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Tea Trends for 2017

January 3, 2017

This year, tea’s not just here to stay—it’s poised to rise. According to MarketWatch, the global tea market will grow by 6.88 billion from 14.45 billion at the end of 2016 to 21.33 billion in 2024. Louise Pollock, the President of food, health, and wellness PR firm Pollock Communications, told Beverage Daily, “The beverage category has grown exponentially and tea is set to experience a lot of growth moving into 2017 and 2018.” But what exactly can we expect from the tea industry this year? We noticed a few prominent trends you can look forward to this year:

1) Green Tea

green-tea

After surveying 1700 registered dieticians, Pollock Communications named green tea one of the Top Ten Superfoods of 2017. As busy Americans look for beverages on the go that are both convenient and healthy, look out for more bottled green teas. In addition to green teas, Pollock Communications expects teas made with whole leaves and natural ingredients to rise, thanks to our increasingly health-conscious population.

2) Matcha 

matcha-tea-cake

According to Datassential, matcha grew by 50% in the US from 2010 to 2015, and multiple sources say it will continue to rise in availability and popularity in the coming years. In 2015, just 1% of non-alcoholic beverage menus included matcha, so it’s still in its early stage of consumer awareness and demand, but get ready to watch that number climb. Matcha most commonly appears on menus as a tea or in blended beverages, but it’s also a great ingredient in baking, as we illustrated with White Chocolate Matcha Brownies. So look out for this green powder on dessert menus or in the grocery aisle to make your own tea-infused baked goods.

3) Tea on Tap

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Restaurants want to make it easy to deliver you a new, exciting product. FoodBytes says, “Suddenly everything is on tap—wine, cocktails, nitro and cold brew coffee, kombucha, on-tred spirits like amaro.” That’s right: this year we predict you’ll see kombucha and other teas on tap with greater frequency. It’s part of a larger trend you’ll see in 2017: packaging and formatting that makes tea even easier to grab in a restaurant or on the go. From eateries that have self-serving taps at your table to coffee shops, movie theaters, and supermarkets offering exotic bottled teas, 2017 will see more grab ‘n sip options than ever before.

4) More, More, More

tea ingredient collection

Tea trends from the last several years will drive the growth of tea consumption at home, at restaurants, and on the go in 2017. We’ll continue to see teas blending herbs and spices to deliver exotic and flavorful beverages, lesser-known leaves like oolong and rooibos sharing shelf space with black and green teas, tea dishes incorporating on-trend flavors like cateja, tea-infused cocktails, coffee-inspired teas (i.e. a green tea latte or mocha), ingredients like berries and fruit replacing milk and sugar as co-stars in every cup, and the strong performance of iced tea—85% of tea consumption in the USA is iced, per the Tea Association of the United States. These trends are far from over, and we’ll continue to see them grow this year. 

Whatever way you pour it, the teacup is looking half full for 2017!

 

 

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23 Transporting Tea Quotes

April 7, 2016

Tea brings people together. It’s a nearly magical beverage that just soothes the soul. Much like love, people often have a hard time describing the magic of tea. For each tea drinker the ritual of tea drinking is unique. There is a bond between tea drinkers all around the world, no matter what decade they were born in, what background they come from, or what their personal beliefs may be. There’s something about the rich, bold beverage we brew that forms a union that injects a little extra something into our lives.

Here are some powerful tea quotes that instantly make you want to reach for your mug.

1. Tea is liquid wisdom. – Anonymous

2. You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. – C. S. Lewis

3. As much as you can eat healthy, it’s also important to remember to drink healthy too. Tea is very healing. – Kristin Chenoweth

4. There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. – Henry James

5. Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities will always be the favorite beverage of the intellectual. – Thomas de Quincey

6. I would rather have a cup of tea than sex. – Boy George

7. There are those who love to get dirty and fix things. They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work. And those who stay clean, just appreciate things. At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea. – Gary Snyder

 

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8. Where there’s tea, there’s hope. – Arthur Wing Pinero

9. Tea is nought but this: first you heat the water, then you make the tea. Then you drink it properly. That is all you need to know. – Sen Rikyu

10. There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

11. Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage. – Catherine Douzel

12. If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. – Japanese Proverb

13. All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes. – George Orwell

14. A cup of tea would restore my normality. – Douglas Adams

15. Surely a pretty woman never looks prettier than when making tea. – Mary Elizabeth Braddon

16. There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life. – Lin Yutang

17. In Chinese we say tea washes the spirit. It’s not something that just enters your stomach, it also enters your mind. – Patrick Cui

18. If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you. – William E. Gladstone

19. Tea is wealth itself, because there is nothing that cannot be lost, no problem that will not disappear, no burden that will not float away, between the first sip and the last. – The Minister of Leaves, The Republic of Tea

20. If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. – Japanese proverb

21. When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over. – Audrey Hepburn

22. Tea and books – Mmmmmm, two of life’s exquisite pleasures that together bring near-bliss. – Christine Hanrahan

23. A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Share some of your favorite tea quotes with us in the comments! Everybody needs a little inspiration.

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9 Celebrities Totally Obsessed with Tea

January 7, 2016

Tea has infiltrated all cultures around the world, and it’s no surprise with its elite class origins that celebrities too have become obsessed with the beverage. From the beneficial antioxidants to the delicious flavors, these celebrities can’t get enough! And to be honest, neither can we!

1. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga at The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage via Huffington Post

Lady Gaga at The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage via Huffington Post

Always the trendsetter and icon, Lady Gaga loves tea so much she brings a china tea cup with her everywhere. She was once quoted as saying that tea just tastes better from fine china. Another fun fact, Lady Gaga credits Kusmi Detox Tea as the solution she used to help her quit smoking.

2. President Barack Obama

President Obama via WhiteHouse.gov

President Obama via WhiteHouse.gov

The Commander and Chief ditches the coffee and starts his day off with a cup of tea. His favorites are berry flavored. I guess the flavonoids and comforting aroma of the beverages works to de-stress and put him in the best mindset. You’ll sometimes notice in interviews or meetings a mug next to Mr. President, and pretty much always filled with tea!

3. Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera via Billboard.com

Christina Aguilera via Billboard.com

You can find the pop diva drinking green tea mostly as a way to soothe her throat. A voice that big needs to be taken care of so she opts for antioxidant rich and light tasting green tea blends.

4. Jennifer Lopez

2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

This ageless beauty drinks antioxidant packed green tea, which also helps with digestion. If green tea can help us age flawlessly like J.Lo, it’s definitely worth adding to our self-care routine.

5. Madonna

Madonna via Fox News Outlet

Madonna via Fox News Outlet

The Detroit-native gone total Brit expat is obviously a tea lover!

6. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift via The Guardian

Taylor Swift via The Guardian

No Bad Blood here if you bring T-Swift a freshly brewed green tea. Soothes the throat and makes her skin glow, and doubles as a totally awesome peace offering.

7. Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep via the Daily Beast

Meryl Streep via the Daily Beast

Wonder if when shouting at Andy in The Devil Wears Prada to make those coffee runs, Miranda, aka: Meryl Streep, really wanted those cups to be filled with green tea. The totally mesmerizing Streep is known to relax and unwind with a cup of tea, that is when she is not winning an Oscar.

8. Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs via Business Insider

Steve Jobs via Business Insider

This late tech genius loved to use tea as his stress reducer and caffeine fix. There’s an excerpt from his book Becoming Steve Jobs, where the author notes:
“As we talked, he drank steaming hot water from a pint beer glass. [Steve Jobs] explained that when he ran out of tea one day, it dawned on him that he liked plain old hot water, too. “It’s soothing in the very same way,” he said.”
If that’s not a tea lover, I don’t know who is!

9. Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner via Instagram

Kendall Jenner via Instagram

The model is often found snacking on apples and drinking tea to keep her energy up as well as boost her metabolism.
Tea has proven over the years to be a powerful wellness aide. A fresh brewed pot can curb appetite, aide digestion and even make your skin glow. It’s no wonder celebrities swear by it and guzzle it by the gallon.
Who else have you spotted sipping on some tea? Share with us!