Virtual Irish Tea Special Event

Virtual events offer education and entertainment, yes, but they offer so much more—a great value, a fun experience with friends, the ability to try new products, and access to expert instruction from experts in their fields.Irish Tea

This virtual St. Patrick’s Day themed tea event celebrating Irish tea, history and culture, is back by popular demand, offered via Zoom on Sunday, March 13th at 10:00AM (EST). Tea, Irish soda bread, and Kerrygold butter ship to you as part of this special event.

“Taking tea” is an Irish custom enjoyed by people of all walks of life. Assam tea, better known in this country as Irish Breakfast Tea, is the hot beverage Irish farmers and fishermen have long depended upon to warm on a wintry day—but that is only a small part of the Irish tea story…

In this seminar Tea Sommelier and Owner of Greenhalgh Tea company, Karen Donnelly will present: Comfort and Rebellion in a Cup: The Story of Tea in Ireland. Timed perfectly as a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, you’ll learn about tea's introduction to Ireland, its historical impact, and its rich culture of hospitality while you brew and enjoy freshly-brewed Organic Irish Breakfast Tea and nosh on traditional, freshly-baked Irish soda bread from The Secret Garden Tea Café & Kerrygold pure Irish butter, all included with your ticket and delivered to your home.

Perfectly suited to serve up to 4 people, each ticket ($39) for this educational and entertaining morning of Irish tea and tea history includes:

• 1 oz. Organic Irish Breakfast Tea: a blend of organic Ceylon, China, & Indian teas—a robust black tea with flowery notes. (1 oz./10 cups)

• 1 loaf of freshly-baked Irish soda bread

• (2) 8oz. blocks of Kerrygold butter

  • (1) 8 oz. block of Kerrygold salted butter, gold foil
  • (1) 8 oz. block of Kerrygold unsalted butter, silver foil

• Package of paper tea filters

• Direct shipping to your home

• Access to the 60-minute virtual, interactive, and educational seminar

Tickets for this virtual experience are limited. Deadline to purchase is 3/1/22 (11:00pm) or when maximum capacity is reached. Buy now to guarantee delivery and participation. A sell-out is expected.

Karen DonnellyAbout the presenter, Karen Donnelly.  Karen Donnelly is a certified Tea Association of Canada Tea Sommelier Professional and has been a writer, speaker, and teacher for over 25 years. She currently writes the Cuisine page for The Tea House Times magazine and is a regular contributor to the Tea & Herbal Association of Canada’s Sip Magazine. She manages the Orchard Tea Room at the Rose Hip Barn in Thornton, PA. She is the owner of Greenhalgh Tea selling premium loose-leaf teas and tea ware. Karen teaches classes on the history, production styles and culture of tea, and cooking with tea at local schools and on-line.

Advance registration is required, and capacity is limited.  If the luck of the Irish is on your side, you’ll grab your ticket before they’re gone.  Get more info here.


New Caffeinated Hostess Boost™ Jumbo Donettes®

Boost Donettes

Hostess Brands, Inc. is a leading sweet snacks company focused on developing, manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing products in North America under the Hostess® and Voortman® brands. The company produces a variety of new and classic treats, including iconic Hostess® Donettes®, Twinkies®, CupCakes, Ding Dongs® and Zingers®, as well as a variety of Voortman® cookies and wafers.

Great news for coffee lovers…Hostess Brands is expanding America's No. 1 donut* lineup with the rollout of its new caffeinated Hostess Boost™ Jumbo Donettes® in two decadent flavors – Chocolate Mocha and Caramel Macchiato. Each hearty donut contains slightly less caffeine (50-70 milligrams) than one cup of coffee.

"For adults who are increasingly looking for alternative sources of caffeine, our new Hostess Boost Jumbo Donettes offer a tasty, energy-boosting, grab-and-go way to jumpstart the day," said Christopher Balach, general manager of Hostess Brands, LLC.

Three times bigger than the original Hostess Donettes mini donuts, Hostess Boost Jumbo Donettes are caffeinated with coffee bean extract and are lightly glazed. The Chocolate Mocha variety combines the decadent flavors of chocolate and espresso coffee, while the Caramel Macchiato variety combines creamy caramel and espresso coffee flavors that perfectly blend for a smooth and rich taste. Both varieties come in a 2.5-ounce single-serve package at a suggested retail price of $2.49.

The new Hostess Boost Jumbo Donettes are beginning to roll out this month at convenience stores nationwide. For more information, visit the Hostess website at www.hostesscakes.com.

*Based on independent national retail sales data


How Naikela Is Perfecting Tea Powder

Adaptogenic tea powder, a special group of plants and mushrooms that may help to increase the human's body resistance to physical, chemical or biological stress, is a growing treTea Powdernd. Naikela Botanicals has set the tone for what high-quality tea powder should look like.  Tea powders are nothing new. The common form of powdered tea known as "matcha" was popularized nearly a millennium ago by Buddhist monks in China. However, recent trends have taken the popular matcha concept and applied it to powerful herbal concoctions that include ingredients beyond the tea plant.

Popular tea powder brand Naikela Botanicals was amongst the first companies to create blends of "herbal tea powders." These blends draw on a variety of potent-yet-delectable botanical elements.

For instance, each blend of Naikela's Powder includes the adaptogenic powerhouse tulsi (i.e. Holy Basil). They also include many other delicious time-honored herbal standouts, such as gingeNaikela Tear turmeric, cacao, hibiscus, peppermint, and lemongrass. They also come with a tantalizing array of hidden herbal gems, which are quickly gaining notoriety for their potent health benefits, like Ashwagandha, fo-ti, coffee cherry, soursop leaf, Artemisia, lemon verbena, papaya leaf, Mamaki, Shatavari, moringa, noni yellow dock, and calendula to name some but not all.

By bringing these various herbal ingredients together in a powdered format, Naikela unlocks their inherent adaptogenic qualities and allows them to work together to synergistically support the body. Of course, as simple as tea powder sounds, the process of properly growing and making tea powder is a complex, detail-oriented pursuit.

For Naikela Botanicals, in particular, the Aloha State brand uses what it refers to as its own "Hawaiian permaculture style." This starts with a set of rigorous agricultural standards. All of its ingredients are 100% natural, GMO-free, and grown without herbicides or pesticides.

In addition, the way that Naikela's plants are cultivated is important. "Our herbs are companion plants that are grown together in wMountainhat we call a 'garden jungle'," explains the company's blend master, Aaron Moeller, "They're artisanally dried on racks using a sun-powered solar dehydration system before they're ground down and combined into their unique adaptogenic formulas." Each Naikela product is exclusively made of a mixture of the company's Hawaiian-grown herbs. There are no synthetic ingredients, chemicals, preservatives, artificial flavorings, fake colors, or fillers.

This unique production method has allowed Naikela Botanicals to create a line of tea powders that are clean, healthy, and effective. While other brands have joined the tea powder movement over the years, Naikela has remained at the center of the action. Moeller and his team have continued to set a gold standard for the adaptogenic tea powder concept as it has continued to gain more attention with an American consumer base looking for beverages that can keep their bodies healthy and happy over time.

Naikela Botanicals is operated by Aaron Moeller. The herbal mixologist sustainably farms at Makanalani, a 131-acre agricultural property and nonprofit youth center on Kauai's North Shore. Learn more about both Naikela and Makanalani at naikela.com.


Irish Whiskey Infused Coffee for St. Paddy's Day

Irish Whiskey CoffeeYou don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Paddy's Day. That's no secret. It's also no secret that a lot of St. Paddy's Day celebrations are centered around alcohol — from green beer to dark Irish stouts and a full range of concoctions made with Irish spirits.

Fire Dept. Coffee now has a great option for anyone who wants a non-alcoholic alternative while still enjoying the festivities in true Irish style.

The veteran-owned and firefighter-run company's Irish Whiskey Infused Coffee is the headlining ingredient in its popular recipe for non-alcoholic Irish Coffee.

"We look forward to St. Patrick's Day every year," Fire Dept. Coffee founder Luke Schneider said. "For anyone who loves the taste of Irish coffee, this recipe lets you enjoy it all day long. Once people try it, they're actually going to enjoy it all year long."

The recipe calls for just three ingredients: Irish Whiskey Infused Coffee, brown sugar and lightly whipped cream. It couldn't be easier.FDC Logo

Irish Whiskey Infused Coffee is one of the most popular selections in Fire Dept. Coffee's line of signature Spirit-Infused Coffee roasts. Each one features a rich, bold coffee accented by the distinct flavors of fine spirits. The company uses a signature infusion process to create the ideal blend of tasting notes, even as the alcohol content of the spirits is removed during the roasting process.

The result is an undeniably great taste and a beverage that can be consumed anywhere, anytime — whether that's on the job or at the year's best St. Patrick's Day celebration.

For anyone who wants to enjoy their non-alcoholic Irish coffee during the day and then enjoy it with actual alcohol when the time is right, there's an easy solution, too. Simply add 1 ½ oz of your favorite Irish Whiskey and stir thoroughly.  www.firedeptcoffee.com


Silk® Expands Plant-Based Creamers Lineup

More Americans are starting their day with plant-based products and thanks to Silk there is a delicious swap for their morning cup of coffee. In fact, plant-based creamer usage grew nearly 35% in 2021 compared to 20201 and Silk, America's No. 1 plant-based creamer brand2, is making it easier than ever to enjoy plant-based creamers with a newly expanded creamer portfolio that now includes Silk Enhanced Almond Creamers and Silk Sweet Oat Latte Creamer.Silk Creamer

Protein content is an important factor for 43% of consumers when choosing foods and beverages.3 Whether first thing in the morning or as an afternoon pick-me-up, Silk Enhanced Almond Creamers allow coffee lovers to up their coffee game with 4 grams of protein4 per 4-tablespoon serving (8% DV). Silk Enhanced Almond Creamers are made with almonds and blended with delicious flavor, so every sip is smooth, lusciously creamy and bursting with decadence. Get your morning started right, without even leaving the house! Now available in two flavors:

  • Vanilla Latte Almond Creamer – Delivers a heaping helping of Vanilla Latte flavor blended with smooth, creamy almondmilk and 4 grams of protein4 per 4-tablespoon serving (8% DV). As if you needed another reason to love vanilla lattes!
  • Salted Caramel Almond Creamer – Packs a flavorful punch of Salted Caramel blended with smooth, creamy almondmilk and vitamin A to help support the immune system, plus 4 grams of protein4 per 4-tablespoon serving (8% DV).

Silk Enhanced Creamers are Non-GMO Project Verified, certified vegan, and free from gluten, cholesterol, carrageenan, and artificial colors and flavors. The creamers are now available at Walmart stores for an MSRP of $4.49/quart. Check out the Silk product locator here to find stores near you.

"More consumers are looking to the 'better-for-you' category for both great taste and convenience in food and beverage options," said Amanda Simerman, senior director of plant-based and organic creamers. "New Silk Enhanced Almond Creamers are a delicious and easy way to add enhanced benefits to your morning brew."

More of an oatmilk aficionado? Say good morning to new Silk Sweet Oat Latte Creamer, which offers rich Sweet Latte taste blended with smooth oatmilk creamer. Add a splash of this lusciously decadent and flavorful plant-based creamer to bring the yum-factor to your morning cup of joe.

Oatmilk goes with coffee like peanut butter and jelly. In fact, Silk Oatmilk creamers are leading the category, growing by nearly 150% in sales in 2021.5 In addition to the new Sweet Oat Latte Creamer, Silk offers other delectable oatmilk creamer flavors, including Oatmeal Cookie Oat Creamer and Vanilla Oat Creamer.

Silk Sweet Oat Latte Creamer is available at grocery stores nationwide for an MSRP of $4.79/quart. Check out the Silk product locator here to find stores near you.

  1. IRI MULO Calendar Year 2020 and 2021
  2. Leading brand based on national sales data as of latest 52 Week pd ending 11-28-21
  3. Mintel: Better for You Eating Trends, US August 2018 Report
  4. See nutrition information for protein and added sugar content
  5. IRI MULO Calendar Year 2020 and 2021


Coffee Filter: 8 Practical and Alternative Uses

It was over 100 years ago, in the summer of 1908, that a German housewife named Melitta Bentz created the first paper coffee filter.  She wanted to remove the bitter taste she associated with boiling loose grounds and find an alternative to the popular method of using linen to brew coffee.  She thought that if she could pour boiling water over the grounds, but filter them out, the bitterness would be reduced.

Coffee Filter

The story tells of her ingenuity as she punctured holes in the bottom of a brass pot, lined it with blotting paper taken from the school books of her two sons, and thus created, in principle, the first coffee filter.  The Imperial Patent Office in Berlin issued a patent to protect the invention as a utility model, and after some fine-tuning, in 1912 her now famous family started producing paper filters, and later, filter bags.

Now, more than a century later, the idea born from the vision of Melitta Bentz has morphed into a product still in use today.  The company, Melitta, is now run by her grandchildren and markets coffee, filters, and machines branded with her name.

8 Great Alternative Uses for Coffee Filters:

  • Strain wine from a bottle containing a broken cork—Put a filter over a carafe or decanter and pour the wine through the filter.  The filter will trap any pieces of cork that were floating in the bottle.
  • Use as splatter guard—when heating up food in microwave.
  • Chip-free fine china—Use coffee filters placed between the plates and cups when you stack your good china dishes to protect them from chips and scratches.
  • Prevent soil from draining from flowerpots—For planting or repotting, put a coffee filter at the bottom over the drainage hole, then, add the soil.  This will prevent the soil from spilling from the bottom of the pot, but permits proper water drainage.
  • Steep Loose Leaf Tea—in a bind, make your own tea bag!
  • Snack Cups—dole out snacks, keeping portions in control
  • Keep your kids clean when eating ice pops—Simply slide the wooden stick of a child’s favorite ice pop through a coffee filter and you’ll have happy and sticky-free kids!
  • Clean windows and glass—Use coffee filters as an emergency substitute for paper towels.  They leave no lint or residue and can fit on your hand like a mitt.