Bottled Tea Health Benefits

Is bottled tea healthy?You can't turn the aisle in the supermarket these days without running headlong into an endcap stocked with bottles of RTD (ready-to-drink) green tea. Bottled tea is a $2.2 billion consumer market. The popularity of these beverages continues to skyrocket and people literally stop me on the street to ask if they are…

Pairing Tea and Chocolate

Of the world’s three great temperance beverages–cocoa, tea, and coffee–cocoa was the first to be introduced by the Spanish into Europe in 1528. A century later, the Dutch brought tea to Europe. Finally, coffee made its European debut in 1615, thanks to Venetian traders.From the onset, cocoa, tea, and coffee were afforded only by wealthy families.…

A Tour of the Starbucks Mega Store in Shanghai

Starbucks established a bold presence in Shanghai last December with the opening of their two-storied Reserve Roastery, which delivers a multi-sensory, interactive coffee and tea experience like no other. With 3000 stores located in 136 cities across China - including 600 in Shanghai alone - the Seattle-based company is taking advantage of the booming Chinese economy, which…