Author Archives: Sam Molineaux

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...

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...