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- Café La Paz -
Sweet Cinnamon Coffee in an Instant

If you don’t have an olla de barro (earthen pot) on hand, don’t worry. You can still enjoy all the flavor and aroma of an authentic Mexican café de olla thanks to the creators of Café La Paz, the instant café de olla.

Rich and delicious, an authentic Mexican café de olla is created by making coffee, pot-boiled in traditional earthenware pots, with cinnamon, cloves, and piloncillo sugar. While contemporary recipes may use dark brown sugar as a substitute for the traditional piloncillo, the historical recipe dates back to the 18th century where reports tell of this beloved coffee being served at funerals in remote Mexican villages and even spiked, on occasion, with a splash of tequila or rum to relieve an evening chill.

Today, you can enjoy a café de olla at authentic Mexican restaurants or at specialty coffeehouses (where you may still get your café served in a traditional earthenware mug). Now you can also enjoy a café de olla at home, in an instant, with Café La Paz.

Hailing from the Chiapas region of Mexico is an instant and delicious version of the traditional café de olla called Café La Paz. Easy to prepare and a delight to the senses, if you can boil water you will find delight in this decadent instant beverage. Café de Olla La Paz Chiapas received the highest praise when it was recognized by “Alimentaria Mexico” and selected as Innovative Product of the Year in 2006.

100% natural, you need only to add hot water to enjoy all the flavor, aroma, color and taste of the original café de olla Mexican style coffee. Feeling adventurous? Add a bit of warm milk and you’ll enjoy a delicious cappuccino de olla or serve it over ice for a sweet treat to beat the heat.

Café La Paz is currently available in select specialty grocers in the New York/New Jersey area—Garden of Eden Gourmet Market, Really Cool Foods, Delmonico Gourmet, Food Bazaar, Chef Central and a few others. Look for Café La Paz to make an appearance in Fairway Supermarkets in the coming months.

- Lip Service -
From Crazy Rumors

Sure to be on the lips of every coffee and tea lover this winter, Crazy Rumors has created flavored lip balms inspired by the most popular coffee and teahouse drinks.

The Crazy Rumors lip balm line has been praised in dozens of health and beauty magazines including Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Veg News. It has also caught the attention of coffee and tea industry publications like Roast, Tea & Coffee Journal, and Fresh Cup Magazine. No matter where you see it, everyone seems to be crazy for Crazy Rumors—giving them a nod for creating a truly unique and superior product.

“We wanted to create a unique product line that incorporated creativity, design and most importantly the best high quality, all-natural ingredients available,” said Edie Sherman, owner of Crazy Rumors. Some preliminary research showed Sherman and her partner, Brian Himmel, that the lip balms on the market were either “simple and ordinary with the same basic natural flavors, or wild and over the top but made of purely synthetic ingredients.” Crazy Rumors has been successful because it found a way to offer an innovative and high quality product.

Everything about the lip balms are nourishing—your lips are nourished by a soothing and moisturizing bath of yummy goodness and your spirit is nourished knowing that the lip balms are 100% natural, cruelty-free & vegan, and packaged in 100% recyclable containers. Neither oily nor waxy, these balms are a wonderful treat.

Crazy Rumors offers two distinct lines—one for coffee lovers and one for tea lovers.

For Coffee Lovers: PERK LIP LATTES. These Lip Lattes combine the finest ingredients nature has to offer together with all natural, coffee house inspired flavors which will leave your leave your lips moisturized, protected and feeling simply amazing. Available in six great flavors: Amaretto, Coffee Bean, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Mocha, and Irish Cream.

For Tea Lovers: BREW TEA BALMS. Imagine the all-natural, rejuvenating flavors found in your favorite tea, packed into a luscious, soothing treat for your lips! The tea balms infuse some of the world’s most exotic and aromatic flavors with nature’s most nourishing ingredients leaving your lips soft, supple and feeling renewed. Available in six great flavors: Plum Apricot, Orange Bergamot, Apple Spice, Peppermint Lemongrass, Ginger Peach, and Spiced Chai.

The Lip Lattes and Tea Balms are inspired by popular coffee and teahouse drinks. They are created using natural coffee and tea flavors but these do not contain any caffeine. Individual. 15oz. lip balm tubes sell for about $4.00. Special 6-pack collections, one for coffee and one for tea, sell for $22.00 each and make a wonderful gift.

- Genmai Cha -
The Popcorn Tea

Born out of poverty and desperation, today Genmai Cha finds a growing acceptance among the hippest tea drinkers.

The 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.”

As 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 to food.

The tea recipe born out of poverty has now become quite fashionable. “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.

To Prepare:
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. Visit

- Valentine's Day Delights -
For Coffee & Tea Lovers

Cupid’s Arrow—Tavalon. A chocolate flavored black tea garnished with rose petals & strawberry bits. The perfect gift for a significant other. Make every day a Valentine's Day.

Yerba Maté Latte: All Night Samba Herb Tea—Republic of Tea. An exotic blend of cocoa and Brazilian maté, featuring a small amount of natural caffeine. Rooibos, cactus flowers and almonds add depth to this deep rich brew. Add steamed milk for a creamy herbal latte.

Green Tea Chocolate—Keiko/Top Taste International. Keiko chocolate is a wonderful mix of the highest quality cocoa butter and green tea powder. The result is a beautiful celadon-colored chocolate with an unforgettable taste appeal.

Chocolate A-Peel—SerendipiTea. Sweet, seductive, and alluring chocolate with a twinge of citrus curling over vanilla and the mellow stability of rooibos. All held together by the capable depth of black tea.

Moca Java—Cooks Shop Here. Two amazing flavors custom blended to perfection by the pros at Cooks Shop Here.

Chocolate Mint—Harney & Sons. A lovely after dinner tea, our popular Chocolate Mint is a black tea with chocolate flavoring and peppermint leaves. Great when you crave something sweet without the sugar.

Organic Espresso Chocolate Bar—Green & Black’s Organic. To get the ultimate smooth dark chocolate espresso bar the folks at Green & Black’s Organic have taken freshly roasted organic espresso coffee and ground it until the coffee grains can no longer be felt on the tongue. Combining this with their dark chocolate gives the sensation of a strong espresso hit followed by intense bittersweet chocolate flavors.

Chocolate Treats from Mighty Leaf

Chocolate Chip Truffle—Deep dark chocolate chunks mingle with rich black tea leaves in this decadent infusion.
Chocolate Mint Truffle—an intoxicating blend of chocolate cacao nibs, mint and rooibos leaves. With rooibos and chocolate both known to be good sources of antioxidants, this is pure indulgence without guilt.
Chocolate Orange Truffle—Madagascar vanilla, chocolate cacao nibs and orange peels blend with Ceylon and China black tea leaves to impart a full, deep chocolate citrus. This blend pairs well with cream-based desserts such as a crème brulée.

Better Than Sex—Tay Tea. A sinfully delicious Rooibos blend with organic farm-grown peppermint & bits of Belgian dark chocolate.

Angels Whispers—Jelks Coffee Roasters. Coffee flavored with sweet dark chocolate with a wisp of Irish Cream.

Tropical Kiss—BocaJava. Take a trip to the tropics without leaving home. Tropical Kiss is flavored with hints of chocolate and coconut.

Chocolate—Adagio. This decadent treat infuses the flavor of rich chocolate with the bright, full taste of Ceylon black tea. A rich sugar-free treat, delectable both hot and cold.

Two Beautiful Valentine’s Day
Gift Ideas

from Designer Harshita Lohia!

Black Drawstring bag with floral hand block print.
Red envelope bag with silver hearts block print.


- Special Event: NYC -

Francine Segan's World of Tasting
Tea: Tasting & History

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
7:00-9:00 PM
92nd St Y
New York City

Join food historian and expert Francine Segan as she journeys through the delicious past and present of our favorite foods!

Tea was once so valuable in America it was kept under lock and key!

Discover tea’s origins and the fascinating story of its world journey. Learn how tea is grown and about its many varieties; about the Japanese tea ceremony and English High Tea history. See antique tea balls and discover the history of the tea bag. Learn to brew the perfect cup of tea and even how to cook with tea!  See various types of raw leaves and taste various teas including herbal brews.

Food Historian and lecturer, Francine Segan, whose Opera Lover's Cookbook was nominated for awards by both the James Beard Foundation and IACP, appears on numerous radio and TV programs. She has appeared on the national CBS Early Show, the Discovery and History channels, as well as on the Food Network.

To register or for further information visit or call 212-415-5500.

- Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC -
April 12-13, 2008

coffee and tea festival

Don't miss the 3rd Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC in 2008! CALL FOR 2008 EXHIBITOR INFORMATION.
Exhibitors SAVE BIG when they book early!
Click here for exhibitor information



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