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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....

Tea Forte Introduces New SIPSCRIPTIONS

Tea Forte introduces SIPSCRIPTIONS, a collection of organic teas to support body and mind. SIPSCRIPTIONS is comprised of: REBOOT Tea for energy, RESULTS Tea for fitness, REGROUP Tea for detox, RESIST Tea for wellness, and RETREAT Tea for relaxation. These new teas are available in Tea Forte’s signature Pyramid Infusers, single steeps, and Loose...

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...

Gourmia Single-Button Brewer

Loose leaf at the push of a button inspired makers of capsule brewers to include teas in their K-Cup lineups but sales slumped in 2016 due in part to the temperamental nature of specialty tea. In response, several manufacturers have incorporated brewing vessels that fully immerse tea leaves regardless of size and style. Countertop...

Tea Sommelier App

The Australian Tea Masters has launched a tea sommelier app designed as the ultimate quick-resource tool for enthusiasts and tea professionals. The $5.49 app is the work of Sharyn Johnston, founder of the Australian Tea Masters, a well-respected tea sommelier, and author of the 289-page Tea Sommelier Book, a training manual that offers Australian,...

Guidebooks Point the Way to Ching Ching CHA

The Lonely Planet guidebook describes Ching Ching CHA as an “airy, Zen-like teahouse.” Fodor’s calls it “a teahouse where tranquility reigns supreme.” And the Zagat Survey reports that visitors find it “cheaper than a massage but almost as effective.” With glowing notices like that, owner Ching Ching Wong, known as Hollie, doesn’t need to...

Qi Aerista Smart Brewer Funded

Rick Ha and Karen Wan brought their prototype smart brewer to World Tea Expo last June as one of the final steps prior to launching a crowd-funding campaign. They were delighted that the Qi Aerista Smart Tea Maker was named a finalist in both Innovation and the Brewing Gear categories because of its app-controlled...

House of Jane Expands Product Line and Reach

In the wake of new marijuana legalization measures, California-based cannabis drinks company House of Jane is celebrating wider distribution options with a new product line of hemp-derived, CBD-infused B-12 energy capsules, energy shots, and bottled beverages. These add to its existing line of Jane’s Brew cannabidiol (CBD)-infused teas, coffees, chocolate, and powders. The energy...

Unilever Puts Pure Leaf in Teabags

Lipton Yellow Label is languishing on the bottom shelf in grocery, discounted to less than $5 for a 100-ct box, but it’s still the top-selling brand in the world. Since Unilever acquired Lipton in 1972, the brand has achieved significant financial milestones. It was the first to reach $2+ billion in sales and, more...

Teforia Gets $12 Million Additional Financing

The latest upgraded tea brewers are attracting tech funding in the millions for machines selling for $1000+. Last week TechCrunch reported a $12-million funding round for Mountain View, Calif.-based Teforia Co., which is selling its internet-connected infuser for $1,499. The “selective infusion process,” developed by XBox 360 creator and Teaforia CEO Allen Han, uses...