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Caution is Not Inherently Bad, But Coffee Just Got a Bad Rap

Coffee and tea share many healthful plant-based compounds. The science-based consensus is that each beverage holds significant benefits when consumed in moderation. But in the court of public opinion, coffee can’t seem to get a break. Last week a California Superior Court judge ruled that coffee sold in California must display a Prop 65...

Annual Coffee Survey Reveals Insights About Retailing Tea

Tea consumption among American adults dipped to 48 percent in January, falling two points since last year according to a long-running national survey of drinking trends. Coffee drinkers in the U.S. reversed a six-year decline as past-day consumption rose to 64 percent among adults, according to the National Coffee Association (NCA). The annual survey, conducted...

Tea and Coffee Mingle in Ito En’s Brooklyn Breakfast Blend

Ito En recently introduced its Brooklyn Breakfast Blend tea; a combination of tea, coffee, cranberry and orange peel that represents and shares Brooklyn’s eclectic community. It also reflects Ito En’s innovative spirit and its deep-rooted expertise in tea and coffee. “The Brooklyn Breakfast Blend combines it all,” said Rona Tison, Ito En’s executive vice...

Tea is an Integral Part of World’s Most Spectacular Roastery

SHANGHAI, China The fanfare and brightest of lights shined on Starbucks’ spectacular roastery opening last week but Teavana plays an important, if secondary role. Conversations of late tend to dismiss Teavana as a failure following the announced closing of 379 U.S. and Canadian stores. Teavana even closed its e-commerce site Oct. 1 despite growing...

Innovation: Tea Untied

Beverage retailers from Acosta and Dunkin’ Donuts to Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee & Tea feature wholly owned house tea brands. Chicago-based Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea is pioneering a more open way to showcase specialty tea. CHICAGO, Ill. Michael Schultz prizes selection over gross margins. “Choice is what matters,” he says, and when he opens...

Watch Out for Empty Calories in Your Tea

You might be surprised just how many empty calories you’re adding to your tea each day. More than 160 million people in the U.S. regularly drink coffee or tea. Roughly two-thirds of coffee drinkers and one-third of tea drinkers add sugar, cream, flavorings or other calorie-rich additives, according to researcher Ruopeng An. “These add-in...

The Coffee-ization of Tea

Christine Muhlke writing in GQ this month suggests “your next coffee should actually be tea.” “About a decade ago, when cafés and coffee roasters became obsessed with bean origin, ideal milk temperature, and mouthfeel, ordering coffee began to seem like a lifestyle choice—a development tolerable only because the coffee itself got way, way better,”...

Good News for Tea Drinkers: Caffeine Key to Longer Life

On the heels of an extensive Harvard study, which last year revealed that coffee drinkers had up to a 15% lower mortality rate than non-coffee drinkers, Chinese scientists have come up with findings that indicate tea drinkers may also live long and prosperously. Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Kunming Institute of Botany...