Tea View from and Ancient Tea Tree Forest, Vietnam

Tea Trip to Vietnam

Cynthia Fazekas

Our periodic tea exploring adventures have taken us recently to Vietnam as part of the Tea Masters Cup event. We explored ancient tea tree forests that are akin to the most famous ones in Yunnan, China.

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Tea The best Boba Tea Drinks use fresh, full tea leaves.

Tea Drinks for July

Cynthia Fazekas

The hottest (or coolest) trends for summer and tea are those that combine tea with tasty things like lemonade, soda/sparkling water, boba, juices, and various adult beverages. It all starts with great quality tea and a great infusion.

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Tea Tea is a little bit of white magic, perhaps.

Tea Trends and June Tea Menus

Cynthia Fazekas

The latest wave of trends in the tea world are spiritual/metaphysical in nature. The concept of holistically healing ties the ethereal and the sippable together. Spiritual healers of one sort or another are enhancing their offering with teas and herbal blends that support their clientele in the physical realm as they help work on their metaphysical growth.

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Tea Throat Therapy offers soothing comfort.

March Brings Cooties and Teas to Help!

Cynthia Fazekas

Despite what you might see online, there is still no cure for the common cold. That said, tea and tisanes may certainly help make their symptoms more tolerable. The mere act of sipping a hot beverage can ease congestion and soothe a scratchy throat. If you have to suffer, why not suffer with a hot cup of something lovely?

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Tea Turmeric Bliss for a Golden New Year Latte

New Year and Wellness Trends

Cynthia Fazekas

As we wiggle, wobble, and waddle from the holidays into the New Year, consumers will be seeking wellness help from their tea sellers. We have recently expanded our wellness options with two new teas: Minty Comfort and Speedy Recovery to help comfort during cold and flu season.

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Tea Spiced Apple Chai - so warm and cozy

Spicy Teas as Holiday Treats

Cynthia Fazekas

Festive tea options sparkle during holiday season as well as throughout the cold weather months. Be sure to include various chai blend options for hot tea, tea lattes, and boba if you serve it to warm those chilly winter souls.

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Tea High Mountain Tea Garden in Taiwan

Oolongs for October

Cynthia Fazekas

Sure, the rest of the world might be apple and pumpkin smitten right now, but tea aficionados are thinking about oolong teas. As the weather cools, and our bodies adapt to the season, a warm, toasty rock oolong or a crisp, lilting jade oolong sooth the soul and palate.

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Tea spicy Masala Chai is a great choice for you autumn menu

Plan Your Autumn Tea Menu

Cynthia Fazekas

While the August sun still burns brightly, each day is a little bit shorter as we approach autumn in the US. Now is the time to plan your autumn tea menu so you can purchase ahead and be ready when the hot tea seekers come calling.

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Tea Beautiful Botanicals!

Botanicals Are Booming

Cynthia Fazekas

Everything is coming up roses, as the old song says, but also hibiscus, apples, lemongrass, rose hips and a myriad of other botanical items that are trending intensely this year. Many consumers have incorporated some form of tea into their daily lives and it seems herbal infusions, aka tisanes are a staple.

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Tea Fill your tea menu with a balanced selection

Devising a Tea Menu

Cynthia Fazekas

We often get questions about how to select teas for your offering. Whether a café or a tea retailer, the approach can be similar. Decide how many teas you wish to offer. This can be based on space constraints for storage or display as well as how many your staffer can feasibly handle. Regardless of how many teas you decide to offer, you will want to represent a couple teas from each tea category to present a balanced assortment.

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Tea Yum!

World Tea Expo Reflections

Salma Ali

The World Tea Expo this year featured many cool innovations for the tea world. There was a New Zealand company that grew tea in New Zealand. They had some delicious oolong tea and great booth. There was some fascinating tea ware that I had never seen before. This was my first tea expo, and I was in awe at the way tea business runs.

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Tea Tuareg Man pouring some tea.

Tuareg Tea

Salma Ali

The first taxi driver we had after landing in Las Vegas for the World Tea Expo told us a tale of the Tuareg people. Our driver was from Ethiopia, but an avid traveler having spent a few years in Europe. He had a friendly smile, and he seemed like a story teller. Between our small talk about tea, he could relate by telling us of the Tuareg people that live in the Saharan desert. He said the Tuareg had a tea that they drank that kept them from becoming dehydrated.

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Tea Yum!

Flavor Profiling in Tea Stores

Salma Ali

As a tea retailer, how do you find the right blend for your customers? Do you and your sales representatives engage in conversation with them to gauge what their flavor profile might be? Flavor profiling is an effective method of determining what the right tea might be for a customer based on their interest in popular tea samples that lure them in at the front of the store.

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Tea Getting that beach body two legs and one cup at a time

Fit Kicks and Tea

Salma Ali

Warm weather lends to the shedding of clothes and the reveal of that summer body. While all are excited for the incoming of summer and preparing for the beach body there might be an influx of tea sales.

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Tea Beautiful collection.

Choosing a Teapot

Salma Ali

Do you ever wonder about which is the right tea pot for you to serve tea in? Wonder no more, for I will guide you through the vast differences between cast iron, ceramic, yixing clay, porcelain, and glass pots.

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Tea Yum!

Much Ado About Matcha

Salma Ali

As many tea lovers know, that first sip of matcha in the morning brings upon a feeling of serenity and clarity. All the stress and hustle of the world becomes background noise---the senses are slowly awakened by the caffeine without the smack to the face of coffee. The L-theanine in the matcha provides alertness while also relaxing the body.

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Tea SCOBY or Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast

Kombucha Basics

Salma Ali

Curious about kombucha? This growing health trend offers health benefits and a tangy treat for the senses. Learn about it and check out a bsic recipe so you can better serve your clients who seek to make kombucha or if you are pondering to do so yourselves.

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Tea Meadow in a Cup

The World Needs Tea

Cynthia Fazekas

With 2017 off to a tumultuous start for so many people, tea is more essential than ever. Everyone can benefit from the clarity and solace found in a good cup of our favorite beverage.

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Tea Boost summer sales with refreshing iced teas.

Summer Flavor Trends

Cynthia Fazekas

During the warm summer months, iced teas reign supreme. The diverse palate preferences of millennials lean toward tropical with a hint of the exotic. Here are our picks for summer 2016.

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Tea Iced teas entice the thirsty shopper

April Musings - Iced Teas

Cynthia Fazekas

Spring is here in the northern hemisphere and thoughts are already turning to iced teas. It can’t hurt to plan your iced tea offering now so you can stay ahead of seasonal sold outs as new harvest time approaches.

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Tea Tea harvests heavily depend on favorable weather.

Spring Harvest Season Approaches

Cynthia Fazekas

March is exciting for tea people as the harvest season is right around the corner. For those of you who are new to the specialty tea industry, it’s important to know that the best teas are primarily harvested in the spring. Most tea companies will purchase in spring and early summer for the whole year.

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Tea Beautiful tea field in Kagoshima, Japan

A Trip to Sencha Country

Cynthia Fazekas

As luck would have it, an opportunity arose to travel to Japan to visit tea farms and meet the farmers. During my time in the tea industry, my palate has certainly evolved with experience and exposure to many teas, eventually settling on fine, crisp, lingering sencha as a personal and professional favorite.

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Tea Adding matcha options is easy and trendy!

Riding the Matcha Wave

Cynthia Fazekas

The matcha tea trend is still going strong! Consumers enjoy the easy prep, rich taste, health benefits and versatility this tea has to offer. If you have not added matcha to you tea offering, you may wish to consider.

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Tea Autumn beauty

Tea and Cider

Cynthia Fazekas

For your seasonal promos, consider a tea and cider infusion to draw in sippers and home steepers alike. Spiced tea blends pair very well with apple cider for autumnal enjoyment.

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Tea New for fall! Honeybush Pumpkin Chai

Hot Tea Season

Cynthia Fazekas

While enjoying the last weeks of summer, turn your thoughts to autumn and prepare for hot tea season. Plan your autumn tea menu now and stock up early to save time and energy later.

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Tea Blending for wellness.

Devising Wellness Blends

Cynthia Fazekas

As tea grows in popularity the notion that tea is a medicine of sorts grows along with it. The traditional correlation between tea and good health is a strong one and leaves the every day consumer asking, “What will this tea do for me?”

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Tea Prepare for peach cravings.

Feeling Peachy

Cynthia Fazekas

Every now and then we will notice a flavor trend blip on our radar while looking at other stats. Most recently, it appears that peach-flavored teas are unusually popular as we roll into summer. Sometimes national chains promoting a special item, such as beverage or confection, foster these trends.

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Tea Tea-themed Spirited Sippers

Tea Cocktails

Cynthia Fazekas

With the wonderful tea renaissance happening these days, it is not surprising that people want to enjoy their tea with a little something extra. And by something extra, I mean something with a little kick.

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Tea Cherry Blossoms welcoming Spring

Finally Spring!

Cynthia Fazekas

At least the calendar says it’s spring. Some of those in the northern US may still feel a little frosty in the mornings but rest assured, winter is coming to a close. As the transition occurs, it is important to have a variety on your tea menu that reflects the changing season

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Tea Many ways to achieve the perfect cup

Brewing Suggestions

Cynthia Fazekas

Tea companies that do their own branding include brewing information for each tea on their packages. The idea of doing so is to offer their suggestion of how to bring out the best in each tea while ensuring success for tea newbies. When using these parameters, individual brewing circumstances can be quite different than those of your beloved tea vendor, occasionally causing unfavorable results. This can cause frustration and dismissal of a very good tea as bad by the user, whether a consumer or another tea purveyor, café, etc.

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Tea Lovely lattes

Latte Season

Cynthia Fazekas

The smart tea purveyor is already thinking about spring, planning iced teas, menu changes and preparing a season ahead. While winter still holds us tightly, consider two tea trends: lattes and matcha. These are somewhat intertwined as matcha makes for a tasty latte.

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Tea Tea is my bourbon.

Blender Musings: Bourbontucky

Cynthia Fazekas

Inspiration can come from the oddest places. Recently, we watched a documentary about bourbon, which struck a chord within. With elegance and warmth, the film informed the viewer about what bourbon is, where it comes from and most importantly about the passion of its devotees and distillers.

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Tea Story Time teas for young readers to enjoy.

Don't Forget the Wee Ones!

Cynthia Fazekas

Healthy habits start young! Be sure to have tea gift for children this holiday season. Tiny teapots and themed tea blends encourage small sippers to take time for tea and to eschew sugary beverages. Kids are persnickety so chose teas that are fruity flavored and maybe those with candy themes like chocolate and caramel. Most children find spiced teas to be an acquired taste, so perhaps stay clear of those. Parents will appreciate caffeine-free rooibos and fruit blends to keep the holiday bouncing to a minimum.

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Tea Masala Chai - up close and personal.

Spiced Tea (Chai) Season

Cynthia Fazekas

While those of us in the tea industry know that chai simply means tea, to the mainstream US consumer it means a spiced tea, usually sweetened and most likely with milk or cream. There's no use in fighting it. Chai in this context has taken on a life of its own and pervades the market in many forms such as shelf stable concentrates and powdered chai mixes as well as the more traditional leaf and spice blend

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Tea What should be on your tea menu?

Tea Menu Review

Cynthia Fazekas

Ever wonder if your tea selection is doing its best for you? Are you missing trends and seasonal opportunities with your tea line? If you have answered yes to either of these questions, perhaps you would like a tea menu review.

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Tea Pumpkin Invasion!

Pumpkin or Die!

Cynthia Fazekas

The first crisp evenings that whisper of autumn’s arrival, have been cooling off summer's hot sunny days here in New England. With these whispers comes the soon to be ubiquitous pumpkin product onslaught. Pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere!

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Tea Many sips down and many more to go!

Busy Buds!

Cynthia Fazekas

Taste buds, that is! We are roughly two thirds through our cupping of new harvest teas and waiting on the next round. As with every year, some samples came in spot on while others require additional searching for the perfect lot

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Tea Herbs!

Iced Tea Trends

Cynthia Fazekas

Trends this year will include the addition of fresh garden herbs to enhance the traditional iced tea glass. Keep fresh herbs on hand and use as a garnish or muddle in the bottom of a glass, then add iced and tea.

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Tea Tasting is the best part!

Tea Blending Tips, part I

Cynthia Fazekas

At some point as a tea business owner, you may wish to create something unique for your shop or recreate something you can no longer get from a vendor. Let us share some basics of tea blending to get you started.

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Tea Caffeine-free tea sets for kids!

Timely Tea Gift Expansion

Cynthia Fazekas

Hear ye, hear ye! Just in time for the gift-giving season, Adagio Teas is adding to our tea gift sets. Princesses, princes, astronauts, monsters and wee paleontologists can all now enjoy teatime. Three new sets each containing three new themed tea blends packaged in full-leaf pyramid teabags within playfully designed tea tins. All are caffeine-free and blended with young taste buds in mind.

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Tea New! White Chai

Spicetober!

Cynthia Fazekas

October is one of the very best months of the year. The weather tends to be forgiving, the deciduous trees turn an array of lovely colors and our palates are ready for some spice. Fortunately, tea and spices are an ancient and favorable combination and lend themselves well to this colorful time of year.

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Tea Chorange, baby!

Coming Soon - Pu'erh Blends

Cynthia Fazekas

Along with the annual arrival of fresh teas from origin, this fall we will be adding four new blends. Pu’erh tea is an aged tea where the leaves go through a natural fermentation process. The result is smooth and refreshing with reputed health benefits touted by popular health pundits.

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Tea Iced deliciousness!

Summer is Here

Cynthia Fazekas

As we slide in July and the hot summer months here in the US, everyone’s iced tea plan should be in full effect to convert those non-tea holdouts into tea enthusiasts.

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Tea If we could all sleep like a pup...

Sweet Dreams

Cynthia Fazekas

Here at Adagio Teas we often get asked for teas with certain functions, such as those to help one sleep. Our TeaSmart readers may receive similar inquiries and so we thought it might be helpful to share how to advise your clients with some herbal blends as well a little sleep advice

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Tea Ah, strawberries!

May is National Strawberry Month!

Cynthia Fazekas

National Strawberry Month sounds delicious! Here in New England we really embrace the seasons and the tasty bounty that they bring. Toward the end of May, our local farmers offer Pick Your Own Strawberries and nearby towns have festivals celebrating these darling little fruits.

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Tea Sweet Summer Roses

Roses in April

Cynthia Fazekas

April is finally here and for those of us coming to the end of our North American winter, it arrives not a moment too soon. And while still chilly, many of our clients are already planning their iced teas for the summer. We are thinking of summer as well. Maybe it was the many shovelfuls of snow we moved after Blizzard Nemo or maybe it was the long windy night Superstorm Sandy raged through the northeast, but we are looking especially forward to warm sunny days.

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Tea This tropical beauty loves to chill.

March Melange

Cynthia Fazekas

March 2013 has much to offer for events and occasions. Passover, Easter the official beginning of spring as well as St Patrick’s Day festivities. Keep the decorations handy for quick changes and have holiday tea promotions ready to go! Now although the snow is stilling falling here in Connecticut, let us talk about ice tea.

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Tea Soul soothing and delicious!

Terrific Tisanes

Cynthia Fazekas

Fruit tisanes are herbal blends comprised primarily of dried fruit and usually have the addition of some herbs such as rose hips and hibiscus. Very popular in Europe they have developed a faithful following in the US. The infusions they yield are naturally sweet and if they contain hibiscus, refreshingly tangy.

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Tea Apple-y goodness!

Welcome Autumn!

Cynthia Fazekas

Cool autumn air breezes in to refresh everything, while deciduous trees make the world grandly colorful. For those of us in the tea world, it’s prime tea time. Vacations are over, everyone returns to their normal flow of life, and hot beverages keep the machine in motion.

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Tea Fuzzy, peach tea memories.

Peaches and Dreams

Cynthia Fazekas

Peaches! Whether baked with cinnamon in a cobbler or simply sliced fresh (and quickly devoured), peaches are a great summer treat. Generally in season from May to September, this year’s unusually warm weather has pushed many crops forward. August may be your last chance to enjoy ripe peaches fresh from the orchard.

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Tea My plans for July + Iced Tea

July 2012 - Popular Iced Teas

Cynthia Fazekas

July is the perfect summer month in the northern hemisphere, and is all about beaches, picnics, vacations and cold beverages. In years past, July would slow dramatically for tea people and all but come to a standstill. These days the culture seems to be changing and more and more iced tea is becoming the refreshment of choice.

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Tea Keeping the shopper bees happy!

Sunlit Blooms!

Cynthia Fazekas

Blossoms blooming, bees are buzzing and teas are brewing. This year we are happy to present a lovely collection of three springtime blends in decorative tins for Mother's Day (or any of your vernal gift giving occasions) packaged in a handsome gift box.

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Tea Oolongs pair well with flowers and snow squalls

March Transitions - 2012

Cynthia Fazekas

March: The third month of the year and the end of the first quarter. It also signifies a transition in the northern hemisphere to spring and the vernal equinox. For tea sellers it can denote a transition in tea offering.

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Tea Dragonwell to scare away the winter blues!

January Teas

Cynthia Fazekas

Indulge in too many sugarplums? We all do it this time of year and then face January with regret. What can we offer the customer wanting to lighten up and re-point their dietary intake? What flavors are popular with the post-holiday side of winter?

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Tea The dragonfly symbolizes good fortune, new beginning and romance.

New! Cast Iron Teapots

Cynthia Fazekas

It is always great to receive new products, but we are especially pleased to announce the addition of cast iron teapots to our wholesale offering. Long used in Japan and revered for their elegance, durability and heat retention, cast iron teapots have become a popular choice for tea enthusiasts in the western parts of the globe.

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Tea Hope your autumn tea is 'gourd-geous.'

Finally Fall!

Cynthia Fazekas

Our local meteorologist, who has been busy as a bee with Hurricane Irene, tweeted this morning that September 1 is the meteorological beginning of fall. For tearooms, tea purveyors and moms, autumn brings relief. For us teafolks, cooler weather and back to school signal the end of summer and the beginning of increased tea enjoyment.

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Tea Planning tea at the beach next week for me!

Late Summer Planning

Cynthia Fazekas

August is here and so we have reached late summer. As the season starts to wind down remember to squeeze in some beach time, lake time, picnic time and fall planning time. The latter does not sound nearly as fun as the others, but you will be thanking yourself once the fall hits and things get back to their hectic pace.

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Tea Icy Tea Goodness!

June is Iced Tea Month!

Cynthia Fazekas

Don't forget (how could we?) that June is National Iced Tea Month! An American favorite, iced tea still makes up about 85% of all tea consumed in the US, so make sure you have some delicious offerings. A great substitute for sugary sodas and juices, iced tea is refreshing and needs little to no sweetening if made properly.

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Tea Breathtaking views of Anxi

China Trip

Cynthia Fazekas

Last month, as many of you know, I went on a tea trip to China with two colleagues for Adagio Teas. Suzette Hammond was kind enough to write about our trip as we went along, but I'd also like to share a few personal impressions of the trip.

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Tea Dragonwell Farmer Yao Fu Yun in Hangzhou, China

April Tea Travel

Cynthia Fazekas

Spring has finally sprung and all things in nature are sprouting - flowers, grasses and our favorite sprout - tealeaves! Happy and excited (practically delirious) to announce that this month I will get the honor of witnessing these sprouts and their transformation into the various kind of tea on a trip to China!

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Tea Dreamy lavender.

Lemon Clouds and Lavender Fields

Cynthia Fazekas

We've been slowing adding requested blends to our selection over the past few months and February was no exception. In case you missed the direct email we sent mid-month we are happy to introduce a lemon-cream rooibos blend we lovingly call Rooibos Lemon Cloud.

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Tea Hoping for an early harvest.

For the Leaf of It

Cynthia Fazekas

In years past, March has given the first whispers of the tea harvest season. Sometimes, when the weather is right and conditions are prefect, you might even see a first flush Darjeeling harvest oh so early. If we get so lucky this year, it is always a treat to have the first leaves of spring in our cups. Be sure to keep a close watch on your tea vendors, if you are interested in early crops.

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Tea A Winning Team

Be My Valentine (Tea)

Cynthia Fazekas

Without Valentine's Day what would frosty February really have going for it? Boasting only a couple of presidential birthdays and a questionable marmot weather forecaster, February would be a winter wasteland and 28 (or 29) days of dismal mid-winter doldrums for anyone living in the colder regions.

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Tea Can tea take us here?

Tropical Getaway

Cynthia Fazekas

Recently we had he pleasure of adding green rooibos to our tea offering. I'm happy to say they could not have come at a better time. Some of our wholesale customers needed to replace a few green rooibos blends from a vendor who is no longer in business but also because of this darned winter.

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Tea Precious leafy good stuff.

Tea Taster's Lament

Cynthia Fazekas

The past couple of years have certainly been a challenge for most tea retailers and 2010 was no exception. While tea culture in the US is certainly on the upswing and many tea centric businesses saw a delightful bounce back in interest, traffic flow and sales, this year still found a way to kick us in the shins - or in the teacup, as it were...

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Tea Merrymint tea latte!

Holiday Spice!

Cynthia Fazekas

In case you are looking for some holiday teas to add merriment to your tea offering for the season, we would like to suggest the following time tested deliciousness...

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Tea Mocha Nut Mate - yum!

Mate Maddess!

Cynthia Fazekas

Yerba Mate has long been a social beverage in South American countries such as Argentina and Brazil. It is customary to enjoy a gourd-full of brewed mate and sip through a metal straw while enjoying the drink and the company of friends and companions.

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Tea Google Adwords - a valuable tool.

Conquering the Digital Landscape

Stepas Parulis

It is hard to imagine a modern tea business without at least a simple website, serving as a digital "storefront" to attract and inform customers. However, your online presence and marketing can and should go far beyond this initial phase at a time when people spend an increasing amount of time browsing, shopping and sharing information online.

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Tea Sweet Potato goodness - makes a great tea!

Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Autumn

Cynthia Fazekas

September signals our "prepare for autumn" response and thus, many tea businesses are already seeking suggestions for fall teas. Nothing quite embraces the season like a delightful array of teas to brew. Make sure you have the flavors well represented by the following blends.

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Tea Adagio's Wild Strawberry Herbal Tea

Strawberry Season!

Cynthia Fazekas

June kicks off the season of summer berry-liciousness! Berries are one of nature's gifts of wonder. Not only do they offer antioxidants galore but more importantly - fresh, ripe, in-season berries really deliver fabulous flavor. As tea people, we are incredibly spoiled - strawberry teas are available all year to delight our palates. Even so, every June thoughts turn to strawberry teas with more intensity.

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Tea Chasing the heat with gourmet iced tea.

Making the Perfect Iced Tea

Christine Rillo & Cynthia Fazekas

As warmer weather approaches, many tea drinkers will find themselves wanting to swap their cups of steaming hot tea for tall glasses of iced tea. Though the beverage market is swamped with a wide variety of ready-to-drink teas-everything from sugary and flavored to plain and sublime-making your own iced tea gives you the creativity to make your very own concoction with whatever tea you decide upon. It's easy to make and the options to personalize it are endless.

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Tea Silver Needle - the queen of all teas

White Tea from China

Adagio Teas

Proclaiming white tea to be the culmination of all things elegant, a Song Dynasty emperor sowed the seeds of its modern-day popularity. And while it has been shrouded in obscurity outside of China until very recently, this much-beloved variety has now been discovered by tea lovers around the world.

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Tea Green tea should not = bad medicine.

Brewing of the Green

Cynthia Fazekas

Looking to refresh your tea service? March is a great month to celebrate Irish heritage with St Patrick's Day and the awakening of Spring with fine green teas. While Irish Breakfast might be the traditional brew of the occasion, the great popularity of green teas should also be embraced.

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Tea Tea bringing hearts together.

February Tea Themes

Cynthia Fazekas

From ground dwelling prognosticating rodents to chocolate hearts to presidents, February certainly has an eclectic lot of themes. Valentine's Day and all its sweetness gets the most amount of attention of course, because what else can so effectively distract us from our winter doldrums than love and sweet treats?

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Tea Encourage trying new things!

Freshening Up Your Tea Menu

Cynthia Fazekas

Cross-sell by providing small lists of teas that people who buy a particular tea also enjoy. For example, if a customer is deeply attached to Irish Breakfast, they may also enjoy a hearty Assam or a full-bodied China black tea. A green tea aficionado may enjoy a lightly oxidized oolong. Darjeeling lovers also seem to enjoy Fancy Formosa Bai Hao style oolongs.

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Tea Beautiful Snowbird!

Snowbirds (and Tea)

Cynthia Fazekas

Winter is upon us and entered in grand style this past week by besieging those of us in New England with unrelenting snow and wind. Now that the holidays have past, we take a moment to catch our breath and consider the dark-eyed junco.

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Tea Gingerbread guy, chillin' out.

What's New? - November 2009

Cynthia Fazekas

Just in time for the holidays, Adagio Teas Wholesale has added two new lines to our bulk tea offerings. Fabulous chai blend and some rather cutting edge new teas to tantalize taste buds! Also our ever-popular holiday teas are ready to go!

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Tea Tea has always been there...

A Ten Year Journey

Cynthia Fazekas

Growing up in New England, I've always come to think of autumn as the season of change. Deciduous trees shedding their leaves denote this transition of nature clearing out the old in anticipation of the new. And so it was for me one autumn ten years ago as I was leaving behind an old career in anticipation of something new.

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Tea This writer's brain without tea

Ramping Up for Fall

Cynthia Fazekas

If your tea business is like most, you are about to get busy. Finally! After the long, slow pace of summer, people are getting back to school, back to work and that means...Tea Time!

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Tea Giving tea its "props."

Tea vs. Teatime

Cynthia Fazekas

Recently it seems more and more people are going to tearooms for the first time. This is a very good thing, and generally they enjoy it immensely, however the comment frequently heard is lack of a strong tea presence. They expected more tea selection and to learn more about this previous brew. How can this be in such an enlightened age?

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Tea Chasing the heat with gourmet iced tea.

Making the Perfect Iced Tea

Christine Rillo & Cynthia Fazekas

As warmer weather approaches, many tea drinkers will find themselves wanting to swap their cups of steaming hot tea for tall glasses of iced tea. Though the beverage market is swamped with a wide variety of ready-to-drink teas-everything from sugary and flavored to plain and sublime-making your own iced tea gives you the creativity to make your very own concoction with whatever tea you decide upon. It's easy to make and the options to personalize it are endless.

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Tea Embrace iced tea season!

June is Iced Tea Month

Cynthia Fazekas

This time of year is magical for those of us who have suffered through a long New England winter now that the weather has stabilized and summer will soon officially arrive. As picnics, patio dinners and grilling almost anything you can eat become popular pastimes, iced tea becomes the beverage of the season!

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Tea Tropical goodness!

Spring Favorites 2009

Cynthia Fazekas

May is usually quite a glorious month, with all of nature kicking it into high gear, and numerous special occasions to celebrate! Aside from the annual pollen attack, it is one of my favorite months of the year.

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Tea Adagio Teas' Jasmine Bloom

Blooming Teas

Cynthia Fazekas

Over the past couple of years blooming teas have really blossomed (sorry – couldn't resist) in popularity. The visual impact of the slowly unfurled hand-tied leaves accounts for the immense draw these teas possess. Their beauty and exquisite nature make any tea moment a celebration.

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Tea Spring Greeter

Sweet April

Cynthia Fazekas

Finally with winter in our rear view and nature slowly reawakening we can enjoy the renewal and hope of this trans-formative season - Spring! There still may be rain and snowstorms about but even the massive yield of a blizzard is no match for the warm weather hopping down the bunny trail.

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Tea Leprechaun at work.

Top O'the Morning!

Cynthia Fazekas

One of the most popular tea blends for any tea company is Irish Breakfast. Traditionally a hearty brew that usually gets its familiar malty character from a rich Assam and is good with cream and sugar. It is bold enough to stand up against a stout TIB - traditional Irish breakfast - or a hearty plate of corned beef and cabbage.

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Tea Tea Treats

Valentine's Teas

Cynthia Fazekas

Many of you have already planned your special events for Valentine's Day and are hoping for booked tearooms. In making your event a success, give special consideration to your tea offerings. It's always good to offer both flavored and non-flavored teas especially when a meal is part of the special event menu. We suggest either a nice second flush Darjeeling or a more intriguing choice such as a fine Ti Kuan Yin oolong.

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Tea Indian Tea Plantation

Selecting a Tea Supplier

Michael Cramer

Tea is a relatively simple product. So it may come as a surprise to discover that the industry is among the murkiest. Perhaps that's an overstatement. Still, it is safe to say the tea industry is far from transparent. And the small wholesale market may certainly be its most opaque segment.

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Tea Divination devices to view the tea future - looks tasty!

Tea Scrying 2009

Cynthia Fazekas

What a year 2008! Many of us are still scratching our heads or reeling from all the upheaval and uncertainty. Hopefully, the worst is behind us and as we move into 2009 we can focus on healing, rebuilding and re-growth.

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Tea Popped roasted rice adorns the tea

Genmai Cha: The History of a Unique Taste

Chris Cason

Unlike tea, the Japanese during difficult times rice was both plentiful and inexpensive. Diluting tea with a handful of roasted rice was one way that a limited amount of tea could be made to last longer. Out of this opportune desperation, a tradition was born of combining tea leaves with rice, producing a mixture called Genmai Cha.

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Tea Winds of autumn spinning the mill

Tumultuous Autumn 2008

Cynthia Fazekas

The autumn colors are more muted now. The bright yellows and reds have given way to mellow honeys and russets. Some trees are nearly naked with only the most tenacious leaves still clinging to their branches. With so much beauty surrounding us it is important to take moment to appreciate these little things in life. During this season of change as we all wait and watch, financial markets and the future seem to quiver like willows on a fault line.

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Tea Honeybush: Sweet and sultry

Honeybush: The Other South African Beauty

Cynthia Fazekas

Roobos' Sweeter Sister - In recent years, Rooibos also known as African Red Tea has become quite the celebrity. Appearing in wild blends, hip new pyramid bags and even in super trendy RTD bottles, Rooibos is as popular as a young starlet. But Rooibos is not the only caffeine-free herbal beauty Africa has to offer. Just out of the limelight, is her lesser-known sister, Honeybush (Cyclopia spp.) Equally as rich in reputed health benefits, just as valuable as a tea placebo for the late night sipper, and perhaps just a bit more approachable.

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Tea Freshly Picked Peppermint Leaves

Minty Fresh for Summer

Angela Justice

Few herbs are as well recognized as mint. Mint has been used as a remedy for freshening the breath, improving digestion, relieving headaches, reducing fevers, and minimizing congestion from sinus troubles since antiquity throughout the world. This herbal infusion has remained a staple for tea purveyors. Mint teas, most popularly made with peppermint or spearmint, continue to have a most devoted following.

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