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Numi Names Winner of Next Signature Blend Contest

Numi Organic Tea recently launched Justine’s Blend, which was created by the winner of Numi’s “Create Numi’s Next Signature Blend Contest,” Justine Klein.

The folks at Numi Tea believe there is an art to blending organic teas and teasans, and are committed to doing so with 100% real ingredients. It’s no wonder their founders, brother and sister, are an artist and an alchemist. In the spirit of communi’tea, they recently conducted a contest and asked tea drinkers to explore their inner alchemist by submitting their own blend of teas and herbs.

Numi received dozens of entries from their amazing communi’tea, and included their entire tea’m in the decision process. The winning blend came from Justine Klein, a tea enthusiast from Pennsylvania who is currently working on a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology in Iowa.

When Justine created her blend for Numi’s contest, she knew just what to combine: smooth white tea, zesty ginger, tart hibiscus, orange peel and licorice.  “I love everything about it – the various flavors, health benefits, and the way a single sip warms your soul,” says Justine.   This delicate combination won over both the hearts and palates of the Numi tea’m, and they couldn’t get enough of it!

As with all of Numi Organic Tea’s blends, Justine’s Blend (SRP: $38.95 / 16 oz bag) is certified organic, Kosher & Hala Certified, and made with 100% real ingredients (not “natural flavorings, or perfumes). You can enjoy this loose leaf tea either hot and iced; it was created to be both warming and soothing when enjoyed hot or crisp and refreshing when iced. To order, click here.


GE Appliances and Keurig® Brew Up the Next Big Thing in Refrigeration

No matter how you prefer your cup of coffee, there’s no denying the single-serve brewing trend is piping-hot. According to a 2014 National Coffee Association coffee drinking trends survey, 29 percent of respondents who drank coffee said they used a single-cup brewer, up nearly 50 percent from the previous year.1 Brewing at home is about to become even more appealing as GE introduces an industry first: the GE Café™ Series refrigerator with Keurig® K-Cup® Brewing System.

GE’s new refrigerator technology, an evolution of its Café French door refrigerator’s unique hot water dispenser, paired with a Keurig K-Cup single-cup brewer, meets the growing consumer interest. From leaders innovating to change the industry, this breakthrough evolution will take consumer convenience and versatility to a whole new level.

“Over the last couple years, GE surveyed Café French door refrigerator consumers who have the hot water feature; they asked us, ‘When can we have a refrigerator that dispenses coffee or tea?’ In fact, two-thirds said they’d be interested in a single-serve hot beverage dispenser,” said Dan Goldstein, refrigeration marketing manager for GE Appliances. “This inspired GE and Keurig to pursue the development of the
industry-first, built-in, single-serve brewing system from a refrigerator.”

“With more than 60 brands that consumers love and over 400 beverage varieties in the system, Keurig is all about offering consumers the great-tasting, high-quality beverages they want, simply and conveniently,” says Mark Wood, chief product officer, Keurig Hot Beverage Systems. “As an innovator in the personal beverage system industry, Keurig is excited to partner with GE and to be the first to offer hot single-cup technology right from a refrigerator.”

Additional features include:

  • Fresh, filtered water every time with no need to refill

  • The built-in system frees up counter space, something that’s a premium in many kitchens, and the Keurig K-Cup brewer is dishwasher safe

  • First-of-its-kind water filtration system, tested and verified by an independent third party to remove 98 percent of five trace pharmaceuticals from water2

  • GE connected technology, allowing consumers to preset the brew time via their mobile device so the water in the reservoir is ready and waiting

  • Water-dispensing flow rate and temperature designed to make the optimal cup of coffee, tea or other single-serve beverages

  • ENERGY STAR® certification, meeting minimum efficiency standards for refrigerators and freezers and using as much energy as a cell phone does to charge overnight

  • Opportunity to brew over 400 varieties of Keurig K-Cup beverages from 60+ major brands, including the top 10 best-selling coffee brands in America, including: Folgers®, Maxwell House®, Starbucks®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Eight O’Clock®, Community® Coffee, and Peet’s Coffee and Tea®.

Made in Louisville, Ky., the Café French door refrigerator with single-serve Keurig K-Cup brewing system (CFE28USHSS/CYE22USHSS) will be available in stainless steel. With an MSRP of $3,300, it will be available in the third quarter of 2015 wherever appliances are sold. For more information on availability, visit

1.  2014 Coffee Consumer Trends Report: More Gourmet, Single Cups. May 9, 2014.


Introducing: Tea of the People

Launched December 1st of 2014, Tea of the People is set to have impact on North America's $10 billion tea industry with its inaugural lineup of innovative teas. The Toronto-based company is barrel aging and blending the most antioxidant rich green tea in the world, with the most nutrient-dense super fruit. Tea of the People is already garnering a lot of attention, with glowing profiles written about the start-up by food industry thought-leaders like Food Navigator USA. Industry leaders are eager to lock Founder and Stanford University graduate, Josh Caplan into speaking opportunities to share his company's vision. The social entrepreneur will be speaking on using business as a tool for good in Mumbai, India in February at the World CSR Congress and at the 8th Annual Food Technology & Innovation in Chicago on April 14th, where he will share his vision on the future of food alongside top brass from Coca-Cola, Wrigley and Chobani.

The vision is simple: Blend together the world’s most antioxidant teas with the world’s best ingredients, to make a revolutionary cup of tea. Each blend by Tea of the People possesses the most antioxidant-rich teas around and ingredients that are both rare and meticulous to produce. Real super fruits are added to the tea instead of mere flavoring, which fails to add any nutritional value. Yet not everyone is excited for this “tea revolution”. “The idea was scoffed at by nearly every tea entrepreneur and distributor, because they believed the blends were either too costly or broke too much with tradition” says Josh. An exclusive pre-launch sales program signals Organic Barrel Aged Silk Road Chai and Acai x Goji Dragon Well Green Tea will be Tea of the People’s top sellers.

Tea of the People is aiming to be among the most socially conscious companies in the tea industry. Inspired by the likes of TOMS Shoes and online designer eyewear company Warby Parker, Tea of the People dedicates a portion of its profits to those who are making a difference in the world. The socially-conscious company will be donating a portion of December's profits to Medic Mobile, a non-profit organization advancing healthcare in the developing world leveraging SMS technology. Tea of the People, also a carbon-neutral company, hopes tea drinkers will not only be excited about drinking innovative tea, but tap into their higher purpose by supporting game-changing entrepreneurs and non-profits.


Win A Year’s Supply of Free Coffee

New England Coffee Company, which has been roasting coffee locally for 99 years, today announces the availability of its Blizzard Bold blend. A new seasonal blend made from a unique arrangement of Central American coffee beans, Blizzard Bold boasts an intensely rich, dark, aromatic flavor that is perfect for cold winter days.

As with all of New England Coffee's blends, Blizzard Bold is made with 100 percent high-quality Arabica coffee beans and small-batch roasted to ensure the perfect flavor. Blizzard Bold is one of the brand's darker roasts, but also features a finer grind of the beans to provide a smooth finish. Blizzard Bold is the first in a series of limited-time-only products New England Coffee will offer throughout 2015. The special blends will include longstanding customer favorites along with several completely new flavors.

To celebrate the Blizzard Bold launch, New England Coffee will give consumers the opportunity to win a year's supply of free coffee via a Facebook contest asking fans to guess how many inches of snow Boston will see this February. The contest will kickoff on February 6th, the anniversary of the infamous Blizzard of 1978, which dumped a then-record 27.1 inches of snow in Boston.

In addition, New England Coffee social media followers on Facebook and Twitter will be able to show just how bold they are by sharing their own bold move via photo or video using the hashtag #neboldmove. The New England Coffee sampling truck will also visit select locations in Boston throughout January and February so followers can experience Blizzard Bold for themselves.

Blizzard Bold is available in 10-ounce freshly ground packages through February 2015 online at and at select retailers, including ACME Markets, Big Y, Market Basket, Roche Bros., Shaw's, ShopRite, and Stop & Shop.


Ajiri Tea’s Sara Holby Wins 2015 Leadership Award From SFA

The Specialty Food Association (SFA) awarded Sara Holby from Ajiri Tea Company the Leadership Award in the category of Citizenship at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. This award recognizes Holby’s commitment to employing women and educating orphans in western Kenya.

Upon accepting the award, Holby spoke about the incredible privilege of choice evident in the Specialty Food Industry. She expressed how wonderful it is that the industry recognizes giving the consumer more choice, but also giving the producer more choice. The privilege of choice, and the opportunity that comes with choice, Holby noted, can be shared every time a consumer makes an educated and conscious decision about what to purchase. Holby said this shared freedom of choice can look like a lot of different things in Kenya. For example, the freedom of choice can look like “Thomas, an Ajiri-sponsored second grader whose parents died of AIDS. Thomas wants to become a teacher, or a president, or a doctor, or a truck driver. He is not quite sure. But he has the freedom to choose—the freedom that comes with the opportunity of education.”

The award comes at a time when Ajiri Tea Company is making great progress. All of the women employed in Kenya now have bank accounts, a huge step in promoting gender equality. The 29 sponsored-students in Kenya are all doing extremely well in school and have started to learn how to use a computer in the small Ajiri Foundation office. Holby is thankful to everyone who helps make all of this happen, saying, “It takes more than one leaf to make a good cup of tea.”

Sara Holby co-founded Ajiri Tea Company in 2009 with the goal of creating employment. The word Ajiri means “to employ” in Swahili. Ajiri Tea currently employs over 60 women in western Kenya to hand make the packaging for the tea and coffee boxes. The tea itself is bought in western Kenya from a cooperative of small-scale farmers. 100% of the profits from the sale of Ajiri tea and coffee are donated to the connected 501(c)(3) Ajiri Foundation to pay school fees for orphans. The Ajiri Foundation is currently sponsoring 29 students in school. The award-winning Ajiri Tea and Ajiri Coffee are sold in over 500 stores worldwide.

The 2015 judges for this award are as follows: Donna Daniels, Social Venture Network; David Gagnon, Organic Trade Association; John Raiche, UNFI; Errol Schweizer, Whole Foods Market; and Rory Treats, City Harvest.

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Coffee.Club Makes 2015 Coffee Trend Predictions

As coffee lovers, we’re always looking to the future. What does 2015 have in store when it comes to new blends, brewing technologies, accessories, and services? Will we be drinking the same cup in the exact same way a year from now?

Coffee Trends for 2015:

  • Coffee Ordering Apps. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recently announced that the company will be testing a new mobile pre-ordering app in Portland. The app allows customers to order their coffee before arriving at the store.

  • Coffee Delivery Services. Schultz added that Starbucks will also start delivering beverages and food in select cities in the second half of 2015. If this new move meets with success, other coffee retailers are sure to follow suit.

  • Coconut and Almond Milk. It started with soy milk. Now coffee shops will be keeping coconut and / or almond milk in stock for their dairy-free customers.

  • Coffee Drive-Thrus. These are already around in some places, and they’re about to become more prevalent. People are in more of hurry these days, making them less willing to drive to a coffee shop, park, wait in line, pay, and resume their trip. Drive-thrus already exist for fast food, so fast coffee is a natural next step.

  • Single-Cup Coffee Makers in Hotel Rooms. Some larger hotel chains already have single-serve coffee machines in their rooms, but they’re presently in the minority. That will change in 2015, when guests with more discerning palates demand a better quality cup in the morning.

  • Chilled, Not Iced. Recent droughts in many areas all over the country have created a more conservative attitude toward water usage and waste. As a result, iced coffee will gradually be phased out in favor of chilled coffee.
    Like technology, the science of coffee is continually developing. It will be interesting to see what additional trends come to light as 2015 progresses.

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