Virtual Tea Events Celebrate Jane Austen and the Pleasures of Afternoon Tea—Samples Ship to Your Home

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 get expert instruction from experts in their fields.Jane Austen

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND--Celebrating Jane Austen on 11/14!  Back by popular demand, this virtual event sold out in record time when it was offered earlier this year and a great time was had by all who attended.

Join in the fun and celebrate Jane Austen with teas created to reflect literature’s most romantic, endearing, best-loved, characters. With well-known classic regency-era works like Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma, Jane Austen has achieved success as a published writer…and Bingley’s Tea has achieved success with their Jane Austen Tea Series.

A cup of tea and your favorite book, what an amazing combination! The artisans at Bingley’s Tea have created ideal companion teas for those with taste buds as romantic and adventurous as their imagination. The Jane Austen Tea Series features premium custom-blended teas designed to reflect literature’s most endearing Jane Austen Pictureand romantic figures.

In this 90-minute virtual event, you’ll celebrate the works of Jane Austen through a guided tea talk and tasting led by tea sommelier, lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society, and owner of Bingley’s Tea, Julia Matson. Fully immersed in the fashion and traditions of the Regency era, Julia will guide you through a tasting of four teas—each based on a character from a well-known Austen novel, each with a unique story.

So, gather your friends, dress the part, set the table, sit back and relax as we celebrate the most-popular characters from the collective works of Jane Austen and the teas that were inspired by them, including:

Anne Elliot Tea: from Persuasion, considered perhaps the most romantic of Austen’s novels. Our heroine wins the hero, (and our hearts) not through ribbons and maneuvers, but through the nature of her heart. We will explore this Mao Feng green tea, which is approachable, dependable, and without pretension.

Emma Tea: Youthful, naive and occasionally sharp-tongued Emma. This blend will include green tea, strawberries obligingly picked from Mr. Knightley’s estate, roses for her match making efforts and a touch of hibiscus for that sharp tongue.

Fanny Price Tea: Mansfield Park. Not often chosen as a favorite of Austen’s works but always a good book for debate. Many see Fanny as a weak and milquetoast heroine compared to Elizabeth Bennet. However, we will share why we’ve chosen a strong, comforting vanilla black tea to represent her.

Lucy Steele Tea: Sense and Sensibility. She is categorized by most as an Austen villain! Let’s discuss this character as we sip this charming country peach and apricot black tea that smoothly weaves over caramel and vanilla notes.


AT HOME AFTERNOON TEA--Celebrating Fall with a Menu Sure to Please--11/21/21!Afternoon Tea

Educational, entertaining, and oh-so-delicious, this 90-minute virtual event will instruct you on how to enjoy and host a fabulous afternoon tea. This seminar includes tea and sweet treats delivered to your home and access to the 90-minute virtual seminar. Serves 4.

"Please come for tea." Those thrilling words conjure up an afternoon of sumptuous indulgence and a relaxing repast with friends. Make a big pot of tea, set your table and join us as tea sommelier Karen Donnelly shares the history of afternoon tea, its customs and culture, from the Victorian Era to today.

Do you love the idea of hosting afternoon tea but don’t know how? Are you drawn to the idea of going out for afternoon tea but afraid of not knowing teatime etiquette?

Relax and learn about the history of afternoon tea, its various courses and how to enjoy them, plus tips on how to host your own afternoon tea. This event includes an afternoon tea tasting kit complete with tea, sweet treats, jam, and clotted cream delivered to your home. Serves 4 people.

Your host for this special event is tea sommelier Karen Donnelly, well-known in the tea industry for her stellar credentials including more than 25 years of experience as a writer, speaker, and teacher of tea, tea history, and tea culture. She is also the owner of Greenhalgh Tea company, selling premium loose-leaf teas and teaware.

Designed to serve up to 4 people, your ticket for a delightful, virtual, fall-themed afternoon tea includes freshly baked pumpkin cinnamon chip scones, orange raspberry petit fours, petit maple walnut cakes, Autumn Spice Tea (combination of black tea and rooibos blended with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and pumpkin), a sample jar of berry jam, a sample jar of clotted cream, and a tea infuser.  All items ship to your home.

Hurry, registration for this class closes on Nov. 9.  Click here to find out more or two register.  Make it a fun day! Invite some friends, dress the part, bring out the china, and get ready for an educational and entertaining exploration of afternoon tea.


A Taste of India to Your Door

A new fridge staple is coming to Quicklly's digital marketplace with the launch of Kimbala's ready-to-drink Indian chai and coffee beverages. As the nation's most comprehensive, one-stop marketplace for South Asian food, Quicklly is now making Kimbala's aromatic and flavorful Ready-to-Drink Chai, Chai Concentrates, and Ready-to-Drink Coffee available to consumers across the country.

Founded in 2020 by Austin-based Madhu Sharoff, Kimbala, which is a combination of Sanskrit words that roughly translate into "what is your strength," is as much a call to find daily peace and inspiration as it is an opportunity to take a break and enjoy a moment of delicious mindfulness.

"When I moved to the U.S., I missed the mindful chai breaks that had punctuated my days in India. After years of trying chai drinks that didn't mirror the hearty and comforting taste I was used to, my partner and I decided to go back to the basics and create a beverage that our friends and family could really enjoy," said Sharoff. "It's so heartwarming to now have the opportunity to expand our reach and make it easier for more people to experience the delicious taste of real chai through this partnership with Quicklly."

Kimbala's iconic chai is made with the same small-batch method that Indian chai brewers have used for centuries. Kimbala Ready-to-Drink Chai features a perfectly balanced blend of - masalas (spices), tea, sugar, milk - and has a rich milk texture that's free of any preservatives, artificial ingredients, or stabilizers.

"Kimbala is the first product we've seen that truly captures the essence of the chai drinks we grew up within India," said Keval Raj and Hanish Pahwa, Quicklly co-founders. "Kimbala's harmonious blends create a delightful and refreshingly desi chai that's perfect for breakfast, before dinner, or on the go. We're thrilled to be one of the first to introduce this authentically Indian beverage to Quicklly's consumers."

In addition to its line of Ready-to-Drink Chai beverages, Kimbala's Chai Concentrates and Ready-to-Drink Coffees provide options for those looking for delicious alternatives to traditional chai drinks. Both variants are made with simple ingredients and feature jaggery, an unrefined natural sweetener popular in India. Quicklly consumers can build their Kimbala box with any combination of products and schedule weekly, biweekly, or even monthly deliveries.

Quicklly's easy-to-use website and app allow customers to add Kimbala products to any single or standing product order and schedule their most convenient delivery time and date. Consumers can also easily manage payment and update their delivery information, all through the simple-to-use order page. The company also offers traditional grocery, restaurant, and tiffin delivery to customers within the New York-New Jersey Metro Area, Greater Chicago, and San Francisco Bay Area. For more information or to sign up, go to quicklly.com.


10 Pumpkin Recipes! Ditch the Drive-Thru & Recreate Coffee Shop Favorites at Home Pumpkin Goods

Pumpkin CoffeeWillamette Transplant, a food blog based in the Pacific Northwest, offers a fantastic pumpkin recipe roundup, helping you to recreate the coffee shop-inspired pumpkin spice recipes at home.The pumpkin treats we all pine for during the onset of fall are easy for the average home cook and coffee connoisseur to recreate at home.

With common baking ingredients, a little time, and a few heaping tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice, anyone can easily make their favorite coffee house recipes while working from home.

"These recipes are ideal for crisp fall mornings when you're craving something warm and comforting but won't be passing by a drive-thru on your way to work," says Adriana Dikih, founder of Willamette Transplant. "We know our fans are still working out of their homes, many with kids at home, and this pumpkin recipe roundup is geared toward recreating those coffee shop favorites at home, with ease," says Dikih.

The list of pumpkin recipes includes:

Pumpkin Spice Latte: Their rendition of the iconic beverage that solidified pumpkin spice season for all of us.

Pumpkin Juice: Inspired by the adventures of Harry & friends at Hogwarts, this pumpkin juice is perfect for children and festive fall parties.

Pumpkin Cold Brew: This elevated brew turns the dial-up on the PSL trend with smooth cold brew coffee and luscious pumpkin cream.
Pumpkin Muffins
Pumpkin Syrup: Transform your daily coffee or tea into a sensational fall beverage by adding a touch of pumpkin syrup to the mix.

Pumpkin Biscotti: The perfect seasonal accompaniment to warm coffee on a fall morning.

Pumpkin Muffins: Loaded with warming spices and big pumpkin flavor, these muffins couldn’t be easier to make and just happen to be vegan.

Pumpkin Bread: For those after pumpkin flavor minus the fuss, this 1 bowl pumpkin bread will join your regular rotation.

Pumpkin Cobbler: Cobbler extends to more than fresh fruits, pumpkin cobbler is a phenomenal dish to showcase fall flavors.

Pumpkin Oatmeal: Sweet and savory come together for a winning combination that celebrates breakfast at your computer.

Pumpkin Scones: The most versatile and convenient of fall quick breads, these pumpkin scones will not disappoint.

Established in 2018, Willamette Transplant is a growing resource for plant-based recipes and mindful eating with an emphasis on simple recipes that utilize seasonal and wholesome ingredients. Visit willamettetransplant.com.


Roast Magazine Announces 2022 Roaster of the Year Winners

Little Waves Coffee Roasters and Huckleberry Roasters have won Roast magazine’s 18th annual Roaster of the Year competition. The two coffee roasting companies will be featured in the trade publication’s November/December 2021 issue.

Roast awards the top honors in two categories: Micro Roaster of the Year, for companies roasting fewer than 100,000 pounds of coffee each year; and Macro Roaster of the Year, for companies roasting more than 100,000 pounds annually. The award recognizes companies that roast coffees of superior quality, exemplify a dedication to sustainability, promote employee and community education, and demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity, among other criteria.

2022 Micro Roaster of the Year: Little Waves Coffee Roasters

Little Waves Coffee Roasters was founded in 2010 by co-owners Areli Barrera Grodski and Leon Grodski Barrera, with the roastery established in 2017. With 34 full-time and part-time employees, the company operates a roasting facility and three cafes in Durham, North Carolina, and roasted over 58,000 pounds in the past year. A Latina majority-owned and women-forward company, Little Waves is composed of people of different cultures, genders, languages, faiths and beliefs, who operate with a focus on quality and service.

2021 Macro Roaster of the Year: Huckleberry Roasters

Koan Goedman and Jason Farrar, co-owners of Huckleberry Roasters, lead a team of 39 full-time and part-time employees at the company’s two retail locations and roasting headquarters in Denver, which has produced 240,000 pounds of roasted coffee over the past year. Huckleberry was established in 2011 with a foundational belief that business should build a local and global sense of collective culture and community. The company seeks to demystify coffee and provide a welcoming space for all those who walk through the door at one of their retail locations.



Roast is a bi-monthly technical trade journal dedicated to the success and growth of the specialty coffee industry. Roast addresses the art, science and business of coffee roasters by covering the issues most important to them, with quality editorial content focused on the technical aspects of coffee. For more information, visit roastmagazine.com.


The 7 Best Matcha Powders on Amazon

Matcha has been trend for quite a while, many singing its praises for contributing to overall good health and well-being.  Whether you’ve been mad for matcha for months or don’t know where to start, here’s a valuable guide as reported by Cheyenne Buckingham, a lifestyle writer at MSN.  Buckingham recently collected and reported on the 7 best matcha brands out there with guidance from Anna Kavaliunas, holistic coach and co-author of Matcha, A Lifestyle Guide.  What follows is her story packed with valuable info and guidance to selecting the best from Amazon.

How is matcha different from green tea?  The main difference: Matcha is a tea that comes in the form of a powder, rather than leaves in a tea bag. This means that both the flavor and nutritional benefits are more prominent in matcha.

"Most tea leaves, like the ones you find in everyday tea bags, are steeped in water to extract their flavor and benefits. Matcha, however, is the whole tea leaf ground into a powder and consumed. So when you drink matcha, you are literally drinking a plant," says Kavaliuna.  Matcha comes from Tencha leaf, which means that it's shade-grown. This gives the powder its inherent bright color and assortment of unique nutrients.  "The ground powder is not water-soluble, so the particles won't dissolve when added to water or milk," she explains. "Instead, the powder is suspended in [the] liquid."  This is why matcha works so well in lattes, smoothies, and shakes; its thicker viscosity gives a creamy beverage.

Is matcha healthier than green tea?  Matcha certainly offers more antioxidants.  "Matcha contains more than four times the antioxidant levels found in goji berries and dark chocolate. These antioxidants have been shown to protect against cancer, ward off cardiovascular disease, reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, detoxify the blood, alkalize the body, and stabilize blood sugars," says Kavaliunas.  There is a particular catechin polyphenol called EGCG that matcha contains a whopping 140 times more of than its typical green tea counterpart does.

What kinds of matcha can you buy?  There are two grades of matcha you can purchase: ceremonial and culinary. If you want to make a drink using matcha, you'll want to use ceremonial, and if you're baking matcha into something such as bread you'll want to opt for the culinary grade.  "The higher quality the tea, the sweeter and smoother it is. Your matcha should be a vibrant green color, and it should taste good," Kavaliunas says about ceremonial grade matcha powder.  Now if the matcha powder is dull in color or smells like burnt grass, she recommends you include it into something sweet such as a gluten-free coconut cake, for example, to mask the bitter flavor.  "Unfortunately, there is no regulation surrounding the use of the word matcha or ceremonial, so make sure you are buying from a trusted source," she advises.

Now, here are the 7 best matcha powders you can purchase on Amazon:


1. Chalait
Chalait is one of Kavaliunas' favorite matcha brands. On Amazon, you can purchase the Chalait's everyday ceremonial grade matcha, which is sourced directly from its place of origin in Uji, Japan. The flavor is described as mellow, with subtle hints of bittersweet chocolate and cacao nibs. Enjoy this antioxidant-rich drink at any time of the day!  $29.95 at Amazon  Buy Now

Ippodo Matcha

2. Ippodo Matcha: Ummon-no-mukashi
Kavaliunas loves Ippodo matcha, and this particular 40-gram jar of Ummon-no-mukashi is the second-highest grade of matcha under the brand. Described as full-bodied and rich, this vibrant emerald green matcha is a great choice.  $52.23 at Amazon  Buy Now


3. MatchaBar
Rich in L-theanine, this ceremonial grade green tea powder is sourced from Kagoshima, Japan. This matcha is energizing, with each serving containing about 80 milligrams of caffeine, which is not far off from what a typical cup of coffee contains at 95 milligrams.  $24.99 at Amazon  Buy Now

Jade Leaf

4. Jade Leaf
Not familiar with Jade Leaf matcha powder? It's one of our trusted registered dietitians' favorites.  "It's USDA certified organic, contains no other additives, and is third-party tested for heavy metals and other potential contaminants," says Cynthia Sass, RD, CSSD, LA-based performance nutritionist.  $19.95 at Amazon.  Buy Now

Breakaway Matcha

5. Breakaway Matcha
You could make a warm matcha latte, but Breakaway Matcha is best enjoyed chilled. The stoneground leaves are sourced from Kyoto, Japan. This matcha is also one of Kavaliunas' favorites. Want to know what else you can do with matcha? Here are the best Ideas for Cooking and Baking with Matcha Green Tea.  $29.00 at Amazon. Buy Now

Matcha Organics

6. Matcha Organics
This ceremonial grade, USDA organic matcha is produced in Yame, Japan, and blends well in lattes, shakes, smoothies, and even in baking mixes. Um, matcha cookies anyone?  $24.95 at Amazon.  Buy Now

uVernal Organic Matcha

7. uVernal Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder
If you're on a budget but you're looking to reap the benefits of a quality matcha brand, this is your best bet.  $14.99 at Amazon. Buy Now


CBD Infused Coffee

Flower Power LogoFlower Power Coffee Company, based outside of Boston has again demonstrated its commitment to the coffee industry by joining the prestigious Specialty Coffee Association. Flower Power is one of the first CBD coffee companies admitted to the program helping bring CBD infused coffee mainstream.

Flower Power is leading CBD coffee into the mainstream by producing the highest quality, best-tasting CBD beverages, accurately served to promote the physical and emotional well-being of our consumers. In addition to their CBD coffeesLight RoastMedium Roast, and Dark Roast, Flower Power works with other leading food and beverage companies throughout the world, helping them create best-in-class CBD-infused products for their customers.
Chuck Siegel, Flower Power's CEO sees membership in the organization as integral to the company's long-term market goals.  "Industry experts predict CBD coffee is going to become a significant niche in the huge global coffee industry. " We look forward to working with the Association and its' members to develop standards and opportunities that will benefit the specialty coffee industry."

Flower Power Coffee

Siegel went on to say "When developing our products, we set out to establish new standards for quality, taste, accuracy and truth in labeling. We've taken every measure to ensure premium quality, from the selection of our roasting partners to our rigorous quality control and lab testing." Siegel continued, "It's taken us two years, but as you'll see, taste and feel, the results were worth it." 

Independent lab tests show that regardless of the amount of CBD put into the K-cup pod, most of the CBD is lost in the brewing and filtering process, delivering little or no CBD to the brewed cup. Flower Power has solved this category-wide problem with a patent-pending process that guarantees a consistent 25 mg of lab-tested hemp-derived CBD in every brewed cup.

Flower Power is leading CBD coffee into the mainstream by producing the highest quality, best-tasting CBD beverages, accurately served to promote the physical and emotional well-being of our consumers. In addition to their CBD coffees, Light Roast, Medium Roast, and Dark Roast, Flower Power works with other leading food and beverage companies throughout the world, helping them create best-in-class CBD-infused products for their customers.  For more information about Flower Power CBD Coffee, please visit www.flowerpowercoffee.com