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TEA•RRIFIC! ICE CREAM Launches New Flavor

TEA•RRIFIC! ICE CREAM® is an artisanal ice cream company based in Norwalk, CT. Mario Leite, creator and co-owner of the company who, with his wife, a former investment banker, decided to make ice cream flavors from two of his favorite tea beverages, Thai Iced Tea and Earl Grey. After the overwhelmingly positive response from these two flavors, Mario decided to build a new company focused on tea-infused ice cream.

The goal of the company is to craft the finest all-natural tea-infused ice cream using only the best ingredients sourced locally and from around the globe and without any of the gums, stabilizers or preservatives that have no place in great ice cream—keeping it simple, while delivering a distinctly delicious ice cream experience that is flavorful, creamy, finishes clean off the palate and leaves you wanting more.

TEA•RRIFIC! ICE CREAM, just announced the launch of a new flavor, Lavender’s Blueberry. This flavor is made with a lavender and Darjeeling tea blend and a fresh wild Maine blueberry puree. The company will be rolling this new flavor out to stores shortly and should be hitting store shelves over the next couple of weeks.  Lavender’s Blueberry joins the other flavors, including:

    Notes of apple and honey from Egyptian chamomile flowers

    A warm blend of Assam black and rooibos teas with sweet aromatic and peppery spices

    The malty and citrusy notes of Earl Grey tea enhanced with a hint of vanilla

    A sweet bite of fresh ginger perfectly balanced with delicate grassy notes of premium Matcha green tea

    The malty and citrusy notes of Earl Grey tea with a hint of vanilla, rich semi-sweet Belgian chocolate flakes and buttery roasted pecan chunks

TEA•RRIFIC! ICE CREAM® is currently distributed throughout Connecticut, New York metro, Long Island, Lower Hudson Valley, Northern New Jersey and Texas.  To find a location near you, visit the company website at


Major US Launch of Gourmet Organically Grown
Costa Rican Coffee

Red Bud Coffee, the leader in organically grown Arabica coffee beans grown in the volcanic shade forests of Costa Rica, announced a major campaign to bring Red Bud brand coffee to the United States and Canada. “Red Bud Coffee has long been regarded as a must have souvenir for tourists visiting Costa Rica, its flavor is like no other on earth” said newly announced Marketing Director Thomas R. Reich.

Red Bud Coffee is Pure Arabica Coffee,
Grown Exclusively in the Volcanic Soil of Costa Rica.

Tait Carson, Director of US Operations said, “Red Bud Coffee is a product, which differentiates itself in taste and quality, if we position it right the product will sell itself,” Tait continued, “Tourists visiting Costa Rica drive up to 50 miles just to bring home a bag of this unique product in their suit case, now they can get it delivered to their door, right here in the United States.”

Red Bud Coffee is testing different markets in the US and Canada, “We plan to market heavily online through the Red Bud Coffee central website, as well as, selected high end retailers, finer restaurants and gourmet coffee shops,” said Reich of his marketing plans, “We even have it available through Barter Rewards, and sales are brisk!”

Over the next few months the companies’ US operations will begin to roll out its marketing strategies, announcing marketing partnerships and media venues. “We are looking for the right retailers to work together and exploit the unique qualities of this legendary coffee” Reich added, “We are reviewing media outlets for the right mix of promotion and advertising to expose the public to a treat only Costa Rican travelers have enjoyed up to now in the US!”


Get it...Pronto!

Sparkling Beverages introduces Pronto® a sophisticated sparkling coffee beverage.  Based on premium Arabica coffee beans from Colombia with dashes of chicory and pineapple for smoothness, it brings together an all natural combination of over 60 ingredients.  The 187ml single-serve Pronto joins the already available and acclaimed Blanc and Rouge flavors.

PRONTO Sparkling Coffee Beverage will attract consumers who crave a truly sophisticated coffee experience without dairy, added sugar, and chemicals.  Pronto has a distinct coffee taste and aroma. It is a healthier coffee beverage choice with high taste and a low 34 calories per 187 ml serving and it is gluten free.

“…we love coffee.  So we crafted our Pronto recipe with a passion for coffee flavor.  It’s the ready-made coffee experience for coffee lovers like us and it has a smoky effervescence that can’t be beat.” says Pat Dealy, CEO, Twelve Beverage LLC.  He adds: “Like all of our products, Prontois beautifully packaged in a frosted bottle; and as with our Blanc and Rouge, they all elevate any meal or moment into a delicious celebration.”

Pronto has sophisticated flavor accents of chipotle, vanilla, and cumin.  Like our other flavors, it goes great with good food; here are some of our favorites: Pair with eggs benedict and bacon, quiche, grilled cheese, pizza, crêpes, scones, pain au chocolat, cheese cake, pour it over vanilla ice cream to make a Pronto float and even make that donut or morning pastry ever more special.

The Coffee and Tea Newsletter staff was happy to receive some samples of this new coffee beverage.  It was a huge hit, sited by the writers and researchers for it’s beautiful packaging, unique taste, and versatility—can be enjoyed on its own, paired with food, or poured over ice cream to create a coffee float!
Twelve Beverage’s other original varieties include:

12NtM® Sparkling Beverages are a unique blend of herbs, spices, fruit juices, and three teas—over 60 ingredients in every bottle and are currently available in two crisp, refreshing flavors:

Blanc, a refreshing combination of citrus, ginger, cardamom, herbs, spices, all natural fruit juices and a blend of three teas

Rouge, a crisp blend of tangy pomegranate, black currant, bergamot, juniper berry, herbs, spices, all natural fruit juices and three different tea leaves.

12NtM® products are widely available at Whole Foods Markets, Wegmans, Mollie Stone’s, Fairway, Zabar’s, Eli’s, The Fresh Market, Stew Leonard’s and other fine specialty foods markets see:

 “Many people are looking for an alternative from sparkling water, soda, juice and other soft drinks, especially when it comes to events, weddings, etc.,” adds Dealy, “We have recently been deemed a ‘Hit’ by Phil Lempert, The Supermarket Guru, with a 92 score and an editor’s pick by influential trade publication Progressive Grocer.


Pukka Teams Aim to Please

Two hundred forty years after the Sons of Liberty dumped the equivalent of $1.7 million in East India Company tea into Boston Harbor, “America's tea drinkers are enjoying the most tasteful and successful British invasion since The Beatles,” according to the folks at Pukka.  

Stirred to action by piquant posts on web pages, Pukka herbal teas have quietly and quickly slipped into the cupboards of American homes.  Renowned for their full-bodied rich and utterly delicious flavors, all Pukka teas are 100 percent certified organic.  Sip by sip, this renowned British tea made from herbs grown and harvested at organic farms in India and around the world have conquered the formidable taste buds of American tea-drinking aficionados.

The United States is not alone in favoring the Pukka brand.  Now celebrating its tenth year, Pukka Herbs' teas are available to refresh, invigorate, soothe, rejuvenate, calm, restore and brighten days and nights of tea lovers in 32 other countries, as well.

The passionate, consciousness-raising work of Pukka's co-founders, Sebastian Pole, Herbal Director, and Tim Westwell, Managing Director, has been the driving force behind the international success of the brand.  Stringent adherence to the highest standards for quality, fair trade, sustainability and unswerving devotion to following their dream provided the inspiration for others to join them in their quest for creating a company that is good for the planet and people alike.
"I like to think there is a healing, sustaining drop of herbal wisdom in every cup of Pukka tea," said Pole, a recognized expert herbalist who lived in India.  "Whether you love Lemongrass & Ginger, Peppermint & Licorice, Golden Chamomile, Three Mint, or Vanilla, Black or Green Spiced Chai, or any of our other great blends, you are bound to find a Pukka tea to suit your American taste."

Pukka teas are made to suit every mood and are created to meet the company's goals on every level, according to Westwell.   "We offer a wide range of herbal teas that's designed to provide a satisfying boost for each person's taste and need," said Westwell.  "Translated from Hindi, Pukka means authentic or genuine.  That is what we have strived for in every aspect of the Pukka brand.  Behind all of our products is a fundamental respect for the earth. All of our teas are blended and made here in the UK to our exacting standards for quality and authenticity." Pukka has taken product quality to a higher plain.  The company created an educational program for herb farmers based on the highest standards and guidelines developed by the World Health Organization.

All of this passion and devotion to creating teas that are good for people and the earth itself has attracted more than a little attention and admiration.  Pukka won its first award in 2002 for the "Best New Organic Product" at the Natural Products trade show in Brighton, England.  The brand has consistently garnered top awards year after year at show after show, including ten coveted awards in just the last three years alone. 

Clearly, Pukka is behind the most welcome British invasion in the U.S. in decades.  American tea lovers are being conquered by the extraordinary flavorful Pukka teas that not only taste good, but make the tea drinker feel good by knowing that Pukka Herbs is doing good in many countries around the world. 

Readers who would like more information about Pukka Herbs can visit  Readers can purchase Pukka across the U.S. at the Vitamin Shoppe, The Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Safeway and Fairway for about $6.95.


K-Cup Soup?

If you ever wanted soup to come out of your coffee machine, you're in luck.

Campbell Soup Co. says it will start offering K-cup soup packs that can be made with Green Mountain's popular single-serve coffee machines. The soups include a K-cup pack of broth that is brewed over a packet of dry pasta and vegetables.

"It's delicious soup at the touch of a button," Campbell CEO Denise Morrison said in a phone interview.

Green Mountain says its machines are designed so that the system is cleansed by the brewing process, meaning there wouldn't be a danger of the soup and coffee flavors mixing. In addition to coffee and tea, Green Mountain also offers K-cups for fruit drinks and hot cocoa.

Nutrition information for the K-cup soups wasn't available because the companies are still working through the product details, a Campbell representative said. But the companies are calling the soup packs a "snack."

Campbell and Green Mountain say they'll launch three varieties next year, including Chicken Broth & Noodle.

Campbell, based in Camden, N.J., has been trying to reinvigorate sales of its flagship soup business with new flavors and packaging designed to appeal more to people in their 20s and 30s. Its "Go" soups, for example, come in flavors such as Moroccan Style Chicken and in pouches that can be microwaved.

Morrison said the K-cup soups also represent another push into higher-growth areas.

The company, which also makes Pepperidge Farm cookies and Prego spaghetti sauces, has been trying to diversify its portfolio of packaged foods as people increasingly opt for foods they feel are fresher or healthier. It recently bought Bolthouse Farms juices, as well as Plum Organics baby food.

Morrison said she's a loyal Keurig user and that she ran the idea by Green Mountain executives at an event less than a year ago. She and Green Mountain CEO Brian Kelley said the idea went through "considerable" testing with consumers.

"Consumers told us we should put Campbell soup in these machines," Kelley said.

Kelley and Morrison declined to say whether the agreement would prevent Green Mountain from offering other types of soup, such as those made by General Mills' Progresso.