MAY 2021


Virtual Events: Tutored-Tastings & Samples to Home

Virtual events offer education and entertainment, yes, but they offer so much more—safety, a great value, product sampling, expert instruction, and social interaction with like-minded enthusiasts.

Here are two upcoming can’t-be-missed virtual events for tea lovers! They both offer expert guidance, samples delivered to your home, and an interactive experience with fellow tea lovers. Please keep in mind that due to their popularity, virtual events often sell out fast, so you’ll want to act quickly if you find one to your liking.

Craft Tea CRAFT TEA TASTE TEST + UNIQUE WAYS TO BREW—June 13, 2021—Join fellow tea lovers and explore herbal craft teas. Join Michael O’Brien, owner of Philadelphia’s Craft Tea, for a virtual tasting event where he will take you on a guided tasting tour of four of his craft teas and a demonstration of different methods for brewing tea—including the Chemex, Espresso Shot, Kyoto slow-drip, Nitro Cold Brew, and Aeropress. This demo will show you how to use these brewing methods and provide you with an understanding of the benefits each provides for the tea brewing process. Tea samples included and ship to your home. Serves 4.  Limited tickets remain.
Craft Tea

TEAS OF NEPAL: Tasting Teas Straight from the Himalayas—June 27, 2021-- In this virtual tea tasting, you’ll be taken on a journey to Nepal to really understand what makes these teas so special. You will learn about the harvesting and processing techniques of these unique teas while you are guided through a tutored-tasting of three organic high-mountain teas by the founder of Nepal Tea, Nishchal Banskota, a second-generation tea producer. His family has been producing organic teas for the past 36 years and views tea not just as a beverage but as a catalyst for social change. You will get to discover why Nepal Tea is definitely not your average cup of tea. This is truly a special event for tea lovers and a unique opportunity to sample and learn about the teas of Nepal.  Just announced, reserve early.



Guinness Reimagines Coffee with New Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Beer

The Guinness brand was established in 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin. The iconic beer brand is brewed in 49 countries worldwide and sold in over 150 with almost 9 million glasses of Guinness beer enjoyed every day around the worldGuinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Beer

Guinness is back with another nitrogenated creation, which is already a fan-favorite: Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer. As the brewers of the world's most popular nitro stout, Guinness is now combining everything you love about coffee and Guinness into one beer. Sweet-smelling with a distinct rich coffee aroma, Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer is the perfect balance of bitter and sweet with a roast coffee flavor. Brewed using cold brew coffee extract and coffee flavors, it has a rich, smooth and creamy palate with hints of espresso, chocolate and caramel.

"Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer is a welcome addition to the Guinness family, and the response so far has been incredible," said Nikhil Shah, Guinness Brand Director. "Now that it's officially iced coffee season, we're excited to give consumers a coffee-forward beer to enjoy during their spring and summertime occasions."

Guinness has consistently proven that no one does nitro beer better. Pioneered in 1959 as the first nitrogenated beer, the legendary Guinness Draught instantly became the best-selling Guinness beer worldwide. At 4% ABV, Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer is best enjoyed straight from the can or poured into a clean glass to fully activate the widget inside the can. The widget infuses nitrogen into the beer upon opening and re-creates the signature surge and settle effect you get from a Guinness Draught on tap or in a can.

Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer is a permanent addition to the Guinness portfolio and began appearing on U.S. shelves in March, with expansion now happening nationwide. Each pack contains four 14.9 fl. oz. cans, with a suggested retail price of $9.99. While it is expected to slowly start rolling out to other countries over the next 12-18 months, the U.S. is now the first market to be able to enjoy this new offering.

Guinness has long been at the forefront of innovation, and today the brewers in both Dublin and Baltimore continue to use their creativity to brew all styles of beer. Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer is the latest release from the St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin, and back across the pond is the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Maryland, home to Guinness Baltimore Blonde and experimental Guinness beers in the U.S. 

As with all legendary beers from Guinness, please remember to drink like a brewer and savor Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer…responsibly.   More information can be found at www.guinness.com.


Let Tea Take You for an Adventure

Visiting a new or favorite destination is one way to travel, but that's not always possible. If you can't escape to a new location, consider taking a mental break in the comfort of your own home with tea as your companion.

With many different varieties of tea to choose from, you can infuse your journey with flavor while enjoying wellness and relaxation benefits. Enjoy virtual travels – wherever you are – with these tips from the experts at Buddha Teas.

Tea Adventure

Rejuvenating Getaway

Even when you can't get to a spa, tea can help you focus on wellness and refresh your body and mind. While yoga, meditation and massages can aid in recharging you physically and mentally, teas like chaga, detox dharma or mushroom wellness can further help you unwind. Chaga, a medium-bodied mushroom tea, can be enjoyed with honey or milk for a nurturing, peaceful escape. It can also help reset your center and give you a boost of healing energy without any caffeine. Mushroom teas blending flavorful herbs and spices can bring power and pleasure to your cup with remarkable immune boosting, wellness potential – no honey or milk is needed. If you're seeking a total recharge, look for teas with organic ingredients such as ginger root, turmeric and black pepper blended with the super cleanser, burdock root, to create the perfect environment for your body to rid itself of all toxins.

Exploring Nature

If you enjoy hiking and connecting with nature, flower teas like Japanese cherry blossom, chamomile and lavender can be ideal companions. An option like Buddha Teas matches your appreciation for nature. The teas are 100% unaltered, organic and wildcrafted. They're made from fresh herbs and tea leaves and packaged in bleach-free bags, so you can enjoy the purity of natural teas without harmful chemicals or additives.

Emotional Experience

Some journeys are more emotionally charged than others, from reminiscing trips down memory lane to quiet getaways intended to let you free your mind. A heightened sensory reaction to these kinds of emotionally significant destinations is best balanced with chakra teas. "Chakra" is the ancient Sanskrit word for the seven central points of energy that reside within, helping balance your physical, emotional and spiritual states.

Connecting with History

Seeing historical sites and learning about ancient people may inspire you to immerse yourself more fully in an unfamiliar culture. Root teas can help give you a taste of the unknown, such as green tea (Japan), dong quai (China), ashwaganda (India) or black cohosh (North America).

Find more ways to experience the true taste of tea at buddhateas.com.


Dunkin' Teams Up with Backdrop for First-Ever Paint Collection

In recent years, Dunkin' has introduced new and exciting ways for people to show their brand love and passion for pink and orange, helping fans bring the colors of Dunkin' to their wardrobe, their weddings, and now, for the first time, their walls. Dunkin' recently unveiled a collaboration with Backdrop, the innovative online paint retailer, to introduce the first-ever, limited-edition collection of Dunkin' inspired paint. The Dunkin' inspired pink and orange paint colors, available in half gallons for $39 exclusively at www.backdrophome.com/dunkin, are a true extension of Backdrop's ethos that proves painting to be a fun and accessible way to transform a space.

Created by husband-and-wife duo Natalie & Caleb Ebel, Backdrop is The New Way to Paint. Backdrop has transformed the whole process of painting from start to finish—from curating the perfect color palette, to sourcing the highest-quality supplies. They offer premium, Green Wise certified and low-VOC paints that come in beautifully redesigned, award-winning paint cans, 12x 12'' removable adhesive samples, the highest quality supplies, and a perfectly curated palette of 50+ colors – all quickly delivered to your door.  Since launch in November 2018, each Backdrop sale has contributed to the International Rescue Committee, which helps displaced families in some of the most challenging places in the world, and in 2020 Backdrop became the first Climate Neutral certified paint company.

For home design with a dash of Dunkin', Backdrop has created two new interior paints featuring Dunkin's signature shades, making it easy for anyone to give their walls a pop of pink or a splash of orange. Working together, the Backdrop and Dunkin' teams ensured that each can of paint matches the brand's iconic hues, bringing to life the energy and enthusiasm Dunkin's colors represent to millions of fans who rely on Dunkin' coffee, espresso, donuts, and breakfast sandwiches to keep them running.

The collaboration marks the first time Backdrop has offered half gallons of their recyclable, stainless steel cans­­ – a perfect quantity for accent walls and playful shapes. Only a limited number of cans will be available, so fans are encouraged to order quickly before the supply of this special new paint dries up.

According to Jamie Kelly, Associate Manager, Strategic Partnerships at Dunkin', "Our fans have absolutely loved the fresh new ways we've helped them show their Dunkin' passion and pride over the years. With home improvements on the rise this year, we're thrilled to team up with Backdrop to give Dunkin' devotees the opportunity to really bring home their love for our brand with a fresh coat of paint for the ultimate home décor."

"Dunkin' is an iconic American brand and we couldn't be more thrilled to launch their first paint colors. The sensorial overlap between donuts and icing and sprinkles and paint, combined with Dunkin's vibrant brand colors make for the perfect collaboration," says Natalie Ebel, Co-Founder of Backdrop. "We hope brand fans have just as much fun bringing these colors to life in their homes as we did creating them."


nutpods Launches Zero-Sugar Sweetened Coffee Creamers

nutpods, one of the fastest-growing brands of plant-based creamers in national retailers and the best-selling brand online, introduces its first-ever naturally sweetened coffee creamers, still with zero sugar per serving. Retail partners Sprouts Farmers Markets and Wegmans will offer the Sweet Crème, French Vanilla, and Cookie Butter creamers in the 25.4oz refrigerated format with additional retailers joining the party later this fall.  Sweet Crème, French Vanilla and Caramel are available online in the 11.2oz shelf-stable format.

"We have championed the plant-based, unsweetened category for the past five years and remain dedicated to providing delicious better-for-you options," says VP of Marketing Patrick Coyle. "The creamer category, even among plant-based brands, is still dominated by sugar-laden products but we knew there had to be a better way to deliver sweetness." Only 2% of all plant-based creamer products are unsweetened or naturally sweetened, yet most consumers say sugar is by far the #1 ingredient they would like to reduce in their diet. Lower sugar options are now common in many food categories, just not yet in coffee creamers, and most low-sugar products are growing faster than their higher sugar alternatives.

nutpods has a history of creating new products based on consumer demand: they released a line of oat-based creamers in 2019 to support requests for nut-free products, and regularly launch special edition flavors such as toasted marshmallow and cotton candy in response to consumer requests. All nutpods products, including the new sweetened line, contain zero grams of sugar per serving, a commitment they made to their customers from day one. "Recently, we have heard from some of our fans who want to move to plant-based creamers but aren't ready to give up the sweetness in their coffee. Now with our zero-sugar sweetened creamers, we are ready to meet these consumers where they are on their own journey," says founder & CEO Madeline Haydon.

"While our classic unsweetened products continue to grow tremendously in popularity, our new sweetened line adds even more flavor without the added sugar or calories," says Haydon. She continues, "We like to say that you can now have your cake and drink it too, with zero sugar and only 5 calories per serving".

The company has also prioritized minimizing their impact on the environment with their commitment to Plant-Pack® cartons made from up to 95% plant-based materials, decreasing their dependence on petroleum and microplastics. 

nutpods Sweetened 11.2oz shelf-stable products will launch on amazon.com and nutpods.com. Larger-sized 25.4oz products will also be available at Sprouts Farmers Markets, Wegmans and other natural retailers.  www.nutpods.com


World's First Coffee Bio-Composite Can Replace Single-Use Plastic

Continuing the success of the world's first coffee face mask, the new material from AirXcoffee is meaningful when the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the pollution situation in the world. The public health crisis has led to a surge in pollution from disposable products like surgical masks, plastic cups, and hand sanitizer bottles.Air X Coffee

The Australian government banned plastic bag usage in 2011. Vancouver also became the first major city in Canada to ban plastic straws, in a move towards the city's new Zero Waste 2040 initiative, while the European Union approved a ban on certain single-use plastics that will go into effect in July 2021.

The new material, coffee bio - composite made from coffee ground is considered an ideal material to replace the traditional plastic. AirXcoffee has been successful in sourcing coffee grounds to turn into Coffee Bio-Composite, which can be used to replace tableware, polystyrene cup, flowerpot and everything that can be made of plastics. In addition, the new material has applied a three-star OK Bio-based certification of TUV AUSTRIA, which has bio-based content between 60% and 80%. Also, the material is marked food safe by TUV Rheinland.

In order to make the material, coffee grounds from local coffee shops in Vietnam are collected, dried, and mixed with recycled materials, starch, cellulose, wood, natural resins, waxes, and oils. The resulting coffee composite is bio-based, recyclable, light, with a smell of coffee and the look of dark wood.

"The new material is more competitive than the traditional plastic. With 10% cheaper in price than oil-based plastic, coffee bio-composite is expected to help Vietnamese plastic industry to have better competitiveness in the global market. It also helps Vietnam to reduce reliance on fossil-based materials," Thanh Le, the founder, explained theAir X Mug advantage of his new material. "Coffee ground is popular in Vietnam. Being the world's second-biggest coffee exporter, Vietnam is the best place for us to produce this world's first coffee bio-composite," he added.

"When we decided to design a new material back in 2020, we knew early that we wanted a solution that uses local materials, is easy to produce and inexpensive, with the added bonus of being biodegradable."

The researchers believe the coffee bio-composite is a good alternative to the synthetic plastics currently in use. "With billions of disposable plastics already polluting city sidewalks and potentially entering our rivers and oceans, we urgently need an eco-friendly option to avoid making a massive impact on our environment," says Prof. Phu Huynh, Dean of the Faculty of Material, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology.

The material is complete in the university lab, and a shift to cost-effective scaling and production will be ready in June 2021.  "The revolution is not only expected to help limiting the single-use plastic, but also preventing coffee grounds from going to landfills and releasing methane gas, which has a greenhouse effect 28 times higher than carbon dioxide", he cited a scientific research.

Before the coffee bio-composite material was introduced, the company has succeeded selling thousands of AirX Coffee Masks, the reusable face masks made of coffee to over 50 countries around the world. For more information, visit: www.airxcoffee.com