing power of tea, the boutique, loose leaf tea company California Tea House began their mission to formulate an organic herbal tea to resolve the car sickness of their beloved Great Dane named Machu Picchu.

After a couple of years of blending and testing their determination paid off. Machu's Blend Tea for Dogs is now available to the public and is so effective, it is guaranteed to stop car sickness. Machu's Blend is an organic, herbal tea comprised of chamomile, ginger root, fennel seed, skullcap and calendula.

Machu's Blend Dog Tea is an all-natural proven solution in alleviating a debilitating problem without giving your dog expensive prescribed medicine or ineffective, over-the-counter products with unnatural ingredients. In addition to helping your dog with motion sickness, this holistic tea blend promotes a calming affect, lowers stress, aids digestion of dry dog food, which consequently reduces dog bloat and gas. Best of all, it serves as a special, healthy treat your dog will love.

California Tea House is a family-owned company dedicated to serving the finest quality, artisanal loose leaf tea blends, sourced from the best organic, sustainable farms all over the world. You can order Machu's Blend directly from their online store with free shipping here:


Coffee Flour™ Wins the GSC 3S Awards 2017 Climate Change Award

Coffee Flour™ has been selected by the Global Sourcing Council (GSC) as a finalist recipient of the GSC 3S  2017 Climate Change Award for its outstanding commitment and business model for impacting climate change.

Coffee Flour is an agricultural innovation with the potential to do some really great things for the world. Each year the billions of coffee beans that eventually make their way into the Americanos, lattes, and no-foam, extra-hot, triple-shot cappuccinos of the world are harvested by milling and extracting them from the coffee plant. The surrounding fruit, is discarded. It often gets dumped into rivers or left to rot in heaps. Every year billions of pounds of coffee cherry fruit, a by­product of coffee production, are discarded or, to a lesser extent, composted into fertilizer.

For farmers and families in coffee growing countries, it will create sustainable jobs and a new revenue source for some of the poorest areas of the world. For the environment, it will remove botanical waste from streams and soil, strengthening the land and lives of the people and species there. And for the rest of us, it will add a nutritious and distinctly flavorful ingredient to the global menu.

When left to decompose in landfills, wet coffee pulp contributes to global warming by releasing significant amounts of methane into the atmosphere and threatening local water supplies.

Recent data from the USDA suggests that each pound of decomposing food in landfills emits .36 kg of CO2e. Based on the global consumption of coffee in 2015, an estimated 16 M MTs of CO2e or .2% of the world’s carbon emissions would be attributable to coffee pulp waste alone.  Rather than leaving these cherries to rot in heaps, Coffee Flour converts them into a nutrient-dense and distinctly flavorful culinary ingredient that is high in fiber, protein, potassium, calcium, and iron. Coffee Flour’s business model also provides supplemental income for smallholder farmers and creates additional jobs at local coffee mills, turning what was once a pollutant into an economic boost to coffee-growing communities around the globe.

Selected out of hundreds of applications and 77 finalist nominees, Coffee Flour was honored as this year’s GSC 3S Awards Climate Change Award Finalist recipient at the 3S Awards Ceremony at the United Nations in New York City on May 17th. As a recipient of the GSC 3S Climate Change Award, Coffee Flour will contribute to the discussion on the role of the private sector in executing the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 initiative and help translate the aspirational goals of the UN’s 17 SDGs into “SMART” action items (Simple, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Tangible). Coffee Flour will also have the privilege of participating in GSC’s bootcamp, which convenes global sustainability and business leaders to help accelerate the scale-up efforts and associated environmental and social impact of the awarded enterprises.  For more information, visit


2017 World Tea Awards Winners

The 2017 World Tea Awards were presented to the winners at the Las Vegas Convention Center on June 14, 2017. Tea industry professionals garnered much deserved recognition for their contributions to the field. The winners are listed below. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

The John Harney Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:  Rona Tison, ITO EN
150th Anniversary of Ceylon Tea: Sri Lanka Tea Board
Best Tea Health Advocate Winner: Maria Uspenski, The Tea Spot
Best Consumer-oriented Marketing Campaign/Promotion Winner:
 #DrinkTeaCampaign, Created by Gail Gastelu for the Council of Tea of the USA
Best Tea Brewing Device (Electric) Winner: Teforia
Best Tea Brewing Device (Non-electric) Winner: Bonavita Glass Teapot
Best Retail Shop, Cafe, Bar Winner: Chado Tea House
Best Tea Accessory Winner: Zojirushi Thermos
Best Tea Community-level Campaign Winner: #DrinkTeaCampaign, Created by Gail Gastelu for the Council of Tea of the USA
Best Tea Publication Winner: The TEA Book, by Linda Gaylard
Best Tea Social Media Campaign Winner: Campaign to Crowdfund Tea Journey Magazine, by Publisher Dan Bolton
Best E-commerce Tea (or Accoutrements) Website Winner: Harney & Sons
Best Tea Trade Website (Wholsesale) Winner: Camellia Sinensis
Best Specialty Tea Brand Winner: Adagio
Best Tea Blog Winner: Camellia Sinensis Tea Taster’s Blog
James Norwood Pratt: Best Tea Educator Winner
Best Tea Industry Innovation Winner: ITO EN Research & Development

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21 Ways to Use Tea to Benefit Your Beauty,
Home and Garden

Cool sunburned skin
What can you do when you forget to use sunscreen and have to pay the price with a painful burn? A few wet tea bags applied to the affected skin will take out the sting. This works well for other types of minor burns (i.e., from a teapot or steam iron) too. If the sunburn is too widespread to treat this way, put some tea bags in your bathwater and soak your whole body in the tub.

Relieve your tired eyes
Revitalize tired, achy, or puffy eyes. Soak two tea bags in warm water and place them over your closed eyes for 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea act to reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes.

Reduce razor burn
Ouch! Why didn’t you remember to replace that razor blade before you started to shave? To soothe razor burn and relieve painful nicks and cuts, apply a wet tea bag to the affected area. And don’t forget to replace the blade before your next shave.

Get the gray out
Turn gray hair dark again without an expensive trip to the salon or the use of chemical hair dyes. Make your own natural dye using brewed tea and herbs: Steep 3 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage (either fresh or dried) and let it stand overnight before straining. To use, shampoo as usual, and then pour or spray the mixture on your hair, making sure to saturate it thoroughly. Take care not to stain clothes. Blot with a towel and do not rinse. It may take several treatments to achieve desired results.

Condition dry hair
To give a natural shine to dry hair, use a quart (liter) of warm, unsweetened tea (freshly brewed or instant) as a final rinse after your regular shampoo.

Drain a boil
Drain a boil with a boiled tea bag! Cover a boil with a wet tea bag overnight and the boil should drain without pain by the time you wake up next morning.

Soothe those bleeding gums
The child may be all smiles later when the tooth fairy arrives, but right now those bleeding gums are no fun whatsoever. To stop the bleeding and soothe the pain from a lost or recently pulled tooth, wet a tea bag with cool water and press it directly onto the site.

Relieve baby’s pain from injection
Is the baby still crying from that recent inoculation shot? Try wetting a tea bag and placing it over the site of the injection. Hold it gently in place until the crying stops. The tannic acid in the tea will soothe the soreness. You might try it on yourself the next time an injection leaves your arm sore.

Dry poison ivy rash
Dry a weepy poison ivy rash with strongly brewed tea. Simply dip a cotton ball into the tea, dab it on the affected area, and let it air-dry. Repeat as needed.

Stop foot odor
Put an end to smelly feet by giving them a daily tea bath. Just soak your tootsies in strongly brewed tea for 20 minutes a day and say good-bye to offensive odors.

Make soothing mouthwash
To ease toothache or other mouth pain, rinse your mouth with a cup of hot peppermint tea mixed with a pinch or two of salt. Peppermint is an antiseptic and contains menthol, which alleviates pain on contact with skin surfaces. To make peppermint tea, boil 1 TBSP fresh peppermint leaves in 1 cup water and steep for several minutes.

Tenderize tough meat
Even the toughest cuts of meat will melt in your mouth after you marinate them in regular black tea. Here’s how: Place 4 tablespoons black tea leaves in a pot of warm (not boiling) water and steep for 5 minutes. Strain to remove the leaves and stir in 1/2 cup brown sugar until it dissolves. Set aside. Season up to 3 pounds (1.5 kilograms) meat with salt, pepper, onion, and garlic powder, and place it in a Dutch oven. Pour the liquid over the seasoned meat and cook in a preheated 325°F (165°C) oven until the meat is fork tender, about 90 minutes.

Clean wood furniture and floors
Freshly brewed tea is great for cleaning wood furniture and floors. Just boil a couple of tea bags in a quart (liter) of water and let it cool. Dip a soft cloth in the tea, wring out the excess, and use it to wipe away dirt and grime. Buff dry with a clean, soft cloth.

Create “antique” fashions
Soak white lace or garments in a tea bath to create an antique beige, ecru, or ivory look. Use 3 tea bags for every 2 cups of boiling water and steep for 20 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes before soaking the material for 10 minutes or more. The longer you let it soak, the darker the shade you will get.

Shine your mirrors
To make mirrors sparkle and shine, brew a pot of strong tea, let it cool, and then use it to clean the mirrors. Dampen a soft cloth in the tea and wipe it all over the surface of the mirrors. Then buff with a soft, dry cloth for a sparkly, streak-free shine.

Control dust from fireplace ash
Keep dust from rising from the ashes when you clean out your fireplace. Before you begin cleaning, sprinkle wet tea leaves over the area. The tea will keep the ashes from spreading all over as you lift them out.

Perfume a sachet
Next time you make a sachet, try perfuming it with the fragrant aroma of your favorite herbal tea. Just open a few used herbal tea bags and spread the wet tea on some old newspaper to dry. Then use the dry tea as stuffing for the sachet.

In the Garden
Give roses a boost
Sprinkle new or used tea leaves (loose or in tea bags) around your rosebushes and cover with mulch to give them a midsummer boost. When you water the plants, the nutrients from the tea will be released into the soil, spurring growth. Roses love the tannic acid that occurs naturally in tea.

Feed your ferns
Schedule an occasional teatime for your ferns and other acid-loving houseplants. Substitute brewed tea when watering the plants. Or work wet tea leaves into the soil around the plants to give them a lush, luxuriant look.

Prepare planter for potting
For healthier potted plants, place a few used tea bags on top of the drainage layer at the bottom of the planter before potting. The tea bags will retain water and leach nutrients to the soil.

Enhance your compost pile
To speed up the decomposition process and enrich your compost, pour a few cups of strongly brewed tea into the heap. The liquid tea will hasten decomposition and draw acid-producing bacteria, creating desirable acid-rich compost.

Source:  Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things


Kabaki Kenyan Purple Tea

Martin Kabaki came to the United States in pursuit of a better life. He also had a dream of helping his people back home in Kenya who live in poverty with limited access to medical care. Kabaki, LLC improves the Kenyan economy by supporting local tea growers in Kenya who grow purple tea leaves at high elevations where the intense ultraviolet light turns the leaves purple. With a recent launch in Baltimore at the 2017 Expo East conference, Kabaki hopes the little purple leaf turns into a popular trend.

Kenyan purple tea is a new type of tea, recently discovered in Kenya. This new and unique tea belongs to a special purple variety of the camellia sinesis tea plant. Grown at high elevations where the intense ultraviolet light turns the leaves purple, the leaves have high levels of anthocyanin, a compound found in reddish purple plants like blueberries, raspberries and purple grapes, known to have powerful antioxidant properties. Kenyan purple tea also contains a unique polyphenol, GHG that is not found in any other tea varieties. Published scientific studies indicate that Kenyan purple tea has more polyphenols and antioxidant activity than green tea or any other tea, with a radical scavenging rate over 51% more effective, and antioxidant activity twice as high as green tea.

Kabaki Kenyan Purple Tea offers the first line of ready-to-drink teas made from Kenyan purple tea leaves. Packed with Anthocyanins, Antioxidants and Polyphenols the purple teas offer a wide level of therapeutic, restorative and longevity benefits superior to other teas. Available in five delicious, earthy and sweet fruity flavors (raspberry, peach, lemon, lightly sweetened and unsweetened) the teas are organically grown and produced. The ready-to-drink line rounds out the purple tea offerings, which also include purple tea bags, purple tea leaves and purple leaf extract.

These tea growers are committed to sustainable, organic and fair trade practices. Kabaki donates 10% of profits to provide access to better medical care for the people of Kenya. “Our company has already started a medical clinic in Kijiji, which we plan to expand into a full-fledged hospital,” stated Kabaki.

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Cusa Tea Introduces World's First Premium Organic Instant Tea

Rip…Pour…Sip…Relax…Developed by devoted tea drinker and natural products industry veteran Jim Lamancusa, Cusa Tea is the world’s first premium instant tea that uses only high-quality, premium, USDA Organic certified teas and fruits, using then cold-steep using a revolutionary technology that reduces the waste and chemical preservatives found in most ready to drink teas, Cusa tea enables tea drinkers can enjoy an instant moment of peace anywhere on the planet. Cusa Tea has launched the world’s first premium instant teas and presented a variety flavors at the recent Natural Products Expo East held September 14-16, 2017 in Baltimore, MD.

Inspired by a backpacking trip on which founder Jim Lamancusa, a devoted tea drinker, noticed his friends breaking out instant coffee packets at the campfire, but he had a soggy, heavy and wet tea bag. Returning home and spending months developing his unique tea technology, Cusa Tea was born. This innovative, easy to make instant tea contains only high-quality, premium, USDA Organic certified teas and fruits, primarily from India and China, with no additives, fillers or sugar. In hot water or cold, at a campfire or conference table, instantly dissolvable Cusa Tea pioneers the next evolution of the tea experience. Cusa Tea is now available in 5 tea varietals: Organic English Breakfast, Organic Oolong Tea, Mango Green Tea, Organic Green Tea and Lemon Black Tea.

While many teas tout great flavor, organic sourcing and a conscious supply chain, what really sets Cusa Tea apart is its revolutionary cold-steep technology making all of those attributes and more, instantly enjoyable. Cusa Teas’ packets allow tea drinkers to create a premium cup of tea by simply mixing in hot or cold water, allowing them to enjoy an instantaneous moment of peace anywhere on the planet. No steeping. No waiting. No mess. Just pure, organic tea and instant peace.

Cusa Tea’s innovative technology took some time to master. Hundreds of tests resulted in failure for one reason or another. The tea would either sink to the bottom of the cup, float at the top, not steep well, or didn’t have a premium taste. After nine months of tests and searching for the right partners and process, Jim discovered a cold-steep technology that allows the tea to steep over 8 hours without the use of heat, which can destroy the taste and benefits of tea.  After the cold-steeping is finished, Cusa Tea vacuum dehydrates the liquid to create instantly dissolvable tea crystals. This crystallized tea powder can be instantly re-hydrated when you mix it with hot or cold water. The final product has zero of the heavy metals or pesticide residues that can often be found in other tea products.  Cusa Tea can bring a moment of peace anywhere and at any time!


The Plaza Hotel Launches a Downton Abbey Inspired Tea

In honor of the new Downton Abbey exhibition in midtown Manhattan, New York's Plaza Hotel is adding an Edwardian touch to the Palm Court's iconic afternoon tea.

From now through January 31, 2018 guests get a chance to live a day in the life of the aristocratic Crawley family during its Downton Abbey: The Exhibition Tea, which will be part of the restaurant's famous Afternoon Tea service. The Downton Abbey-themed tea will serve an exclusive blend of loose leaf tea from St. James tea garden in Sri Lanka. The tea has “light and copper color, an almost chocolaty aroma, and will delight those who love full-bodied teas,” according to a statement from the hotel.

If you prefer your drink a bit stronger, the Palm Court is also offering a cocktail menu inspired by the exhibition, which includes the "Earl of Grantham," a drink made with Earl Grey tea and Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur; the "Dowager Countess," a sweet concoction of crème de violette and St-Germain; and the "Branson," a cocktail of hot apple vanilla tea, mulling spice-infused Hennessy VSAP, and Allspice dram liqueur.

Both the tea and the cocktails come with complimentary shortbread cookies inspired by the Masterpiece PBS program, and would make for the perfect holiday treat for any Downton lover.

For more information, including how you can make a reservation, visit: