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Coffee & Tea Festival ICED Cools Down Brooklyn June 11

Get ready to kick-off summer with a spectacular tasting of iced beverages at the Brooklyn Expo Center as Starfish Junction Productions, producer of the popular Coffee & Tea Festival (hot edition), gets ready to refresh coffee and tea lovers with the ICED version of the Coffee & Tea Festival next month.

This festival of iced beverages focusing on coffee and tea will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the Brooklyn Expo Center, in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn.  This family-friendly event will provide attendees the opportunity to taste best-selling, many hand crafted, products from more than 40 local, national and international exhibitors. Information can be found at: and features these exhibitors, and many more:

The Coffee & Tea Festival Iced is modeled after the successful Coffee & Tea Festival series of events which have been running annually since 2006. "The Coffee & Tea Festival has been a wonderful celebration of everything related to coffee and tea, but with approximately 85% of the tea consumed in America being iced this event is a natural expansion of what we do; it only makes sense to give consumers an event that focuses specifically on what they love and introduces them to the expansive world of iced tea and coffee,” explained event manager Kristyn Dolan. 

Cold brew coffee has seen incredible growth this past year, so much so that coffee enthusiasts might even argue it is the 'summertime beverage of choice.'  Research from Mintel notes that cold brew coffee sales had an estimated 115% growth from 2014-2015, reaching $7.9 million in retail sales."

Festival organizers tested the ICED concept and it received rave reviews last summer when it was held in Philadelphia. This year it is coming to Brooklyn. Like the “hot version” of the Coffee & Tea Festival, the event will feature a varied line-up of exhibitors—both local and national—providing tastings of their best products, seminars for attendees to learn more about their favorite beverages, and products available for purchase. Contests focused on coffee/tea mixology will educate and we’ll find out who makes the best coffee- and tea-infused cocktails.

Tickets, which include product tasting and a souvenir cup to the first 1,000 attendees, can be purchased online for $20 at the festival website:

The event will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 11AM-4PM at the Brooklyn Expo Center located at 72 Noble St, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance to avoid a sell-out. A limited number of tickets will be sold. For tickets and information, visit


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


Fun Facts about Iced Tea

Iced tea  is a form of cold tea, usually served in a glass with ice. It may or may not be sweetened. Iced tea is also a popular packaged drink. It can be mixed with flavored syrup, with common flavors including lemon, peach, raspberry, lime, passion fruit, strawberry and cherry. While most iced teas get their flavor from tea leaves (Camellia sinensis), tisanes are also sometimes served cold and referred to as iced tea.

  • Cookbooks dating from the early 19th century indicate Americans have been drinking iced tea since that time. However, the beverage became generally popular after Richard Blechynden of the India Tea Commission offered free sample to attendees of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.

  • New York City tea importer Thomas Sullivan became annoyed at the high cost of the tin boxes he used to send tea samples to customers. So in 1904 he switched to small cloth bags. One of the recipients brewed a pot of tea by simply pouring hot water over the bag — and the rest is history.

  • June is National Iced Tea Month.

  • June 10th is National Iced Tea Day.

  • Tea is a hydrating alternative to sugary beverages like soda and might help boost weight loss efforts, along with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.

  • Recent studies on green tea shows that “routine tea consumption of an average of about two cups a day is associated with a lower percentage of body fat and weight control” than non-tea drinkers.

  • In 2003 Georgia state representative John Noel tried to pass a house bill making it mandatory for all restaurants to serve sweet tea.

  • The teaspoon was developed to easily add sugar to tall glasses full of iced tea.

  • Approximately 80 percent of the tea served in the United States today is iced tea.

  • According to the Tea Association of the USA, Americans consume well over 55 billion servings of tea (over 2.50 billion gallons) a year.

  • The famous long island iced tea drink doesn’t contain any tea.



And the Winners Are...Global Tea Championship Picks Winners for 2017

The Global Tea Championship (GTC), an independent competition that evaluates and distinguishes the highest quality and best tasting specialty teas, presented four Gold, 12 Silver and 15 Bronze medals to the best, premium iced teas in various categories, just prior to the National Iced Tea Month this June. The evaluation was held May 11 – 12 in Montebello, Calif. at the Wilbur Curtis headquarters, and all of the high-quality winning teas are commercially sold around the world.

This is the first competition in which the Global Tea Championship has used the Gold, Silver and Bronze medal designations. The Championship previously used First, Second and Third-place winning classifications. The new designations are meant to further elevate the honor of being recognized by the Championship, and to better identify GTC winners on packaging/labels, thus, making it easier for companies to effectively market their awards.

The Global Tea Championship Iced Tea Class is divided into several categories, according to market application and sales channels, including: 1) Ready-to-Drink (RTD), 2) Food service (Commercial Fresh Brewed, Bag-in-Box or BIB) and 3) Instant (Soluble Powder, Liquid Concentrate). Each category is then separated into various sub-categories, to represent popular products currently being sold in the marketplace.

All Global Tea Championship winners will be featured in an October 2017 Global Tea Buyers Guide, which will be distributed digitally worldwide. And all winners will have the opportunity to showcase their winning teas at World Tea Expo 2017 in the "Winner's Tasting Circle" (if they are exhibiting or attending the show) – with a chance to win a People's Tea Choice Award.

The complete list of Gold, Silver and Bronze-winning teas is available at the Global Tea Championship website: The Global Tea Championship Iced Tea winners include (Company, Name of the Winning Tea - Category):

Gold Medalists:
Crystal Geyser Water Company, Tejava The Unsweetened Tea – RTD
Templar Food Products, Lotus Blossom White Tea with Organic Coconut Water #2300 – RTD
Karkade Tea Inc., Karkade Tea – RTD
Mighty Leaf Tea, Red Berry Iced Tea – Commercial Fresh Brewed

Silver Medalists:
Templar Food Products, Peach Zen Matcha Green Tea #2117 – RTD
Templar Food Products, Ginger Starkrimson Pear Oolong Tea #2300 – RTD
New Age Beverages Corp., Marley Mellow Mood, Peach Raspberry Black Tea – RTD
Argo Tea, Carolina Honey – RTD
Farmer Brothers, Farmer Brothers Black Sweetened Tea – Liquid Concentrate
Teavana, Teavana Ready-to-Drink Passion Tango Craft Iced Tea – RTD
Argo Tea, Hibiscus – BIB
China Mist Tea Company, Hibiscus Raspberry Frenzy Herbal Iced Tea – Commercial Fresh Brewed
Royal Cup Coffee & Tea, Green Mint Iced Tea – Commercial Fresh Brewed
China Mist Tea Company, Orange Blossom Ginger Iced White Tea – Commercial Fresh Brewed
S & D Coffee and Tea, Premium Blend – Commercial Fresh Brewed
TeaSource, Minnestoa N'ice Tea – Commercial Fresh Brewed

Bronze Medalists:
ITO EN, Ocha Kyoto Uji Matcha – RTD
Try My T, Try My Tea – RTD
Templar Food Products, Pineapple Mango African Mountain Tea #1410 – RTD
S & D Coffee & Tea, Mangrove Bay Green – Commercial Fresh Brewed
Teakina, Teakina Traditional Black Tea – RTD
Farmer Brothers, Black Unsweetened Tea – Liquid Concentrate
SAHPAT Teas, Ginger+Turmeric+Hibiscus Herbal Tea – RTD
New Age Beverages Corp., Xing Blueberry Green Tea – RTD
Milo's Tea Company, Milo's Famous Sweet Tea – RTD
Wnutritional, Luminus Tea Hibiscus – RTD
Rooibee Red Tea, Rooibee Red Tea Summer Peach – RTD
Shangri La Tea Company, Raspberry Cooler – Commercial Fresh Brewed
Mighty Leaf Tea, Caribbean Isle Green Iced Tea – Commercial Fresh Brewed
Farmer Brothers, Classic Black Tea – Commercial Fresh Brewed
Shangri La Tea Company, Tropical Passion – Commercial Fresh Brewed

Scott Svihula, founder of Orlando, Fla.-based Hula Consulting, an independent consultancy offering product development, sourcing and regulatory compliance, and one of the GTC evaluators, said, "We congratulate all the winners of the Global Tea Championship's Iced Tea Class, and I look forward to seeing them in the Winner's Tasting Circle at this year's World Tea Expo, where they will have a chance to win a People's Tea Choice Award, voted on by the attendees of the show. It's really difficult to earn a Global Tea Championship medal, and all those that did score an award should be very proud of their teas."

The next Global Tea Championship, the Spring Hot (Loose Leaf) Tea evaluation, will be held Sept. 16-17, 2017 in Boulder, Colorado.


The 25 Best Coffee Roasters in America

They sure can pick ‘em!  The folks at Men’s Journal just released their take on the best coffee roasters in America.  Many of our favorites are listed here…did you find your favorites too?

Brooklyn Roasting Company--Brooklyn, NY
Counter Culture--Durham, NC
Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea--Columbus, OH
Cuvee Coffee--Austin, TX
Devoción--Brooklyn, NY/Bogota, Columbia
Evocation Micro-Coffee Roastery--Amarillo, TX
Flight Coffee Co.--Dover, NH
Gimme! Coffee--Ithaca, NY
Four Barrel Coffee--San Francisco, CA
Good Folks Craft Coffee--Louisville, KY
Heart Coffee Roasters--Portland, OR
Intelligentsia--Chicago, IL
La Colombe--Philadelphia, PA
Lofted Coffee--Brooklyn, NY
Madcap Coffee--Grand Rapids, MI
Ozo Coffee Company--Boulder, CO
Panther Coffee--Miami, FL
PTs Coffee Roasting Co.--Topeka, KS
Slate Coffee Roasters--Seattle, WA
Stumptown Coffee Roasters--Portland, OR
Sweet Bloom Coffee--Lakewood, CO
Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters--Kansas City, MO
Verve Coffee Roasters--Santa Cruz, CA
Mudhouse Coffee Roasters--Charlottesville, VA

Thank you Men’s Journal for putting together this blockbuster list.  Click here for more info. 


BBQ & Beans, Grillin' with Coffee

Perk up your poultry! Wake up your steak! Coffee can be a great addition to many recipes. As a dry rub, marinade, or brine, coffee can play a big part in summertime entertaining—especially when it comes to grilling.

In addition to being a “get me going in the morning” necessity, coffee can enhance the flavor of meats and many chefs use it year-round to take tried and true recipes to the next level.

Summertime is the perfect time to incorporate coffee and coffee blends into your cooking. Not only does coffee enhance the flavor of your meat by offering a subtle flavor, it also helps caramelize the outside creating great color and texture.

Pre-packaged rubs are available at many gourmet stores nationwide, but why not try experimenting to create your own using your favorite ingredients? Any freshly ground coffee beans will work just fine, many recommend a dark roast for the biggest coffee flavor, and strong meats and a lighter roast if you're looking for something a little more subtle.

For chicken, try adding ground coffee to lemon peel, orange peel, kosher salt, and dried basil. For ribs or beef, how about some ground espresso or French roast coffee with chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, coriander, cumin, kosher salt and pepper.

Unlike store-bought, pre-packaged rubs, you’ll have to experiment to come up with a blend that appeals to your own individual palate. But…soon you’ll be cooking like a pro!

Click here to get the recipe for Bobby Flay’s Coffee Rubbed Rib-Eye courtesy of The Food