Author Archives: Elizabeth Dobos

Budding Products: Functional Tea Launches and Changes

Aduna Launches New Super Teas London -based Aduna, a company known for its superfood powders and energy bars, has added two flavors to its Super Teas line. Turmeric and Hibiscus blends join Moringa, Baobab and Cacao to form a collection of five super teas. The pyramid bags include whole pieces of fruit, leaves, herbs,...

Miro Tea Merges Chinese History with Modern America

Miro Tea in Seattle’s metropolitan area brings a traditional Chinese teahouse into modern America. Owner Jeannie Liu said, “I wanted to create a space that was not like your typical quiet Zen teahouse, or fall into any kind of stereotypes that people believed about teahouses.” Her father spoke of teahouses in China as being...

Rocky Mountain Tea Festival Turns 20

This year marks the Rocky Mountain Tea Festival’s 20th anniversary and as one of the United States’ longest running tea festivals, it exemplifies the impact such a festival can have on tea industry professionals and the public. The Colorado-based event takes place July 28-29 at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, one of the preeminent teahouses...

3 New Matcha Blends from World Tea Expo

Three top tea companies debuted innovative matcha blends at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas June 12 to 14. ITO EN showcased the newest addition to its ready-to-drink Matcha LOVE line: Organic Ice-Steeped Cold Brew Unsweetened Cucumber + Mint + Matcha + Green Tea. With a light, smooth, refreshing flavor and no bitter...

Budding products: Refreshing Summertime Teas

ITO EN Launched Oi Ocha RTD Tea ITO EN  introduced its new organic Oi Ocha ready-to-drink tea to the United States market at the Summer Fancy Food Show June 29-July 2 in New York City. The refreshing tea is made from USDA-certified organic whole green tea leaves, purified water and natural vitamin C (ascorbic...

Tea Industry Influencers Talk Traditions that Capture Customers

World Tea News asked tea industry influencers: What traditions continue to capture customers? Here are their responses. High tech tea brewing continues to allure, but nothing replaces artisan, hand-brewed service. The increasing ubiquity of slow bars in fine cafes gives a perfect “in” for slow bar tea. And I think the two can co-exist...

How These Professional Football Players Kicked Off NYA TEA

Brothers Kai and David Oredugba built upon their experiences as professional football players when forming their tea company, NYA TEA. NYA TEA stands for “Not Your Average Tea.” Nya also means “new” in Swedish. Here is why the name fits. After playing college football for the University of California, Los Angeles, Kai—whose full name...

8 World Tea Expo New Product Awards Winners Who Spotlight Innovation

Every year, the World Tea Expo bestows New Product Awards to producers of innovation. Categories include gifts, tea-infused food, sustainable packaging and more. This year, World Tea Expo awarded products of exceptional caliber that will add value to the tea industry for years to come. Three judges evaluated 37 product entries. The judges are...

Teaware Shows Variety at World Tea Expo

A broad spectrum of teaware styles—modern, traditional and whimsical—were displayed at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, June 12-14. The perfect teapot exists for every type of tea enthusiast and here are a few that stood out.   Denmark-based Viva Scandinavia showcased an array of modern tea sets made of porcelain and borosilicate,...

New Tea Appliances Impress at World Tea Expo

Sophisticated new multi-temperature brewers were exhibited recently at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas and are now available to those who want extra care put into brewing their tea. Qi Aerista’s Smart Brewer and Bonavita’s 1.0L Variable Temperature Kettle are two to debut. Qi Aerista Smart Brewer Rick Ha and Karen Wan founded...