Every time you purchase one of our Fair Trade Certified™ teas you’re supporting a better life for tea workers in developing countries. Fair wages, safe working conditions, and worker-managed premiums for healthcare, education, and other community needs are all benefits you support when you enjoy our Fair Trade teas. With over 60 offerings, you won’t have trouble finding a favorite and toasting Fair Trade Month! Use promo code FTCHOICE13 through October to get this offer.
The premiere tea festival in the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Tea Festival, will delight long-time tea lovers and new fans of all ages with tea tastings, classes, lectures and great shopping with local vendors. Just in time for the official kick-off of “Tea Season,” the festival will once again be held October 5th and 6th, 2013 in the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109.
The Northwest Tea Festival is offering products, information and seminars for more than 2,000 tea lovers and aspiring tea professionals. The goal is to provide experiences covering all aspects of tea, from the cultural to the historical and the sensory to the scientific.
At our Choice Organic Teas booth, we’ll be serving samples of our new Wellness Teas and selling select teas from our collection. Please note, we are only accepting cash and check for purchases.
Entry to the Northwest Tea Festival is free to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 which includes a free porcelain tasting teacup and festival bag. Select lectures and tastings may require additional fees. Seating is limited and pre-registration is suggested and available on the festival’s website, www.nwteafestival.com. Hours for the Tea Festival are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5th and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6th.
New highlights this year will be the Tea in History Art Show, Raku Tea Bowl firing demonstrations, and a Korean Tea Ceremony performance. Additionally, Mike & Emeric Harney of Harney & Sons and James Norwood Pratt, noted tea author, will be featured presenters. Other sponsors this year include: Perennial Tea Room, Ito En, Harney & Sons, Choice Organic Teas, Smacha, Bunn, and Northwest Folklife. A list of this year’s vendors may be found by clicking: http://www.nwteafestival.com/vendor13.php
Returning features of the tea festival include:
- Appearances and teaching by James Norwood Pratt, author and world recognized authority on tea and tea lore, including “James Norwood Pratt’s NEW Tea Lover’s Treasury”
- A full line-up of presentations and workshops on tea and related topics
- Our perennially favorite tea tastings – try new teas and discover new favorites!
- The Wu-wo Tea Ceremony
- Tea and teaware vendors from the Pacific Northwest and across the country showcasing their teas, beautiful teacups, teapots, and tea accessories
For more information on the Northwest Tea Festival visit our web site: www.nwteafestival.com.
Now that we’ve reached the long, hot days of summer, make sure you stay cool and hydrated, preferably with something tasty. If you’re looking to freshen up your usual iced tea, look no further than our Gourmet Line, with lots of great options to please your taste buds while quenching your thirst. Our Mango Ceylon, Liquorice Peppermint, and Rooibos+Vanilla make divine iced teas. And if you’re looking to mix it up, try our Moroccan Mint Green with some limeade. To get 10% all Gourmet teas through July 25th, use promo code ICEDGOURMET on our website.
Our customers often ask us about how we decaffeinate our teas. Unlike other tea companies that use methylene chloride, a chemical solvent with reported health risks, we use carbon dioxide, a natural alternative to methylene chloride and the only decaffeination method approved for certified organic teas. Since we work so hard to source high quality organic teas, it’s just as important that our decaffeination process preserves our teas’ flavor and quality as much as possible.
To give you more information about how the carbon dioxide decaffeination process works: in a sealed chamber, moistened tea leaves are exposed to pressurized CO2, which has been liquefied under pressure. The liquefied CO2 bonds with the caffeine molecules in the leaves and after a few hours, the liquid is poured off and the tea is dried, evaporating both the CO2 and the caffeine. As caffeine is the only compound reduced, this process leaves the treated tea leaves more intact and flavorful than other methods.
We hope you’ll try all of our decaffeinated teas. Currently we offer a Decaf English Breakfast, Decaf Earl Grey, and Decaf Green in tea bags and a Decaf Black, Decaf Green, and Decaf Chai in loose leaf.
It’s important to remember that decaffeination does leave a trace amount of caffeine in tea, meaning the tea becomes decaffeinated, not caffeine free. If you are concerned about ingesting any caffeine at all, you’ll want to avoid decaffeinated teas and stick to herbal teas such as Chamomile, Peppermint, and Rooibos that never contained any caffeine. Note that Yerba Maté is our one herbal tea that does contain caffeine.
When the weather gets warm and it’s time to cool off, refresh with your favorite teas over ice! We recommend our Wild Forest Black for a complex, classic black tea, our Rooibos for a dynamic herbal flavor, and our Masala Chai for iced tea with a little kick. June 19th through June 27th, take 10% off all Original line teas with promo code ICEDTEAMONTH13 on our website.
Not sure how to brew iced tea? Use double the amount of tea bags you would normally use, brew hot, then pour over ice and enjoy!
Have you tried our new Wellness Teas* yet? They are a flavorful, functional tea collection that combines our experience sourcing, blending and packing the world’s finest ingredients with Bastyr University’s expertise in in herbal sciences*. You can buy them by the box or in variety packs. May 10th through 15th, try them and take 10% off your order with promo code WELLNESS8.
Read more about them in our here.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
On Tuesday, we had the privilege of attending Bastyr University’s Annual Spring for Health Luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel in Seattle to support uncompensated health care services for those in need.
From left to right: Dr. Church (President of Bastyr University), Eric Ring (Choice Organic Teas Head of Purchasing), Ray Lacorte (Choice Organic Teas Head of Operations), and Tim Callahan (Senior VP and Provost of Bastyr University).
Our new Wellness Teas collection created in partnership with Bastyr was featured as a favor for attendees.
Jean Enerson, the co-anchor at KING5 News Seattle known for her news stories regarding health issues, spoke at the luncheon.
Our Breathing Space tea was served iced as a refreshing part of the menu.
A hot tea service was provided so attendees could begin enjoying their favors (our Wellness Teas).
All in all, we had a terrific time supporting Bastyr’s annual luncheon as they further their mission to make quality natural healthcare more accessible to all.