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Tea Forest in Hawaii Establishes a New Standard of Quality

Big Island Tea produces tea using sustainable farming practices that respect and support Hawaii’s diverse ecosystem, resulting in an exceptionally high quality tea. Eliah Halpenny moved to Hawaii in 2001 from Canada to join her husband, Cam Muir, who had accepted a post-doctorate genetics research position at the University of Hawaii. Being Canadian, Halpenny...

10 Tea-riffic Businesses to Follow on Instagram

Instagram is a social media platform widely used by companies and consumers alike. It’s the place to be if you seek customer engagement because the platform leads all social media by a great margin with 50 to 60 interactions per 1,000 users compared with Facebook’s six. Check out what makes these tea companies stand...

Starbucks Has a Teavana Problem

For years, Starbucks Corp. has been reminding us about the changing retail landscape. And in 2017, that is definitely happening. Retailers are closing stores and filing for bankruptcy at levels not even seen during the recession. “We anticipated and we saw very early on that there was going to be a very, very significant...

Mixes Make Turmeric Milk Lattes Easy

Ancient and imbued with healing powers complementary to tea, turmeric is a root spice experiencing strong growth globally in beverages and cosmetics. Turmeric (curcuma longa) is an herbaceous perennial in the ginger family (zingiberaceae) that tastes peppery and has a lingering, somewhat bitter finish that can be successfully blended into a pleasant and nutritious drink, often...

Argo Tea Tests Cashless Cafes

Argo Tea is going cashless at four of its cafes and would like to apply this business operations method to the rest of its 49 cafes. This sparks the questions of whether this marks the beginning of a trend of other retailers eliminating the option of cash from their customer transactions and if it...

Muscatel Flavor is Unmatched

The distinctive muscatel flavor is one of the most difficult flavors to identify. I have been tasting various kinds of tea, including Darjeelings, since 1975. But to learn about muscatel took dedication because you need to know the taste to identify it. I was taught to taste at least 50 cups of muscatel tea...

Soda Loses Market Share to Tea

Tea is an important segment in the wave of refreshment beverages that for the first time has surpassed carbonated soft drinks by volume. “The U.S. liquid refreshment beverage market grew more quickly in 2016 than in 2015, which in turn saw acceleration over 2014’s growth,” according to New York-based Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC). “The...

Tea Shines at the Coffee Show

SEATTLE, Wash. Specialty tea sales at coffee shops number billions now and baristas embrace the fact that consumers view specialty beverages as a taste continuum that is no longer segmented into coffee or tea. The Global Specialty Coffee Expo, hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association, drew several thousand attendees to its three-day conference last...

Liverpool Leads in Tea

Brits are known for love of tea, but the leading city for consumption is Liverpool, where residents drink an average of 1,460 cups yearly, according to a recent study. English Breakfast was named the favorite of most UK tea-drinkers, and 38 percent of those surveyed say it’s best with milk but no sugar. Coworkers...

Taylors of Harrogate Wins Queen’s Award for Supply Chain

Taylors of Harrogate and its sister company Bettys Café Tea Rooms received a Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development on April 21 for their sustainable tea and coffee supply chain, according to a company press release. The Queen’s Award honors Bettys and Taylors’ socially responsible sourcing of tea and coffee and the positive impact on...