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Bee Raw Achieves Pure Excellence with Raw, Single Varietal American Honey -- Adds 5 New Teas to Its Product Line

Bee Raw is causing a buzz, bringing the most diverse assortment of raw, unadulterated, varietal honey to the marketplace. To celebrate and support America’s rich beekeeping heritage, Bee Raw partners with family-owned apiaries around the country and derives each varietal from a single local floral source to achieve a distinct flavor, color and aroma. The company’s assortment of innovative honey flights, classic honey jars, and honey gift assortments can be purchased at, with a brand-new line of estate-grown loose teas joining its enticing offerings.

“Purity of flavor is a priority and passion for us that can only be achieved by partnering with artisanal beekeepers,” said Bee Raw Founder Zeke Freeman. “We want to show that raw honey is much more than a sweet condiment. It is a healthy, flavorful cooking staple that should be kept in the pantry alongside your olive oil and spices.”

The essence of Bee Raw honey is in its simplicity. By skipping the processing phase, their honey retains its bold flavor, distinct color and natural goodness, as well as the pollen that possesses immune-building properties. Each Bee Raw varietal honey is “fairly traded,” meaning the local beekeepers that produce them receive a premium price for their premium product. Bee Raw also strives to be socially and environmentally sustainable by employing local manual laborers and using postconsumer paper and glass packaging.

The Bee Raw single varietal honey collection includes:

  • Blueberry Honey, Maine—A rich, visually striking, and sturdy, medium amber honey. Strong and sweet, with earthy components and a playful, buttery-sweet note. Perfect for pairing with Stilton, melons, and crème fraiche.
  • Buckwheat Honey, Washington State—A stout, complex honey comparable to sorghum or molasses. Hints of mossy earth and a not-so-sweet composition combine to develop a malty flavor with a pronounced bright finish. Great with fresh goat cheese, broiled grapefruit and Greek yogurt.
  • Orange Blossom Honey, Florida—Enticing and surprising, with notes of citrus and tangy rind are playfully intertwined in a not-too-sweet, captivating finish. Excellent with Manchego, aged sheep cheeses and lemons.
  • Sweet Yellow Clover Honey, Colorado—Yellow Melilot flower adds a wonderful aroma to this honey, which also boasts an initially delicate, sweet and buttery taste, followed by warm undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg. A great partner for Chèvre, figs and iced chai tea.
  • Wild Black Sage Honey, California—Sage gets its name from the Latin salvia (meaning "to heal"). This honey is mild with a mouth-warming hint of pepper and a smooth, clean finish. Pair with Parmigiano Reggiano, wine-poached pears or goat cheese ice cream.
  • Wild Raspberry Honey, Maine—Light yellow in color and floral with a unique raspberry finish intertwined with the aroma of warm cocoa butter. Try it with raspberries, peaches, pears or sour cream.
  • Basswood Honey, New York—Light in color, delicate and mild, featuring warm herbal notes and a clean finish. It’s an excellent choice with Fromage Blanc, fresh green apples and vanilla ice cream.
  • Cranberry Honey, North Carolina—Smooth, pungent and mildly tart with a delicate cranberry aroma, complemented by subtle floral hints and a very light fruit finish. Enjoy with Gruyere, tangerines and apples.
  • Sourwood Honey, Colorado—Harvested at the end of the bloom when the nectar is sweetest, this honey is highly floral, rich and buttery with a maple finish. Great with grilled peaches, clotted cream, Camembert and other bloomy rind cheeses.
  • Star Thistle Honey, Colorado—Thick and creamy with soft notes of cinnamon and a long, sweet finish. Perfect for oven-roasted apples, hot apple cider or in a recipe for pan-seared prawns.

5 New Teas Added to Product Line

Five newly launched estate-grown loose teas have also joined the Bee Raw product lineup, available as single tea jars, tea and honey pairings, or as 4- (2 teas and 2 honeys) and 6-pack (3 teas and 3 honeys) assortments:

  • Chamomile Herbal Tea (Best paired w/ Maine Wild Raspberry Honey)—Soothing, sweet and caffeine-free. Made from organically grown Chamomile with notes of fig and honey.
  • Mt. Olympus Herbal Tea (Best paired w/ California Wild Black Sage Honey)—This national herbal drink of Greece is peppery and delicious.  Known for its medicinal benefits to be anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant, it is truly a gift from the gods.
  • Assam Black Tea (Best paired w/ Colorado Star Thistle Honey)— From the Satrupa Estate in northeastern India, this tea boasts round, sweet and malty flavor that’s the full-bodied base of most Irish breakfast blends and is tasty yet traditional.
  • Karigane Kukicha Green Tea (Best paired w/ Colorado Sweet Yellow Clover Honey)— Highly prized, yet virtually unknown in the west, this fulfilling, traditional Japanese “twig tea” is made in the traditional style from Gyokuro green tea stems. 
  • White Peony White Tea (Best paired w/Florida Orange Blossom Honey)—This succulent tea from the northern Fujian Province of China has rich fruit blossom aroma. Made from delicate young leaves, it is gently handled from harvest to cup.
  • Bee Raw Honey pricing starts at $12 for single honey jars and goes up to $79 for flights; Bee Raw Tea products range from $14 to $85. Combination honey and tea gift sets are also available within these price ranges. For more information about Bee Raw products, recipes and pairings, please visit:

Growing up on his family’s farm in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Zeke Freeman gained an appreciation for homegrown fruits and vegetables and the rich heritage of artisanal food production. As an adult, he turned his passion for preparing food for family and friends into a full-time pursuit of the culinary arts.  Today, Freeman solely manages the company, and he has expanded Bee Raw’s distribution, making its single varietal honeys and honey flights available nationwide. He also actively promotes the importance of American family-owned apiaries and works to educate the public about beekeeping and its vital role in agriculture. Freeman is committed to supporting American artisanal beekeepers by ensuring that they receive a premium price for a premium product.

Come meet Zeke Freeman at the upcoming Coffee and Tea Festival NYC being held March 23-24, 2013.

Roast Magazine Names Gimme! Coffee and Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. Roasters of the Year

Gimme! Coffee and Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. have taken the top honors in Roast magazine’s ninth annual Roaster of the Year competition.

The award recognizes companies that roast coffees of superior quality, exemplify a dedication to sustainable practices and employee education, and demonstrate a commitment to the coffee industry, among other criteria. The two coffee roasting companies are currently featured in the trade publication’s November/December 2012 issue.  Two categories of the award are presented each year.

Gimme! Coffee—Roaster (MACRO) of the Year

Gimme! Coffee of Ithaca N.Y., and New York City, claimed the top spot in the large (macro) roaster category, which includes companies roasting more than 100,000 pounds of coffee each year. Gimme! Coffee gained the title with its commitment to a healthy environment, community and business, and for committing to the growth and education of the individuals in the company.

Gimme! humbly acknowledged the award by stating “we are incredibly honored to accept this award, and we owe so many thanks to our coffee producers, our customers, our community, and our talented and dedicated staff.  Thank you for supporting us and joining us on this amazing coffee journey for the past twelve years; here's to many more!”

Olympia Coffee Roasting Co.—Roaster (MICRO) of the Year

Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. of Olympia, Wash., won in the small (micro) roaster category, for companies roasting less than 100,000 pounds of coffee each year. Olympia Coffee Roasting’s outstanding cupping scores propelled the company to a win.  The folks at Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. accepted this honor with these words, “we are incredibly honored to receive this award.  It is a testament to all of the work we do sourcing coffee direct, roasting it with care, and creating perfect drinks in our cafes.  We are intensely grateful to the farmers that produce our coffee and the meaningful relationships that we have with them.  We are incredibly proud of our staff, and the dedication they show to their craft.  We are humbled by the support of our community in Olympia and our wholesale partners throughout the nation.  Our achievements are made possible by your dedication. “

For information about Roast magazine, visit

Salada White Tea Asian Plum Earns First Place in North American Tea Championship

White Tea Asian Plum from Salada Tea was honored by an independent tasting panel as the best-tasting tea in its category during the 2012 North American Tea Championship, sponsored by World Tea Media. It won first place in the White Tea Blended/Flavored Category of the Packaged Single-Service Class.

Salada White Tea Asian Plum, crafted by Salada’s blend master Chris Recchia, is made with delicate white tea leaves that are infused with the natural flavor of exotic Asian plums. One of the least processed teas, white tea retains nearly all of the natural healthful, inherent properties of tea. 

“We are honored by the recognition of our White Tea Asian Plum,” said Larry Baer, senior brand manager for Salada Tea. “We take great pride in producing quality teas in all categories, and validation from an independent tasting panel proves that our tea is a great choice for tea drinkers.”

The North American Tea Championship, previously called the World Tea Championship, is an independent competition judged by professional cuppers to distinguish the highest-quality and best-tasting teas commercially available in the North American marketplace. The Packaged Single-Service Tea Class of the competition was held Nov. 13-14, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nev., and included popular tea types pre-portioned and packaged for single service, such as tea bags, sachets, instant and more.

Each submission into the competition was evaluated blind. Judges used sensory analysis to rate each of the following characteristics: brewed color, brewed aroma, brewed flavor, brewed mouth-feel and brewed harmony. An overall numerical value on a 100-point scale was then calculated based on the ratings for each characteristic. First-, second- and third-place winning teas are determined by rank.

In addition to being brewed as a beverage, this tea can be used as an ingredient in recipes, such as Salada Plum Pudding.  Salada White Tea Asian Plum retails for approximately $3.00 for a 20-count box. It is available in select grocery stores in the U.S., as well as online at

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Launches New Special Reserve Coffee: Colombia Geisha

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) announced last week its newest Green Mountain Coffee® Special Reserve coffee: Colombia Geisha. This coffee is an extremely rare and sought after variety that is known for its sweet, dynamic citrus-like flavor profile. Colombia Geisha Special Reserve is available now, but only while supplies last, and marks the first time Green Mountain Coffee Special Reserve coffee is available in K-Cup® packs for Keurig® brewers.

Green Mountain Coffee Special Reserve coffees are handcrafted and artfully roasted, made from beans that are among the rarest in the world. The brand offers these unique varieties four times per year as limited edition roasts, available while supplies last.

Colombia Geisha is grown on the Finca Cerro Azul farm in Valle del Cauca, Colombia, where high altitudes, spring-like temperatures and consistent humidity levels create a microclimate that allows this variety to thrive. The coffee is meticulously handpicked every eight days using a highly selective process, and once harvested, every step of processing, milling, and drying is carefully controlled and regulated. The hands-on approach allows the farmers to constantly monitor the coffee's sugar levels and preserve its signature sweet, citrus notes. Because of the intricate harvesting process and superb flavor, the Geisha varietal is highly sought after by bidders in auctions, often fetching high prices. Finca Cerro Azul is the first farm in Colombia to export the Geisha varietal, which won second place in the 2012 Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Awards, for Coffee of the Year.

"The story behind Colombia Geisha Special Reserve underscores the Green Mountain Coffee commitment to only use carefully sourced high-quality coffee beans," said Lindsey Bolger, Senior Director of Coffee for the Specialty Coffee business unit of GMCR. "Our buyers travel the world to find and purchase the finest coffees and we are delighted to bring this Special Reserve to the convenient K-Cup pack format. To add to this extraordinary coffee experience, these K-Cup packs contain more coffee than our everyday packs to ensure that the complex subtle flavors are expressed in an especially rich, full-bodied cup of coffee."

Kenneth Davids, editor of the independent Coffee Review, has awarded a rare score of 94 for the bagged coffee and a 91 for the K-Cup® packs. Like wine, coffee is judged on aroma, acidity, body, flavor, and aftertaste on a 100-point scale. Connoisseurs look for a score of 80 or above; a 94 is considered "extraordinary" and a 91 is considered "outstanding". Coffee Review is one of the most respected and widely read coffee publications in the world.

Colombia Geisha Special Reserve, perfect for any coffee lover this holiday season, will be available online beginning November 21, 2012, at and for a suggested retail price of $24.99 for a 10 oz. bag and $31.99 for an 18-count box of K-Cup® packs for Keurig® brewers. Quantities are limited.

For more information and to purchase Colombia Geisha Special Reserve and other beverages under the Green Mountain Coffee family of brands, visit

The Republic of Tea Received Fit-Friendly Worksite Recognition from the American Heart Association

The Republic of Tea, leading purveyor of premium teas, has received Gold Award Recognition from The American Heart Association as a 2012-2013 Fit-Friendly Worksite. The American Heart Association defines Fit-Friendly Worksites as businesses that go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health. Winners are chosen based on the unique initiatives they implement to help lower the risk of heart disease among all their associates. 

The Republic of Tea recognizes the importance of a healthy workplace, and creates a culture of wellness by providing support to its employees (“Ministers”) through the Healthy Minister Program, which offers educational opportunities and resources to help them achieve and maintain a life of health, balance, and well being.
The Healthy Minister Program offers lifestyle benefits such as “Make a Difference” days (paid volunteerism), profit sharing, a scholarship program, and child care credit, in addition to incentives to live a healthy life including:  annual athletic shoe reimbursement;  access to a full-time nutritionist for individual counseling sessions; a $500 annual fitness credit for health club memberships or weight loss programs;  free weekly yoga classes held on-site; healthy snacks in its kitchens, and encouragement to take daily 10-15 minute walking breaks.

 “Our Ministers are the foundation of The Republic of Tea; we believe that living a healthy lifestyle is critical to achieving success in all aspects of life, and that individuals, by changing their behavior in positive ways, can positively influence others”, said Ron Rubin, Minister of Tea. “The Gold Level Award is a great honor to have won, and is fully aligned with our belief in taking life Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp.”

 As a winner in this category, The Republic of Tea receives official recognition on the American Heart Association website and local recognition at American Heart Association events. The Republic of Tea was also recently named to Outside Magazine’s “Best Places to Work” as a reflection of its dedication and commitment to improving employee health and fostering a workplace in which it’s Ministers can thrive.

Coffee And Tea Festival News

Due to the significant safety concerns and travel obstacles created by Hurricane Sandy, the Coffee and Tea Festival Atlantic City event producer, Starfish Junction and the management of Bally’s Atlantic City felt it necessary to postpone the festival which was originally scheduled for November 3-4.  “We felt it was necessary to ensure that everyone involved—our exhibitors, attendees, partners, volunteers, and staff—would stay safe and be able to take care of their own well-being and that of their communities,” said Kristyn Noren, event manager.  “We hope to return to Atlantic City in 2013,” she added.

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