Tea

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...

4 International Teas to Watch in U.S. Beverage Market

ROCKVILLE, Maryland—The genie is out of the (ready-to-drink) bottle when it comes to a growing number of U.S. consumers willing to try beverages from all over the world. A slowdown in immigration might reduce the speed with which the trend takes place, but in the long run, the U.S. will remain a nation of...

What Defines Specialty Tea?

Pioneer specialty coffee trader Erna Knutsen, who passed away this summer at 96, was among the first green coffee buyers to champion the skills of coffee growers and to recognize the taste benefits of quality processing techniques. In her catalog of offerings Knutsen described characteristics inherent in terroir and priced them into transactions. She...

Follow the Leaders: Defining Specialty Tea

How Do you Define What’s Special about Specialty Tea? Pioneer specialty coffee trader Erna Knutsen, who passed away this summer at 96, was among the first green coffee buyers to champion the skills of coffee growers and to recognize the taste benefits of quality processing techniques. In her catalog of offerings Knutsen described characteristics...

Charleston Tea Plantation Co-founder Dies

In 1987 when Thomas J. Lipton Co., decided to divest its only U.S. tea farm on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, horticulturalist Mack James Fleming and tea broker Bill Hall purchased the property, saving for posterity the Charleston Tea Plantation and the American Classic tea brand. Fleming, 75, died last week at his home in...

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...