One of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, tea was strongly represented at the Winter Fancy Food Show held in San Francisco last month. Verdant matcha, a darling of the specialty food world over the past few years, was still a strong ingredient blended in beverages and foods alike. Also of note, tea mustn’t solely be consumed through steeping. The most innovative new brands presented novel tea delivery formats such as “tea sprinkles” made from tea and herbal add-ins ground so fine that it dissolves in your cup.
These top new products represent how tea has shifted from a morning wake-me-up beverage to a gourmet ingredient across categories.
Davidson’s Organic Ayurvedic Infusions
These condition-specific functional teas feature traditional ayurvedic ingredients such as cinnamon bark, turmeric root, licorice root, ginger, bay leaf and more to provide targeted remedies for sleep problems, sinus congestion, lethargy and more. Each formulation is approved by acclaimed ayurveda practitioners Dr. Suhas and Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar.
Four Sigmatic Lion’s Mane Mushroom Elixir Mix
This USDA Organic mushroom-based powder contains an adaptogenic blend of lion’s mane mushroom, field mint, rose hips, rhodiola and stevia for a hot beverage designed to improve focus and concentration.
Health-Ade Kombucha Matcha + Cold Brew Coffee
Matcha, coffee and kombucha? This peculiar-sounding combination surprisingly works! The delicate flavors of matcha tea are amplified by nutty coffee and pleasantly sour kombucha.
Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Hong Kong Milk Tea
For this sweet frozen treat, San Francisco-based ice cream purveyor Humphry Slocombe teamed up with the tea experts at Numi to craft a flavor reminiscent of the popular sweetened beverage, Hong Kong Milk Tea.
Matcha Love Japanese Matcha Apple + Ginger
Each tea bag encases high-quality stone-ground matcha and warming apple and ginger flavors. While traditional matcha preparation requires a special bamboo whisk, this item offers fruit-infused matcha with convenience.
Owl’s Brew Radler 6 Mix Pack
These bright, low-alcohol radlers are a mix of beer, tea and juice. Our favorite at the show was the Wicked Watermelon flavor, which features wheat beer blended with organic white tea, watermelon juice and pomegranate juice. A perfect picnic sipper!
Pinky Up Berry Earl Grey Macaron
Cheeky packaging and flavors that seem to be engineered for a fancy tea party, this Seattle-based brand is bringing non-guilt indulgence to the mug. Available in dessert-y flavor profiles such as Cinnamon Loose Leaf Tea and Confetti Cake.
The Republic of Tea Apple Cider Vinegar Single Sips Cranberry Hibiscus
A monk fruit-sweetened instant beverage made with USDA Organic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, hibiscus extract, cranberry, vanilla and agave inulin. At just 25 calories, this instant sipper makes for an ideal afternoon pick-me-up.
Season of my Heart Poleo Tea
A product out of Oaxaca, Mexico, this traditional digestive whole-leaf tea has a minty, refreshing flavor, not unlike peppermint.
Tea Drops Tea Sprinkles Boost
Finely ground tea mixed with flavorful herbs and dried flowers provides a functional way for users to get energized, chill out and even improve skin. The fun packaging design and throw-it-in-your-bag portability makes this product a win with experience-seeking Millennials.
Wunder Creamery Grass Fed Quark Green Tea Matcha
What is quark, you ask? Though it looks like thickened Greek yogurt, quark is a snackable cheese that is popular in Germany and Eastern Europe. Matcha adds grassy flavor notes and a delicate green tint.