Author Archives: World Tea News

Penton’s North American Tea Championship Names 15 Winners During Evaluation of Hot Loose-Leaf Teas from Spring Harvest 2016

Some of the Winning Teas Will Be Featured at World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, June 13–15, 2017 Fifteen high-quality teas were awarded first-place prizes in several categories during the North American Tea Championship’s (NATC) evaluation of spring-harvest 2016 hot teas. The competition, held Sept. 15–16, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev., was hosted by...

World Tea Expo 2017 Call for Speakers

Share Your Tea-Related Insights and Help Businesses Become More Successful and Profitable World Tea Expo is accepting speaker proposals for its 2017 event in Las Vegas, June 13–15, 2017. The deadline to submit proposals is Oct. 7, 2016. Submit session proposals here Potential speakers should have extensive knowledge and experience in tea and in...

Matcha in Monterey

By Janis Hashe Cha-ya caters to sophisticated green tea drinkers Born and raised in Toyko, Mitsuko Gammon moved to the United States 40 years ago, only to find her options for quality tea were very limited. For many years, she had relatives send her the teas she wanted from Japan. But in 2005, she...

Alliance Warns: Beware Boba Tea’s Sugar Bomb

By Stephenie Overman The Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA) has launched the “Rethink Your Asian Drink” campaign to warn about the health dangers of boba milk tea, also known as bubble tea. “This campaign focuses on increasing knowledge of just what ingredients (especially sugar) are in boba and other Asian drinks...

GTE on List of Potentially Harmful Supplements

By Stephenie Overman Relying on a panel of physicians and dietary supplement researchers, Consumer Reports has identified 15 common supplement ingredients — including green tea extract (GTE) powder — that are potentially harmful. Risks include cardiac arrest, cancer and organ damage, according to experts quoted by Consumer Reports. Moreover, they said, none of the...

Tea Polyphenols Studied in Fight Against Neurodegeneration

By Stephenie Overman Polyphenols in white tea are promising candidates to test for protection against neurodegeneration associated with diabetes, according to Dr. Branca Maria Silva, an associate professor at the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal. Silva spoke on “Polyphenols as protective agents against neurotoxicity and neurodegeneration: the case of tea polyphenols,” at the...

Certain Medications, Food, Tea Could Worsen Heart Failure

By Stephenie Overman New American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines contain a long list of common medications that could worsen heart failure. That list includes green tea, grapefruit juice, licorice and some herbs. The AHA issued “Drugs That May Cause or Exacerbate Heart Failure: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association” July 12. The...

Avoid Kidney Stones, Skip Sugary Drinks

By Stephenie Overman Sweet iced tea is a summer staple. So are warnings about tea and kidney stones. Drinking “an excess amount” of tea can cause stones, Dr. Pooja Singh, a clinical assistant professor in nephrology at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, told the PhillyVoice. People who have a genetic predisposition or a family...

Green Tea Joins Fight Against Zika

By Stephenie Overman In the fight against Zika, researchers in Brazil have turned to green tea. The Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. The World Health Organization reports a scientific consensus that Zika is a cause of microcephaly, a neurological condition in which an...

Wuyuan Tea: Everything Old Is New Again

By Janis Hashe For more than 1,200 years, the county containing the city of Wuyuan, nestled between the Chinese provinces of Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Anhui, has reigned as the “golden triangle of green tea.” The surrounding mountains, the misty, humid climate and the rich soil combine to create an ideal environment for growing high-quality...