Author Archives: Elizabeth Dobos

Tea Bag Art Beautifully Embodies Intricacy and Simplicity

Photos courtesy of Ruby Silvious Artist Ruby Silvious repurposes used tea bags as her canvases, turning material that people often discard into beautiful works of art. The tea bag art includes a broad range of subjects—all depicted in colorful, intricate detail. Silvious, who was born and raised in Tacloban City in the Philippines, was...

Tea Companies Benefit from the Global Tea Championship

Participating in the Global Tea Championship, a competition that draws tea purveyors from around the world, benefits everyone. Judges Lydia Kung, owner of Verileaf Fine Teas and Eliot Jordan, vice president of Mighty Leaf, share their insights as to why tea companies should enter regardless of whether they win medals. Jordan is one of...

First LEED Certified Tea Factory Opens in Oregon

Yogi Tea celebrated the grand opening of its new LEED certified factory in Eugene, Oregon, August 11. “[LEED certification] was a natural fit for us and what that company stands for and believes in,” said Giancarlo Marcaccini, CEO of Yogi Tea. “It’s a beautiful building, it’s inspiring and it shows how far we’ve come...

Budding Products: Creative Kombuchas

Taste GT’s Unity Kombucha Beverly Hills, California-based GT’s Living Foods introduced its limited-edition Unity kombucha for the summer. Two hands clasping in unity distinguishes its package design. The Unity kombucha flavor is a blend of cherry, coconut and lemongrass. It is available through Aug. 31. GT’s also is promoting its “Unity” Spotify playlist by...

Meet the Global Tea Championship Iced Tea Competition Judges

Meet the judges for the Global Tea Championship’s Iced Tea Competition, which takes place August 16 in Montebello, California. John Cullicott has more than 16 years of tea industry experience. As President and COO of Walters Bay, he has helped develop the grower-direct business model, which prioritizes sustainability, traceability and transparency. Read more here....

Meet David De Candia, Global Tea Championship Judge

David DeCandia has been with the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for 11 years, where he is the Senior Manager of Tea and Master Tea Blender and buyer. He also formed the company’s training and certification programs, which educate its 850 retail employees about tea. What sparked your interest in tea? I was just...

Meet John Cullicott, Global Tea Championship Judge

John Cullicott brings more than 16 years of tea industry experience to judging. As President and COO of Walters Bay, he has helped develop the grower-direct business model, which prioritizes sustainability, traceability and transparency. Cullicott’s experience encompasses every step of the supply chain, from tea nurseries and gardens to factories and packaging. He was...

Meet Eliot Jordan, Global Tea Championship Judge

Eliot Jordan’s career in the tea industry began at Peet’s Coffee & Tea store in Berkeley, California, where he went from being a part-time employee to being a trainer and subsequently a tea purchaser, blender and buyer. During his tenure at Peet’s he introduced new teas and blends, such as Pride of the Port...

Steampunk Brings Precision to Tea Brewing

The typical American teahouse doesn’t have an automated tea brewer, simply because there are very few commercial-grade machines on the market. Instead, teas are usually hand-brewed—often several at once—which is time consuming and customarily imprecise. To modernize tea brewing, create consistency and make tea shop employees’ jobs easier, Alpha Dominche, a design and technology...

Camellia Sinensis Wins 2 World Tea Awards

Quebec’s Camellia Sinensis took home two World Tea Awards at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas in June. The 20-year-old Canadian business was named Best Retail Tea Shop, Café, Bar and also won Best E-commerce Tea Website. Helmed by four business partners with interests in different aspects of tea, Camellia Sinensis has grown...