Tea Health / Education

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...

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....

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...

Global RTD Tea Expanding Rapidly

Market researchers continue to optimistically project exceptional growth in the ready-to-drink tea category globally and in the U.S. Global sales will top 116 billion in the next five years according to Grand View Research, which released its latest Tea and Coffee Market Size, Share & Trends update. “The instant energy provided by these products...

Follow the Leaders: Transparency

Unilever recently became the first multinational food company to reveal in detail its entire supply chain of 300 direct palm oil growers supplying 1,400 mills. In announcing the decision Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman said, “Unilever is committed to greater transparency. A lot of people think if you outsource your value chain you can outsource...

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...

Pea Flower Tea: Sneaking Up on the Innovation Highway

Pea flower tea could be the next sneak up innovation in the beverage market, joining bubble tea, cheese tea, cold brew and kombucha and, perhaps even the SUI of the past decade, matcha. These came from outside the mainstream, relatively suddenly establishing a market base of enthusiastic customers. None seemed likely to become more...

Green Tea Attacks Plaque

Summary: The chemical compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) was found to break up and dissolve protein plaques in the blood vessels that reduce the flow of blood to the heart and brain. The study: Researchers at Lancaster University, England studying the effects of EGCG have added to the growing list of areas where there is some...

World Tea Academy Offers New Tea Blending Certification

Three new World Tea Academy classes help students along their tea journey to becoming a Certified Tea Blender. Launching this summer as part of the Tea Blending Certification track, the new advanced-level courses are among a total of seven classes that are required to obtain the new certificate. The curriculum encompasses how to conceptualize,...