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Calling all NY Football Fans!
DD Offers Perks Members 25¢ Medium Coffee After Each
NY Giants or NY Jets Victory

With the kickoff of football season, Dunkin' Donuts has an exciting promotion for fans in the Metro New York area* to score deals on coffee through the 'New York Wins, Quarterback Score' promotion. As the official coffee of the New York Giants and New York Jets, Dunkin' Donuts will offer DD Perks members a medium hot or iced coffee for just 25¢ each time the New York Giants or New York Jets win a game this year. The offer is exclusive to guests in the Metro New York area and can be redeemed at any participating Dunkin' Donuts location for 24 hours following the winning game. Limit one per guest.

As Dunkin' Donuts celebrates its 65th birthday this year, the brand is also reinforcing its commitment to its guests through a new operations and marketing campaign called the "DD Commitment" highlighting the brand's pledge to deliver consistently great coffee with every cup. The DD Commitment emphasizes Dunkin' Donuts' long-standing mission to make guests' coffee just right, every time, or make it again on the spot if it is not.

"In Metro New York, we know our guests are passionate football fans and this year we wanted to combine the enthusiasm for Dunkin' Donuts coffee with the returning excitement that we see each football season," said Cathy Chavenet, Dunkin' Donuts Senior Field Marketing Manager in Metro New York. "Through the New York Wins, Quarterback Score coffee offer, we are excited to give back to our loyal DD Perks members and help get them even more excited for football season. Additionally, Dunkin' Donuts is reinforcing its commitment to coffee through the 'DD Commitment' program, ensuring that each coffee order will be made right, or we'll make it again."

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*Participating shops include those in the following counties:
New York: Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester. New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren. Connecticut: Fairfield.


Celestial Seasonings® Introduces
New Celestial™ Organic Teas

Celestial Seasonings® a leader in the specialty tea category since 1969, has introduced its new Celestial™ Organics premium tea offerings. Celestial Organics features nine new certified organic blends in two distinct lines: Herbal Teas and Teas for Wellness.

"Celestial Seasonings always strives for sustainability and transparency in ingredient sourcing and tea manufacturing, and our new Celestial Organics items are a reflection of that philosophy," said Tom Arcuri, vice president of sales and marketing at Celestial Seasonings, Inc. "All of the ingredients we source for our teas meet or exceed established standards for purity and quality, and we're happy to offer these innovative new certified organic options for consumers who appreciate the additional level of assurance that organic certification provides."

Celestial Organics features two product lines:

Celestial Organics Herbal Teas. These simple, delicious pairings of certified organic ingredients combine trend-forward botanicals like turmeric and cardamom with classic herbal tea favorites like chamomile and lemongrass. Celestial Organics Herbal Teas are available now in five varieties: Chamomile & Lavender, Cinnamon & Cardamom, Ginger & Turmeric, Lemon & Elderflower and Mint & Lemon Verbena.

Celestial Organics Teas for Wellness. These certified organic blends provide specific benefits for your body and support everyday wellness using only easily recognized ingredients. Whenever possible, these teas use pharmacopoeial grade botanicals to assure quality standards. Celestial Organics Teas for Wellness are available now in four varieties that address many of the top wellness needs of today's consumers: Detox Herbal Supplement, Digestion Herbal Tea, Immunity Herbal Supplement and Relaxation Herbal Supplement.

Like all Celestial Seasonings products, each Celestial Organics tea is sourced, blended, packaged and shipped in accordance with the brand's "Blended With Care From Seed to Sip" philosophy. From farmers' fields to consumers' tea cups, "Blended With Care" ensures that the brand's teas deliver the quality and taste that consumers expect and are produced in a way that protects the Earth's natural resources.

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Flavor of the Year: HONEY

Consumers, restaurateurs, manufacturers and home cooks alike have come to an agreement in 2015 on one golden ingredient—honey. This beloved sweetener, which was named Flavor of the Year by Firmenich1, is being recognized for its unique flavor and its versatility as an ingredient, elevating its status beyond an everyday sweetener. In honor of National Honey Month, the National Honey Board (NHB) continues to bear the good news and raise awareness about honey and its many culinary uses.

Firmenich chose honey for this award because they believe it has the potential of becoming a "classic" flavor. Honey may be well on its way to joining the likes of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry in this prestigious category and consumers seem to agree. According to a recent Consumer Sweetener Usage & Attitudes Study Report2 fielded by the NHB, 6 out of 10 consumers agreed that foods sweetened with honey taste better than foods made with other sweeteners. In addition, 46 percent of total consumers say they have used honey in the past month3 adding to the continued growth and demand of honey on menus and in households.

"We are thrilled to be named Flavor of the Year for 2015. We have seen honey grow exponentially in its use with chefs, manufacturers and consumers over the last few years, especially with yogurt, craft beers and baked goods," explained Catherine Barry, NHB director of marketing. "With consumers preferences leaning towards artisanal, natural and clean-label ingredients; we believe consumers are realizing the potential of honey as a premier ingredient in foods and beverages."

Product developers and chefs have discovered how versatile honey is and have included it in combinations with many different flavor profiles. From craft beers and cocktails, functional beverages to baked goods and snack bars, among others, Firmenich took notice that honey is becoming a sought-after flavor option.

"Product developers are realizing what a fantastic and versatile flavor honey is in regards to combining it with other tonalities, making honey an easy choice for Flavor of the Year," says Patrick Salord, senior flavorist at Firmenich.

"Crafted from the nectar of flowering plants, honey's unique flavor profile is unlike any other," shared the experts at Firmenich when making the announcement. With more than 300 varietals in the United States, ranging in flavor and appearance, this iconic sweetener pleases all taste preferences and is appealing to consumers of all ages. The flavors of honey can range from lighter colored honeys, which are milder in flavor, to darker honeys that tend to be more robust, making it easy to choose the right kind of honey for the recipe ahead.

"This versatile ingredient is used on my restaurant menus, including in our popular coffee drinks, but it is also a staple ingredient in the recipes developed for my cookbooks, and in my pantry at home. I have more than 100 different honey varietals I use when cooking for my family," shared TV Personality and Cookbook Author Chef David Guas. "When I'm looking for an ingredient to add depth to my menus, I know that honey will balance and complement a variety of foods and marry flavors from sweet, sour, bitter, salty and even savory."

Beyond taste, honey has a multitude of functional benefits for both cooking and baking. Honey attracts and holds moisture, enhancing freshness and shelf life, and it acts as a binder and thickener for sauces, dressings and marinades. Honey adds a rich golden or amber touch to finished recipes, can be used as a substitution for granulated sweeteners, or can serve as a simple syrup in cocktails or beverages.

Barry thinks honey winning the 2015 Flavor of the Year award is just the beginning for this artisanal ingredient. She added that we have known for years that honey's versatility and multi-functional use expands beyond an everyday sweetener in your tea or on toast.  Barry is thrilled to watch the momentum build as consumers become more educated about their food choices.


7-Eleven Takes Coffee Home Again with
New Single-Serve Brew Cups

Over fifty years after 7-Eleven® pioneered the introduction of on-the-go-coffee in the U.S., the retailer is taking coffee home again with the launch of 7-Eleven-branded coffee for single-serve brewing systems. With the new single-serve brew cups, coffee-lovers who want a fresh-brewed cup of 7-Eleven coffee can get one whether they're on the go or at home.

Sold exclusively at participating 7-Eleven stores, the single-serve brew cups are available in two package sizes – an eight-pack for $3.99 and a two-pack for 99 cents. The larger packs are available in three of 7-Eleven's most popular blends – Exclusive Blend, 100% Colombian and seasonal Pumpkin Spice, while the two-pack varieties are Exclusive Blend and Pumpkin Spice. The 50-cent per cup cost is well below the average single-serve brew cup price of 65 cents, with some national brand brew cups costing as much as $1 each.

All varieties of 7-Eleven's single-serve coffee are made from the same high-quality 100 percent Arabica beans as the coffee available in its stores, sourced and roasted to ensure the same great flavor customers enjoy in stores.

"Brew cups are the ultimate in convenience for home-brewed coffee, and convenience is the core of 7-Eleven," said Dennis Phelps, VP, Fresh Foods & Proprietary Beverages, "Convenience wasn't the only goal when we developed our new brew cups. We wanted to make sure we offered the same delicious coffee available in our stores at a great value."

According to a 2015 survey by the National Coffee Association, one in five adults who drank a cup of coffee at home the previous day made it in a single-serve brewer. Just five years ago, that number was one in 14. Single-serve is driving coffee growth, and anticipated to surpass retail roasted coffee in 2017. Retail sales of brew cups grew from $132 million in 2008 to more than $3.1 billion just five years later, and single-serve remains the fastest-growing segment of the coffee category.

"7-Eleven is the fourth largest coffee retailer in the U.S.," said Dennis Phelps, VP, Fresh Food & Proprietary Beverages, "and the only one to offer a trial size two-pack of our single-serve brew cups. We want people to try this new at-home version of the fresh-brewed coffee served at our stores."

For on-the-go customers who still grab their cups on the go, primarily while on their way to work, 7-Eleven is introducing a new "Stay Hot" cup that keeps coffee hot longer. The new cup keeps coffee hot without requiring a sleeve. And while the new Stay Hot cup looks, feels and performs like foam, it is actually plastic and recyclable. Made from polypropylene, the Stay Hot cups launched nationally with a new bright white design and well-known skylines of cities across America.

For a limited time, the extra-large Stay Hot cup will be sold at a value price between the cost of a medium and large cup.


How to Make Chai Tea

Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with 'pie') is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures.

To make the best chai, whenever possible, start with whole spices and grind them yourself.  This also saves money because you’ll have a bunch of chai spice mixture to make tons of chai whenever you want.


8 cardamom seeds
8 cloves
4 black peppercorns
2 cinnamon sticks
1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced
2 cups whole milk
4 bags black tea (such as Darjeeling)
8 teaspoons sugar or more, to taste

  1. Place the cardamom, cloves, and peppercorns in spice grinder (or use a resealable plastic bag and crush with a heavy skillet).

  2. Place the crushed spices in a medium saucepan, along with the cinnamon sticks, ginger, milk, and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add the tea bags, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes.

  3. Strain into cups. To each cup, add 2 teaspoons sugar or more, to taste.

Makes 4 cups; preparation 5 minutes; cooking 20 minutes.


Club Coffee's 100% Compostable Coffee Pod
Earns BPI Certification

Club Coffee announces that it has earned Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) certification for the PürPod100™ (, the world's first certified 100% compostable single-serve pod for coffee, tea and other hot beverages.

BPI certification requires that products be tested in approved independent laboratories and then be independently verified according to scientific standards ASTM D6400 and D6868s. Local governments across the United States are investing in composting processes to divert food and other organic waste to productive uses and keep it out of their landfills and incinerators.

Certification by the BPI confirms that the PürPod100™ is "industrially compostable," meaning that it fully breaks down in large-scale commercial composting processes. "Third-party certification is important because it validates that the PürPod100™ breaks down in large-scale composting," says John Pigott, Club Coffee CEO. "Equally important, this external certification tells consumers that they can buy the right solution to the mounting problem of waste and its impact on the environment associated with single-serve formats. It also offers a solution for municipal governments who see a growing number of single-serve pods flooding their landfills."

Club Coffee created the PürPod100™ in response to consumer concerns about the ever-increasing waste associated with traditional single-serve pods and the need for an alternative that would still deliver a great taste experience, while helping to protect the environment. The PürPod100™ is compatible with most Keurig®-style brewing systems, including the new Keurig® 2.0 brewers. Its successful BPI certification was earned partly because of the pod's innovative use of plant-based resins and its use of the coffee "chaff," the coffee bean skin left over from the roasting process, in the pod's distinctive design.

"Club Coffee is the first manufacturer to earn BPI certification for single-serve pods," says Rhodes Yepsen, executive director, BPI. "Diverting products associated with food residuals away from disposal is complicated, and BPI certification is a critical piece of the process, ensuring that items will break down in a timely manner in the appropriate composting environment, and not have a negative impact on the quality of the finished compost."

The certification announcement is also being saluted by composting leaders. "Too often, organic materials and food scraps that can be included in the composting process are disposed of in landfills and incinerators," said Al Rattie, director of market development, U.S. Composting Council. "We support and encourage the production and appropriate use of certified, compostable materials to replace non-compostable products, which will help divert more food scraps to compost manufacturing facilities where they will become part of a valuable agricultural resource. Organic residual generators should always check with their local compost manufacturer to make sure that they are permitted to accept compostable plastics." 

"We support progressive change in the packaging value chain," said James D. Downham, president and CEO, PAC Packaging Consortium. "As many companies are working to offer more sustainable solutions, the world's first certified, fully compostable single-serve pod is a significant milestone in sustainable packaging that should be celebrated."

Club Coffee continues to work with U.S. municipalities, composting manufacturers, well-known retailers and recognized food/coffee brands to provide consumers with access to both products using the PürPod100™ technology as well as to composting channels. "We believe that compostable pods are the right choice for consumers to enjoy the quality and convenience of single-serve coffee and, at the same time, help protect our environment," said Brian Kubicki, vice president of marketing, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA. "Americans will have access to the first certified 100% compostable pods through our Hills Bros®, Chock Full o'Nuts® and Kauai Coffee® brands in the coming months."

"Certification of 100% compostable pods cuts through confusing single-serve coffee product claims," says Club Coffee's Pigott. "Until now, consumers have had no options other than adding single-serve pods to their garbage. In today's market, some pods claim to be partially biodegradable, while others tout some recyclability – but none of those claims are backed by independent third-party validation. In contrast, BPI certification of PürPod100™ provides consumers with clear evidence that the only convenient and proven solution is certified 100% compostable pods filled with the high-quality coffee, tea and hot beverages that they expect from single-serve."


Winner: Zest Tea Energy Blends

Congratulations to the team at Zest Tea on their win for Best New Product at the recent World Tea Expo.  Zest is a line of award-winning high caffeine teas designed for mental clarity and energy. Their blends (Earl Grey Black Tea, Pomegranate Mojito Green Tea, Blue Lady Black Tea, and Apple Cinnamon Black Tea) have as much caffeine as coffee without the crash!

Apple Cinnamon Black:  This blend of premium Orange Pekoe black tea smothered in real bits of apple and cinnamon.

Blue Lady Black:  a sultry South Indian black tea base with an aromatic mix of orange, lemon, passion fruit, and hibiscus. A peppering of vivid blue cornflower petals and bits of orange peel make for a visual spectacle.  Enjoy hot or chilled.

Earl Grey Black: made with premium Nilgiri Indian black tea blended with a delicious bergamot essential oil.

Pomegranate Mojito Green:  an aromatic blend of young hyson green tea, peppermint, lime, and pomegranate.

Couldn’t get to World Tea Expo?  Come meet the team and try Zest Tea at the Coffee and Tea Festival:  Philly on Nov. 7-8.


SAVE THE DATE! Coffee & Tea Festival Philly, Nov. 7-8, 2015