Saturday, September 25, 2010

Twinings New Zealand Breakfast Tea

Wake Up To A Cup Of Twinings New Zealand Breakfast Tea
(from a press release)

The tea created in New Zealand for New Zealand is now available. Twinings is proud to announce a delicious new tea especially created to get New Zealand off to a great start every morning is now available in supermarkets.

Inspired by the magic of birdsong in the bush as day breaks, Twinings New Zealand Breakfast Tea is the creation of Nelson local Andrew Fenemor, who won the Twinings New Zealand Breakfast Tea Challenge in April.

The competition -- a world-first for Twinings -- challenged people to create a blend of tea that captured the essence of New Zealand. Around 250 people submitted entries using the Twinings range as a base, which then went to a judging panel that included Stephen Twining, 10th generation of the Twinings family, New Zealand Master Tea Taster and Blender Matt Greenwood, Paul Henry, Kate Hawkesby, Celia Harvey and Dr Laurence Eyres.

Fenemor's flavoursome blend came out on top with judges describing it as “brilliantly unique.” In May, Fenemor travelled to London where he met with Stephen Twining and the Twinings Tea Masters who helped him fine-tune his blend. The result is a full-bodied, satisfying blend with generous malty flavours.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Canadian Coffee & Tea Show

The Canadian Coffee & Tea Show returns to Toronto in September
(from a press release)

Fulcrum Events, Inc. is pleased to announce the dates for the 2010 Canadian Coffee & Tea Show. After hosting the show in Montreal and Vancouver, the show returns to Toronto on September 26 and 27 at The International Centre - Hall 1.

The Canadian Coffee & Tea Show is a comprehensive educational conference and trade show catering to independent coffee & tea retailers, restaurateurs, chain operators and buyers. The conference features an extensive educational program which provides delegates with insights on consumer trends, statistics and hidden profits for retail operators. Interactive workshops include: coffee and tea cuppings, smoothies and creating profitable coffee and tea cocktails. Each afternoon the trade show highlights growth opportunities with the latest product innovations.

A key feature of the event is the annual Canadian Barista Championship, hosted by KRUPS. This year's competition is predicted to be intense and the most challenging in the competition's history. The championship features competitors preparing a series of espresso-based beverages in a tight window of time for a discerning panel of official coffee judges.

New for this year is the Coffee and Tea Cocktail competition on Monday September 27th. Baristas, bartenders, coffee and tea enthusiasts will have the chance to handcraft a cocktail using coffee or tea as the base. Attend the show to sample the winning recipe.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

CrafTea Designs' New Product Lines

To a Tea: CrafTea Designs To Introduce New Product Lines

Following a successful year of operations for Tea Dyed Tees, a specialty apparel and accessories business, tea industry publisher and entrepreneur Janis Badarau has re-branded the company as CrafTea Designs.

The new name reflects the company's diversification into additional tea-related gift products.

Amongst the new product lines, which will be introduced in time for holiday shopping, are tea-dyed ribbons of lace and embellished fabric; origami teapot jewlery; and tea leaf bead jewelry.

All products are completely hand-crafted, all-natural, and eco-friendly.

Based in Lavonia, Georgia, Badarau is best known among specialty tea professionals for her online publications The Cat-Tea Corner and TeaGuide Worldwide Tea Directory. But on the side, she has perfected a method for dyeing clothing and accessories with tea. These products are offered to the public and trade via Tea Dyed Tees website.


Image: Tea Dyed Teas

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Taiwan Tea Adventure Selling Well in Asia

Taiwan Tourism Bureau: Taiwan Tea Adventure Selling Well in Asia
(from a press release)

The Tourism Bureau’s Taiwan Tea Adventure tours are selling well in the Asia market! The Tourism Bureau this year created the Taiwan Tea Tours as a theme tourism product, and had been promoting the tours overseas. So far, the tours have sparked a lot of interest from international tourists and have generated a warm response from Asian tourists. In particular, tour groups from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and other parts of Asia will visit Taiwan from Sept. 7-10 to experience the Taiwan Tea Adventure. These overseas tourists will transform themselves into tea picking ladies and visit Taiwan’s famous tea farms to experience a different side of Taiwanese scenery and culture.

Since the Tourism Bureau began promoting the Taiwan Tea Adventure tours in July in nine target markets, including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia, nearly 20 tour groups, with altogether more than 400 tourists, have purchased the tour packages.

The Taiwan Tea Adventure tours take tourists to tea farms in the northern, central, southern and eastern parts of Taiwan. The tours will focus on introducing tourists to famous Taiwanese teas such as oolong and black teas. Five tea tour routes have been planned to cater specifically to international tourists. On the tours, the tourists will get to experience tea picking, tea making and tea tasting. They will also be able to try the special cuisine and see the unique cultural performances of the local areas where they will be visiting.

For more information about the tours, please visit the Tourism Bureau’s website: and look up Taiwan Tea Adventure and the five tour itineraries offered.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tea Mavericks Of America

In an unprecedented Bay Area meeting of the world’s foremost tea influencers, culled from a variety of industries including technology firms, retail and wholesale outlets, and literary authors, these savvy entrepreneurs will share insights about why the tea industry is surging in America. Noting the clear benefits such as providing focus and clarity to a distracted and hyper-connected society, these experts will explore, taste, and discuss this fascinating artisan world and its relevance today. They will converse about health benefits, sustainability trends, challenges in the industry, and other topics.

Each participant will also bring along the latest and greatest artisan teas from their collection for an on-camera tea tasting. Never before have these tea impresarios all gathered together. Come learn about what’s currently happening in the tea industry in America, and why, and hear the inside scoop regarding all the new innovations on the horizon.


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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Tea Expedition to Sri Lanka Contest for Customers

Zhena's Gypsy Tea and Tully's Coffee Announce: 'Tea Expedition to Sri Lanka' Contest for Customers
(from a press release)

Zhena's Gypsy Tea, known for its dedication to sustainability and innovative tea offerings, and Tully's Coffee, a leading specialty coffee retailer, have announced an unprecedented contest to engage and show appreciation for their vastly expanding tea customers at Tully's throughout the Western United States.

Each Tully's Coffee will have displays where customers can sign up to win the free trip to Sri Lanka. Tully's will also feature a new Pumpkin Spice Tea Latte promotional drink, formulated especially for the Fall contest. Winners will be announced one month after the last entry is in. Contest runs from September 8th- 30th.

The winners of the tea expedition to Sri Lanka will be heading to Sri Lanka with Zhena, where she will take the winners to several organic tea gardens, beautiful Sri Lankan beaches and even an elephant orphanage in January 2011.

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Monday, September 06, 2010

Sanctuary T's Tea-Recipe Contest

Until September 30th, Sanctuary T will be hosting a tea-inspired recipe contest. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Sanctuary T Shop and have their winning recipe featured on the Shop's site. The runner up will win a free bottle of T-Dust Seasoning and a 2oz tin of tea of their choice.


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