Author Archives: Sam Molineaux

Kickstarter Product Makes Matcha Possible on the Go

A brand-new design from startup Pret-A-Matcha is the new must-have for matcha tea lovers. The innovative patent-pending bottle incorporates all the traditional matcha-making tools (sieve, spoon, whisk and a compartment to store 2 ounces of matcha powder) for matcha-on-the-go. The double-walled stainless-steel bottle comes in three colors—black, white and green—and costs $60, one-third less...

Iced Tea Sales on the Rise at C-Stores

According to a new report, rising numbers of consumers are purchasing cold tea at convenience stores, citing taste, cleanliness, quality, and value as the most important purchasing factors. In its spring 2017 Convenience Store Consumer Marketbrief, foodservice research firm Technomic reports that 44 percent of all convenience store consumers purchase dispensed tea from c-stores...

Demand Outstrips Supply in U.S.-Grown Artisanal Tea

As Americans’ taste for tea has grown, so has the interest in homegrown teas. According to the U.S. League of Tea Growers, there are now 60 farms in 15 states, most of which have sprung up in the last 15 years or so. Historically, the United States did not feature highly on tea maps...

English Tea Shop Takes on the World

A recent article on Minutehack.com, which features business-focused stories for entrepreneurs and executives, highlighted the British tea company the English Tea Shop. The independent 7-year-old company, it reports, is “riding a wave of demand for high-quality, organic food and drink” with its range of more than 130 varieties of teas and tisanes produced at...

Darjeeling’s Dry Spell Ends Just in Time for Harvest

After a long winter dry spell, widespread rainfall has brought delight to tea planters in sub-Himalayan West Bengal including Darjeeling, one of the highest tea-producing regions of the country, reports India’s The Economic Times. The rains are expected to give a heavy boost to the quality and quantity of the first flush. Per Indian...

Sri Lanka Tea Output Falls

Adverse weather, poor application of fertilizers and a government ban on pesticides are wreaking havoc with Sri Lanka’s tea production. Last year, the Indian Ocean island nation’s tea output hit a seven-year low, falling 11.1 percent in its third straight year of declining production, according to a recent report. And the bad news continues:...

Yerba Mate Not So Great, Say Pint-Sized Tea Tasters

American kids are frequently exposed to iced tea and sweet tea, but not many of them get to try the more exotic teas from far-flung corners of the earth. With that in mind, WatchCut Video, the makers of last year’s viral sensation “Grandmas Smoking Weed for the First Time,” decided to offer a group...