|2009 Holiday Gift Guide
Here is a short list of some great gifts to consider for the upcoming holiday season.
New, 2nd Edition
SerendipiTEA: a guide to the varieties, origins, and rituals of tea by company co-founder Tomislav Podreka. Originally published in 1998, this 2nd was edited & gently redesigned by Linda Villano, co-founder of SerendipiTea.
152-pages; hardbound. $16.00. Published by Old English Tea House. To order a copy for yourself or as a gift this holiday season, visit www.serendipitea.com. Other great tea gift sets are also available online.
For the coffee lover on your list, why not send them a pound (or two) of Rocketfuel XXX—available exclusively for the holiday season. The holiday edition is a delicious blend of Hawaiian Kona, Jamaican Blue Mountain and Sumatra Organic. With a great price of $12.00 for a half pound bag, it is perfect for a co-worker, as a stocking stuffer, or as a special treat for yourself this holiday season. Many coffees to choose from at www.rocketfuelcoffee.com.
Erica's Rugelach & Baking, Co.
For this holiday season, Erica's Rugelach & Baking, Co, famous for its award-winning, rugelach & specialty cookies, will be baking for a very important cause—the plight of the disappearing honey bee who is suffering from a devastating syndrome called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Caused by toxic pesticides, used by many commercial farmers, CCD is so widespread that it now threatens the world's food supply.
A purchase of Erica's tempting treats will help to sponsor a "Bee Aware Holiday Fair" (December 12 & 13 hours 11-6) that will feature Brooklyn-based women entrepreneurs showcasing, high quality handmade products including Erica's sweets treats as well as exotic jewelry, cards, textiles, designer clothing, beauty products, soy candles and a variety of bee related products. In a relaxed & festive atmosphere with sweets & savories for sampling, peppered with live classical guitar music, consumers will be able to get educated on CCD and learn how to take action steps.
Praised by top journalists as the "quintessential New York rugelach", Erica's Rugelach & Baking, Co, features a distinctive line of premium quality, freshly prepared bakery treats. Inspired by her great aunt's secrets, Erica's all-butter recipes include raspberry, apricot & chocolate rugelach in two styles (gourmet crescent & traditional cinnamon), coconut chocolate dipped macaroons, hamantashen, almond-raspberry & almond-apricot sandwich linzer hearts, Belgian chocolate brownies & specialty cookies.
Featured in leading specialty markets in NYC, the Hamptons and across the country, Erica's also ships fancy gift tins & specialty boxes paired with organic coffee. Shipped with a personalized message on a beautiful card, this is a present that is totally unique and so unparalleled in deliciousness that the recipient usually calls Erica's directly to order more!!! Wholesale bulk "by the pound pastries" are also available. Please call for special pricing on gift tins & bulk items 718-965-3657 and visit www.ericasrugelach.com.
LET’S DO THE TWIST
2009 “Best New Product”
Effortless, stylish design, and consistent extraction pressure that produces unrivaled espresso quality, it is no wonder that the SCAA awarded the mypressi TWIST the 2009 “Best New Product” Award in the Coffee or Tea Preparation & Serving Equipment for the Consumer category. The only handheld espresso maker to receive the SCAA “Best New Product” Award, the mypressi TWIST has transformed the handheld espresso market with a pneumatically enhanced system that delivers the perfect 135 PSI (pounds per square inch) or nine bars of pressure throughout the entire 24-second duration of the espresso extraction. The small, stylish machine is powered by pressurized air cartridges—typically used for whipped cream and soda water—and creates espresso at its peak, rich with color and superior crema.
The mypressi TWIST is compatible with fresh ground coffee or standard ESE pods. At just cents per shot, the mypressi TWIST offers an anytime, anyplace solution tothe common where-will-I-get-my-coffee dilemma. $169. Find out more at www.mypressi.com.
Over Under Tea Sets
To many, tea time evokes a relaxed nostalgia of days passed. Caldo-Freddo, makers of European-style tabletop designs, has created their Tea Over Under Sets that bring the gracious styling of classic tea time right into your home. A great gift for the tea-lover on your holiday list, these floral tea sets will create many oohs and aahs when they are unwrapped this holiday season.
The Tea Over Under Sets are available in seven floral patterns and come with a teapot, cup and saucer. $29.99. Click here to buy.
Flower patterns include: Monte Blanc (classic romantic floral motif), Monte Rosa (rose bud pattern in warm colors), Cal de Voza (red and pink rosebuds), Maritime (red flowers with branches and birds), Basodino (yellow rose buds with purple flowers), Gran Paradiso (large red poppies shown here), and Primavera (modernized crisp black floral design). Each item in the set has a gold metal rim glaze and are ergonomically designed for comfortable handling.
Each Tea Over Under set is perfectly packaged in decorative, hinge-clasped gift boxes that match the flower pattern inside and compliment the style, sophistication and grace of Caldo-Freddo porcelain. This line is handcrafted from all natural and ecologically responsible materials, is California Proposition 65 compliant. and dishwasher safe.
To see Caldo-Freddo’s complete line of dinnerware, tea sets and giftware, visit www.caldo-freddo.com or contact Caldo-Freddo at 810-936-0108 x102.
Coffee & Tea NYC Festival Tickets
Tickets for the February 2010 show are on sale now at the event website (www.coffeeandteafestival.com). Buy your tickets online by 12/15 and get them for half price when you use the code FESTIVAL at checkout. Makes a great stocking stuffer or package two tickets with some coffee or tea and turn it into a themed holiday gift. www.coffeeandteafestival.com
The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea
By Michael Harney
The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea is an illuminating resource for tea drinkers interested in developing and refining their palate as well as their understanding of the complex agricultural, historical, and cultural significance of tea.
Drawing on his singular experience, Michael masterly explores the full range of teas, revealing how each tea is distinctive, with a taste that derives from a precise combination of cultivation and production techniques, and influenced by the geography as well as its history. These lively profiles of diverse tea varieties—from delicate white tea to aged black puerh tea—include brewing instructions and vivid descriptions of the beverage scent, taste, and appearance; everything you need to become a connoisseur.
272 pages, hardcover. $25.95. Item# 87772.
Purchase at: http://www.harney.com/Harney-Sons-Guide-to-Tea-SIGNED/productinfo/87772/
Gift set includes1lb. bag of Omoma Dark Roast, 1lb. Omoma Medium Roast Coffee, Two Café Omoma Mugs, Biscotti, and Gift Message.
OMOMA Coffee is 100% Arabica from the OMOMA Coffee family farms in El Salvador whereitis grown, harvested, and roasted. Dark Roast: a deep rich flavor Medium Roast: smooth with a crisp finish OMOMA coffee flavor characteristics: smooth rich flavor with low acidity, no bitter aftertaste, and a crisp finishPackaged in 1 lb. one-way valve bags to preserve freshness. Choose either Ground or Whole Bean Coffee. Ground coffee is ready for use right out of the bag for your coffee maker. Whole bean coffee is ready for your home grinder. Cafe OMOMA Mug may vary in color and style. Bicotti Flavor will vary. Personalized Gift Message included. Gift Set decoratively packaged. The Premiere Gift Set (pictured here) is $45.99 and is eligible for free shipping at www.omomacoffee.com. Other gift sets are available at thewebsite.
Spring Green Tea Set
Brew that perfect cup of tea with this spring green Japanese Stoneware tea set. Stoneware is a popular choice of material for tea pots and is known to keep your tea hot during and in-between servings. $27.50 at www.srina.com
Don’t forget Srina’s signature green tea to enjoy with the new tea set—try the Young Hyson Green Tea—a refreshingly vibrant green tea grown on the highest mountains of Sri Lanka (Ceylon). This green tea makes a delicious brew for the Savvy green tea drinker. It’s the green tea of choice to boost your energy naturally with low caffeine.
The Tea House Times
One year subscription to The Tea House Times. Mailed to your door 6 times in one year. This is for shipping inside USA only. If you are outside USA, please contact The Tea House Times by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Allow up to 12 weeks for first issue. Click here to order.