We’re sofi Awards Finalists!


Each year, right before the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, the Specialty Food Association announces outstanding products and brands in the specialty food industry called the sofi Awards. A sofi is the top honor in the $120.5 billion specialty food industry. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation and represents the best of the best from members of the Specialty Food Association.

This year, we’re happy to announce that our Licorice Mint and Jasmine Green were honored as finalists among 100 products in the Outstanding New Product and Hot Beverage categories, respectively. Each entry is carefully assessed by passionate and knowledgeable food professionals including chefs, culinary experts, academics, food writers, and category buyers.

These products come from our Gourmet Teas line that were developed to intrigue connoisseurs as well as the next generation of tea drinkers with unique flavor profiles and expertise in blending and sourcing. What a thrill it is to be acknowledged for our hard work and outstanding products in this highly revered and competitive sofi Award competition!

We’ll be showcasing the Gourmet Teas and more at the Summer Fancy Food Show, so if you’ll be attending, be sure to stop by our booth to sample and talk about these delicious teas with our team.

Top 5 Reasons to Drink Tea in 2016


January is National Hot Tea Month, and what better way to start the New Year off right than with a rejuvenating cup of hot tea?

Here are our Top 5 Reasons to Drink Tea in 2016:

1. Tea helps soothe symptoms during winter cold season.Breathing Space_72dpi
According to the CDC, adult Americans combat an average of 2-3 colds per year. Supporting your immune system with a Wellness Tea* like  Breathing Space* or Throat Cozy* can help maintain healthy airways or soothe your throat.*


2. Avoid the afternoon energy slump.
Breakfast Blend 72dpiMillions of Americans experience the dreaded “3:00 slump” and reach for sugary beverages like soda or energy drinks, or big mugs of coffee, to combat their dip in energy. We recommend choosing a natural way to energize with a tea like Energy Boost*, a crisp, lively green tea blend that supports healthy energy levels and vitality.* Or, try Breakfast Blend from our Gourmet Line, for a robust black tea to enliven your afternoon.
3. Detox all year long with tea.
Beauty Detox_72dpiSure, detox diets are popular in January, when New Year’s resolutions are new and shiny, but what about a regular detox regime throughout the year? Simply Detox* and Beauty Detox* are specially formulated with herbs to aid liver function and promote clear skin, cleansing your body from the inside out.*
4. Consider your heart health.
Hibiscus Heart_72dpiWith Heart Month just around the corner in February, our new Hibiscus Heart Wellness Tea* helps support cardiovascular health with hibiscus flowers and hawthorn berry.*



5. Eating Clean? Be sure to drink clean too.

  • Choose Certified Organic. Even teas billed as “natural” can contain pesticides. Look for the USDA Organic logo on the package to ensure you are drinking the real thing.
  • Avoid GMOs in your food…and in your beverages. Look for the OrgGFGMONon-GMO Project Verified logo on the packaging to ensure there are no artificially manipulated ingredients in your tea, coffee or other beverages.
  • If you are watching your gluten intake, pay attention to sneaky ways gluten can enter your diet. Be sure to look for tea products with the GF logo indicating Gluten-Free certification.

* 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.

Visit Us at the Northwest Tea Festival October 5th & 6th!

NWTF2013The 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.

At Bastyr University’s Annual Spring for Health Luncheon

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.

Mark Your Calendar for the 5th Annual Northwest Tea Festival on October 6th & 7th

The premiere tea festival in the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Tea Festival will delight long-time tea lovers as well as new fans of all ages with classes, lectures, tastings, and great shopping with local vendors.  Just in time to kick-off tea season, the festival is once again the first weekend in October, in the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center.  Last year, over 1,600 people attended and we expect it to be bigger this year!

A suggested donation of $10 provides you with a porcelain tasting cup to try teas from various vendors around the festival.  Select lectures and tastings may require additional fees. Seating is limited and pre-registration for classes and activities is suggested and will be available on the website as the date nears. Hours are 10am to 6pm on Saturday, Oct 6th and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, Oct 7th.

Highlights include:

  • Talks by celebrated tea experts, including James Norwood Pratt, one of the world’s leading authors and authorities on tea and tea lore.
  • The popular Tea Tasting Booths where attendees have the opportunity to sample a range of teas in small groups with a tea leader.
  • A wide selection of classes and activities led by experts from across the country. There are region-specific classes, in-depth guides on tea styles, classes on cultural traditions and practices around tea, and much more.
  • A workshop on tea sommelier skill development designed for restaurant personnel. This class will help develop the participants’ skills at pairing tea with food.
  • The opportunity to purchase fine teas and unique tea ware from premium teashops and importers, a great market for any tea lover!

For more information on the Northwest Tea Festival, please visit the website:  www.nwteafestival.com.

Join us for a tour and tea tasting in honor of Mother’s Day and World Fair Trade Day!

On Saturday, May 12th, we will be hosting a special event “Fair Trade Teas from Around the World Company Tour and Tasting” at Choice Organic Teas in Seattle from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Have you ever wondered what goes into bringing your tea to the grocery shelves or what makes Fair Trade teas so special?  Come find out and get a chance to dive into the world of tea with our twenty plus years of experience. We are inviting guests for a rare opportunity to visit our tea company and explore the world of Fair Trade Certified™ teas.

The program includes refreshments, a tour of our certified organic facility, an introduction to Fair Trade, and a tea tasting featuring Fair Trade Certified teas guided by our experienced staff. Admission includes a complimentary mug, an assortment of tea samples, and 3 boxes of tea. Tickets are $50 and limited to 12 guests, so be sure to get your ticket soon here!

We are located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, just off I-5. Free parking is available in our parking lot and on the street. View our location here.

We hope to see you there!

Don’t Miss the Northwest Tea Festival Oct. 1 & 2!

We are very excited for the fourth annual Northwest Tea Festival taking place this weekend at Seattle Center! If you’ve never been to the festival before, this is a true celebration of the world of tea. You’ll find vendors of all sorts of teas and tea wares, fun and educational presentations and workshops conducted by experts in the tea trade, and of course, tea tastings!

Admission is free, but a $10 donation gets you a porcelain tasting cup and gift bag, and also gets you into the tea tasting sessions.  The workshops fill up every year, so you may want to make a reservation in advance.  For a complete schedule of presentations and workshops, visit here.  Some folks even come both days of the festival so they can participate in as much as possible!

The Northwest Tea Festival has a new location this year, in the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center.   It takes place Saturday, October 1st from 10am-6pm and Sunday, October 2nd from 10am-4pm. We are proud to be a major sponsor of this special event and hope you will join us this year!

Update 10.13.11: We had a wonderful time at this year’s Northwest Tea Festival. If you weren’t able to make it this year, come out the first weekend in October 2012!

Thank you to Nicole Weinstock for these photos.