Gorreana’s Rare Grown Teas Launches Online North American Store

Sao Miguel, Portugal (PRWEB) May 16, 2011

Gorreana Tea, a company that has been producing tea commercially in Europe for over a century, has announced the launch of its online store for both U.S. and Canadian consumers.

The company, which provides organic green and black teas grown at its estate in Portugal, decided to increase production and expand into the North American marketplace after finding that its teas have become a favorite of people all over the world. All of its products are hand-packed by its expert staff of tea growers.

“We are excited to offer our outstanding line of teas for the very first time in North America,” said David Tavares, Director of North American Operations. “This is a chance for North American tea drinkers to discover why Gorreana’s premium teas have been a staple in European pantries for over a century.”

Family owned and operated since 1883, Gorreana Tea is the only estate left in all of Europe to have been consistently producing tea for over 125 years. Its teas are served at high-end restaurants and hotels all over the world, from the Posh Aroma Restaurant in London, Ontario to Paris’ Chic Ritz Hotel and its exclusive new tea room, “La Vie en Rose.”

Gorreana Tea is unique in that every step of the production process—from growing and processing to packaging and shipping—is handled from Gorreana’s environmentally friendly estate. This means that consumers get the benefit of products that are completely manufactured by experts who respect the tradition of tea-growing excellence put forward by the company. It also ensures an eco-friendly production process with a minimal carbon footprint.

“No matter if you’re a tea connoisseur or a first-time drinker, you’ll find our teas to be some of the highest quality and best tasting available anywhere in the world,” Tavares said. “We look forward to demonstrating to more customers why we have the reputation as Europe’s tea, since 1883.”

Gorreana Tea has set up its North American online store, available at http://www.gorreanatea.com, to help consumers select from the company’s wide range of rare teas.

Authentic Teas Brings a Taste of Armenia to the World’s Gourmet Tea Drinkers

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) March 28, 2011

Today tea enthusiasts everywhere can experience ancient Armenian tea culture as Authentic Teas begins distribution of its wild-crafted herbal teas, organically harvested and prepared in the highlands of the Caucasian mountains. Authentic Teas is a new boutique tea company working directly with indigenous tea crafters to bring a taste of Armenia to the world.

David Richardson, CFO of Authentic Teas, points out the purity of their teas and the way Authentic Teas operates makes them unique. “Unlike conventional tea producers, our Authentic Teas are grown and sustainably harvested in the wild; free of chemicals or environmentally harmful production methods.” Harvesting and blending is done entirely by hand, using traditional methods that have been followed for thousands of years. The result, says Richardson, is an outstanding tea experience unparalleled by any other tea in the market.

Tea drinkers want to know more than just a name brand, they want to know the story behind their favorite indulgences so Authentic Teas uses its website to showcase the story of the people and the ancient tea culture of Armenia. “As an avid tea drinker, I was captivated with the story of Armenian tea,” says Richardson. Herbs like oregano, thyme, Linden flowers and mint grow wild in the Armenian highlands.

Tea crafting takes place in indigenous village areas, where most of the economic benefits are returned to local artisans, helping ensure that a lifestyle and culture grounded in two thousand years of tradition continues. Authentic Teas supplier and master tea artisan, Dr. Armen Mehrabyan, pointed out that the harvest and tea preparation is carried out under the strictest observation of Armenian traditions. “We follow the tea crafting practices found in ancient Armenian manuscripts,” he explains.

Richardson notes that tea preferences are rapidly shifting. As consumers develop more sophisticated tea palates, demand is growing for healthful, high-quality tea experiences. “Armenian tea, with its millennia of tea crafting excellence, offers the perfect match for consumers wanting an unforgettable tea steeped in authenticity and purity.” Authentic Teas offers four teas that are USDA certified organic while two more are made with 95% organic ingredients.

About Authentic Teas
Authentic Teas is a boutique tea company providing tea aficionados with a unique beverage experience through its certified organic, wild-crafted tea blends, hand-picked and sustainably produced in the highlands of ancient Armenia. Authentic Teas connects the world’s best tea artisans to its most discriminating tea drinkers. To learn more, visit http://www.authentic-teas.com.

SEATTLE, May 02, 2011 – Following last year’s successful introduction of however-you-want-it Frappuccino® blended beverages in the U.S. and Canada, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) launches the beverages globally this summer, allowing customers in every participating store around the world to personalize their Frappuccino® drink to their lifestyle and taste preferences. Now customers who visit participating Starbucks stores anywhere can create their perfect blended beverage in the same way they do their favorite Starbucks® espresso beverage by selecting from a variety of fresh milks, choosing the intensity of coffee, and picking any combination of syrups or toppings.

“We’re building on last year’s successful reinvention of our iconic Frappuccino® blended beverages by offering the innovative recipe in all of our stores globally,” said Annie Young-Scrivner, global chief marketing officer. “The high level of personalization available for Starbucks® Frappuccino® blended beverages remains a differentiator for the Frappuccino brand. This is just another way we are catering to a global audience who expects the very best from their Starbucks Experience.”

Back by popular demand, Mocha Coconut Frappuccino® blended beverage

For a limited time this summer at participating stores in the U.S. and Canada, Starbucks brings back a customer favorite and staple flavor in the Hawaii market: the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino® blended beverage, and its coffee-free variation, the Coconut Crème Frappuccino® blended beverage. This is just one of the many top-rated customer suggestions on MyStarbucksIdea.com that Starbucks has brought to life in stores. Made with premium Frappuccino® Roast coffee, rich mocha, whole milk and coconut syrup, the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino® is blended with ice and topped with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle and toasted coconut flakes.

Starbucks Frappuccino® Happy Hour Returns

Customers can enjoy any Frappuccino® blended beverage at half-price again this year with the return of Starbucks® Frappuccino® Happy Hour beginning May 6-15 from 3-5 p.m. local time at participating stores in the U.S. and Canada. Starbucks invites customers to sample the summer flavor, Mocha Coconut Frappuccino®, or put a unique spin on one of our classic flavors like Caramel Frappuccino® and Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino® blended beverages, or personalize one that is truly their own, for half the price.

Customers can connect with Starbucks and build their personalized Frappuccino® blended beverage on Frappuccino.com and stay up to date with Facebook.com/Frappuccino and Twitter.com/Frappuccino.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality arabica coffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com.

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Sacred Rose® Organic Herbal Tea sponsors Tea Time at Long Island Committee on Sexual Abuse and Family Violence 2011 Conference March 4, 2011 8:30AM – 3:30PM at the Melville Marriott, 1350 Old Walt Whitman Road, Melville, New York 11747. Sacred Rose® Organic Herbal Tea will be featuring and serving Soul of the Rose® an herbal tea blend crafted for healing the trauma of sexual abuse.

Throughout the world herbals teas have been recognized for their healing properties.

Herbs are the living medicine of the Earth. They are effective because of their natural affinity with the energetic and dense human body.

Soul of the Rose® – a wellness blend of cloves, alfalfa, rose hips and pink rose buds transmutes trauma into peace and joy and is especially beneficial to survivors of sexual abuse. This blend is especially therapeutic with Sacral Chakra issues. Soul of the Rose® balances the yin yang of the bodymind as it assists the sensual body: taste, touch, smell, sight to open to more intimate levels of healing.

Sacred Rose® Organic Herbal Teas stimulate the energy body’s innate ability to heal. Sacred Rose® Tea blends are gaining popularity in the United States and Canada because of their plentiful health benefits, high levels of antioxidants, and no caffeine–not to mention their refreshing flavor. Sacred Rose® is committed to sustaining the creative life force of an emerging healthy planet one cup of tea at a time.

As a conscious company Sacred Rose® Organic Herbal Tea products are sustainable and eco-friendly. For more info visit them at http://www.sacredrose.us and http://www.sacredrose.ca.

‘East meets West’ Over a Cup of Teavana Tea at Historical Summit

Atlanta, GA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 21, 2011

President Obama welcomed China’s President Hu Jintao to the White House on Wednesday. It is said that this high-level state visit could usher in a new era of understanding and prosperity between the two nations. Wednesday’s summit between presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao is “the most important top-level United States-Chinese encounter since former Chinese President Deng Xiaoping’s historic trip more than 30 years ago.” “The United States welcomes China’s rise as a strong, prosperous and successful member of the community of nations,” Obama said.

President Hu said his visit was intended to “increase mutual trust, enhance friendship, deepen cooperation and push forward the positive, cooperative and comprehensive China-U.S. relationship for the 21st century.” Hu, making his first trip to the U.S. since 2006, said the U.S.-China relationship has grown into one “with strategic significance and global influence.”

Upon wrapping up Wednesday’s discussion, the two presidents sat down to a grand black-tie state dinner in President Hu’s honor, with a guest list featuring many prominent Chinese Americans, U.S. political figures, and some of the who’s who from many circles in America. The historical dinner was complemented by Teavana’s Golden Monkey Chinese black tea. Golden Monkey is the finest black tea from the Fujian province of China. Golden Monkey is a smooth tippy tea grown at 3000 ft elevation, rich with complex chocolaty undertones, is extremely low in tannins, yet rich in flavor. Award winning Golden Monkey originated during the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279) under Emperor Weizong. Once prized as an Imperial tribute tea, over a millennia ago, Golden Monkey is now truly a modern imperial tribute tea for these two world leaders.

Teavana was honored to be involved in a small way at the historic summit through being selected for tea service. Daily the company promotes an ‘East Meets West’ understanding through education, involvement in the world’s community & delicious teas at over 150 store locations nationwide.

Atlanta-based Teavana (http://www.teavana.com) first opened in 1997 with the name meaning ‘Heaven of Tea’. The specialty stores are part retail shop and part tea emporium with over 100 different selections of loose-leaf tea from all over the world. The company donates 1 percent of profits from tea to CARE® (http://www.care.org), which goes to improve the lives of those who live in tea-producing areas of the world through education, access to safe water and greater economic opportunities. Teavana currently has over 150 store locations in North America.

South American Tea School Making Headlines

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 11, 2011

The American Tea Masters Association is pleased to announce the licensing of its tea mastery training courses and support materials to Escuela Argentina de Té (Argentina School of Tea), headquartered in Rosario, Argentina. The school was launched in June, 2010, by Diego Morlechetti and Liliana Venerucci, both trained as Certified Tea Masters by the association. The new school is responsible for training and certifying registrants fluent in Spanish who reside in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Spain. The objective of the school is to grant true knowledge and professional training on this topic to Spanish-speaking consumers. Current courses of instruction include: Certified Tea Sommelier, Certified Tea Blender, and Certified Tea Master. Several new courses will be announced in March on the school’s web site, http://www.escueladete.org.

“Morlachetti and Venerucci have achieved a remarkable accomplishment by launching Escuela Argentina de Té,” according to Chas Kroll, Certified Tea Master and Executive Director of the American Tea Masters Association headquartered in San Diego.

Morlachetti, the first Certified Tea Master in South America, was born in Rosario, Argentina. At age 20, he initiated his studies on local plants and herbs. At 23, he traveled to India where he was introduced to an expanded world of herbs and, of course, tea. In 2006, he and his family launched Agni Teas (http://www.agni.com.ar), which is inspired in ayurvedic knowledge making infusions with tea. It was the first teashop in Rosario and quickly became one of the major teashops in the country. Today,

Agni has two locations in the city and provides luxury teas to restaurants, hotels, and local consumers. The company offers 70 different kinds of tea: green, white, oolong, black, and herbal, including rooibos and mate. It is the first South American teashop to develop a “private collection” of superior quality, imperial-grade rare teas for clients seeking a special experience.

Morlachetti’s business partner, Liliana Venerucci, became the second Certified Tea Master in South America. She is also certified as an Ayurvedic Educator by Dr. Deepak Chopra, was trained in Ayurvedic Medicine by Ayurvedic physicians, and lectures on tea’s health benefits and its well-being. Born in Rosario, Venerucci travelled to India to study with local masters to learn the art of blending spices, and preparing ayurvedic formulas, tisanes, and masalas. This knowledge was the foundation for starting the Agni Teashop in 2006.

Since 2008, Morlachetti and Venerucci have been participating in a local television program called “R2010 – Una Ciudad de Sabores” where they discuss various tea cultures, new teas in their teashops, and offer advice and information on a number of related subjects. Every Saturday morning, since 2009, they lead a local radio program called “Ecuación Bienestar” on FM 89.5 “Fisherton CNN.” During the programs they introduce ideas for healthy living, tips to reduce stress, and discuss the different types of tea and their health benefits.

Morlachetti and Venerucci became the first two Certified Tea Masters in South America in March, 2010. This accomplishment is empowering to both of them, providing a significant opportunity to expand the marvelous, ancient, and mysterious world of tea to the people in South America and elsewhere.

For more information on the Escuela Argentina de Té, visit its web site at http://www.escueladete.org or contact Diego Morlechetti at info(at)escueladete(dot)org or 0054 341 449-6196 and 0054 341 449-6971.

Seven Organic Teas Added to Swanson Organic Line

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Fargo, ND (Vocus/PRWEB) January 18, 2011

It is believed that tea was first discovered in 2737 B.C by Chinese Emperor Shen Nung when dried leaves from a bush fell into a pot of boiling water. The dark water smelled good, so he took a drink. Centuries later, tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It is affordable, has a low caloric value and studies have shown that it has multiple health benefits. With tea’s increasing popularity as a natural health product, Swanson Health Products is pleased to offer seven varieties of 100% Certified Organic Teas.

Swanson Organic’s 100% Certified Organic teas include:

  • Green Tea: a very popular unfermented tea that features polyphenols and flavonoids
  • Decaffeinated Green Tea: contains the same properties as traditional green tea but contains only 0.4% caffeine
  • Rooibos Tea (Aspalathus linearis): also known as “red tea,” Roobios is an alternative to coffee and is caffeine free
  • Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) Tea: one of the world’s most popular herbal teas, chamomile is perfect for relaxing
  • Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) Tea: made from the tops and leaves of the herb, has a mild flavor
  • Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale) Tea: has a somewhat bitter and woody taste and is best combined with an all-natural honey or sweetener
  • Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale) Tea: this natural tea is sweet and spicy and is perfect as an after-dinner beverage

Swanson Health Products is an industry leader in bringing vitamins direct to consumers at the lowest prices possible. Swanson Health Products, headquartered in Fargo, ND, offers the highest quality vitamins, supplements and natural health care products and is Good Manufacturing Practices certified. Swanson Health Products goes a step beyond its competitors by offering powerful guarantees. All products are backed by a 100% Satisfaction, Money-Back Guarantee and Double the Difference Lowest Price Guarantee. For more information, please visit swansonvitamins.com.

Libation Celebration for The Tea Spot

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Boulder, Colorado (Vocus/PRWEB) March 04, 2011

Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing Co. is releasing a limited edition beer infused with tea from The Tea Spot of Boulder. Exciting infusions are occurring in Colorado! Now, both tea and beer enthusiasts can taste their worlds in one sip with the Lapsang Souchong brew. The beer has been dubbed TNT. TNT is a Weizen Doppelbock – a strong wheat beer – infused with Lapsang Souchong tea, most notably well-known for its smoky character.

Jared Kochik, The Tea Spot’s Director of Operations and one time employee of Left Hand Brewing, was the liaison who kindled the partnership for this blend. “As a long time beer geek and general tea enthusiast, it’s exciting to see these two worlds collide in Left Hand Brewing’s TNT. The unique, smoky notes of the Laspsang Souchong black tea ride quite smoothly alongside the powerful flavor of the Weizenbock. We are honored to have lent a helping hand in Head Brewer Ro Guenzel’s modern combination of the world’s two oldest brews: tea and beer.”

The tapping of this limited edition beer will be held at Left Hand’s Tasting Room in Longmont on Friday, March 4th, 2011 at 5 pm, with representatives from The Tea Spot in attendance.

ABOUT LEFT HAND BREWING CO. Left Hand Brewing has been brewing world class beer in Longmont since January, 1994, creating a well-balanced portfolio of award-winning beers that are now available in 26 states and 7 countries. Left Hand Brewing believes in balance in their beers, that beer is food, and won’t make a beer that they wouldn’t drink. Patrons can now check out a real-time read-out of Left Hand Brewing’s solar power system energy production in their tasting room during normal business hours. Just ask one of their friendly bartenders to show you.

ABOUT THE TEA SPOT, INC The Tea Spot is a certified woman-owned and operated business producing proprietary products for loose-leaf tea. Patented tea serving and steeping products are marketed under the Steepware® trademark. They also offer a line of exclusive, organic, and Fair-Trade Certified™ leaf teas. Based in Boulder, Colorado, the company was founded in 2004 by Maria Uspenski, a cancer survivor drawn to the health benefits of leaf tea during her recovery. She set forth to modernize the loose-leaf tea experience, making it an everyday luxury. Her message is simple and powerful: tea in its freshest form renders incredible flavor, unmatched health benefits, and is eco-friendly. The company ensures that its products uphold clean, sustainable and fair manufacturing standards. The Tea Spot’s model of social entrepreneurship incorporates a culture of giving as it grows: Ten percent of every sale made is donated in-kind to cancer and community wellness programs. More at theteaspot.com or media(at)theteaspot(dot)com.

Tea Forte Offers a Refuge of Relaxation

CONCORD, Mass., Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Tea Forte, the global luxury tea brand identified around the world as the ultimate tea experience, announced the launch of an innovative new line of organic, Fair Trade™ Certified herbal relaxation teas for balance and well-being.

“Herbal Retreat Teas are an invitation to retreat, relax and rejuvenate,” states Company founder Peter Hewitt. “These delicious, naturally caffeine-free steeps offer an escape from the chaotic rhythm of daily life with herbal blends artfully crafted to reduce the negative effects of daily stress while helping soothe both body and mind.”

Packaged in recyclable, air-tight EnviroTins that protect the teas, each tin contains eco-friendly, biodegradable full-leaf sachets made of GMO free, corn silk. Herbal Retreat Relaxation Teas have a suggested retail price of $8.95. The sophisticated, culinary inspired blends include:

Mojito Marmalade

A tropical oasis of lush citrus with refreshing notes of spearmint and the natural sweetness of high-mountain grown South African rooibos.

Apricot Amaretto

A double delight of sweet apricot and juicy peach with resonating notes of almond, artfully evoking Saronno, Italy, the birthplace of Amaretto.

Blueberry Merlot

The deep taste of succulent summer-sweet blueberries with a subtle wisp of sage to heighten an excellent cup.

Kiwi Lime Ginger

The sunny scent of fresh picked citrus complemented by the comfort and taste of ginger with a lingering finish of the tropics.

Cherry Cosmo

The deliciously relaxing taste of sweet plump cherries with a fragrant delighting of hibiscus blossoms and garden ripe raspberries.

Check out these other items from Tea Forte

Tea Forte Tea Chest Collection

Tea Forte Mixology Set

Tea Forte Event Box – Black & Green Teas – 48 Silken Pyramid Infusers

Tea for Good Health

PURCHASE, NY (January 6, 2011) /PRNewswire/ — Brisk Iced Tea is revitalizing its legacy of animating iconic celebrities through clay puppet animation by partnering with rock icon Ozzy Osbourne and a few other A-list stars. To refresh the campaign and launch an online contest challenging consumers to tell their own brisk stories, they’ve recruited the famed Prince of Darkness, who’s known for his bold behavior.

Brisk, a product of the Pepsi Lipton Tea Partnership, is working with Osbourne to present a tongue-in-cheek web film promoting the brand by telling viewers how to be normal—from Ozzy’s perspective, that is. The film opens with a clay puppet Ozzy offering instructions for normal living, including things like go on a cruise, decorate your cubicle and believe commercials. After breezing through a list, he snaps out of it with a swig of Brisk and is transformed back to the risk-taking rocker we all know and love.

“Ozzy is continuously reinventing himself,” says Mary Barnard, Vice President and General Manager of the Pepsi Lipton Tea Partnership. “From rock star to reality TV presence to author and advice columnist, Ozzy is always creating and doing new things. People love him for that—and that’s what Brisk is celebrating in this web film.”

The Ozzy web film is the second clay puppet animation film produced by Brisk this month. The first stars Mexican-American action hero Danny Trejo as his title character Machete Cortez from the 2010 film Machete. He rapidly recounts the film’s events in an ultra-condensed, action-packed sequence with a lighthearted tone—all after a swig of Brisk.

“People love to see a recognizable celebrity having some fun with their image, which is why our kick-off of the Brisk clay animation spots in the nineties worked in the first place,” says Barnard. “This time around, we’re bringing the brisk spirit into play by creating a more frenetic pace and packing as much into 30 seconds as possible. We’re keeping it Brisk.”

Both the Trejo and Osbourne films can be found on the Brisk Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brisk. Trejo’s film is available now and Osbourne’s launches on January 14, 2011. Fans are encouraged to review the films and submit their own brisk stories in 140 characters or less. Two winners’ stories will be animated and placed on the website.

For more information about Brisk Iced Tea, visit www.liptonbrisk.com.

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