Author Archives: Katrina Avila Munichiello

Katrina Avila Munichiello

About Katrina Avila Munichiello

Katrina Ávila Munichiello is an experienced freelance writer and editor with a passion for tea. Formerly the Senior Editor at Tea Magazine, she is also the author of "A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time." She currently co-owns and operates Tea Biz, a custom content company that specializes in supporting the tea industry.

The Impact of Tea on Gut Microbiome

Rising rates of autoimmune conditions like food allergies, celiac and Inflammatory Bowel Disease have led to an increased interest in research on what is known as the gut microbiome. A new study indicates that tea drinkers may be ahead of the curve in this area. The gut microbiome is the range of microorganisms that...

DAVIDsTEA Among Those Questioned RE: “On Call” Shifts

DAVIDsTea is facing questions about the way they staff their retail shops in the U.S. Fifteen retailers in New York were contacted by the state’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, regarding “on-call” shifts. For “on call” shifts, an employee is required to keep particular slots of time available in case they are needed to work;...

Tea Trends: Cacao Shell Tea

In recent years, there have been many fresh tea trends to try — kombucha, cascara tea, tea and juice blends. This year’s talk centers around cacao shells. Cocoa tea had some chatter a couple years ago, but that was ground cocoa nibs combined with spices, and infused in hot milk or water. This new...

Tea Perfume for the True Enthusiast

Jo Malone, a brand now operated by Estée Lauder, has announced a new perfume line inspired by tea scents. There are six perfumes in this line, called The Rare Tea collection. Handpicked buds from tea plants are infused into the fragrance base in a process that took anywhere from 10 hours to 100 hours....

Tea to Reduce Stress: A Good Way to Start the Day

This week, the UK’s Standard published an article about why drinking tea in the morning is good for you. Among these reasons was evidence that tea can help reduce stress levels. Several years ago, researchers at the University College of London found that people who consumed black tea were able to destress more quickly...

Kenya Promoting Specialty Tea

Last week Kenyan officials announced a plan to incentivize the growth of specialty tea to further build the industry. “We want to increase tea industry earnings by encouraging farmers to embrace specialty tea varieties such as white, purple and orthodox tea which have high value,” Samuel Ogola, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority Head...

Green Tea and Iron: A Poor Combination?

Penn State University researchers who were running studies related to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have found information that consuming foods high in iron may reduce the health benefits of green tea consumption. The lead researcher, Matam Vijay-Kumar, explained that important antioxidants in green tea bind with the iron in the meal.  This is a...

Brooke Bond Uses Music to Promote Brand

In observance of the 50th anniversary of their Taj Mahal Tea, Brooke Bond is using music to celebrate. The company has launched a new YouTube station called “Darbar-E-Taj,” dedicated to Indian classical music. There are currently six videos available displaying the talents of some of India’s top classical musicians. The first is a selection...