Author Archives: Sam Molineaux

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...

Tea for the Heart

Good news for tea-loving romantics. Showing your loved one you care with a gift of tea is a gesture that aims straight for the heart. According to a new study published in the journal Heart, drinking a daily cup of tea can reduce heart disease. The study assessed the association between tea consumption and...

East Africa Drought Affects Tea Production

Last year’s short rainy season and a prolonged drought in East Africa is taking a toll on tea yields in the region. As the weather phenomenon La Niña continues to dry up the skies, many are predicting a bleak 2017 for tea production in Kenya and other tea-growing countries in the region. Kenya’s National...

A New Kind of Sweetener

Israeli company Lampados International this week launches Liteez, a dual-purpose low-calorie sweetener for hot drinks that can also be enjoyed as a sweet treat. Shaped like a meringue kiss, each 1-calorie Liteez contains a fraction of the calories of a teaspoon of sugar. Its plant-based formula makes it healthier than most hot drink sweeteners....

American Tea Room Reopens in Beverly Hills

Well-heeled locals and tourists alike can now take a tea break at the newly reopened American Tea Room on Canon Drive, in the heart of the famed Beverly Hills upscale shoppers paradise. Founder David Barenholtz is one of the most successful independent tea retailers in the U.S. He is a pioneer of in-store education...

Report Predicts Growth in Market for Organic Tea

In its Global Organic Beverages Market by Type, by Region, Competition Forecast and Opportunities, 2011–2021 report, leading global market research firm TechSci Research predicts 15% growth in the organic beverages market from 2016–2021. “Growing health concerns, increasing pesticide and chemical poisoning cases and improving per capita spending on organic products are expected to boost...

The Republic of Tea Turns 25

Specialty tea company The Republic of Tea this month celebrates its 25th anniversary with the launch of a new, celebratory blend, Ginger Peach Chocolate Truffle Black Tea. The family-owned business, which focuses on natural and healthy premium teas and herbs, has grown from its initial 21 teas to now offering more than 300 loose...

Turkey’s Tea Exports Rise; Organic Production Favored

Turkey is the world’s fifth-largest tea-growing region after India, China, Kenya, and Sri Lanka. Most of its tea gardens are in the mountainous Rize province in northeast Turkey, close to the Black Sea, where the climatic conditions—snow in the winter that preserves and protects the tea plants against fungi and pests, and plenty of...

UC Davis Tea Colloquium: Sensory Aspects of Tea

Less than a year after its inception, the Global Tea Initiative will host its 2nd Annual Colloquium, Thursday, Jan. 19 at the University of California Davis, in Davis, Calif. The Colloquium will feature a full day of events, with a tea tasting in the morning and a number of talks in the afternoon. The...