Over the Teacups

Giving Voice to the Tea Industry

Minute Maid to Include Yerba Mate

Tea RTD (ready-to-drink) fans who enjoy ready made tea from the grocery store, may be intrigued by a new herbal energy beverage from Minute Maid, a division of Coca-Cola, which launched a new flavored drink, Strawberry Kiwi with Yerba Mate according to a Business Week press release.

Coca Cola Pilots Tea Brewing Machine

A machine that can brew at least 18 varieties of iced tea at a time is being tested by Coca-Cola. The machine, called Flex Fresh, would brew tea by the cup, pitcher or gallon, adding sweeteners and flavors.

Green Tea Matcha – The Heart of Japanese Tea

Matcha (pronounced mah-chah) is the heart of the Japanese way of tea, and it has been celebrated in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony for hundreds of years. The stylized formal ritual involves special cups, ladles, hot pots of water, and matcha, frothed and foamy from brisk stirring with a bamboo whisk.

Hibiscus – the new “in” herbal flavor?

What’s used to brew the teas and make the beverages is the part called the calyx, or “the outer shell of the flower. They turn red and are kind of fleshy, and they have sort of a sour, lemonade-y taste.”
Judy Hevrdejs, Tribune Newspapers
Looking for teas that feature hibiscus as an ingredient?

Food & Beverage Trends Webcasts

R&I Offers Food & Beverage Trends Webcast Series – September 1
Each webcast in the series is led by RBI editors and features expert panelists as they discuss the topics and challenges faced by foodservice professionals across all segments—and how they successfully address them. September 1, 2009

Green Tea Extract – Tate & Lyle

The UK-based ingredients giant Tate&Lyle has continued its push into the health and wellness area by linking with A. Holliday, a Canadian coffee and tea specialist, to distribute a green tea extract in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.

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