MAY 2022


Seinfeld Coffee Collection—Yada Yada Yada—Available for a Limited Time!

Seinfeld, everyone’s favorite show about nothing, came to an end back in 1998 but the love for this show continues.  Whether you enjoyed it during its heyday or fell in love withSeinfeld Coffee it in reruns it really doesn’t matter. Seinfeld and its cast of much-loved misfits have delivered unforgettable laughs…and now they’re delivering something quite unique for fans…Seinfeld fans can now order the show's official coffees (available for a limited time only).

Bean Box’s new limited-edition Seinfeld Coffee Collection was curated to include coffees that reflect each of this classic series’ ensemble of unforgettable characters. 
The folks at Bean Box have curated coffee from the nation’s best roasters--coffees that embody the complex and quirky personalities of New York’s most relatable group of friends, including:

  • Jerry’s Diner Blend:  A medium Brazillian blend.  A fine choice to share with your schmoopie and perfect for dunking a black-and-white cookie.
  • Elaine’s Little Kicks:  a spicy and chocolaty medium-roast Mexican coffee. Best enjoyed with some muffin tops.
  • George’s Serenity Now:  George may be bitter, but your coffee doesn’t have to be.  As dark as his humor and as rich as Vandelay Industries, this bittersweet chocolaty blend will boldly bring you what George really needs—serenity now.
  • Just as delicious as the hot latte smuggled into the movie theater, Kramer’s Giddy Up! is a light and flinty Ethiopian blend that will quench any pretzel-induced thirst.

Seinfeld Coffee

The Seinfeld Collection is the best situational coffee box in town and only available for a limited time. Giddy up! $28.00 for 4 expertly-curated artisan coffees (whole bean or ground) embodying the personalities of your favorite show characters. The Seinfeld Coffee Collection is available from Bean Box.  Order now, makes a great gift for Festivus!


Fun Facts About Tea

Here are ten fun facts about tea to perk up the conversation at your next tea party, around the office water cooler, or to a captive audience at your upcoming summer backyard party.

1. Tea is good for you. Among other things, it contains “polyphenols”—antioxidants that repair cells and in doing so, may help our bodies fight help us fend off cardiovascular diseases, cancers, osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus and other maladies. And contrary to popular belief, it’s not just green tea that’s good for you. Black, white, and red tea also have health-giving flavonoids and polyphenols.

2. It takes around 2,000 tiny leaves to make just one pound of finished tea. Tea plants grow wild in parts of Asia, but it can also be farmed. The very best tea comes from high elevations and is hand-picked.

3. Some tea grows in the United States. There is an island tea plantation off the coast of South Carolina and also in Hawaii.

4. You are less likely to get a “caffeine crash” when you drink tea (as opposed to soda or coffee). Why? The high levels of antioxidants in tea slow the absorption of caffeine, which results in a gentler increase caffeine in your system and a longer period of alertness with no crash at the end.

5. Do you store your tea near your coffee or in your spice cabinet? Don’t. Store your tea away from “strong, competing aromas” so that you keep the tea’s own delicate flavors intact.

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6. Americans tasted their first “iced tea” at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. Originally, exhibiting tea merchant Richard Blechynden had planned to give away free samples of his hot tea to attendees. But when a heat wave hit, no one was interested. Parched from the temperature, visitors would pass his booth in search of a cooler refreshment. To save his investment of time and travel, he dumped a load of ice into the brewed tea and served the first iced tea. It was (along with the Egyptian fan dancer) the hit of the Fair, according to the Tea Class blog.

7. Some tea lovers ponder ideal food-and-tea pairings, just as wine lovers pair food and wine. For your next tea party, check out the suggested pairings on this page.

8. To steep the perfect cup of tea, timing is crucial. And ideal steeping times vary depending on what variety of tea you’re making. For black tea, steeping time is 3-5 minutes. For other steeping times for other varieties, go here.

9. People were using ceramic teapots 11,000 ago in Asia and the Middle East. Tea didn’t reach most Europeans until the late 16th century.

10. Genuine “Darjeeling” tea is grown in an area of India at the foot of the Himalayas that’s less than 70 square miles large. For this reason, Darjeeling is highly prized and known as the “Champagne of teas.”


Twelve5's Rebel Hard Beverages Launches New Products

Twelve5's Rebel Hard Coffee is produced by Twelve5 Beverage Company, the founders of the hard coffee category. Twelve5 Beverage Company was founded in 2018 with a focus on pioneering innovative products that meet the needs of changing consumer preferences. The launch of Twelve5's Rebel Hard Coffee in August 2020 marked an opportunity to expand Twelve5 Beverage Company's products to a new audience. For more information, visit rebelhardcoffee.com.

Twelve5's Rebel Hard Beverages, home to Twelve5's Rebel Hard Coffee and Hard Tea, is expanding their product portfolio through a new Hard Brunch Variety Pack, while also pressing the limits of Hard Juice.

The Hard Brunch Variety Pack will include the Original Hard Coffee, Mocha Hard Latte, and will feature three new premium malt-based beverages including Orange Mimosa, Peach Bellini, and Strawberry Sangria. The Hard Juice Variety Pack features four new premium malt-based Hard Juice beverages that include Plum Yuzu, Blood Orange Starfruit, Pineapple Mango, and Blueberry Acai.

"Through our research, we have found over and over again that the Progressive Adult Beverage (PAB's) consumer is looking for new and different and demands amazing flavor", said Michael Sargent, senior brand manager, Twelve5's Rebel Hard Beverages. "The Twelve5's Rebel Hard Beverage brand has pushed the limits of flavor and experience through our Hard Coffee and Hard Tea platforms. With the addition of Hard Juice and Hard Brunch, we are excited to introduce our consumers to new PAB's that can both enhance their occasion while providing a full-flavor beverage experience."

Each Twelve5's Rebel Hard Brunch and Hard Juice Beverage is a flavor experience that is unique, delicious, and refreshing. Tasting notes include:

Twelve5's Rebel Hard Brunch

  • STAFF FAVORITE: Mocha Hard Latte
    • The Original. Smooth and Creamy just like your morning latte, but with a 5% ALC./VOL. kick.
  • New Orange Mimosa Hard Brunch
    • A premium malt-based juice paired with Orange Juice and Champagne notes and 5% ALC./VOL.
  • New Peach Bellini Hard Brunch
    • A premium malt-based juice paired with Peach and Sparkling Wine notes and 5% ALC./VOL.
  • New Strawberry Sangria Hard Brunch
    • Rich in flavor and fruit forward, this premium malt-base juice is version of a summer classic with 5% ALC./VOL.

Twelve5's Rebel Hard Juice

  • New Plum Yuzu Hard Juice
    • Sweet and tangy and bursting with flavor. Made with real juice and a premium malt-base, this Hard Juice comes in at 100 calories per serving and 5% ALC./VOL.
  • New Blood Orange Starfruit Hard Juice
    • A perfect blend of sweet and tart flavor notes brings a beautiful balance to this Hard Juice. A premium malt-based beverage made with real juice and only 100 calories and 5% ALC./VOL.
  • New Pineapple Mango Hard Juice
    • A tropical fusion of Pineapple and Mango notes with a premium malt-base, made with real juice, and only 100 calories and 5% ALC./VOL.  
  • New Blueberry Acai Hard Juice
    • Fresh Blueberry and Acai flavors unite with a premium malt-base, real juice, only 100 calories per serving and 5% ALC./VOL.

The Twelve5's Rebel Hard Brunch and Hard Juice line-up will be available in Grocery Stores, Liquor Stores, C-Stores, and other retail locations that sell premium malt-based alcoholic beverages starting in June. Over 45 states currently distribute Twelve5's Rebel Hard Coffee and Hard Tea products in 4 packs, 8 packs and large format cans. To find Twelve5's Rebel Hard Beverages near you, visit the store locator at rebelhardcoffee.com/find. 21 +.


New Lipton Immune Support

With more than 130 years of experience, Lipton is one of the world's greatest refreshment brands, with tea-based drinks including leaf tea, herbal infusions, and ready-to-drink iced tea. With more flavors, varieties, and ways than ever to enjoy tea, Lipton is driven by the passion to bring the natural goodness of great-tasting tea to as many people as possible. Lipton is the 2nd most consumed beverage brand in the U.S. 

With the launch of new Lipton Immune Support, Lipton introduces a bottled iced tea that supports a normal immune function and is packed with flavor. Lipton Immune Support is a delicious and refreshing iced green tea with pineapple mango flavor, as well as vitamin C and 25% of your daily value of zinc. It's a drink that you can feel good about sippin'.

Lipton Immune Support is available as a permanent line item at national retailers in Green Tea Pineapple Mango flavor in 12-packs and 64oz bottles, while Diet Green Tea Pineapple Mango flavor is available in 12-packs. Lipton Immune Support is a delicious and refreshing Pineapple Mango Iced Tea that supports immune function. It’s the perfect combo of Green Tea, Vitamin C & Zinc. Feel good without sacrificing taste! For more information about Lipton Immune Support, visit www.lipton.com.


Coffee Soap Factory Helps East Congo Women Make Ends Meet

Nsimire M'Buhendwa used to spend long days working in fields surrounding her village in east Democratic Republic of Congo, only to return home with backaches and barely enough money to put food on the table.

But the mother of four's struggles eased after she joined a women's cooperative producing coffee and coffee-infused soap bars sold in five Congo provinces, Burundi and Rwanda. "I used to be a woman that left home in the morning and came back in the evening with almost nothing, not knowing how my children would study," the 43-year-old said.

Started in 2018, Heshima Coffee has created a source of income for around 1,500 women and youths in rural parts of east Congo, giving out free coffee plant seedlings and connecting members to fair-trade buyers once beans have been harvested and processed.

"Members have the guarantee of selling their coffee at a good price," founder Solange Kwidja Kahiriri said in the city of Bukavu, where the cooperative is based. Around 100 women are employed at a Heshima-owned factory in Bukavu that produces about 5,000 soap bars per week from coffee beans.

Large brown blocks are cut into neat rectangles and wrapped by hand despite regular electricity outages that can last up to two weeks.  Kahiriri said the main challenge was transporting beans from remote areas with poor road access.  "If we had power then it would be easier for us to modernize, which would enable us to work with machines," she said.

Despite these limitations, today Heshima Coffee growers can send their children to school without rumbling stomachs. "If you look at the coffee sector ... women only work in fields but are not part of the commercial process," said Kahiriri.  "But what men can do, women can also do."


5 Steps to Detoxify Your Body Naturally

As you prepare your mind and body for the warmer months, you may be interested in detoxification as a way of cleansing and eliminating toxins. A typical detoxification period may include fasting and a strict diet combined with light, appropriate exercise.

According to Ayurvedic practices, an ancient Indian science focused on whole-body healing and health optimization, it may be beneficial to detoxify. Consider these steps toward detoxification from the experts at Buddha Teas:

Aim for a Healthy Lifestyle
Before considering the specifics of daily routines and phases of detoxification, it's important to focus your lifestyle around healthy practices. For example, aim to minimize stress by participating in uplifting activities such as mindful walking, meditation, spending time in nature or other hobbies that put you at ease. Remember to rest both your mind and body, and get an appropriate amount of sleep each night.

Preparation Phase
Take 3-7 days to prepare your body for detoxification. The start of your journey should involve the elimination or drastic reduction of caffeine, tobacco, alcohol and recreational drugs.

Active Cleansing Phase
During the 7-14-day active phase, it's important to create and follow a singular diet of kitchari, which consists of mung beans, basmati rice, spices and vegetables. As a complete protein that's easy to digest, kitchari helps reset your digestive system while restoring digestive fire and supporting the elimination of toxins. If you're looking for a place to start, consider trying a few different recipes online, or purchase from a natural foods store.

If kitchari isn't right for you, opt for oatmeal in the morning and steamed vegetables or vegetable soup with basmati rice for lunch and dinner. Be conscious of portion control; eat enough for satisfaction without overeating. Aim to finish your evening meal 2-4 hours before sunset.

Another important aspect of the active phase is liquid intake. Drink hot water with lemon juice in the morning. Throughout the day, consider a hot tea with bitter herbs like Buddha Teas' Detox Dharma Blend. This delicious option consists of carefully chosen herbs and spices that come together to help eliminate toxins. Other effective hot teas include nettle leaf, dandelion root and dandelion leaf.

    Create a Morning Routine
    To stay on track during the active phase, it is helpful to create routines, starting with your morning wake-up call. After brushing your teeth and other daily to-dos, try relaxing techniques like sipping 8-16 ounces of hot water with lemon juice, self-massaging, taking a warm or hot shower or bath, gently exercising and combining these activities with an appropriate active phase morning meal.

    Create an Evening Routine
    Proper relaxation prior to bedtime can help encourage restful sleep. Avoid watching TV about one hour before bedtime and consider massaging your feet with herbal oil for a few minutes before rinsing with cool water. Drink a peaceful beverage like a milk substitute mixed with Buddha Teas' Golden Milk, which is developed from an Ayurvedic recipe that provides satisfaction and comfort while supporting the body and mind.

    As your active phase comes to a close, slowly reintroduce foods like dairy, wheat, soy, meat and fish. Continue activities like gentle yoga, walking, tai chi and qi gong then rejuvenate your body with hot beverages like turmeric ginger tea, chaga tea and mushroom tea. Always check with your doctor before starting any cleanse or herbal tea routine.  Learn more about detoxification and its benefits at www.BuddhaTeas.com.