Sunday, April 27, 2008

Revolution Tea 3D Launches First in Arizona

Revolution Tea Blends Super Fruits, Multi-Vitamins & Premium White Tea for New Beverage Line
(from a press release)

Revolution Tea, known for its masterfully-blended whole leaf teas and innovative Infusers, announced today the launch of its new multi-dimensional beverage: Revolution 3D. Revolution 3D is a first-of-its-kind combination of antioxidant-rich super fruits, multi-vitamins, and premium white tea in an all-natural drink. Revolution Tea is releasing four refreshing 3D flavors: Green Apple, Blueberry, Mango and Pomegranate in sleek 12-ounce cans and four-packs.

Revolution 3D will be available in select Arizona retailers beginning in May, as well as online via the Revolution Tea website. For retail locations or to order online visit Revolution Tea.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Not All Of The Tea In China

No, it's not all of the tea in China, just a few articles that I've run across recently that have to do with the subject.

Here's an article from the English language version of the People's Daily. It's about tea and tea culture in Hangzhou, probably best known for producing the Dragonwell variety of green tea.

Pu'er, China, is best known for another type of tea - guess which one. It was the topic of an article that recently appeared in the New York Times. Read it here. If you have trouble accessing that one, you can read the same article at the International Herald Tribune, here.

If you're looking to brush up on your tea knowledge, Tenfu Tea College, in Zhangzhou, might do the trick. Read more about it here.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Guayaki Announces Opening Of First Yerba Mate Bar

Guayaki Announces Opening Of First Yerba Mate Bar
(from a press release)

The grassroots California company that pioneered the spread of South American yerba mate beverages across the U.S. is breaking new ground by opening a classic Mate Bar. The Guayaki Mate Bar is conveniently located in downtown Sebastopol in the big ‘gold’ building at 6782 Sebastopol Road (Route 12) in the heart of Sebastopol, and is open from 7 AM to 2 PM Monday through Saturday.

This unique ‘jungle lounge’ blends authentic South American yerba mate culture with delicious local artisan cuisine. Although the focus is on the celebration of yerba mate and its community-oriented culture, the Guayaki Mate Bar also offers a creative food menu that features light and healthy organic fare with ‘something for everyone’ including delicious gluten-free, wheat-free and vegan options.

The Mate Bar drink menu includes a wide variety of tasty organic yerba mate beverage styles such as mate lattes, cappuccino mate, mate mocha, mate chai, java mate, spicy mayan mocha mate, mate shakes, espresso shots, iced mate (seasonal), and drip brewed mate. Since a key objective is to help others discover the joy of sharing yerba mate, it is only natural that one of the features at the Mate Bar is traditional yerba mate sipped from a gourd and bombilla. You can even bring in your own gourd and the experienced staff will provide helpful advice.


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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Snapshot - My Tea Shelf

It's been a while since I've done a proper tea review, but here are notes on a few things I've been drinking lately. What about you?

Mystery Assam
I'm always up for a good Assam. This loose leaf variety of indeterminate origin (purchased at a local grocery store) is not a great one, but it's suitable for daily use.

Saphara Premium Estate Assam
I couldn't resist trying this one, which is part of Celestial Seasoning's new line of high-end whole leaf teas. I especially couldn't resist since they sent a coupon for a free box. Would I pay for another box out of pocket? Probably not. "Premium" might be a bit too high-falutin' of a term for this one. Not bad, really, but not quite good enough that I'd go back to the well.

Two Leaves and a Bud Tamayokucha
I had high hopes for this Japanese green. Two Leaves refers to it as "extremely green" and claim that it's "incredibly full flavored." I didn't see it that way. No matter how I tweaked the brewing parameters I wasn't able to coax much flavor from it.

Sencha Shot
From Ito En - it's canned sencha. The strong sencha flavor of this one was completely overwhelmed by bitterness. Then there's the price - $1.39 for just over six ounces. That's the part that really left a bad taste in my mouth.

Archer Farms Golden Breakfast
This loose leaf Yunnan was a pleasant surprise and the best of this lot. Archer Farms is apparently a store brand for the Target chain. Which made me a bit hesitant to give their tea a shot but it turned out to be better than the average Yunnan. Perhaps not the best I've ever tasted but I would (and did) buy this one again.

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