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California Tea and Herbal Announces VelociTea Brewer

TEMECULA, Calif. Diane Walden, an expert blender, retailer and tea wholesaler is determined to pick up the pace when it comes to making good tea by shaving hours off cold brew methods and minutes when making tea lattes. Walden, who invented the VelociTeaTM brewer with her husband Vern, says, “We developed the brewer because...

Millennial Tea Drinkers Give Iced Tea a Cold Shoulder

American millennials may be losing their taste for iced tea, according to results of a poll released this month by YouGov BrandIndex. The “brand intelligence service” focuses on public perception of brands across many sectors and nations, providing insights to industries such as food and beverage. Its findings on iced tea are based on...

Global Tree Survey Shows Several Tea Species Threatened

Wild tea is as vulnerable to the vagaries of man and nature as any flowering tree. It may appear prolific, with hundreds of millions of cultivated plants producing billions of kilos annually, but researchers report two of the world’s tea species could soon be extinct. Plants go extinct with some frequency but a “Red...

Meet Gilbert Kendzior, Global Tea Championship Judge

Gilbert Kendzior’s tea career that has spanned across four continents began in 1980 in Lipton’s United Kingdom office. After training there for one year, Lipton transferred him to Sri Lanka where he was involved in tasting, auctioning and buying tea. Then he went to Malawi for two years and to Mombasa for five. Afterward,...

Malls Make it Easy for Local Tea Shops to Replace Teavana

ROCHESTER, NY Niraj Lama was so busy running his downtown tea shop he didn’t pay much attention to the news that a nearby Teavana, located at the Eastview Mall in Victor, NY was closing. At least not until the mall operators came to call with an offer Happy Earth Tea could not refuse. In...

Tea Cocktails Shaking Up Menus

Restaurants are now pairing alcohol and tea. Some do so by featuring tea on a menu that initially only had wine, and others are mixing tea and alcohol in the form of cocktails. In any case, the relationship between alcohol and tea proves to be a successful one. San Francisco-based consulting firm Andrew Freeman...

National Hot Tea Month Highlights the Love of Tea

January is National Hot Tea Month and Jan. 12 is National Hot Tea Day. The National Tea Council of the USA wants tea drinkers to use this month to celebrate their love of tea. One opportunity to do so is by participating in the National Tea Council’s Second Annual Photo Sharing Sweepstakes in which...

RTD Outlook for 2018; APAC Tops Growth in Global RTD Tea

Global ready-to-drink (RTD) tea and coffee sales are expected to experience a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9 percent through 2021, according to a new report by global technology research and advisory company Technavio. Fast-paced lifestyles of consumers are one of the major factors driving the market. Consumers are increasingly looking for RTD...

The Secret to Single-Serve Success

Making good tea is an open secret. “Good tea in a bag, everybody can do it. Yet it’s often not done,” says Eliot Jordan, vice president of tea at Mighty Leaf Tea Company, in San Rafael, Calif. As Mighty Leaf’s tea master, Jordan is responsible for sourcing, blending, and developing teas. He was instrumental...