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- 2008 Gift Guide -

Decadent Organic Tea-Infused Chocolates
From The Tea Room

Swiss-born, Heinz Rimann, a registered chef and pastry maker, has helped establish some of the finest hotels around the globe from London to Zaire, Hong Kong to San Francisco. His passion for teas from across the globe brought him to start a European style patisserie and tea shop in Los Angeles, known as The Tea Room, where he discovered the marriage of his two most precious foods: a smooth and delicate handcrafted chocolate with perfectly steeped tea.

Looking for a gift that is sure to impress? An assortment of hand crafted organic tea infused and traditional chocolate truffles will deliver pure pleasure to any recipient. The truffles are packed in a genuine wooden lacquer box (not plastic!). These lacquer boxes are handmade in Vietnam and come in red/black or gold/black finish.

The truffle flavors include: Intense Vanilla (a white truffle with Vanilla Bean), Chamomile/Honey (a white truffle with honey, infused with Chamomile tea), Honeybush/Caramel (a milk truffle infused with Honeybush/Caramel tea), Bedouin's Fear (a milk truffle infused with a herbal tea containing Peppermint, Nana-mint Orange Peel and Ginger), Jasmine (a milk truffle infused with Jasmine tea), Extra Creamy Milk truffle, Green Earl Grey (a dark truffle infused with a green tea with Bergamot), Surfin (a dark plain truffle), Extra Dark truffle containing 72% cocoa, and Mate with Nibs (an extra dark truffle containing 72% cocoa infused with Mate tea and Cocoa Nibs).

Many delicious gift-giving options are available at The 16-piece organic chocolate truffles in genuine, eco-friendly lacquer box shown here is available for $39.90.

From The Groovy Mind

Feast on this! An unparalleled culinary experience, handcrafted for the eco epicurious.

Gift Basket Includes:

  • micro roasted-to-order, fabulous Groovy Mind Organic Fair Trade Coffee and artisan, Organic Limited Edition Jade Rings Green Tea, sun dried and hand rolled so it unfurls when steeped to a lime green infusion
  • groovy unbleached, biodegradable enviro tea sacks.
  • delicious Organic Tuscan Crostini made with Organic Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • savory roasted Organic Tamari Almonds
  • earthy and divine Organic Italian Asparagus Tapenade
  • tangy imported Organic Red Pepper Cream
  • succulent sustainably caught Sashimi Grade Wild Tuna
  • organic family farmed California spicy Curry Cashews
  • decadently delish Organic English Walnuts drenched in Extra Rich Organic Dark Chocolate and Organic Cocoa Butter
  • truly decadent Nirvana Organic Caramel Dark Chocolate with sea salt
  • delightfully spicy Organic Aztec Chocolate
  • velvety Organic Milk Chocolate

Gift wrap and card included. $125 at

Superb Teas & A Special Holiday Offer
AVE 20%
From Harrisons & Crosfield Teas

Imperial Gold Tea Gift Tin

The Imperial Gold tea gift tin uses only the finest Harrisons & Crosfield black tea that has been hand plucked from tea bushes in India and Africa.  This traditional English tea has a hearty and robust tea flavor that will be appreciated by anyone that loves traditional British tea.  Each teabag contains the traditional 3.125grams of English tea, which is 50% more than a standard teabag.  Inside the hinged printed gift tin is a box of 40 Harrisons & Crosfield traditional English tea.  The sturdy tin will serve for years. Kosher all year/Passover. $10.50 at


Kensington Tea Gift Tin

The Kensington Tea Gift tin is a great gift idea for any tea lover!  The scene of a traditional English countryside printed on the tin gives the sense of the traditional British tea that is Kensington tea.  Each of the 40 teabags contains the standard traditional English tea quantity of 3.125grams, which is 50% more high quality British tea than the typical tea bag.  The teabags are wrapped in a stay fresh pouch.  The hinged tin will keep the fine English tea fresh after the pouch is opened.  The tin will remain a keepsake for years to come. The tea is Kosher all year and Passover. $9.25 at

Shop from a wide selection of great teas and SAVE 20% on your order! Visit and use coupon code TASTINGS (case sensitive, use all caps) at checkout.

Coffee Lovers Triple-Play Gift Set
From Omoma Coffee

El Salvador offers the three key ingredients necessary for making, what many would call, the best cup of coffee in the world: high altitude, rich volcanic soil, and a climate that is the perfect combination of rain and sun. For more than 50 years, Omoma Coffee, a company rich in family tradition and excellence in coffee production, has enjoyed well-deserved recognition for their superior coffee.

This holiday season they have put together a gift set sure to delight even the most sophisticated coffee drinker. The Triple Play Gift Set includes One 8 oz. bag of Dark Roast, one 8 oz. bag of Medium Roast, one 8 oz. bag of Espresso (Ground only), one Café Omoma mug, delicious biscotti, and a gift message. A great bargain at $25.99. Order at

Christmas Teas of Comfort and Joy
By Emilie Barnes & Susan Rios

Christmas is the perfect time of year for bringing family and friends together, sharing joys and sharing tea. This wonderful gift book, put together by the superstar writer and illustrator team of Emilie Barnes and Susan Rios will bring pure holiday delight to any tea lover.

Bestselling author Emilie Barnes and popular artist Susan Rios, the team behind The Twelve Teas of Friendship and The Twelve Teas of Inspiration, now join together to illuminate the wonders of Christmas and tea. Wrapped in the inviting glow of Rios' paintings, Emilie's offerings will brighten the Christmas season with holiday traditions and facts, recipes to savor all season long, decorating ideas, and more.

Full of good cheer and the spirit of the season, this gift book will be a Christmas classic for tea and holiday lovers.

Published by Harvest House Publishers. June 2008. 48 pages. Click here for information on where to order your copy:

From SerendipiTea

Imagine the delight in finding a delicious gift box filled with chocolate tea and tisane blends under the Christmas tree? Or the joy on the face of your holiday hostess when she receives not another bottle of wine, but some delicious and satisfying tea.

Here’s a delectable assortment of 6 Chocolate Tea & Tisane Blends from Packed in attractive, re-fillable clear lid tins and presented in a handsome, wooden display box, this gift includes one tin each of:

  • Buccaneer: Coconut, Chocolate Bits, Vanilla, Rooibos, Nilgiri Black Tea
  • Currantly Cordial: Chocolate Bits, Black Currant, Chinese Black Tea
  • Xocatlati Chai: Chocolate Bits, Vanilla, Mint, Cloves, Cardamom, Ginger, Pepper, Cinnamon, Rooibos, Assam, Indian Black Tea
  • Pagan Alms: Chocolate Bits, Vanilla, Rooibos, Chinese Green, Gunpowder Tea
  • Once Upon a Tea: Peppermint, Chocolate Bits, Vanilla, Mint, Rooibos
  • Faux Cocoa: Chocolate Bits, Vanilla, Cloves, Cardamom, Ginger, Rooibos

Approx. 10 cups of tea per tin. Total 6.25 oz. $40. Also available in floral tea and fruit tea gift box sets. The folks at SerendipiTea will even gift-wrap & include gift cards gratis. Visit for more information or to place your holiday order.

Instant Coffee Never Tasted So Good
From Café La Paz

The hands-down, runaway hit of the 2008 Coffee And Tea Festival in NYC, Café La Paz is sure to be on everyone’s holiday list this year.

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 pure joy 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. For more information, visit

From Designer Peter Grimm

Peter Grimm Headwear is one of the fastest growing headwear companies in the country. Maybe you’ve seen the impressive designs adorn the heads of celebrities like Eva Longoria or Bono. Now, Peter Grimm Headwear has gone eco-friendly with their Green Grimm line of hats that are created using coffee bean bags from the local coffee brew masters.

A Pictorial Celebration
Featuring the Art of Ricardo Levins Morales

The coffee calendar is a yearlong wall calendar celebrating the history, culture and politics of coffee. The calendar pages feature dates highlighting coffee's long history of trade, rebellion, fashion, scandal, innovation, land use, flavor, and economy designed and illustrated by Ricardo Levins Morales. The calendar is 12” x 9” and retails for $12.95. Visit for more information.

About the Artist: Mr. Morales was born and raised in the coffee growing region of western Puerto Rico, in the mountain township of Maricao. His home was on the remains of on old Spanish coffee plantation and the rhythm community life was set by the coffee growing cycle. He moved to Chicago with his family when entering his teen years. He held a variety of jobs in manufacturing, service and agriculture, eventually ending up in the screen-printing industry. All the time he developed his artistic skills in connection with community groups and social causes. He has maintained his connections with his community of origin in Maricao. He was a founding member of the Northland Poster Collective, a major center for socially committed art based in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he lives with his family. His art can by viewed at

From The Groovy Mind

A totally hip gift that gives recycled new meaning! A rare collection of exceptionally groovy CDs -- rave recording artists from the '70s, '80s, '90s -- like the B52s, Ramones, Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, Aretha – was acquired by The Groovy Mind and is going, going gone. We're talking PRISTINE CONDITION -- original liner notes and lyrics.

Beat Junkies listen up! Get down with Eric or Roy or Aretha when you receive your surprise collector's recycled CD and rev up on killer micro-roasted Organic Fair Trade Groovy Mind Java while you jive to the rush of endorphins with Belgium imported Nirvana Organic Dark Chocolate.

Gift wrap and card included. $45 at

From Truly Wize Bakery

Truly Wize Organic Bakery specializes in exquisite gift boxes of artisan cookies, biscotti and shortbread gifts that are made with the finest selection of 100% premium organic ingredients. They choose their ingredients from certified organic growers who are committed to the highest environmental standards. Everything in their bakery is made fresh, from scratch, and baked to order to guarantee that your gifts arrive at their best.

Truly Wize was born out of Chef/Founder Caren Weaver’s passion for baking and her quest to create healthier desserts for her children. Through years of organic food research, Weaver became deeply committed to sustainable agriculture and its direct impact on our health and environment. As a former New York chef who was trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Weaver possesses the highest standards for pure, fresh ingredients. She personally selects every ingredient used in their Pennsylvania kitchen. Lots of great gift ideas from which to choose await your visit at

Herbal Teas For Him….And for Her…
From Tavalon

For Him…..includes small size jars of four premium blends (Purity, NYC Breakfast, Kama Chai Sutra, and Lemongreen) as well as Tavalon's guide to tea, and a travel press. Great for that special tea-loving guy in your life. $48 (comes gift-wrapped) at



For Her…..includes small size jars of five premium blends (Tropical Peony, Kama Chai Sutra, Jasmine Dream, Serenity and Crimson Punch), Tavalon's guide to tea, and a gamila teastick. For that special tea-drinking gal in your life. $48 (comes gift-wrapped) from



Festive Flavored Coffee
From Gevalia

Crème Brulee coffee will indulge your senses with warm, creamy caramel notes and a hint of sweetness sure to make the holiday feel special. Made of choice mountain grown Arabica beans from East Africa, Central, and South America, this medium bodied blend is a perfect balance of superb coffee and full flavor. It is available in an 8 oz. package perfect for bringing as a hostess gift or as a stocking stuffer for a coffee lover (regular for $6.95; and decaf for $7.75).

The coffee can be purchased in one-shots or you can join the Gevalia continuity program and will receive a shipment of coffee each season. Watch for the release of Gevalia’s winter seasonal coffee, German Chocolate Cake, coming in January.

Silken Pyramid Bags Gift Sets
From Serendib Tea

Serendib Tea is proud to offer the Silkenty Teas to you this holiday season. The silken infusers have been filled with premium ingredients—real leaf teas, whole buds and flowers, natural herbs, exotic spices and real fruit pieces and are sure to delight any tea lover. Each blend speaks of perfection and delivers maximum enjoyment.

The silken infusers allow discerning consumers to experience an exceptional cup of tea, as brewing the tea will become a whole new experience. Pick up some of this premium tea in the new innovative packaging. A variety of gift choices await you at

Espresso Drizzle
From Vervacious

The Espresso Drizzle is the company’s best-seller, and we know why. The folks at Vervacious have blended very fine well-aged balsamics with pure cane sugar and freshly brewed Italian espresso to create savory and versatile complement for any meal. It works well with roasted meats, rich cheeses, grilled fruits and is also perfect for desserts—yes, dessert. It tastes delicious when drizzled over peaches, pears, grilled pineapple or summer strawberries.

A 100 ml bottle (3.4 fluid oz) sells for just $12 at where you can find a great assortment of gourmet treats.

The Ultimate Grilling Kit for the Ultimate Coffee Lover
From Great Lakes Tea & Spice Co.

Perk up your poultry! Wake up your steak! Coffee can be a great addition to many recipes and this Grillmaster Kit from Great Lakes Tea & Spice Co. is the perfect gift for the chef on your holiday shopping list. The gourmet gift box includes one tin of the amazing Oaxacan Coffee Grill Rub as well as one tin each of the following:

  • the chipotle-laced Sweet Water Caliente Grill Rub
  • the uniquely flavorful Great Lakes Mole Rub; and
  • the mouth-watering Northern Exposure Steak Seasoning.
For the coffee lover who has everything…try the grilling kit. The rubs and seasonings will build and create depth of flavor helping the cook to create tastier meals. Perfect for beef, chicken or pork. Order for $37.95 at


- And The Winners Are... -

Tamara M., Elk Grove, CA

Sophia W., Frederick, MD

Sarah D., Lynbrook, NY

Lisa L., Victoria, BC, Canada

Melanie J., Boulder, CO


Congratulations to the recipients of last month’s Lucky Reader Giveaway! Each has received a free autographed copy of Emma Lea's First Tea Ceremony. If you would like more information about this book or the Emma Lea Series, visit

Watch for more great giveaways in upcoming issues of the Coffee And Tea Newsletter….

- Save The Date for 2009! -
4th Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: April 18-19, 2009

coffee and tea festivalMark your calendars and join us next year,
April 18-19, 2009 for the 4th Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC!

For exhibitor information & booth reservations, contact

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