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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...

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...

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...

Budding Products: More Matcha in Multiple Formats

ITO EN Debuts 3 New Matcha Love Flavors Brooklyn-based ITO EN (North America) INC. has added three new flavors to its premium matcha LOVE Tea bag line, bringing the total up to six. The new matcha blends are: Blueberry+ Lavender, Peach+ Cinnamon and Turmeric+Yuzu. The other flavors in the collection are: Traditional, Apple +...

Song Tea & Ceramics’ Peter Luong Loves Tea, Not ’Tude

Peter Luong is not a tea mystic. The founder of San Francisco’s Song Tea & Ceramics knows and values the subtle, complex characteristics of tea, but displays a polite skepticism about the many claims for its physical and mental health-enhancing abilities. “I don’t like the ‘fetishing’ of tea,” he says. “Tea should just taste...

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...