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Capital Teas Blends Olympic Gold

In the spirit of Olympic competition, the folks at Capital Teas celebrate tea as a truly universal beverage with their new, limited-edition blend called “Tea of Champions.” They have created this tea by blending ingredients from 5 continents and 18 countries.  Tea of Champions brews a complex cup, with a refreshing mint essence. It includes black tea, green tea, white tea, rooibos, and yerba mate in addition to many herbs and fruits.

Black Tea, Green Tea, Rooibos, White Tea, Yerba Maté, almond, chamomile, chili peppers, coconut, conflower petals, currants, elderberry, ginseng root, hibiscus, lavender blossoms, mango, marigold blossoms, orange slices, peony petals, peppermint, pineapple, roasted rice, rose petals, rosehip, safflower, strawberry pieces, tangerine, natural flavors.

Countries represented: Argentina, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Brewing Instructions:

Hot Tea: use 1 tsp. of tea per 6 ounces of water. Heat water to 195 °F and steep for 4 minutes. If bolder flavor is desired, increase the amount of tea used. 

Iced Tea: use 2 tsp. of tea per 6 ounces of water. Heat water to 195 °F and steep for 4 minutes. After steeping, pour brewed tea over an equal amount of ice.

Buy your 4 oz. tin of Tea of Champions ($20) at


Reminder…this is the last week to see REFLECTIONS IN TEA an exhibit by Michele Brody at the Hudson Guild's Guild Gallery II located at 119 9th Ave, between 17 and 18 st.  Stop by this Wednesday (8/1), Thursday (8/2) and Friday (8/3) from 3-6 pm.  For info, visit:

Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee moves into regional markets

Austin-based, Chameleon Cold-Brew is proud to announce expansion into
Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, New Jersey,Pennsylvania and New York. The concentrated coffee that hit shelves in Austin in 2010 has since taken over the Texas market and expanded into Louisiana and Colorado before moving to both coasts.

As part of the expansion, Chameleon has signed distribution agreements with United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) and Labatt Food Service. Chameleon Cold-Brew is available at a variety of retailers in these markets including Whole Foods Market, select Wegmans stores, MOM’s Organic Market and
Roots Market with more retailers coming soon.

“We continue to grow with our existing retailers, such as Whole Foods, and add new stores including Wegmans, which will be a great partner. Our new retail partners and distributors have assisted in getting Chameleon not just into new markets, but the right markets,” said co-owner Chris Campbell.
“Chameleon is a great fit for the warmer climates of California and has been well received in the urban areas along the Mid-Atlantic coast. We’re fortunate to have great partners who understand what we’re doing and help us bring Chameleon to customers around the country.”

The expansion of Chameleon Cold-Brew has been strategic and targeted over the past 18 months. It is now available in over 13 states, with more growth on the horizon.  “As an entrepreneurial brand growing into new markets and retailers it is key to find the right partners who are committed to mutual success. We are selective in the process,” Campbell said. “The future of Chameleon is all about finding the right pieces to the puzzle and, of course, it doesn’t hurt when shoppers are asking for it at their local grocers.”

About Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee: Chameleon Cold-Brew is a evolutionary way to drink and enjoy coffee. It’s cold brewed, low and slow for more than 16 hours at a low temperature to produce a super smooth, less acidic, extra caffeinated coffee concentrate. Chameleon uses 100% organic Fair Trade Certified Arabica coffee and filtered water. It contains 65% less acid and more caffeine than traditional coffee. Enjoy it hot or cold, with creamer, sweeteners or even chocolate milk— the possibilities are CHAMELEON COLD-BREW/two endless. It truly is Coffee, Evolved. Chameleon coffee can be found in the refrigerated section of select grocers in 16 and 32oz recyclable glass bottles. For information on Chameleon Cold-Brew please visit

Honest Tea Shows Olympic Pride

We just couldn’t help but include this photo that we saw on Facebook. 

Kudos to that super-creative Honest Tea marketing guru who posted it for all their fans (including us) to see!  What a fun and wonderful way to show their true colors! 

Raise a bottle to US athletes everywhere! Go Team USA! Enjoy all their wonderful teas this summer

Earnest Eats Introduces New Hot & Fit Cereal Made with Superfood Grains

Earnest Eats, makers of natural foods rooted in the nourishment of whole, unprocessed ingredients, recently announced the addition of Hot & Fit Cereals to its line of products. The new Earnest Eats Hot & Fit Cereals blend a unique trio of superfood grains, including whole oats, amaranth and quinoa, with a hearty selection of nuts, seeds and fruit to create a deliciously unique hot cereal breakfast offering that delivers a deeply nutritious and vitalizing start to any day.

“In developing our new Earnest Eats Hot & Fit Cereals, I was incredibly inspired by the nutritional muscle and delicious simplicity of superfood grains used in different cultures around the globe,” said Andrew Aussie, president and co-founder of Earnest Eats. “We wanted to create a powerhouse hot cereal breakfast with flavors inspired from around the world that was unlike anything available in the market today – a breakfast option that enriches, energizes, and nourishes the body with real, whole-food ingredients.”

Earnest Eats Hot & Fit Cereals combine satisfying superfood grains with ingredients from around the globe, like rich dark cocoa, naturally-sweet fruits, and toasted nuts and seeds. The globally-inspired flavor blends include:

  • American Blend: Superfood Grains, Cranberries & Almonds

  • Mayan Blend: Dark Cocoa, Almonds & Pepitas

  • Asian Blend: Mango & Green Tea

The superfood grains found in Hot & Fit Cereals, including whole oats, quinoa and amaranth, have been cultivated for centuries, and are highly esteemed for their superior protein, fiber and phytonutrient properties. Whole oats are prized for their high soluble and insoluble fiber content, which is well known for its positive effect on heart health. Quinoa has been regarded by the Incas as “the mother seed,” and is considered a complete protein because it contains all of the essential amino acids. Like quinoa, amaranth is also well-balanced in amino acids, but is also known for its alkaline-forming characteristics, which help to boost energy levels.

A hearty and satisfying hot cereal that takes the “blah” out of old-fashioned oatmeal, Earnest Eats Hot & Fit Cereals take only five minutes to prepare and pair perfectly with milk, almond milk, soy milk or plain water. The unsweetened cereals can be complemented with the addition of honey, agave, brown sugar or any all-natural sweetener of choice.

Like all other Earnest Eats products, the Hot & Fit Cereals embody the philosophy that foods should be nutrient dense rather than calorie laden, and made with whole-food ingredients, not synthetic additives. Each serving of the 100 percent natural, vegan, and wheat-free cereals has 190 calories or less, and contains less than 2 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein while providing an excellent source of fiber (5 grams). Hot & Fit Cereals are available in multi-use canisters, retail for $4.89-$5.49, and can be found online or at natural foods stores nationwide, including Target, and For more information about Earnest Eats, please visit

Red Rose Tea Introduces New Line of
Simply Indulgent Black Teas

For more than a century, Red Rose Tea has been helping create memories to last a lifetime. Tea drinkers savor life’s moments with Red Rose Tea’s collection of time-perfected blends including black, decaffeinated and specialty teas. Red Rose Tea is blended using the leaves from fine estates in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), Kenya, India and Indonesia to produce a consistent, full flavor in every cup.

New product alert!  Red Rose Tea has introduced four new tea flavors this summer as part of a new line of handcrafted black teas, Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas. The flavors include naturally decaffeinated Cinnamon Streusel, naturally decaffeinated Lemon Chiffon, Crème Caramel and Peach Cobbler, all are available for purchase at now and can be found in grocery stores this fall.

“Tea drinkers are becoming increasingly experimental with the flavors they are trying, so we created a decadent line to appeal to this growing consumer interest,” said Michele Peters, Red Rose Tea brand manager. “Consumers can experiment with new flavors while knowing they are getting a quality, great-tasting product from a brand they trust.”

The Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas are blended with natural flavor extracts that were specially developed for the Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas. These blends marry high-quality tea standards with premium natural flavors.

The new Simply Indulgent flavors were developed with the help of consumer input, including at-home taste tests, in-person samplings and online surveys. Red Rose Tea reached out to consumers through direct mail and tasting panels, and chose the highest scoring, most flavorful teas.

“Once we selected the flavors, we began working on package designs to visually stimulate the consumer the same way the product does through taste,” said Peters. “This concept carried over to the development of the product display that will incorporate a scratch-and-sniff feature, allowing consumers to experience the delicious aroma right at the store.”

For generations, friends and family have shared some of life’s special moments over a hot cup of Red Rose Tea. The Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas provide another option for tea drinkers to enjoy even more special moments through an age-old tradition with a new twist – classic black tea now naturally flavored with rich indulgent favorites.

The Red Rose Tea Simply Indulgent Teas will retail at approximately $4.69 for a 20-count box. Visit to find a retailer near you or to purchase the Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas online.

Discover The Country's "Cool Spots" In Dunkin' Donuts' New Twitter Sweepstakes Running This Week

There are plenty of hot spots all over the country this summer, but Dunkin' Donuts' new Twitter sweepstakes gives people the chance to identify the "Cool Spots." Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today launched the new "Cool Spots" Twitter Sweepstakes. Throughout this week, each day Dunkin' Donuts will tweet three photos of popular landmarks in a particular U.S. city. Followers of @DunkinDonuts on Twitter can tweet their guess as to the day's "Cool Spot," using the special hashtag #DDCoolSpot.

Fans who guess the "Cool Spot" correctly within their allotted three guesses per day will be entered for a chance to win a $100 Dunkin' Donuts Card. Dunkin' Donuts will award a total of five $100 Dunkin' Donuts Cards throughout the week. Additionally, Dunkin' Donuts will award one grand prize winner on August 3 with two vouchers from JetBlue to visit their favorite "Cool Spot" in the continental United States. Dunkin' Donuts is the exclusive coffee provider of JetBlue, with Dunkin' Donuts coffee served on-board all JetBlue flights throughout the Americas. For official rules and additional information related to the "Cool Spots" Twitter sweepstakes, visit

For anyone hitting the beach or getting ready to hit the books back at school, Dunkin' Donuts is the cool spot to keep guests running with summer refreshment.  In August, guests at Dunkin' Donuts restaurants can enjoy OREO® inspired Coolatta beverages and donuts. Both the OREO® Coffee Coolatta and OREO® Vanilla Bean Coolatta feature smooth Dunkin' Donuts Frozen Coffee and OREO® cookie crumbles, topped with whipped cream. In addition to the OREO®-inspired treats, Dunkin' Donuts' Frozen Coffee and Coolatta frozen drinks are the perfect pick-me-up to beat the heat during work or play.  Formerly known as Coffee Coolatta, Frozen Coffee is a delicious frosty coffee-flavored beverage topped with whipped cream. Additional frozen beverages include the Frozen Mocha Coffee and the Frozen Caramel Coffee, as well as Coolatta frozen drinks in a variety offlavors, such as Strawberry, Orange, Vanilla Bean and more.

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