Author Archives: Elizabeth Dobos

Tea Smith Brings Tea to Happy Hour With Its After Five Menu

Omaha, Nebraska-based teahouse The Tea Smith created an “After 5 Menu.” “We want tea to be fun and accessible for people … Being able to have fun and creative drinks introduces people to tea,” said Tim Smith, The Tea Smith’s owner. “People who have tea kind of cubby-holed based on limited experience,” he said....

Mushroom Tea Line Result of University Partnership

Choice Organic Teas partnered with Bastyr University to create a wellness tea collection that boosts both organizations. The collection debuted in 2017 and centers around mushrooms. The four teas in the collection are: Shitake Mate, Reishi Matcha, Shitake Turmeric, and Reishi Detox. “We have worldwide sourcing; we have knowledge of botanicals,” said Choice Production...

Tea Company Partners With Prevention Magazine to Make Wellness Drinkable

Organic India partnered with the Rodale Institute and Prevention magazine to create a wellness teas collection that bridges the gap between dietary supplements and good-tasting tea. Boulder, Colo.-based Organic India supports the Rodale Institute because of its work with regenerative agriculture. The two organizations have partnered for the last few years. Rodale Publishing, which...

Global Tea Championship’s Notable Features

The Global Tea Championship’s Spring Hot Tea Competition will take place September 16-17, 2017 in Boulder, Colorado. Here are some notable aspects of this year’s competition. Any company from around the world that sells tea commercially is eligible to enter the competition. This is the first year the competition will take place at the...

How Tea Health Advocacy Can Improve Retail Sales

Maria Uspenski won the award for Best Tea Health Advocate at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas in June. Her book, Cancer Hates Tea (Page Street Publishing, 2016), gives tips for lifestyle changes people can make to decrease their risk of getting cancer. She owns The Tea Spot in Boulder, Colorado, which provides...

Meet Rob McCaleb, Global Tea Championship Judge

Rob McCaleb is educated in cellular biology and botany and has applied his extensive knowledge as an ethnobotanist to the tea industry in the areas of product development and marketing. He founded and presides over the Herb Research Foundation and of Natural Healthcare Inc., and wrote The Encyclopedia of Popular Herbs. While he was...

New Certification Incentivizes Elephant Conservation

The first Elephant Friendly Certification™ for tea plantations has been developed by the University of Montana’s Broader Impacts Group and the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network. This certification represents standards that tea gardens implement for the protection of elephants, which are vulnerable to health and safety risks often present on tea cultivation properties. University of...

Ride the Lightbulb Boba Wave

Drinking boba tea from a lightbulb-shaped bottle is trending on two continents—Asia and North America—and on Instagram. The trend began in South Korea and Taiwan before crossing the Pacific Ocean to make an impression on Americans. Now Californians, New Yorkers and Texans are drinking the well-liked milk tea with chewy tapioca balls from a...