Friday, August 26, 2011

The Perfect Cup of Tea

Looking for the perfect cup of tea? Do a Google or YouTube search for this phrase and you'll find that there are any number of people itching to help. Here's one of the most popular videos on the topic. For more on the subject, check out the articles I wrote at the English Tea Store Blog, here and here.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Red Bush Tea Goes Green

Red Bush Tea Goes Green
(from a press release)

The Rainforest Alliance is pleased to announce that a group of South African farms growing rooibos -- also known as red bush tea -- have earned Rainforest Alliance certification. In addition to being a first for this crop type, the farms are also the first to become Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM in South Africa.

The farms in Zeekoevlei Grootport and Driefontein produce rooibos for Rooibos Ltd, whose marketing arm in the USA is Herbal Teas International. The rooibos range carrying the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal is now available in all major supermarkets throughout Europe and North America.

Rooibos is already known for its health benefits -- relieving digestive illness and promoting healthy skin, teeth and bones. Consumers can now be reassured that it is also healthy for the environment. Farms that achieve Rainforest Alliance certification have met the environmental, social and economic standards of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN). The SAN standards cover ecosystem conservation, worker rights and safety, wildlife protection, water and soil conservation, agrochemical reduction, decent housing, and legal wages and contracts for workers.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Mighty Leaf Photo Contest

They're having a photo contest over at Mighty Leaf right now. Here's what they have to say about it:

To celebrate our new all-natural, fresh-brew iced tea line, Mighty Leaf Tea invites you to take it easy…and take a picture! Impress the Mighty Leaf community on Facebook with photos of your favorite ways to stay cool naturally with iced tea, and you could win!

More at the Mighty Leaf blog.

Image: Mighty Leaf

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rishi Tea Sponsors National Yoga Month

Rishi Tea Announces Sponsorship of National Yoga Month
(from a press release)

Rishi Tea is proud to announce a new partnership with National Yoga Month. As part of this partnership, Rishi Tea has been named Official Beverage of Yoga Month, which is every September. Additionally, Rishi Tea will be donating a portion of its sales from Organic Unity Herbal Tea to the National Yoga
Month organization.

Yoga is an important part of the culture at Rishi Tea. In fact, the employees participate in a weekly yoga class every Friday afternoon. Held at the Rishi offices, the class gives everyone an opportunity to wind down after the busy week and gives them a chance to center themselves before heading into the weekend.

When the class is over, many of Rishi Tea’s staffers enjoy a cup of Unity Herbal Tea. This blend is a great fusion of herbs and roots that enliven the senses while helping to maintain a relaxed state of being. Spicy ginger, soothing licorice root and zesty lemongrass provides refreshing energy, perfect for pre or post yoga teatime.

During Yoga Month, Rishi Tea will donate 25% of all online sales and 10% of all wholesale sales of Organic & Fair Trade Unity Herbal Tea to the National Yoga Month organization. The donation will help this important organization promote yoga and healthy living across the country. Rishi wishes all tea drinkers and yoga practitioners a healthy, well-balanced September. For more information on Rishi Tea please visit or like Rishi Tea on Facebook.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Free Tea Recipe eBook

From the good people at, a free copy of Your Great Grandmother Made Better Tea: 50 Ice Tea, Tea Punch, Tea Dessert Recipes from 1890 to 1920. As they describe it, it's full of "tea recipes that have been lost over time with a compilation of 50 tea recipes from 1890 to 1920."

More here.


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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tea Council of the USA Global Internship Winner Returns

Twenty-two-year-old Masters student Taylor Caldron is “steeped” in new knowledge and insights about tea and the tea industry, thanks to his once-in-a-lifetime internship in Sri Lanka, Kenya and the U.S. this summer, sponsored by the Tea Council of the USA.

Taylor’s creative video on the health benefits of tea was the winning entry in the Tea Council’s Sip of Success internship contest. The contest was designed to give a young entrepreneur a leg-up in the tea business by providing first-hand educational and cultural experiences on the tea estates of some of the world’s most iconic tea producers. As the youngest student at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Taylor is eager to apply his learnings to his study of sustainable business and a future career in the tea business.


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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Tea Review 116 - Adagio Teas Gourmet Tea Collections

Artisan Comfort Collection
Sweet Medley Collection

Adagio Teas

Up today, two collections of gourmet tea from Adagio Teas. Each contains five pyramid bags of six different teas. The Artisan Comfort Collection features mostly unflavored black, white, green and oolong teas and the Sweet Medley Collection contains flavored black, white, green, oolong, rooibos and a tisane.

I won't comment on each one of these teas, but there are a few that stand out for me. Not surprisingly, given my preference for unflavored tea, those are the ones I liked best. Especially noteworthy, at least for me, the Dragonwell, Oolong Goddess, and especially the Golden Yunnan, all from the Artisan Comfort Collection.

As for the Sweet Medley Collection, I liked the Peach Oolong best and I always go for a good strong Peppermint. Also surprising, since I don't like Earl Grey or vanilla, is the relatively palatable blend I came up with when I blended the former with the Vanilla Rooibos.

Artisan Comfort Collection
Jasmine Pearls
Silver Needle
Wuyi Oolong
Golden Yunnan
Oolong Goddess

Sweet Medley Collection
Earl Grey
Citrus Green
Peach Oolong
Blueberry White
Vanilla Rooibos

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